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2018 Forum Presenters

The Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum engages mental health professionals and all others interested in advancing the ethical and legal use of psychedelic medicine for healing and growth. 

Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum 2018: The Unfolding Promise will be held Oct 11 – 14, 2018, in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada — with two full Forum days at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa (Thursday Oct 11 and Friday Oct 12), and a third and fourth day dedicated to weekend workshops held in downtown Victoria (Saturday Oct 13, and Sunday Oct 14). To view the program description, click here.

Our keynote speaker this year is Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD, Head of Psychedelic Research, Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. He will be joined by Joe Tafur, MD, Philip Wolfson, MD, Anthony Bossis, PhD, Rachel Harris, PhD, Leanna Standish, PhD, Devon Christie, MD, Janis Phelps, PhD, Donna Dryer, MD, Richard Yensen, PhD, Bruce Tobin, PhD, Kenneth Tupper, PhD, and many more… For our full list of presenters, click here.

Highlight topics at the Forum include psychedelics and the “entropic” brain, Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, activist therapists who are taking initiatives to change laws, and the training of psychedelic psychotherapists. Post-forum weekend workshop offerings cover Bringing Art Therapy into Psychedelic Medicine; Intention and Integration; and self discovery through Holotropic Breathwork™, SpiritDanceSoulSong™, and Gestalt Practice. To view our workshops, click here.

Continuing Education Credits – Updates!— For the 2018 Forum (Day 1 and 2 total) — 16 CEC hours have been approved by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA); and 13.5 CE credits have been approved by Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). For CE units pertaining to post-forum workshops, please refer to the workshops page.

This year, for the first time, we have also put in an application for CME credits through the College of Family Physicians Canada (CCFP).

NEWS FLASH! Our four scholarship Recipients were notified on Aug 12 — Each scholarship covers a full Forum registration for Day 1 and 2, sponsored by Women’s Visionary Congress, Dr. Bronner’s, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Integral Counselling BC, respectively.  Thank you to all the applicants and to our scholarship committee.


Since our 2016 Forum, there has been further developments in the research and training arena surrounding psychedelic-assisted therapies, and in the mounting of legal challenges that will eventually pave the way for patients to safely and legally use psychedelics for medical purposes.

California Institute for Integral Studies also celebrated their first graduating class in 2017 for the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research program, for licensed or licensable professionals in mental health and medicine.


The Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum is an opportunity for physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, therapists, social workers, students, researchers, body workers, and others to come together to network and connect about the future of this exciting and promising field.

To help spread the word about the 2018 Forum in your area/community and amongst your professional associations, you can…

>> SHARE this 2018 Forum event page via Facebook here

>> PRINT AND POST the 2018 Forum Flyer: PPForum-2018-poster

PREVIOUS FORUM VIDEOS: To view presentations and panels from the 2015 and 2016 Forums, click here.

The last three Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forums, held in 2014, 2015, and 2016, were also held in Vancouver Island, BC, and organized by Integral Counselling BC. In 2017, the Forum sponsored a Holotropic Breathwork (TM) Weekend grand event —  the largest gathering in Western Canada of Grof Transpersonal Training (GTT) certified facilitators since Stan and Christina Grof started training others in this approach in BC at Hollyhock 30 years ago.

We would like to thank our Major Sponsors MAPS Canada and California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as Supporting Sponsors Float House and Banyen Books and Sound for their support of the 2018 Forum. We are very grateful to our programming/content committee members, scholarship committee, and volunteers for contributing in making the 2018 Forum a success.

Major Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Why attend?

  • Be in the forefront of rapid developments in the field of transpersonal psychology
  • Find out about the latest research in psychedelic medicines and psychedelic-assisted therapies
  • Build community and connect with leaders and peers in the healing professions
  • Discuss legal and ethical challenges for therapists
  • Explore training possibilities in psychedelic psychotherapy
  • Attain continuing education credits
Who should attend?

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical counsellors, therapists
  • Social workers
  • Researchers, students
  • Body workers
  • Healthcare professionals, integrated practitioners
  • Anyone interested in advancing the ethical and legal use of psychedelic medicine for healing and growth
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