Evening with Rick Doblin, Ph.D. and Guests (Vancouver, Canada)

October 28, 2017

From the event website:

MAPS Canada is conducting research into MDMA-Assisted Therapy for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with full approval and involvement from Health Canada and the U.S.Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

This is the FIRST legal research investigating the treatment potential of psychedelic-assisted therapies in Canada since 1972.

In September 2015 we concluded our Phase 2 clinical trial in Vancouver, B.C. and the early data has been very promising. We are now preparing for our final Phase 3 clinical trial which is the FINAL step required to make MDMA-assisted psychotherapy a legal prescription treatment.

Join us for a night of information and good times.


Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director MAPS

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four-year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and one of three children (two in college)

Mark Haden, Executive Director of MAPS Canada

Mark Haden is Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health. He has been published on the issue of drug policy in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, and the International Journal of Drug Policy. Haden was involved in producing the Health Officers Council paper on the regulation of illegal drugs in 2005. He currently provides public education on drugs and drug policy and is a parent with two children and an active member of the Vancouver outdoor recreation community.

Dr. Gabor Maté

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.

Charlotte Jackson, Phase 3 Therapist

Charlotte is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has worked in Mental Health and Substance Use for over 15 years.She works from a harm reduction, strengths-based, trauma-informed perspective, as well as from an anti-oppression framework. She works with individuals and couples addressing trauma, anxiety, depression and life transitions. 

Currently, Charlotte is training with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to be a therapist in the Phase III study using MDMA assisted therapy for individuals with treatment-resistant PTSD. Her mentor is Andrew Feldmar, social phenomenologist, and radical psychotherapist.

Charlotte believes in each individual’s innate capacity to move towards wholeness and healing given the right conditions.

We are an independent, local business created out of passion, enthusiasm and a belief that floating, as a practice, can help a large majority of people. The float tank (isolation tank or sensory deprivation tank) is an amazingly simple, yet powerful tool that can enhance one’s overall living experience. A highly reduced sensory environment, such as a float tank, is known for inducing natural psychedelic-like experiences that can be very healing. Reducing all external reality potently calms the central nervous system and redirects one’s awareness deeply within.

Our entrepreneurial pursuit within an unregulated and relatively unknown industry has been one of great commitment, patience, adaptation, excitement, and discovery. Through our experiences, we have developed a deep appreciation for the work that organizations like MAPS Canada are completing. We understand how important community support is when you are paving the way, that is why we have chosen to support MAPS Canada.

For more information, visit the event website.