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Chacruna Institute Releases Second Workshop on Implicit Biases for Psychedelic Therapists, Researchers and Educators | New

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – About Mon 13 December 2021, the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines will organize an interactive workshop “Implicit Bias, Therapy and Psychedelics: Reducing the Impact of Bias on Therapy, Education, Training and Research. ”Participants in this workshop will learn about implicit biases, what they are, why they occur and how they impact our interactions in personal and professional contexts.

As the decriminalization, legalization, and medicalization of psychedelics advance in the United States, relatively little has been done to address the racism and injustice that individuals at BIPOC face every day. “After the success and the warm welcome of our first workshop on this subject, we are proud to release a second edition, which continues to strengthen the mission of our racial equity and access committee.” Bia Labate, Ph.D., social anthropologist and executive director of the Chacruna Institute.

“The hardest part about implicit bias is that we don’t know we have it and we have no idea how it affects our relationships with others, including our clients,” says NiCole T. Buchanan, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, author of “Psychedelic Justice: Creating a Socially Just Psychedelic Renaissance“and member of the Chacruna Institute Racial Equity and Access Committee. “Knowing how to deal with stigma will make you a better therapist, mentor, and scholar. This interactive workshop will not only educate you about prejudices, but also give you practical skills to reduce their impact and proactively tackle prejudices when they arise. “

The main objectives of the workshop are to:

1) Raise awareness of the implicit bias and its evolution over time;

2) Understand how implicit biases can compromise client / client / patient care, interfere with healthy workplace relationships, and put individuals and organizations at risk for litigation;

3) Describe the costs associated with implicit bias and its impact on education, business, medical and mental health practice, client care, trust, and supplier-client alliance;

4) Examine individual, supervisory and organizational strategies to manage and reduce implicit biases and their impact;

5) Learn face-to-face strategies for dealing with stigma.

“It is not a question of knowing if there is an implicit bias, but rather to what extent it impacts our personal and professional interactions”, shares Diana quinn, ND, naturopathic doctor and member of the Access and Racial Equity Committee of the Chacruna Institute. “Dr. that of Nicole Buchanan The expertise of this workshop will be a guide for those seeking to increase their awareness of implicit bias and develop strategies to reduce its impact and acquire greater cultural competence. “

Last summer, PLANS and several other psychedelic organizations posted their #BlackLivesMatter solidarity statements on social media sites to join the global conversation on racism, social justice and the alliance. While the vast majority of commentators supported and applauded these anti-racist efforts, many comments were hostile and anti-BLM, which revealed that racism is rife within the psychedelic community. In response, members of the Racial Equity and Access Committee of the Chacruna Institute analyzed comment sections several declarations of solidarity from psychedelic organizations on social networks, and discovered several myths perpetuated by members of the psychedelic field. Some of these myths include:

1) That talking about race is a racist act

2) Taking psychedelics automatically cures someone of their racism

3) Psychedelics put you in unity with the cosmos and all beings

“These myths are just not true!” exclaimed Doctor Labate. “During the workshop, we will not only discuss these myths, but practice concrete strategies to reduce stigma and improve our racial bonds and other differences.”

With this workshop, the Chacruna Institute and its Racial Equity and Access Committee continue to lead by example on how psychedelic organizations can integrate solidarity, equity and social justice into their professional and personal work. .

Want a taste? See Dr Buchanan’s TedxMSU lecture, Excising a Mind Virus: Individual and Institutional Responsibility to Reduce Implicit Bias.



The Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Medicines, an organization co-founded by a Brazilian anthropologist Dr. Bia Labate and American psychologist Dr. Clancy cavnar, produces high-quality herbal and psychedelic research and helps spread academic knowledge in more accessible formats. We educate the public and create cultural understanding and legitimacy around these substances so that they stop being stigmatized and banned. Chacruna also promotes a bridge between the world of medicinal plants and the emerging field of psychedelic science, between “traditional ceremonial use” and clinical and therapeutic contexts, bringing social science knowledge and perspectives to health professionals. and practitioners of psychedelic assistance. therapy. Finally, we encourage cultural and political reflections on the field of psychedelic science and facilitate conversations about controversial topics that simmer on the sidelines as psychedelics become mainstream.

NiCole T. Buchanan, Ph.D., obtained his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is now a professor of psychology at University of Michigan and the clinical director and founder of Alliance Psychological Associates, PLLC at East Lansing, MI where she sees clients, provides supervision and mentors other mental health professionals. Dr Buchanan is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, four separate divisions of the American Psychological Association, and has received numerous national and international awards for his research, teaching, clinical work, and professional service. She is an accomplished speaker, writer and scholar with over sixty journal articles, book chapters and research reports focusing on workplace behaviors and their impact on organizational climate, employee well-being and professional development. Her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including CBS News, The Huffington Post, and Essence Magazine, and she has been a guest speaker for several programs including TEDx and National Public Radio (NPR).

Dr Buchanan consults with organizations and staff across the country, including medical professionals, lawyers, academic psychologists and practitioners, human resource managers, and campus, city and state police departments. . It offers several training programs on improving positive work environments, reducing harassment and stigma, and promoting respectful and values-driven workplaces and behaviors that strengthen workgroup cohesion, profitability and client / patient relationships.

Dr Buchanan is also a member of the Chacruna Racial Equity and Access Committee, which ensures that traditionally marginalized racial, ethnic and Indigenous communities have access to these curative drugs and are actively included in the field of psychedelic studies at all levels.

Finally, in his spare time, Dr. Buchanan jumps out of planes, rides the freeway on his cherry red V-Star 950 motorbike, and travels across the country teaching Latin dance.

Media contact

Francisco rivarola, Chacruna Institute, 1 (580) 744-0990, [email protected]

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