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Panel Discussion + Q&A: Medicine Work in the Time of Covid [ONLINE]
January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
by Los Angeles Medicinal Psychedelics Society
About this Event
This panel discussion and Q&A will feature four medicine practitioners, two underground and two overground, discussing what it’s like to do medicine work in the time of Covid—what changes have their practices and their clients undergone?—in addition to answering more general questions about their experiences in the field of psychedelic medicine. The overground practitioners are Philip Wolfson, MD, and Julane Andries, LMFT. The underground practitioners will be speaking pseudonymously.
Philip Wolfson, MD, is the creator of a new psychotherapy modality based on the use of the medicine ketamine—Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). Phil is the CEO of the non-profit Ketamine Research Foundation and directs the training of KAP practitioners through The Ketamine Training Center—now numbering over 300 practitioners across the US and Internationally. He is the author of The Ketamine Papers and Noe – A Father/Son Song of Love, Life, Illness and Death. He has been the Principal Investigator of the recently completed MAPS.org Phase 2 study of MDMA treatment for individuals with life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Wolfson’s work is the result of an intense, now many decades-long clinical psychiatry/psychotherapy practice. He is a Founder of Progressive Therapeutics Inc and CEO of the newly formed Awakened Medicine Foundation, a non-profit incubator for psychedelic medicines and their applications.
Phil Wolfson is a sixties activist, psychiatrist/psychotherapist, writer, practicing Buddhist, and psychonaut who has lived in the Bay Area for 43 years. In the 1980s, he participated in clinical research with MDMA (Ecstasy). He has created 7 patents for unique herbal medicines and ketamine. Phil was a founding member of the Heffter Research Institute. He is a journalist and author of numerous articles on politics, transformation, psychedelics, consciousness, and spirit.
He is a graduate of Brandeis University and NYU School of Medicine.
Julane Andries, LMFT, is a practicing psychotherapist in Marin County, Ca. She worked in acute care medicine before becoming a marriage family therapist. She was the principle co-therapist for the MAPS-sponsored, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study for individuals suffering from anxiety with life-threatening illness. She is also a clinical researcher in the Phase 3 study using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD in San Francisco.
Julane’s work with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) is unique and is creative to the psychotherapy process using this medicine. She and Phil Wolfson MD, along with others on their team, treat patients with treatment-resistant depression, first-line depression, anxiety, and PTSD. They have created a therapy using the relaxed trance state that ketamine induces to provide relief of depressive symptoms, insight into individual processing of core issues and transformation. They also work with the transformative state incurred with IM ketamine.
She and Dr. Wolfson have founded a non-profit, Ketamine Research Foundation, whose mission is to provide training for practitioners, collect data to track outcomes with ketamine therapy, starting a new protocol for using KAP for those diagnosed with a life threatening illness, and those in palliative and hospice care. They have embarked as well on research for post partum depression and have completed a lactation study with ketamine. The foundation will also provide financial assistance for those who cannot afford ketamine treatment.
Julane has a passionate interest in understanding trauma, its impact on the mind and body, and in stimulating the healing process.
“John,” our first underground practitioner, is a former professor of theology and psychology, a clinical psychotherapist, an ordained minister, a certified transpersonal psychotherapist, and an adjunct faculty member at CIIS in San Francisco. He is a founding member of Ken Wilberʼs Integral Institute and a founding member of the European College for Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy. He has completed divination training with Ralph Metzner and Indigenous ritual training with a Colombian Ayahuascero.
“Robert,” our second underground practitioner, is a clinical psychotherapist with a 20-year practice in harm reduction and the treatment of trauma and addiction. His focus is on the use of plant medicines and other allies in work with individuals, couples, and groups. Along with his partner, he has held ceremonies with San Pedro cactus. He has also hosted psychedelic integration groups and works as an underground guide.