Psychedelics in Psychiatry

Explore the burgeoning role of psychedelics in treating persistent mental health issues with this 1.5-hour, self-paced course. Approved by the Connecticut Nurses' Association, it's ideal for nurses and future psychiatrists keen on this emerging field.

  • 50 Enrolled
  • Professional
  • Last updated Sep '23
  • English
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Course Description

This 1.5-hour continuing professional development course explores the potential use of psychedelics to improve persistent and intractable mental health symptoms and its implications for nursing practice. The course covers the history of psychedelics, current and past research, expected changes in the next couple of years, and how nurses may be able to become part of this exciting area of nursing and is approved by the Connecticut Nurses’ Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This course introduces psychedelics as a viable treatment in psychiatry and explores the history that has been lost until now. The resurgence of research makes psychedelics one of the tools that (future) psychiatrists and nurses may utilize.

This mini-course is for those wanting to learn more about the history of psychedelics, especially from a nurse(ing) perspective. The course is self-paced and consists of 1.5 hours of material.

What you’ll learn
  • Understand the history of psychedelics and their use in psychiatry
  • Learn about current and past research on psychedelics and their potential use for treating mental health symptoms
  • Understand why there is a resurgence of interest in psychedelics and their potential therapeutic benefits
  • Learn about the changes that occur during a psychedelic experience and how to mitigate adverse effects
  • Understand the potential future of psychedelics in psychiatry and nursing practice
  • Learn how nurses can be involved in psychedelic therapy and research

Psychedelics in Psychiatry is a continuing professional development course for nurses aims to provide an overview of the history, current research, and potential use of psychedelics in psychiatry, and how nurses can become involved in psychedelic therapies to address mental health symptoms.

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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This course includes

  • Lectures 1
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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