Pre-Conference Workshop: The New Era of Psychedelic Studies

MAPS 25th Anniversary Conference
Pre-Conference Workshop


with James Fadiman PhD & Thomas Roberts PhD

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Location TBA, Oakland Marriott City Center

CE & Psychedelic Education Program credit available

Workshop Program

Psychedelics, Medicine, and Science

  • Roberts: Psychedelics in Medical, Scientific, and Cultural Contexts
  • Fadiman: Basics of Therapeutic Sessions: Role of guides, role of patients, set and setting, patient screening, and the significance of rapport between guides and patients
  • Questions & Discussion

Psychedelics, Religion, and Spirituality

  • Roberts: Understanding Contemporary Mystical Experiences
  • Fadiman: Understanding Patients’ Religious and Spiritual Issues and Implications for Treatment
  • Questions & Discussion

Psychedelics, Cognition, and Intelligence

  • Fadiman: Uses of Psychedelics for Creative Problem Solving: A case study
  • Roberts: Uses of Psychedelics for Cognitive Enhancement
  • Questions & Discussion

The Future of Psychedelics in Medicine, Science, and Culture

  • Roberts: Multistate Theory: Psychedelics and mind/body medicine
  • Fadiman: Looking Forward: Micro-doses, psychedelic education, legal and regulatory policies, medical and psychological indications and contraindications, and the interface of legal-medical-theological concerns
  • Questions & Discussion

Workshop Participants

James Fadiman, Ph.D. earned his B.A. from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his personal psychedelic research a few weeks before starting his graduate work at Stanford where he did his dissertation on the effectiveness of LSD-assisted therapy. During the research lull of 40 years, he has held a variety of teaching, consulting, training, counseling, and editorial positions. He has taught in psychology departments, design engineering, and for the past three decades at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology that he co-founded. He has published textbooks, professional books, a self-help book, a novel, and a series of videos (“Drugs: The Children are Choosing”) for National Public Television. His books have been published in eight languages. He has been the subject of a one-hour documentary released by Page3 Films, featured in a National Geographic documentary and had three solo shows of his nature photography. He had his own consulting firm and sits on two non-profit boards as well as having been the president of several small natural resource companies. He has been involved in researching psychedelic for spiritual, therapeutic, and creative uses when it was legal and subsequently. He has recently published The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys.

Since 1981, Thomas Roberts, Ph.D., has taught Foundations of Psychedelic Studies, the world’s first catalog-listed psychedelic course at a university. His major publications include Psychedelic Medicine (2 vols), Psychedelic Horizons, Psychoactive Sacramentals and the online archive Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments. He is Professor Emeritus in the Honors Program at Northern Illinois University. He originated the celebration of Bicycle Day. His next book, The Fruitful Mind, is forthcoming in 2012. See also Dr. Roberts’ faculty webpage.

CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS). For questions about CE, visit the SCRC website or contact David Lukoff, PhD at or 707-763-3576.