Psychedelics in Psychiatry (no CEUs)
Exploring the Potential Use of Psychedelics for the Improvement of Persistent and Intractable Mental Health Symptoms and Implications for Nursing Practice
Psychedelics have been used for thousands of years across the globe as a means to improve life, happiness, spirituality, and medical/psychiatric issues. Throughout the 1950's and 60's psychedelics were used with over 40,000 patients, several dozen books were published, six international conferences were held, and over 1,000 clinical papers were published. Nurses have been involved in psychedelic therapy since the beginning, often staying with patients during their trips in state hospitals. This all came to a screeching halt when psychedelics were placed into a schedule I.
Recently there has been a resurgence in interest in the mystical properties with psychedelics by many, often attributed to the release of "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan and coverage by 60 Minutes. The use of psychedelics are now being explored for a plethora of clinical applications ranging from; depression, addiction, PTSD, anorexia, palliative and end of life. In this course we will explore some of these clincal indications and how nurses can ensure to maintain their place in psychedelic therapies.