Implementing Culturally-Attuned & Anti-Racist Psychedelic Therapy: Impact over Intention Model to Facilitate Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (TRIPS)
May 13, 2022 | 12pm-1pm PST
w/ Jamilah R. George, M.Div, M.S.
About The Workshop
As the field of psychedelic science continues to expand, psychedelic-assisted therapy is gaining an evidence base for its potential to treat a range of mental disorders. However, psychedelic science runs the risk of inflicting harm upon Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) if it becomes widely accessible without acknowledging and dismantling the cultural insensitivities and historical exclusion embedded within it.
This presentation will first briefly review the field of psychedelic science as it relates to limitations regarding cultural attunement and humility. It will also highlight the legacy of racism and exclusion of BIPOC in both the historical and present context of psychedelic treatment. Finally, the presenter will explore the implementation of treatment approaches that are intentionally culturally attuned and anti-racist as informed by an emotional harm reduction and social justice lens.
*Note: Attendees are strongly encouraged to engage in discussion as much as possible and come prepared to practice transparency and vulnerability in a safe space designed to facilitate psychedelic therapy that is more accessible and equitable for everyone.
Meet Your Instructor
Jamilah R. George, M.Div., M.S.
Jamilah R. George, M.Div., M.S. (pronunciation: Juh-MEE-luh), a native of Detroit, MI, obtained dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan and her master’s from Yale University. She is now a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut with a concentration in indigeneity, race, ethnicity, and politics (IREP). Jamilah also served as a study therapist of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Sciences (MAPS) phase 3 clinical drug trial examining the efficacy of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress among people of color. She holds leadership positions in several professional organizations, including Chacruna’s Racial Equity and Access committee. Her research interests include obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, PTSD, the psychological effects of discrimination and racial trauma on people of color, and the neurological underpinnings of these disorders. Jamilah is also a Health Policy Research Scholar with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her passion for social justice and health equity fuels her work as she advocates for the mental and holistic wellbeing of socially disenfranchised groups, including women, people of color, impoverished domestic and international communities, and the intersections therein.
About Therapy & Research in Psychedelic Science (TRIPS)
TRIPS seminar series hosts speakers discussing scientifically-oriented presentations and discussions about psychedelics to educate healthcare professionals. This series was created to guide healthcare providers and students preparing to be professionals towards the most relevant, pragmatic, and essential information about psychedelic-assisted therapy, changing legal statuses, and harm reduction approaches in order to better serve clients and communities.
This seminar series is a fundraiser for our clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder that Portland Psychotherapy investigators plan to begin in the Fall of 2021. All proceeds after presenter remuneration will go to fund this clinical trial.
These presentations are hosted through Zoom. Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes with a 30-minute discussion afterward. Presentations will be recorded and sent to anyone who registers for the event. The recording will be available for 30 days after it has been sent to registered attendees.
Cancellation Policy: We charge a $10 administration fee for cancellations made by participants more than two weeks before the training event. For cancellations within two weeks of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition after subtracting the administration fee. Alternately, participants may elect to apply 100% of their tuition to a future TRIPS training event. No refunds will be given after training events.