WHAT IS BEYOND EXPERIENCE?

Beyond Experience is a self-awareness course. In this course we teach a comprehensive set of methods that helps to deal with changing states of consciousness. A successful handling of such states can be called “integration”. Integration is a process of learning from extraordinary experiences. These experiences can have a positive, easy to accept character (e.g. the experience of being connected to the surrounding nature) or represent a challenge through their strangeness and emotional intensity (e.g. in trauma). However, we also understand integration as a value-based attitude with which we approach these experiences – be they spontaneous, triggered by psychedelic substances or non-pharmacological methods such as breathwork.

WHAT AWAITS YOU?

In BEYOND EXPERIENCE the participants will be instructed to work on their own values that can positively change the personal handling of “psychedelic experiences”. This can involve achieving “wholeness”, i.e. bringing different parts of the self into a well-functioning relationship with each other.
The workshop takes place every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Last day, April 14th – will start at 1 pm until 9 pm.

WHAT IS THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND?

BEYOND EXPERIENCE is based on the theories and methods of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This serves as a scientifically founded frame of reference in dealing with psychedelic experiences. The term “psychedelic” can be translated as “manifesting the mind”. Such experience can show us something about ourselves and our way of being in the world.

After our integration team conducted five pilot groups in 2018 and 2019, we now offer the integration program BEYOND EXPERIENCE in its final format. We have carefully created a multi-day group process through experimentation and feedback, which serves to enable a deeper understanding of one’s own psychedelic processes and to prepare for possible future experiences with expanded states of consciousness.

We do not only work with knowledge transfer, but actively practice the change between different states of consciousness (especially the change between ego-states) and their interpretations. The aim is to provide each participant with an individual set of methods that will make it easier to follow a personal path of development and increase one’s own well-being.

The methods in the course range from variations of automatic writing, intensive music trances, working with self-aspects, hypnotherapeutic trance journeys to mindfulness meditation practices.

There are theoretical sessions on substance-related topics, set and setting, trip sitting and basic concepts for understanding “integration”. This is all part of a strong and beneficial self-awareness process in the group.

PREPARATION

Each participant fills in a medical form so that possible contraindications regarding the intensive context of self-awareness can be checked in advance. This includes psychological conditions such as psychotic episodes or severe PTSD or physical complications such as epilepsy or heart disease. If you have any questions about your suitability for participation, we will contact you to suggest suitable activities or therapists if necessary.

FAQS

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the MIND Integration Program BEYOND EXPERIENCE.

IMPORTANT

No psychoactive substances are used in this course. “Integration” is not a code word, but a process, a state and an attitude that contributes to a meaningful handling of altered states of consciousness.

REGISTRATION FEES

Early Bird prices available until 13th of March.

The registration fee includes participation in one of the MIND Integration Process groups on the specified days, print material, most of the artistic material used in the workshop, as well as drinks (juice and water), snacks and lunch everyday during the workshop. Other meals and coffee are not included. Participation cannot be distribute their presence to different BEYOND EXPERIENCE groups.

Participation fee: between 600€ and 850€ – for 5 days. We look forward to your participation. You can purchase reduced Early Bird tickets if you book in time.

Within the last century we have come up with modern remedies and solutions for many situations that were desolate and unescapable before. Often antibiotics prevent death from diseases that were considered fatal in the past. Worn out hips can be replaced and modern clinical medicine almost seems to be working miracles. But just almost.

At the end of the day, the essential questions are still the same as they have been in preceding millennia. We all come to face death, the inevitability of our own end and the loss of those we love.

Our culture has outsourced the physical processes of birth and death to hospitals and nursing homes. These and other essential experiences no longer naturally come to us as we turn into adults. Many people live their lives without ever really coming face to face with the realization that they, too, are dying bit by bit every day and are eventually headed towards individual extinction.

In this cultural paradigm of negligence concerning death, age and disease, many people are thoroughly unprepared when they face a fatal disease, tumor or accident. Since the essential questions “How do I want to grow old and die?“ and “How can I cope with the existential fear of dying?“ have never been asked, there are no answers when the are desperately needed. People often feel alone, desolate and in despair in the face of disease and death.

Psychedelics have often shown their ability to allow us glimpse beyond the curtain of taboo and fear to do with death and dying. They allow for changes in perspective and help to adjust and clarify what is really important for the individual. The altered states of consciousness surrounding the use of psychedelics have been described similarly to those accompanying (conscious) death processes.

