The Use of Mind-Altering Substances: MDMA, Psilocybin, and Marijuana for Treating PTSD and Other Mental Distress

This course explores the revived research into psychedelics like MDMA, psilocybin and cannabis for treating PTSD, anxiety, depression and more, including outcomes, therapeutic mechanisms and safe integration with psychotherapy.

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Course Description

This six-hour course (recording from the 30th International Trauma Conference) explores the therapeutic potential of psychedelics and cannabis for treating PTSD, anxiety, depression and more.

Learn about revived research into MDMA, psilocybin, and marijuana after decades of prohibition. Discover how psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy facilitates trauma healing, with lasting benefits seen in MAPS-sponsored MDMA trials. Review outcomes from psilocybin studies for cancer patients facing end-of-life distress. Examine the promise and limitations of cannabis for mental health. Gain perspectives from pioneering researchers and clinicians conducting psychedelic therapy.

Through video modules and discussions, develop knowledge of how psychedelics reduce defensive reactions, allowing deeper processing of emotions and memories. Consider how these treatments integrate with contemporary psychotherapy. Earn up to 6 CE credits distinguishing between psychedelics, weighing risks and benefits, and preparing to advise clients about safe, effective psychedelic-assisted healing.

You will learn:

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
    • Maboundi/Yombo
    • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

You will learn:

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

You will learn:

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
    • Miobe/Mioba
    • Ngonde Na Dipuma
    • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

You will learn:

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
    • Abanji/Mabanji
    • Ilombo
    • Ombwiri
    • Ombudi
    • Loro
  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood
    • What does it involve?
    • How long does it take?




About Instructor

Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.

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Please see below for start and finish dates/times. This course is currently being offered live and dates/times will change throughout the year.


This course includes

  • Lectures 7
  • Duration 6 Hours
  • Skills All levels
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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