Dr. Phil Wolfson is a sixties activist, psychiatrist/psychotherapist, writer, practicing Buddhist and psychonaut who has lived in the Bay Area for 38 years. Phil is Principal Investigator for the MAPS sponsored Phase 2, FDA approved 18-person study of MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for individuals with significant anxiety due to life threatening illnesses. His clinical practice with ketamine has informed his leadership role in the development of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Phil’s book The Ketamine Papers, published by MAPS, is the seminal work in the burgeoning ketamine arena. He is the author of Noe – A Father/Son Song of Love, Life, Illness and Death (2011, North Atlantic Books). In the 1980s, he participated in clinical research with MDMA (Ecstasy). He has been awarded five patents for unique herbal medicines. He is a journalist and author of numerous articles on politics, transformation, psychedelics, consciousness and spirit, and was a founding member of the Heffter Research Institute. Phil has taught in the graduate psychology programs at JFK University, CIIS and the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Phil is my dear friend and my mentor in my practice of ketamine assisted psychotherapy. It’s my deepest privilege to share this conversation with all of you.
What you will learn:
How ketamine assisted psychotherapy works and why ketamine is particularly valuable for clinicians seeking to accelorate healing and transformation with their clients
Why psychedelic medicine must happen in the context of relationships and the power of community for sharing, processing and integration
How to widen world wide caring and the importance of social activism; being a conscious citizen of the world
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