Several of the very successful contemporary scientific studies on classic psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin have been conducted with patients suffering from anxiety to do with terminal illness – often leading to patients reporting a growing sense of calm and lessened fearfulness concerning their immanent deaths.

Bridging the gap between academic medicine and holistic approaches on death with a special emphasis on the psychedelic state and its possible learnings , our team of facilitators will draw from their broad scope of experience on how altered states of consciousness and especially the psychedelic experience can help us come to terms with our own existential limitation and mortality, including aspects of secular spirituality and personal observations.


ABOUT DR. MED. ANDREA JUNGABERLE

Dr. med. Andrea Jungaberle (previous Zeuch) is a medical doctor living and working in Berlin. She is specialized in Emergency Medicine and works mainly in Intensive Care. She has facilitated workshops on Psychedelic Integration with Dr. Henrik Jungaberle since 2015. Her interests in altered states of consciousness range from psychedelics over breathwork to yoga with a focus on integrative practises. She is one of the founders of MIND European Foundation for Psychedelic Science and a member of the Swiss Association for Psycholytic Studies (SÄPT). She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, participated in the MAPS training for MDMA assisted therapy and involved in scientific projects on the nature of expanded states of consciousness.

Psychedelics are purported to change people’s minds, sometimes in unexpected ways. However, is it possible they change your political perspective? If so, does this effect occur in every situation and for every political background?

After reading an article giving examples of extreme right-wing usage of psychedelics, we became intrigued. Most people answer the above questions with a resounding Aye; should they?

Join us for this open discussion to explore these questions! After a short introduction into the topic and the different perspectives, MIND staff will pose questions to you and moderated the conversation. Together, we hope to engage in deep thought and discover what it is about the psychedelic experience, if at all, that changes your political orientation. Perhaps the forming of your own political views will become better understood…

This event is free of charge and invites anyone to attend. Register HERE.


The discussion will be moderated by Lukas Basedow, Patrick Wentorp, and Andy Meijer. Their backgrounds are in, respectively, neurobiology, philosophy, and neuropsychology.

Psychedelics are purported to change people’s minds, sometimes in unexpected ways. However, is it possible they change your political perspective? If so, does this effect occur in every situation and for every political background?

After reading an article giving examples of extreme right-wing usage of psychedelics, we became intrigued. Most people answer the above questions with a resounding Aye; should they?

Join us for this open discussion to explore these questions! After a short introduction into the topic and the different perspectives, MIND staff will pose questions to you and moderated the conversation. Together, we hope to engage in deep thought and discover what it is about the psychedelic experience, if at all, that changes your political orientation. Perhaps the forming of your own political views will become better understood…

This event is free of charge and invites anyone to attend. Register HERE.


The discussion will be moderated by Lukas Basedow, Patrick Wentorp, and Andy Meijer. Their backgrounds are in, respectively, neurobiology, philosophy, and neuropsychology.

Neuro and biofeedback technologies can help highlight the various states of awareness that underlie the positive outcomes associated with meditative practices and psychedelic therapies.

My focus as a neurofeedback therapist is one of working with clients from a perspective of “state awareness”. Psychedelics are “state” shifting medicines, therefore I believe that the use of neurofeedback inspired individuals exploring various, states better acquaint themselves with the human capacity to state shift in general.  

Meditation and psychedelic inspired neurofeedback modalities offer direct experience of how attention alters states, which can offer support toward preparing individuals for the psychedelic experiences, by helping to reduce the preoccupation (i.e. monkey mind) often associated with challenging psychedelic experiences, while simultaneously increasing a state experience of embodied surrender, associated with an increase in mystical experiences.

Beyond this, neurofeedback therapies also offer a method to support the integration of psychedelic sessions, as the afterglow state can sometimes become dimmed and lost if not rehearsed and therefore maintained via state therapy support.

This webinar offers an overview of the four specific styles of meditation:

(1) Focus: Voluntary control of attention and cognitive processes;
(2) 
Mindfulness: Non-judgmental awareness of the present moment;
(3) 
Open Heart: Feelings of compassion for self and others;
(4) 
Quiet Mind: Spacious awareness and expanded consciousness — that are based on the role of attention, intention, brainwave states and the brain regions involved. 

We will also touch on how and why various styles work with various mental health conditions, including ADHD, anxiety and chronic stress, depression, personality disorders, or PTSD and how to learn to self assess and direct your own meditation practice based on your personal goals, inclusive of goals related to psychedelic preparation and integration.

