Psychedelic Therapy for Underserved Populations

Psychedelic Therapy For Underserved Populations equips you to make psychedelic therapy equitable and safe for marginalized communities.

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  • Last updated Oct '23
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Course Description

Psychedelic Therapy For Underserved Populations: Assessing Risks & Benefits addresses the critical issue of making psychedelic therapy accessible and equitable for marginalized communities, particularly those impacted by the war on drugs. Led by co-founders of nonprofit psychedelic therapy clinics, the course offers a unique perspective on building sliding-scale clinics that serve clients often overlooked in mainstream psychedelic therapy discourse.

The two-hour curriculum delves into the complexities of the current cultural context, examining the intersection of capitalism and psychedelics and its implications for ethical client care. It also provides a harm reduction framework, discussing its utility in psychedelic-assisted therapy and offering a culturally sensitive tool for client assessment.

Designed for aspiring therapists, psychedelic guides, and potential clients, the course aims to equip participants with the knowledge to weigh the risks and benefits of psychedelic medicines. It covers various topics, from the war on drugs and its impact on underserved populations to the risks and benefits associated with psychedelic therapy. The course also introduces the concept of “defiant hospitality” within harm reduction and provides insights into assessing client preparedness for psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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 1
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • Skills All levels
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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