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And, Ukraine's first Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Conference happens this Thursday!
[rhymes with ayahuasquero, for those of you who have recently arrived…]
In case you hadn’t noticed, just over a week ago we held our sixth full-strength conference; three days of conversation and colloquy, listening and learning from each other, an international community that holds so much in common; including a willingness to open up to areas of knowledge outside of those we are familiar with. To understand the pitfalls as well as the successes of working with psychedelic substances. And, to play, to enjoy, to dance together!
Here is the video we played at the start of the Opening Ceremony, to a Great Hall packed with over a thousand delegates:
The films of over 120 talks will soon begin to be uploaded to our YouTube channel, free for all to see.
Several newspapers, including The Guardian, reported on the launch of the University of Exeter’s forthcoming postgraduate qualification in Psychedelic Studies, a world first launched at Breaking Convention. We were especially excited to see ourselves featured on the local media site, DevonLive, meaning a very different audience is being reached.
Reviews and reports of the conference can be found in several places online, too numerous to mention, but we enjoyed Dennis Walker’s lively account, and the Psychedelics Today podcast (2:45 to 15:30).
Later this week, the Executive Directors will be meeting; not only to celebrate, but also to decide what happens next. Watch this space…!
Attending BC23 was as always a life-changing experience, for us as well as for those attending for the first time. It is so important to meet those working, researching, and benefitting from the treatments, to bring the stories to life in a way no media representation can. To remember how valuable it is, to do what we do, sharing the results of psychedelic research.
On behalf of the Breaking Convention Team
therapy in the treatment of post-traumatic conditions: International Experience and Prospects for Implementation in Ukraine
Meanwhile, in Ukraine on Thursday May 4th, a ground-breaking conference takes place. Leading foreign experts will share insights on the international practice of psychedelic-assisted therapy (PAT), the latest scientific research findings, and the legislative regulation of PAT around the world. Ukrainian experts will address domestic challenges within mental health services. Additionally, military veterans from both Ukraine and abroad will share their personal experiences with PAT. It will be held in a military hospital, with 100 government leaders, doctors, and military leaders, with the hope that they can help reschedule the substances.
It will feature David Nutt, Amanda Feilding, Robin Carhart-Harris, Rick Doblin, Mary Cosimano, Ingmar Gorman and others. There will be free online streaming in English and Ukrainian.
More information and registration link can be found here:
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