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Tue, Oct 30


Naropa University Nalanda Campus

What is Medicine, and How Do We Know?

Navigating Psychedelics and Psychopharmaceuticals for Therapists and Professionals

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What is Medicine, and How Do We Know?
What is Medicine, and How Do We Know?

Time & Location

Oct 30, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Naropa University Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO, Room 9235

About the event

If you would like to join this event remotely, here is a link to our live stream!

In this seminar and panel discussion, we aim to unpack the complicated terrain and shifting dynamics of clients’ medicine and drug use in the mental health field. We’ll offer frameworks and language to begin critically reflecting on questions, such as:

~ Are we sure that prescribed psychiatric drug use helps more than harms? Are we sure that recreational psychedelic use necessarily harms more than helps? How do we know?

~ How can therapists and non-medical professionals navigate conversations with clients about prescribed or recreational substance use in ways that value lived experience, self-determination, and professional ethics?

~ What drug-related biases and assumptions might you as a professional hold that unintentionally interfere with supporting clients in a trusted therapeutic relationship?

~ What roles are appropriate and within your scope of practice when working with clients who use psychedelics and/or psychopharmaceuticals?

This event is brought to you by The Nowak Society as part of our non-profit mission to educate and empower communities on building informed relationships with medicines and drugs. Featured discussants are academics and practitioners working at the cross-sections of mental health and psychoactive drugs, including Rob Colbert, PhD, Shannon Hughes, PhD, Katie Klumb, MA, and Lauren Ciovacco, MA. For speaker bios, visit

Suggested donation for this event is $10-$20.

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