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In this webinar, Dr Nigel Denning and Dr Alana Roy will provide an overview of Mind Medicine Australia’s Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT) and Psychological Support Services. CPAT is Australia’s first training in psychedelic medicine work. It presents a model of psychotherapy that integrates emergent research and practice literature on brain science and psychedelics/empathogens and links this field with best practice in psychotherapy.
Nigel has developed the CPAT course in conjunction with his colleague Dr Tra-ill Dowie. Nigel is a long term student of and collaborator with Dr Stanislav Grof, one of the pioneers of medicine work and the founder, along with his late wife Christina Grof, of Holotropic Breathwork, an analogue process for medicine work.
This session will share some of the key features of the CPAT course. Nigel will also present a model of practice that provides support and psychoeducation about medicine work for patients, best practice in supporting medicine sessions and a model of integration and ethical treatment termination using a defined treatment term of no more than 20 weeks.
Dr Alana Roy will discuss Mind Medicine Australia’s Psychological Support Services which range from assessment, therapy, study groups, psychedelic integration groups, short courses, student placements, volunteer, and employment opportunities for allied and integrative health care practitioners.
She will share practical tips for preparation, self care and integration by drawing on the literature and from her personal lessons in the fields of social work, psychology and medicine work.
About medicinal psychedelic treatments
Psychedelic-assisted treatments offer enormous potential in providing a meaningful alternative to current treatments for mental illness. PTSD is a debilitating condition that affects tens of millions of people worldwide, with many more trauma victims diagnosed with comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. In recent clinical trials, MDMA has been shown to produce reliable clinical improvements, restoring patient safety and self-agency even for individuals who have suffered with PTSD for many years, and for whom many treatments have failed.
The wave of clinical psychedelic research and regulatory support is rapidly building, with experts forecasting the availability of psychedelic-assisted treatments in the US and EU within the next 2 to 5 years, subject to positive clinical outcomes in large trials that are currently underway.
Dr Alana Roy
Ph. D Psychology, B. A Social Work (MHSW)
Dr Alana Roy is a psychologist, social worker and therapist and has spent the last 13 years working in mental health, suicide prevention, trauma, sexual abuse, family violence and the disability sector. Alana has worked with borderline personality and dissociative identity disorder in various roles in the community such as: Rape Crisis Centres with victims of ritual abuse, childhood and adult sexual assault, supporting women in the sex industry, survivors of human trafficking and now as a psychedelic integration specialist.
Alana focuses on harm minimisation, community and connection. She is dedicated to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines. She has engaged with, and provides integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia. Alana works at several universities as a Research Fellow and supervisor of students on placement. Alana passionately advocates for public policy, community education and legislative changes so that these treatments are regulated and supported by a strong, connected and skilled sector.
Learn more about Alana’s experiences in: Psychedelic Medicines: How My Journey Into The Jungle Changed My Life
Nigel Denning MA, MPsych is a Counselling Psychologist, AHPRA registered supervisor and Managing Director of Integrative Psychology a Psychology/Psychiatry practice in East Melbourne. He is a former Family Violence Co-ordinator for Relationships Australia and is currently the Deputy President of the In Good Faith Foundation, an organisation that supports Institutional Abuse and cult survivors. Nigel is also a registered Neuro-psychotherapy supervisor with IAAN.
Nigel has been involved in Transpersonal Psychology and consciousness studies for over thirty years. He has studied extensively under Stanislav Grof MD and worked closely with Tav Sparks and Grof Transpersonal Training to develop training approaches to Holotropic breathwork and therapy influenced by this modality. Nigel also conducted one of the few peer reviewed research studies on HB.
Nigel teaches and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on state change technology, including medicine work. Nigel also has an established practice in Tibet Bon Dzogchen meditation under the guidance of Dr Daniel Brown of Harvard Medical School.