Doris Bersing, PhD

CIIS Spearheading Research and Clinical Training in Psychedelic Treatments

The U.S. may approve therapies using MDMA and psilocybin. Long-awaited trial data show drug is effective at treating post-traumatic stress disorder in a diversity of people. Nature,  a weekly international journal publishing research in all fields of science and technology, published the news of an imminent approval of these drugs by the FDA. “Psychedelic drug MDMA moves closer to US approval following success in PTSD trial”

National Geographic’s May 2023 issue examines the world of psychedelic-assisted treatments: what’s propelling this new and growing interest in treating a variety of mental health issues, who will most benefit from psychedelic-assisted treatments, and who is leading the way in helping to make these drugs safe, affordable, and accessible to people all over the world. Later in its August 2023 issue, states “Psychedelic drugs such as DMT and Ecstasy may offer a unique treatment pathway for various brain injuries and diseases because of their potency, helping patients learn lost and new skills.”

Psychedelic-assisted therapy is poised to revolutionize clinical mental health treatment, and we are leading the way.”It was the realization that psychedelics might one day be integrated into mainstream medical care that spurred the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco to become the first in the U.S. to offer a psychedelic-assisted therapy training program seven years ago, says Janis Phelps, director of the school’s Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research.”

CIIS is training the psychedelic researchers of the future; driven by a passion to understand the human mind, and supported by decades of rigorous inquiry, CIIS created the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research (CPTR) in 2015. This included the first-ever university-affiliated certificate program, which continues to serve as the gold standard for safe, effective professional training.

The use of these psychedelic substances has shown promise in therapeutic settings, offering hope for those struggling with mental health conditions. As we continue to explore the ethical and legal implications of their use, it is essential to approach these substances with respect and reverence. For those who embark on this journey, the potential for personal growth and self-discovery awaits, unlocking the doors of perception and unveiling the true essence of the self.