2 CEs Recorded: Spring, 2023
Non-ordinary states of consciousness, long revered as a profound part of the human experience, offer portals into the unknown of the body mind spirit interface and its transformative potential. This presentation will provide clarity on how psychedelics can support a client’s healing process and share relevant information about how to support clients who may decide to engage in this emerging and alternative form of therapy.
Learning Objectives Participants will be able to define psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and role of external therapist, learn how to best match clients with available options, and practice collaborative care models with psychedelic providers
Outline Literature review of relevant research on outcomes, introduction to the best practices within psychedelic medicine approaches (explaining differences between medicalized approach and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy), defining ideal client and both psychological and medical contraindications, destigmatizing clients who seek this alternative form of therapy, exploring how therapists can work collaboratively with the clinical team to increase effectiveness of the client’s process
Lauren Milburn, BC-DMT, LMHC, LCPC (she/they) is a plant medicine steward and psychedelic dance/movement therapist currently providing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. After completing her Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Masters at Columbia College Chicago, Lauren gained clinical experience supporting survivors of trauma and individuals living with conditions across the spectrum of mental health concerns. Their approach is grounded in relational/cultural theory, pleasure activism, harm reduction, and disability justice principles. In sessions, Lauren invites deep listening to the body’s innate wisdom, resourcing the nervous system’s resilience to generate self-compassion, untangle harmful internalized patterns, and embrace creative and contemplative meaning-making practices. It is Lauren’s hope that by engaging healing processes held within relational webs of care, we can build the capacity to transform social conditions into sanctuary spaces and promote life-affirming reciprocity.