Practitioner Forum Days – Sept 29 – 30 In Person

PPF2022 would like to introduce an “unconference the conference” forum format on Days 1 and 2, which is a new direction from previous forums. A morning panel discussion will kick off each day, followed by breakout groups, roundtable discussions, and plenary sessions. This year’s structure will also include summaries prepared by conference facilitators as well as actionable recommendations so attendees can continue to integrate forum findings after the event. 

Attendees, with vast experience and expertise as practitioners and practitioners-in-training, will be participating actively in important dialogues that hold the intention of finding common ground and solutions – discussions and information that are greatly needed at this time within the field of psychedelic psychotherapy. A team of 10 to 12 experienced facilitators will be orienting to support these conversations leading up to and during the forum. This event intends to facilitate and structure a safe container for meaningful and transformative discussions and learning processes. Each facilitator will be supporting forum roundtable and breakout discussions, then will weave back into plenary sessions, guiding participants towards heart-centered communication and deep listening.

Some of the topics, although controversial, are necessary for us to reset, reconcile and evolve as a community of practitioners within the field of psychedelic-assisted work. “Hot button” areas for discussion, per recommendations from our PPF 2022 visioning/programming committee include:

  • Holding a vision of inclusive, accessible emotional, psychological, and spiritual health with psychedelic medicines; the issue of accessibility of psychedelic-assisted therapy and treatments for various populations, consideration of inequities within this field, how do we level this reality?
  • How to be of service to Indigenous populations as part of Truth and Reconciliation, including honouring the ways and healing ceremonies of First Nations communities and ensuring Indigenous representation and meaningful advisory roles are an integral part of this field
  • Benefits of group therapy compared with individual therapy; encouraging community healing opportunities beyond the 1:1 therapist model
  • Acknowledging underground work – how can we share models and ways of working between the underground and above-ground endeavors? How do we continue to build bridges between these worlds?
  • How to protect clients, patients, and the public: Ethics, values and boundaries for practitioners, ensuring processes and practices to get clear on consent, safety, touch in psychedelic-assisted spaces. 
  • Harm reduction from a different lens: Promoting public education to ensure that clients and patients are well-informed, as well as greater implementation of practices that ensure responsibility and accountability to reduce instances of harms caused by practitioners; the necessity of supporting competency development and practice standards for providers from different disciplines and backgrounds
  • As a community, how do we deal with transgressions and harmful legacies that have affected and impacted this field? How do we hold reverence for the shadow side of this work, while ensuring appropriate sanctions? How do we deal with “lone wolves” who are not embedded within a circle of accountability? How do we heal as a community, from a restorative, holistic, progressive perspective?
  • Is it possible to create standards of practice within or between disciplines and agreements on approaches and orientations? What are the opportunities and risks within conversations of standardization, regulation and governance?
  • Exemptions, legal processes, decriminalization: What are access options and advice to overcome hurdles in navigating legalized processes such as the Special Access Program?

 

The Day 1 forum dinner is included in our 2-day in-person practitioner forum package. Other meals covered as part of the ticket are a continental breakfast, lunch, and two coffee/tea breaks on Day 1 (September 29th) and 2 (September 30th), respectively, at VICC. Duncan Grady will be joining us Sept 29 – 30 at the practitioner forum event, and will be our guest-of-honour at our grazing dinner event on Day 1 at the Nanaimo Museum (beside VICC).

Separate Admission Concurrent Workshops – Oct 1 & 2 In Person

Attendees of the Day 1 +  2 practitioner forum will be able to access priority registration for these concurrent experiential workshops on October 1st and 2nd. Continuing education credits will be offered for these workshops (details TBC).

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