The New Psychiatry: Moving Beyond Psychiatric Medications

This 2.5-hour course, "The New Psychiatry: Moving Beyond Psychiatric Medications," aims to acquaint healthcare professionals and those interested in mental health with an integrative approach to psychiatry.

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

The New Psychiatry: Moving Beyond Psychiatric Medications course is designed to introduce healthcare professionals and interested individuals to a more integrative approach to psychiatry. This 2.5-hour course features interviews with seven pioneering psychiatrists who advocate for a balanced approach that doesn’t solely rely on psychiatric medications.

Instead, they explore innovative treatments, including MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and offer a holistic view that addresses body, mind, spirit, and community. The course aims to shift perspectives on how psychiatry is practised today and how it could evolve. It also provides practical resources for finding integrative psychiatrists and outlines the cost-effectiveness of this comprehensive approach to mental health.

The course is informative and aims to engender hope and even some laughter. Upon completion, participants will gain a broader understanding of integrative mental health care and be equipped with strategies to advocate for effective diagnosis and treatment. The course also delves into the economic benefits of integrative care. It provides resources for aiding recovery in various mental health conditions, including ADHD, ADD, Autism, Mood disorders, and Psychotic Disorders. Whether you’re a healthcare provider or someone interested in the future of psychiatry, this course offers valuable insights and practical tools for navigating the evolving landscape of mental health care.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Beginner
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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