ABOUT HEATHER HARGRAVES

Heather Hargraves, MA is a trauma therapist and researcher in London, Ontario, Canada. Heather specializes in the use of neuro and biofeedback technologies to support a broad range of neurologically and/or psychologically traumatized clients within her clinical practice. 

The revival of psychedelic research and therapies in the last decade has resulted in a growing number of publications from the medical sciences and psychology. This discourse is accompanied by a vivid and more debate on the philosophy of psychedelic states, on identity and gender politics around psychedelics, a rapidly evolving psychedelic industry and last but not least new social movements crystallising around psychedelic spiritualities and religions.

Which perspectives on being human are emerging from these often contradictory psychedelic perspectives and movements? Moreover, are there glimpses on a psychedelic-inspired humanism that we can see in these debate? Is this a possible position at all: a humanism (traditionally emphasizing the agency of humans as opposed to gods, traditions, ideologies etc.) and psychedelic experience (often focussed on – a discourse about – the experience of unity, oneness, no-self)? There are many contradictions and paradoxes to discuss. 

The debate between Nicolas Langlitz and Henrik Jungaberle will evolve around a number of general questions and is loosely structured by the topics below.

This talk was initially scheduled as an onsite public talk by Nicolas Langlitz, but due to Coronavirus situation we decided to move it online and transform it into a debate between the two researchers involved. Join us for an evening of profound explorations into the open horizon of the emerging psychedelic discourse.

 

ABOUT PROF. DR. NICOLAS LANGLITZ

Nicolas Langlitz is an anthropologist and historian of science who uses ethnographic fieldwork to think through philosophical questions. He wrote three books: Chimpanzee Culture Wars: Rethinking Human Nature alongside Japanese, European, and American Cultural Primatologists (forthcoming), Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain (2012), and Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse: Lacan und das Problem der Sitzungsdauer (2005). He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research in New York.

PRESENTATION

This talk will give an overview over the specific alterations within brain functioning and attachment patterns that contribute to the chronic course of trauma-related disorders. A special focus will be put on the phenomena of traumatic dissociation, which can be found in both the individual and society. The psychedelic experience appears to be a tool of developing “co-consciousness”, which is a first important step to achieve the realization of “what is”. Once realization is achieved, the individual experience can be integrated into a holistic view, which is mandatory to overcome trauma. However, integration is a never-ending dynamic process that takes place both in the individual and collective consciousness. Therefore, efforts to improve prevention and treatment of trauma-related disorders can only be undertaken within this interplay between the individual and the societal experience. The psychedelic movement in research and medicine has to pay special attention to these reciprocal interactions. This is of particular importance when it comes to consider the question whether the psychedelic experience will be part of a transformative process as an object or as an agent of this process.


ABOUT DR. MED. ANSGAR ROUGEMONT-BÜCKING

Ansgar Rougemont-Bücking, Dr med, is a psychiatrist, EMDR therapist, addiction specialist and researcher in the field of stress-related disorders. He works in private practice in Vevey and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. At the moment he runs a research project aiming to measure the neurophysiological reactivity in patients suffering from professional stress and to assess effects of an ACT-MBCT group intervention on this reactivity.

 

EVENT IN THE MIND ACADEMY’S FORUM BEWUSSTSEINSKULTUR

The Forum Bewusstseinskultur includes events that address a general public. Usually there is no or low requirement for technical terminology. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur strives for connecting science and culture. We seek to establish an evidence-based culture of consciousness. The Forum Bewusstseinskultur integrates first and third person perspectives on consciousness and particularly the psychedelic experience. Click HERE for more information about the MIND Academy and its four different tracks.

For low income validation, please send via e-mail a photo/scan of your student card / Hartz IV notice to [email protected] (just answer to the confirmation mail after you ordered).

PRESENTATION

The current social scenario shaped by the covid-19 pandemia forces us to think about what’s essential, what’s necessary for a peaceful shared existence. Despite the toilet paper hoarding by some, a great sense of solidarity has been developed by others. It’s clear that we want peace. That’s essential. However, how to keep fear away when my business is going down the drain, or when I lost my job, or when I lost someone because of covid-19? Yeah, it’s a hard one. And we were not living in a perfect world before this pandemia either. We were already dealing with loads of violence, injustice, greed, inequality and despair.

