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Psychotherapy with Clients who Participate in Ayahuasca Ceremonies
Adam Snider, M.A., Psy.D. candidate
Saturday, April 22, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Skyline Room


Adam Snider

Despite increasing cultural and scientific relevance of psychedelics, many mental health clinicians may not be familiar with their ceremonial or health-oriented uses. There may be wide-spread misconceptions about why people use these substances, as well as the impact such use may have on the psychological health of patients. In response, this presentation summarizes and discusses results from interviews with mental healthcare professionals who have experience supporting clients for whom ayahuasca use was a significant topic of psychotherapy. Interviews were conducted with clinicians in the United States, and included clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers. Participating clinicians were given a semi-structured interview designed to assess various domains relevant to psychotherapy practice with this population. Video footage of interviews with select clinicians will supplement the discussion.

Adam Snider, M.A., is a Psy.D. candidate at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in Los Angeles, CA, writing a dissertation to inform clinical practice with ayahuasca users, with the goal of increasing the quality and access of mental health service provision to this population by identifying possible best practices and standards of care. Adam currently works as a clinical intern providing individual and group psychotherapy to incarcerated men, including group drumming therapy. In addition, Adam works as a therapist and teaches mindfulness and chi gong as a psychological assistant at La Maida Institute, North Hollywood, CA.

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