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Psychedelic Therapy and Third-Wave Behaviorism: New Directions for the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence
Zach Walsh, Ph.D.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM • Skyline Room
Continuing Education


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In this talk we present data from jail and community samples demonstrating protective effects of hallucinogen use for intimate partner violence. We also examine mechanisms by which psychedelic experiences might reduce violence and other high-risk behaviors, and explore approaches to psychotherapy that could support psychedelic-assisted behavior change in this context. The discussion of psychotherapy will focus on potential synergies between psychedelicpsychotherapy and “third wave” behavior therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Zach Walsh, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he directs the Therapeutic Recreational and Problematic Substance Use lab. He has published and presented widely on topics related to cannabis, psychedelics, mental health and psychotherapy. He is the lead investigator for several ongoing studies of the therapeutic use of cannabis including a clinical trial of cannabis for PTSD. Zach was also a member of the clinical team for the Vancouver arm of the MAPS-funded study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Zach’s clinical focus is on the application of “third wave” behavior therapies to address relationship conflict and problematic substance use.

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