Trauma has been a public health issue for decades, with growing numbers. New treatment options are required, so we can offer different approaches to a vast range of individuals, using tailor-made therapies. Psychedelic drugs have shown interesting results in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions. 

If Phase III studies succeed, between 2021 and 2024, MDMA could be available for the treatment of PTSD in the United States. Ketamine is already being used in several countries.

This webinar proposes to have a discussion about the trauma that the covid-19 crisis is imposing on individuals and socities and how psychedelic therapies may help us overcome it – and, maybe, even change the way we co-exist. 

 

ABOUT THARCILA CHAVES

Tharcila Chaves is a pharmacist with a PhD in psychopharmacology. She recently defended her PhD thesis entitled “Through ketamine fields: pain and afterglow”, at the University of Groningen (North Netherlands), in which she advocates for the use of ketamine to treat different types of pain and mental disorders, such as fibromyalgia, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. With her origins in Brazil, she conducted her master’s degree research at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), using a qualitative approach to investigate cravings in crack cocaine users. Tharcila has worked as a care giver with harm reduction teams in festivals in South America and Europe. She has been part of the psychedelic scene (through art, culture, music, self-discovery and science) since the 90’s. With the conclusion of her doctor’s degree, she is turning to the entrepreneurial field, planning to contribute to the consolidation of psychedelic-assisted therapies as effective, safe and accessible treatment options. 

Another day, another discussion! This time our interest has been piqued by a concept which we are all too familiar with: Psychedelic Exceptionalism.
Psychedelic exceptionalism describes the phenomenon that people tend to grant psychedelics a ‘special status’ in comparison with other psychoactive substances, leading to a range of social narratives. 

‘These substances have value; the others are just drugs!’  

What does it mean to hold this view? Who are and what is affected by this stream of thinking and, maybe more pressing, does this stance have validity or is it merely a positive bias towards psychedelics 

Based on an interview of Dr. Carl Hart, we invite you to join us for our second online discussion! 

We wish to challenge and explore the stigmatizations around psychedelics and other psychoactive substances. Do all substances have equal rights or  is there a bit of history to be worked through? How and why do we view these other substances as so different? Do psychedelics deserve this ‘setting-aside’? What are the societal consequences of this narrative? 

If these questions ignite a fire within you, or you think you have something to add to the discussion, join us!  

 

**Update**

Die gute Nachricht vorweg: Der Workshop wird glücklicherweise wie geplant stattfinden können.
Aufgrund der besonderen Situation (Corona-Pandemie) werden allerdings einige Hygienevorschriften zu beachten sein. In Übereinstimmung mit momentan gültigen Sicherheitsmaßnahmen und in Absprache mit dem Kapellenhof, werden folgende Bedingungen gelten:
• Alle Teilnehmenden müssen ein Einzelzimmer buchen.
• Desinfektionsmittel werden im Seminarraum jederzeit zugänglich sein.
• In bestimmten Zeiträumen des Workshops sind Masken erforderlich.
• Das Essen kann voraussichtlich nicht als Buffet angeboten werden.
Sollten sich in Anbetracht der Entwicklung der Situation weitere Änderungen in Bezug auf diese Vorgaben ergeben, werden wir dies Ihnen/euch umgehend mitteilen. Vor Beginn des Workshops wird es noch eine Info-Mail mit weiteren Details zum Seminarablauf geben.
Wir freuen uns sehr auf den Workshop und auf die gemeinsame Zeit in diesen besonderen Zeiten!

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Was ist BEYOND EXPERIENCE? 

Was erwartet Dich/Sie? 

Die Teilnehmer werden in BEYOND EXPERIENCE angeleitet, an eigenen Werten zu arbeiten, die den persönlichen Umgang mit “psychedelischen Erfahrungen” positiv verändern können. Dabei kann es darum gehen, “Ganzheit” zu erreichen, also verschiedene Anteile des Selbst in eine gut funktionierende Beziehung zueinander zu bringen. BEYOND EXPERIENCE ist voller wertvoller Übungen, Anregungen und Möglichkeiten sich vertiefend mit psychedelischen Erfahrungen auseinanderzusetzen.  
Der Workshop findet an allen Tagen von 10:00 – 18:00 Uhr statt.

Was ist der theoretische Hintergrund? 

BEYOND EXPERIENCE stützt sich auf die Theorien und Methoden der Acceptance und Commitment Therapy (ACT). Diese dient als wissenschaftlich begründeter Bezugsrahmen im Umgang mit psychedelischen Erfahrungen. Sie gelten als “den Geist manifestierend” und können uns etwas über unsere Art in der Welt zu sein zeigen. 

