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Challenges & Opportunities of Psychedelic Therapy Within the System

Sara Reed in conversation w/ Ismail Ali

Streamed via Crowdcast August 8, 2020

This is a replay of our Crowdcast streamed August 8, 2020.


Psychedelic Community & Racial Justice series, part 4/4

The killing of George Floyd has once again put the spotlight on the ongoing systemic issues of racial injustice, police violence, and criminalization of marginalized BIPOC communities. The psychedelic community must stand in solidarity with wider activism for collective liberation, including and extending far beyond ending the war on drugs.

Where do we go from here? How do we build a better, more equitable and caring future?

Part 4: Challenges & Opportunities of Psychedelic Therapy Within the System

How do we make psychedelic healing accessible to people of color and marginalized communities in an ethical way? What are the blind spots in protocols designed by white-only practitioners? What are the pros and cons of psychedelic medicalization? To what extent is working within the system effective and transformative vs playing into harmful structures?


Sara Reed is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of Psychedelic Services at Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Tolland, CT. She provides individual therapy and supervises and trains clinicians in providing culturally responsible mental health treatment. Sara has previously been involved in research for psilocybin- and MDMA-assisted therapy.

Ismail Lourido Ali, J.D., is Policy & Advocacy Counsel for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and former Chair of the Board of Directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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