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Presentation: “Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy”

This presentation provided an overview of legal and ethical issues for therapists and their clients in Canada. While psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has shown efficacy in clinical trials for numerous indications and substances, this type of psychotherapy currently remains illegal. However, clients are still interested in these treatments and may ask their therapists to provide them or independently seek out these experiences. Furthermore, therapists may want to advocate for access to these psychotherapeutic approaches for their clients, given the efficacy shown in the research. This workshop reviewed the complex legal and ethical issues for both clients and therapists who have an interest in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. This presentation drew on the work of Dr. Bruce Tobin, who has spent significant time considering these topics.

Eleonora is a psychotherapist, health care systems planner, and an independent researcher with interests in public and primary health, drug policy reform, and consciousness research. She studies ethical considerations and therapeutic approaches related to non-ordinary states of consciousness and healing. She currently maintains a private counseling practice and does independent consulting. Eleonora is the Executive Director of the Women’s Visionary Congress in Canada.

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