Mind Bending, Mind Mending - A Series Exploring How Psychedelics Affect the Brain: Serotonergic Psychedelics

Mind Bending, Mind Mending - A Series Exploring How Psychedelics Affect the Brain: Serotonergic Psychedelics

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Mind Bending, Mind Mending - A Series Exploring How Psychedelics Affect the Brain: Serotonergic Psychedelics

Mind Bending, Mind Mending is an introductory series on psychedelic neuroscience presented by Melanie Blair Pincus, Ph.D.

The second class of the series will provide a 1-hour overview of serotonergic psychedelics, which include psilocybin, DMT, and LSD. A growing body of clinical research suggests that these serotonergic psychedelics are effective in treating a variety of disorders, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use disorders. 

Class Description: 

Humans have a long relationship with classic psychedelics, with several lines of evidence suggesting that indigenous societies have been using classic psychedelics as a sacrament for religious and healing purposes since ancient times. Serotonergic psychedelics—which include psilocybin, DMT, and LSD—are a type of classic psychedelic that resemble serotonin and act on the brain to produce profound alterations in consciousness. A growing body of clinical research suggests that these serotonergic psychedelics are effective in treating a variety of disorders, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use disorders. At the same time, serotonergic psychedelics have also been shown to enhance well-being, mindfulness, and creativity in healthy adults. In this course, we will examine how serotonergic psychedelics interact with the brain to produce altered states of consciousness, including experiences like mystical states, which are believed to be important mediators of the long-term benefits of psychedelics. We will focus on leading theories linking the psychoactive and neuroplastic properties of serotonergic psychedelics with their ability to improve clinical outcomes and enhance well-being and creativity in healthy adults. While this course is aimed at clinicians and therapists, it offers a comprehensive overview of serotonergic psychedelics for anyone who wants to learn about the neurobiological mechanism of action of these promising medicines.

This is a 1.5-hour live online course via Zoom. There will be a 1-hour presentation followed by Q&A

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how serotonergic psychedelics act on the molecular and circuit levels of the brain to produce alterations in consciousness
  2. Describe leading theories that link the actions of serotonergic psychedelics on the brain with therapeutic outcomes in the clinical population and improved well-being in healthy adults

 

When: Tuesday, May 18th

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST / 4:00 – 5:30 pm PST

Where: Live Online – Zoom

Cost: $15 General Public | $40 CE Credit  

Faculty: Melanie Blair Pincus, PhD and co-facilitated by Kyle Buller, MS

Total Credits: 1.5 CE Credits  

 

About Melanie Blair Pincus, Ph.D. 

 

Melanie Blair Pincus, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist, inventor, and artist who researches and designs transformative experiences that enhance emotional resilience and cognitive plasticity. Melanie received her B.S. from Stanford University, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. In her doctoral work, she studied the legacy of early life trauma and stress on emotion regulation circuits in the brain, spurring an interest in the types of experiences that can build resiliency and rewire the brain. She is now an independent researcher studying how psychedelics and non-ordinary states of consciousness impact the brain and promote neuroplasticity. Melanie also teaches a course at Columbia University on how childhood play shapes the brain and promotes socio-emotional development. Melanie designs play-based installations that blend the educative power of play with biosensing technology to cultivate emotion regulation, connectedness, and complex cognitive skills in children and adults alike.  

 


Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals 

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes.
  • SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196) 
  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, visit Psychedelics Todayor email Mike Alexander - support@psychedelicstoday.

For other questions about CE contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.