Psychedelic Psychopharmacology

The course Psychedelic Psychopharmacology is designed for healthcare professionals, graduate students, researchers, or the general public with an interest in the biological responses that influence the efficacy and safety of psychedelic therapy.

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  • Professional
  • Last updated Oct '23
  • English
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Course Description

The course Psychedelic Psychopharmacology is designed for healthcare professionals, graduate students, researchers, or the general public with an interest in the biological responses that influence the efficacy and safety of psychedelic therapy. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants will engage in a reading and study group that will provide a comprehensive overview of the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, and neuroscience of psychedelics.

Readings will include academic literature on several types of psychedelics, including psilocybin, ayahuasca, MDMA, and ketamine, and discussions will be led by a group leader. Weekly participation is required, and the format of each session will include a short review of each paper and group discussions on the topic.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to describe the pharmacokinetic properties of various psychedelics, explain how their pharmacodynamics affect clinical and serological biomarkers, and discuss their effects on neural network function. This knowledge will help healthcare professionals incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways that are beneficial to their clients or patients.

This course is given each quarter and qualifies for 15 continuing education (CE) hours.

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?

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Tatayo

Instructor

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.

$1200

This course includes

  • Modules 12
  • Duration 12 Weeks
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
  • Certificate CE
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