Nachdem sich BEYOND EXPERIENCE in fünf Testdurchläufen bewährt hat, bieten wir den Kurs jetzt in seiner Standardform anWir haben auf der Grundlage wissenschaftler Theorien, durch Ausprobieren und mithilfe differenzierten Feedbacks einen mehrtägigen Gruppenprozess erstellt, der dazu dient, ein tieferes Verständnis der eigenen psychedelischen Prozesse zu ermöglichen und auch zukünftige Erfahrungen mit erweiterten Bewusstseinszuständen vorzubereiten.  

Wie funktioniert BEYOND EXPERIENCE? 

Wir arbeiten nicht nur mit Wissensvermittlung, sondern üben den Wechsel zwischen verschiedenen Bewusstseinszuständen (ego-states) und deren Interpretationen aktiv ein, z. B. durch Trancereisen und Meditationsübungen.  Ziel ist es, jedem Teilnehmer ein individuelles Methodenset zur Verfügung zu stellen, das es erleichtert, einen persönlichen Entwicklungsweg zu gehen und das eigene Wohlbefinden zu steigern. 

Die Methoden im Kurs reichen von Variationen des automatischen Schreibens, intensiven Musiktrancen, der Arbeit mit Selbst-Anteilen, körperbezogenen Interventionen, hypnotherapeutischen Trance-Reisen bis zu Mindfulness-Meditationspraktiken.  

Es gibt theoretische Einheiten zu substanzbezogenen Themen, Set-und-Setting, Tripsitting und grundlegenden Konzepten zu einem fundierten Verständnis von “Integration”. Das alles geschieht im Rahmen eines starken und förderlichen Selbsterfahrungsprozesses in der Gruppe. 

Vorbereitung 

Jede/r TeilnehmerIn füllt ein medizinisches Formular aus, damit mögliche Kontraindikationen bezüglich des intensiven Selbsterfahrungskontextes vorab geprüft werden können. Dazu gehören psychische Vorbelastungen wie psychotische Episoden oder schwere PTBS (Posttraumatische Belastungsstörung) oder körperliche Komplikationen wie Epilepsie oder Herzerkrankungen. Bei Fragen zur Eignung für die Teilnahme treten wir mit den InteressentInnen in Kontakt, um gegebenenfalls geeignete Aktivitäten oder TherapeutInnen vorzuschlagen. 

FAQs

Klicken Sie hier, um Antworten auf häufig gestellte Fragen bezüglich des MIND Integration Programms BEYOND EXPERIENCE zu erhalten.

Wichtiger Hinweis 

In diesem Kurs werden keine psychoaktiven Substanzen eingesetzt. “Integration” ist kein Codewort, sondern ein Prozess, ein Zustand und eine Haltung, die zu einem sinnorientierten Umgang mit veränderten Wachbewusstseinszuständen beiträgt. 

Workshop

Workshopleiter: Dr. med. Andrea Jungaberle & David Heuer, M.A.

Zeit und Datum:
Workshoptage: 10.-14.06.2020

Der Workshop beginnt am 10.6. um 10 Uhr und endet am 14.6. um 18 Uhr.
Es gibt die Möglichkeit, vom 9. auf den 10. im Kapellenhof zu übernachten, allerdings nur mit late Check-In ab 22 Uhr und einem gebuchten Zimmer. Aufenthalt vor Ort ist aber im Gemeinschaftsraum schon ab ca. 20 Uhr möglich.

Übernachtung und Verpflegung:
Die 
TeilnehmerInnen übernachten und essen im Kapellenhof. Wir bitten alle TeilnehmerInnen die entsprechenden Buchungen selbst vorzunehmen: http://www.seminarhaus-kapellenhof.de/


Es 
entstehen die folgenden zusätzlichen Kosten: 

Kosten für Übernachtung pro Tag:

Vollpension Einzelzimmer – 75 Euro

Reine Übernachtung                     

– im Einzelzimmer: 40 Euro

Wird ein Mehrbettzimmer als Einzel- oder Doppelzimmer genutzt, gelten die Preise für Einzel- oder Doppelzimmer. Bei Nichteinhaltung der Buchung bis eine Woche vor Buchungsbeginn entfallen jegliche Kosten. Wird die Reservierung jedoch nicht eingehalten, werden die gesamten Kosten in Rechnung gestellt.

