Thank you to our participants, presenters, panelists, sponsors/partners, committees and volunteers, of the 2018 Psychedelic Psychotherapy Forum - Oct 11-14, 2018, Victoria, BC, Canada

Registration is now closed. The 2018 Forum video recording will be available for purchase in a few weeks.

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 was 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).

Our keynote speaker this year was 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.

Highlight topics at the Forum included 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.


Resource listings following 2018 Forum (including MDMA research study – Clinical Trial Phase III in Vancouver; Therapeutic Psilocybin for Canadians; and Ayahuasca best practices)

2018 Forum Press release – Sept 28, 2018

Continuing Education Credits — For the 2018 Forum — including the Full Forum and post-forum weekend workshops, Integral Counselling BC has been approved to provide up to 20 CME credits by the College of Family Physicians Canada (CFCP); up to  22.25 CE credits by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and up to 24 CEC hours by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). [Please note that Integral Counselling BC maintains responsibility for the Forum program.]

Scholarship Initiative 2018 — 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.

>>> FEEDBACK SURVEY – For 2018 Forum participants only – If you didn’t submit a hard copy feedback survey after attending the 2018 Forum (Oct 11 and/or 12, 2018), you can fill in an online survey here.

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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.

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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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