Working with Non-ordinary States in a Psychotherapeutic Setting

led by Ronald Siegel

Discover the uses of the non-ordinary states brought about by psychedelics, mindfulness, and compassion in the treatment of psychological disorders such as PTSD, depression, addictions, and end-of-life anxiety. Develop your confidence and understanding of how to use these techniques in your own practice. Ultimately help your clients to find meaning in everyday moments, embrace their vulnerability and find meaningful connections with people and nature.

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Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the history of non-ordinary states in psychotherapy Identify the common elements in a wide variety of psychological disorders.
  • Discuss how mindfulness practices work to resolve psychological distress.
  • Describe the role of compassion and self-compassion in psychotherapeutic progress.
  • Analyse evidence for efficacy and mechanisms of action in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Describe what the neurobiology of meditation and psychedelics teach us about psychological suffering and flourishing.
  • Differentiate the role of transpersonal or “mystical” experience in both mindfulness-informed and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Utilise practical strategies to introduce the transformative elements of mindfulness and compassion-informed, and psychedelic-assisted sessions into other forms of psychotherapy.
  • Identify restrictions for inducing non-ordinary states in psychotherapy.
Course Breakdown:

Part 1: The history of non-ordinary and psychedelic states in psychotherapy

Non-ordinary states has always been a topic of interest for psychologists, since the early days of Freud, psychotherapists have worked with non-ordinary states such as dreams, hypnosis and free association to explore and heal the heart and mind. Today, research interest has shifted to the use of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. In this course you will develop your understanding on how psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can treat a range of disorders in your clients. You will also gain the knowledge necessary to help client who might be experimenting with psychedelics to integrate and grow from their experience.

Part 2: The role of transpersonal or mystical experience in therapeutic change and introducing the concept of mindfulness

Mindfulness and compassion practices have become particularly mainstream in the past decade. The combination of these ideals with psychedelic assisted psychotherapy has lead to possible breakthrough treatments for PTSD, depression, addiction and end-of-life anxiety. In this course you will discover what clinicians can learn from the developments in research, what these findings teach us about the neurobiology of human suffering and flourishing and how they can inform your practice.

Part 3: Compassion, the role of transpersonal awareness in healing and the extraordinary gift of being ordinary.

The concept of compassion is often talked about in the context of psychotherapy but what really is it? Learn more about compassion and gain practical tools and techniques derived from mindfulness and compassion-oriented treatment. Specifically, you will explore ways to help clients integrate split-off traumatic memories, open their hearts, embrace vulnerability, surrender to the flow of ever-changing experience, move from isolation to deep connection with people and nature, appreciate the unreliable fluidity of thought and find meaning in everyday moments.

Ronald Siegel

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is co-editor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; author of a comprehensive guide for general audiences. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or any other country, our credits are valid for all the organizations. (Read more).


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Working with Non-ordinary States in a Psychotherapeutic Setting

Learn how to treat your clients with techniques which may be alternative to your usual practice. Guide your clients to grow from their experiences with psychedelics and learn techniques derived from mindfulness and compassion.


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