Preise für die einzelnen Mahlzeiten oder Verpflegung:

Frühstück: 15 Euro

Mittagessen: 20 Euro

Abendessen: 20 Euro

Vollpension ohne Übernachtung: 55 Euro

Tagespauschale, wenn keinerlei Verpflegung gebucht: 5 Euro

Sonstiges:

Miete Bettbezüge: 10 Euro

Miete Handtücher: 5 Euro

Anmeldegebühr

Die Anmeldegebühr enthält die Teilnahme in einer der MIND Integration Prozess-Gruppen an den festgelegten Tagen, Druckmaterial, den Großteil des im Workshop verwendeten künstlerischen Materials, sowie Getränke (Saft und Wasser) und kleine Snacks während des Workshops. Mahlzeiten und Kaffee sind nicht enthalten. Die Teilnahme kann nicht auf unterschiedliche BEYOND EXPERIENCE Gruppen verteilt werden.
Teilnahmegebühr: zwischen 500€ und 750€ – für 5-Tage. Es gibt eine Early Bird Phase und reduzierte Tickets. Wir freuen uns auf Ihre/deine Teilnahme. Sie können bis zum 9. April reduzierte Early Bird Tickets erwerben.

Train-the-trainer- Qualifikation: Facilitator-Ausbildung in BEYOND EXPERIENCE

Vom 6-10 Mai 2020 findet der erste Facilitator-Kurs in BEYOND EXPERIENCE statt. Wir bilden Kursleiter aus, die das Integrationsprogramm selbstständig (in Duos) unterrichten. Die Ausbildung einer größeren Gruppe von Facilitators ist auch notwendig für die Evaluationsstudie, die wir danach beginnen möchten.
Der Besuch mindestens eines BEYOND EXPERIENCE Kurses ist Voraussetzung für den Zugang zur Facilitator-Ausbildung.

While psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca are making headlines as promising treatments for a wide range of mental disorders, the potential role of psychotherapy within these treatments is sometimes overlooked. But how exactly can psychotherapy affect the learning processes that are facilitated by psychedelic drugs? How will the incorporation of psychedelics shape the advancement of psychotherapy in the 21st century? Could there be distinct roles in psychotherapy for different psychedelics? And what is there to say, from a psychotherapeutic perspective, about current efforts to design “bad-trip-free” psychedelic drugs? These and other exciting questions will be addressed in this interview-based webinar with Rafael Lancelotta. Questions and comments by the audience will be welcome.

This event will be presented by Dr. Max Wolff, a clinical psychologist and member of a study team that is currently preparing a large-scale clinical trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for treatment-resistant depression in Germany.  

 

ABOUT RAFAEL LANCELOTTA

Rafael Lancelotta is a therapist at Innate Path, a cannabis and ketamine assisted somatic therapy clinic located in Denver, Colorado. He received his MS in Counseling at the University of Wyoming. He has worked as a wilderness therapy guide, a counselor at a psychiatric hospital treating severe and persistent mental illness and medically supervised drug and alcohol detox, has worked on several research projects studying the epidemiology of 5-MeO-DMT use in the global population, serves as a board member of the Source Research Foundation whose mission it is to make psychedelic research more accessible to graduate students in the United States, and is also the administrator of 5meodmt.org, an online forum dedicated to hosting community discussions on harm reduction, integration, and safe practices around 5-MeO-DMT use. He interests are in the use of psychedelics paired with therapy for increased resiliency, mental health, and openness.

 

About the ZOOMING IN Webinar Series: 

The ZOOMING IN webinar series at the MIND Academy features in-depth conversations with researchers and clinicians involved in the re-emerging field of psychedelic therapy and neighbouring disciplines. 

 

Psychopharmakologie: aktueller Stand des Denkens und mögliche Entwicklungen

Psychopharmaka stellen seit den 1950er Jahren einen zentralen Pfeiler der Behandlung vieler psychiatrischer Erkrankungen dar. Sie haben die Praxis der Psychiatrie weltweit grundlegend verändert. Während ihre molekularen Wirkmechanismen im Detail verstanden werden, ist noch weitgehend unklar, wie sich die Bindung an einem bestimmten molekularen Ziel im Gehirn zu Veränderungen der Stimmung, der Emotionen oder des Verhaltens führt.

