Sofia University to Sponsor Psychedelic Science 2013 International Conference

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Sofia will also host a separate psychedelics event on May 2, 2013: “Psychedelic Experience: Healing, Growth and Discovery”

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Our students... are doing psychedelic clinical studies at Yale and Johns Hopkins University. Sofia University is one of the few academic institutions in the world that supports graduate study in this area."

Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) will serve as a co-sponsor for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Psychedelic Science Conference 2013. The conference attracts an international crowd of experts in the field and will be held in Oakland, California from April 18-23, 2013. The school’s co-founder, James Fadiman, Ph.D., will hold a workshop at the conference titled, “Psychedelic Horizons Beyond Psychotherapy.”

Fadiman is co-founder of Sofia University and co-teaches its courses on psychedelic research and clinical issues. The class covers clinical research on psychedelic drugs as adjuncts to psychotherapy for the treatment of addiction, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and existential distress at the end of life, as well as how to address psychedelic experiences that clients bring into psychotherapy.

Fadiman commented, "Our students whose dissertations have dealt with psychedelic issues are doing psychedelic clinical studies at Yale and Johns Hopkins University. Sofia University is one of the few academic institutions in the world that supports graduate study in this area, thus fulfilling part of its mission to remain at the forefront of clinical training and emerging research areas."

In addition to sponsoring the Psychedelic Science Conference this year, Sofia University will also hold an event on May 2, 2013, called, “Psychedelic Experience: Healing, Growth and Discovery.” The event will be hosted by James Fadiman and Brad Burge. Burge is the Communications Director for MAPS. Attendance is free and open to the public, and will also be available on Livestream at http://www.livestream.com/sofiauniversity. The event will include engaging dialogue on new research opportunities including discoveries in neuro-science, long-term effects of ongoing use, and work done in indigenous settings. The evening’s dialogue will also consider possibilities including chronic sleep disturbances, severe life-long allergies, academic test-taking, neuromuscular improvements, successful withdrawal from anti-depressants and the almost totally unreported on effects of micro-dosing as well as experiments in accelerated scientific problem-solving. Questions will be welcomed.

For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.sofia.edu/currents/wkshopsseminars.php .

About Sofia University

Founded in 1975, Sofia University is a private, non-sectarian university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For over 35 years, within the context of scholarship and research, the school has offered transformative education for the whole person, probing the mind, body, spirit connection. As Sofia University, the school is broadening its mission, reaching into multiple disciplines and adding undergraduate study. For more information, visit http://www.sofia.edu.

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