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.
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.