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Psychedelics and Psychoanalysis, Winter 2022 | Online

This Reading & Study Group uses contemporary and historical sources to teach the numerous ways psychoanalysis and psychedelics have been, and are, involved with one another.


Dr. Jeffrey Guss


Live / Online


$1,200 for 12-sessions
$1,265 ticket with CE

Course Description

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Utilize familiar psychoanalytic concepts to understand the changes in consciousness that can occur during psychedelic states
  • Discuss ego death and ego dissolution as central phenomena in the process of psychedelic therapy and how this relates to change processes in psychoanalysis
  • Compare the applications of psychedelic treatment in mid 20th Century psychoanalytic work to current applications that are emerging
  • Describe in detail the differences between psychedelic therapy and psycholytic therapy
  • Critique the contributions of mid-20th century psychoanalysts to psychedelic scholarship, especially the work of Betty Eisner, PhD
  • Utilize basic information from the field of neuropsychoanalysis to understand changes in narrative identity that occur both in psychoanalysis and psychedelic therapy
  • Critique the concept of “reduction in psychological defensiveness” as an effect of psychedelic treatment
  • Explain the components of the mystical state in the language of psychoanalysis, and integrate this knowledge with approaches to clinical treatment
  • Discuss the contributions that Jungian psychoanalysts have brought to the field of psychedelic therapy
  • Describe the phenomena of “hyperassociative” or “unconstrained” mind and relate this understanding to psychoanalytic change mechanisms
  • Describe the altered states of consciousness that emerge in psychoanalysis, itself, and critique how this is similar/different from psychedelic states of consciousness
  • Compare the behavioral therapy model of “psychological flexibility” to the methods and goals of psychoanalysis
  • Describe contemporary unifying theories of psychedelic action using 21st-century models of predictive processing, integrated information theory, and Carhart-Harris’ REBUS model
  • Explain how psychoanalysis, both as a method and a theory, offers a particularly valuable conceptualization of “set and setting” and bring this knowledge to the field of psychedelic therapy

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