Das Paradigma, das die Psychiatrie und Psychopharmakologie seit Jahrzehnten beherrscht, ist, dass spezifische molekulare Defekte psychiatrischen Störungen zugrunde liegen und dass diese Defekte mit einer kontinuierlichen medikamentösen Behandlung behandelt werden müssen und können – analog zu z.B. dem Typ-1-Diabetes, dem ein Insulinmangel zugrunde liegt. Nach diesem Konzept werden psychische Störungen als „Stoffwechselstörungen des Gehirns“ betrachtet. Diese traditionelle Sichtweise ist zu eng und muss in Frage gestellt werden, nicht nur, weil sie möglicherweise die Entwicklung neuer Psychopharmaka in die falsche Richtung geführt hat. Ein großer Teil der mit den derzeit verfügbaren Arzneimitteln behandelten Patienten spricht nicht angemessen auf die Behandlung an, und ein noch größerer Teil erreicht keine Remission, d. H. Einen Zustand des vollständigen und anhaltenden Wohlbefindens. Viele Patienten mit psychischen Störungen werden trotz unzureichender Kontrolle ihrer Symptome, anhaltenden Leidens und erheblicher Nebenwirkungen, insbesondere bei kontinuierlicher Behandlung, langfristig behandelt. Es gibt sogar Hinweise darauf, dass eine medikamentöse Behandlung bei einigen Patienten die Behandlungsresistenz fördert. 

Auch Psychedelika haben ein definiertes molekulares Ziel, den 5-HT2A-Serotoninrezeptor, und zumindest für Psilocybin wurde gezeigt, dass die Bindung seines aktiven Metaboliten an dieses Ziel direkt mit der Intensität des psychedelischen Zustands korreliert. Aber auch hier ist es völlig rätselhaft, wie die agonistische Wirkung an einem Neurotransmitterrezeptor zu tiefgreifenden Veränderungen in der Wahrnehmung von sich selbst, Zeit und Raum führt. Ebenso unklar ist, wie Psychedelika ihre therapeutische Wirkung bei psychiatrischen Erkrankungen entfalten, die zumindest bei einigen Patienten überraschend lange anhalten.

Psychedelika stellen unser aktuelles Denken in Bezug auf die Neurobiologie psychiatrischer Störungen, die in der Psychiatrie vorherrschenden biologischen Behandlungsansätze und die Beziehung zwischen Gehirnfunktion und Psyche im Allgemeinen in Frage. Dieser Vortrag fasst das aktuelle Denken in der akademischen Psychiatrie zusammen und versucht, einige Zukunftsperspektiven für Forschung und klinische Praxis aufzuzeigen. 



Über Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gründer

Gerhard Gründer ist Professor an der Medizinischen Fakultät Mannheim der Universität Heidelberg. Er leitet die neue Abteilung für Molekulares Neuroimaging am Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit in Mannheim. Dr. Gründer absolvierte seine Facharztausbildung in Psychiatrie an der Universität Mainz, bevor er ein Fellowship in der Radiologischen Abteilung der Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, USA, durchführte. Nach seiner Rückkehr nach Deutschland war er als Assistenzprofessor am Institut für Psychiatrie der Universität Mainz tätig. Von 2004 bis 2017 war er Professor für Psychiatrie und stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Abteilung für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik der RWTH Aachen.
Gerd Gründer ist federführend an Initiativen zur Entwicklung von Psychedelika zu einer neuen Klasse psychiatrischer Medikamente
beteiligt.


Academic Program der MIND Foundation

Das Academic Program richtet sich an Praktizierende mit einer evidenzbasierten Berufspraxis, Wissenschaftler und Forscher. Es erfordert Kenntnisse über relevante Terminologie und die entsprechenden Hintergrundinformationen. Der Academic Track präsentiert sowohl Grundlagenforschung (z.B. in den Bereichen Medizin und Neurowissenschaften) als auch angewandte Wissenschaft (z.B. Psychotherapie und Gesundheitswesen).

Durch verschiedene Formate bieten wir die Möglichkeit zum interdisziplinären Dialog. Wir tun dies, um die Qualität psychedelischer Wissenschaft zu erhöhen. Das Academic Program konzentriert sich auf Dritte-Person-Perspektiven auf das Bewusstsein und insbesondere auf die psychedelische Erfahrung. Dritte-Person-Perspektiven sind objektiv, datenbasiert und beinhalten wissenschaftliche Methoden (z.B. fMRi, psychometrische Assessments).

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