Virtual Community Conversations: "Hallucinogens and Psychotherapy"

Jan 25, 2022, 6:30 pm

2022 Virtual Community Conversations with Dr. Dave: The Humanities in Our News

The humanities help us understand ourselves and other people, fosters social justice and inclusivity, and give us tools for community healing and global transformation. This next year, we will examine each month a different issue in the news, for the purpose of understanding what local and global events tell us about ourselves and developing new ways of thinking about and responding to our local and global worlds. Our topics may range from gun violence and mask mandates to UFO sightings and astrological predictions. Each meeting we will first hear an expert’s opinions and then open the conversation to all participants for civil dialogue about the topic.

Dr. David Derezotes, University of Utah

Hallucinogens and Psychotherapy
Tuesday, January 25th, 2022
6:30 – 8pm on Zoom
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This conversation will focus on the current research on therapeutic benefits of hallucinogens. We will also address the risks, the stigma involved in their use, and the cultural history and implications of their uses.

Guest facilitator:
Miriam Barth, Doctoral student & psychedelic somatic therapist

Miriam Barth is a doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy Program at the University of Utah. She is currently studying cannabis-assisted psychotherapy as a potential psychotherapeutic tool to treat trauma-related symptoms like PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, Miriam is a psychedelic somatic therapist, trained by the Psychedelic Somatic Institute and works primarily with cannabis with her clients.

Miriam’s background is in human and community development and humanitarianism, serving in the Peace Corps, overseeing international sustainable growth projects as the International Service Director for a local nonprofit called Youthlinc, and leading youth initiatives for local and global service projects as the Utah Rotary Youth Chair (Rotary is the largest international humanitarian organization in the world.). Miriam loves dancing with her six-year-old daughter, traveling, geeking out on how to optimize the human condition, and stargazing.

Info on Community Conversations:
The first 30 minutes will be spent with a trained facilitator asking topical questions and allowing a guest "expert" to share their views. Afterward will be a 60-minute guided dialogue with all participants getting the chance to offer opinions or ask questions.

Participants must register for the conversation beforehand in order to receive instructions and the Zoom link.

We emphasize that these conversations are not debates, town halls, lectures, or presentations - rather, it is a dialogue in which everyone who attends has an equal voice. At the beginning of each conversation we ask everyone to agree to follow certain conversation agreements allowing for a respectful and confidential experience.

These conversations are not recorded to ensure a brave space while respecting participants' confidentiality.

Utah Humanities

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Event Contact:

David S. Derezotes