• November 19, 2018
  • 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • CIIS 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, 94103
Add to Calendar 11/19/2018 2:00 pm 11/19/2018 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Women and Psychedelics Forum This forum addresses gendered psychedelic spirituality and ways of healing; the personal use and professional risk of psychedelics; and the biomedical concerns within the psychedelic community. CIIS 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, 94103 East–West Psychology EWP@ciis.edu false MM/DD/YYYY

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Women and Psychedelics Forum

November 19, 2 pm to 9 pm

The psychedelic community in the US and the field of psychedelic science have both historically been heavily male-oriented with a deep under-representation of women. Few women serve on boards of non-profits and philanthrophic organizations; this affects the production of knowledge on psychedelics. A lack of diversity has not only influenced the course of scientific research, but also of drug policy-reform activism and psychedelic-related spirituality. This unique forum aims to challenge the effects of this imbalance. Among the twelve women presenting are some of our most esteemed elders; the forum features prominent voices from both the psychedelic underground and academic researchers. Presenters will address such topics as gendered psychedelic spirituality and ways of healing; personal use and professional risk; biomedical and social science research; drug policy reform and activism; intersections of gender, race, and class; and sex, seduction, and safety within psychedelic communities. The intention of the forum is to help solidify opposition to oppression, including in its racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, xenophobic, and transphobic forms.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Continuing Education Credits Available. Please see ticketing information.

Ticketing Information

- Faculty, students, and staff of CIIS: $ 15.00
- Public: $ 40.00
- Continuing education credit: $ 80.00
- Scholarships available (please apply via our Eventbrite page!)

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals (5.0 CE hours):

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Stephen Julich at sjulich@ciis.edu. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.


2:00 - 2:45pm - Registration

2:45 - 2:55pm - Opening - Bia Labate

2:55 - 3:00pm - Launching of the Ayahuasca Community Guide to Preventing Sexual Abuse - Emily Sinclair

3:00 - 3:40pm - Keynote Address - Kathleen Harrison - Feminism, The Feminine, and Psychedelics: The Past 50 years

3:40 - 4:00 - Presentation - Sara Reed - Ego Dissolution, Racial Wounds, and the Female Body: A Journey Home

4:00 - 6:00pm - Panel 1 - Women's Spirituality, Feminism in Psychedelic Studies, and Drug Reform Activism

  • Moderator: Jae Sevelius
  • Annette Williams - Women, Spirituality and Plant Based Medicines
  • Val Corral - The Economy of Healing
  • Wendy Chapkis - Trouble in Paradise: Lessons in Gender, Race, and Class Inequality in Marijuana Legalization
  • Michelle Corbin - The personal is political: The feminist possibilities of psychedelic praxis

6:00 - 7:00pm - Dinner break

7:00 - 9:00pm - Panel 2 - Power, Seduction and Safety in Psychedelic Communities

  • Moderator: Maria Mangini
  • Alicia Danforth - Coming Down from the Psychedelic Power Trip
  • Clancy Cavnar - Gender, Patriarchalism and Power in Ayahuasca Communities
  • Annie Oak - Radical Risk Reduction and Community Conflict Resolution
  • Jodie Evans - Bringing Gifts from Ayahuasca into Form

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