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International Summit on Psychedelic
Therapies for Mental Illness

Summit Program

International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness

19 and 20 November 2021

Day 1: Friday 19th November
8:45am – 9:15am (AEDT) Opening Welcome to Country, video/song and short welcome to Mind Medicine Australia
Session 1


Why do we need psychedelic-assisted therapies? The current state of mental health globally, existing treatments and the need for innovation

International Keynotes:

Professor David Nutt (UK) – The neuroscience of new treatments

Johann Hari (UK) – What can psychedelics teach us about the deeper causes of depression, anxiety and addiction?

Dr Ben Sessa (UK) – MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: The results of the BIMA trial

Prof Roland Griffiths (USA) – Psychedelic occasioned belief changes about the nature of reality: Therapeutic and ethical implications

Moderator: Peter Hunt AM

10:45am Hot spots, display booths, posters, videos, yoga
Session 2


The Science of Psychedelics: Therapeutic mechanisms and clinical outcomes for a range of mental illnesses and other conditions

International Keynotes:

Professor Robin Carhart-Harris (USA) – The brain and therapeutic mechanisms of classic psychedelics

Dr Reid Robison (USA) – Psychedelics and Eating Disorders

Professor Matt Johnson (USA) – From Depression to Addiction: An Overview of the Therapeutic Trials of Psilocybin at Johns Hopkins University

Moderator: Professor Arthur Christopoulos (AUST) and Hamilton Morris (USA)

1:30pm-2:30pm Hot spots, display booths, posters, videos, yoga
Session 3

2:30pm – 4:00pm


Creating the Future: What the Psychedelic Industry Will Look Like 5 Years Out?   

Panel Conversation with Peter Hunt AM:

Kelsey Ramsden (Mindcure), Srinivas Rao (ATAI), Mike Winlo (Emyria), Lyle Oberg (Mynd Sciences), Joseph Araujo (Mindset Pharma)

4:30pm – 9:00pm Explorations into consciousness

A range of videos and programs for our delegates viewing


Day 2: Saturday 20th November
Session 4

9:00am – 11:00 am (AEDT)

Anthropology, Indigenous Wisdom and expanded states of consciousness for healing and growth

International keynotes:

Dr Wade Davis CM (Canada) – The Shamanic Art of Healing

Dr Alberto Villoldo (USA) – The Return of the Sacred: Myth, Magic and Psychotherapy in a Challenging World

Dr Adele LaFrance (USA) – Classic Psychedelics, Spirituality and Emotion Processing – Mechanisms of Mental Health in the General Population

Dr Gabor Mate (Canada) – What I Have Personally Learned From Working With Psychedelics

Moderator: Tania de Jong AM

11:00am – 11:45am Hot Spot Sessions, Display, posters, videos, yoga
Session 5

11:45am – 1:15pm

Living until you die – the promise of psilocybin-assisted therapy with terminally ill patients

International Keynotes:

Dr Bill Richards (USA)

Francoise Bourzat (USA) – Trauma, Dying, Grief and sacred mushroom healing

Dr Gabby Agin-Liebes (USA)

Moderator: Dr Lynn-Marie Morski (USA)

1:15pm – 2:15pm Hot Spot Sessions, Display, posters, videos, yoga
Session 6

2:15pm – 4:00pm

Depression, Trauma, Addiction, Veterans and Suicide: Getting to the root cause

International Keynote: Dr Rick Doblin (USA) and Professor Jenny Mitchell (USA)

Panel Conversation moderated by Dr Patrycja Slawuta (USA) with Dr Rick Doblin, Professor Jenny Mitchell, Admiral Chris Barrie AC, Michael Raymond, Dr Eli Kotler
4:00pm – 4:45pm Hot Spot Sessions, Display, posters, videos, yoga
Session 7

4:45pm – 6:00pm

The way forwards for Australia: Ethical, legal, professional development and implementation frameworks for psychedelic treatments

International keynote: Dr Simon Longstaff AO – Those Who Walk Away: responding to the suffering of others.

Panel Conversation with Dr Simon Longstaff AO, John Skerritt, Hon Andrew Robb AO moderated by Peter Hunt AM and Tania de Jong AM
6:00pm – 7:15pm Action Steps We Can ALL Take and Final Words – Q & A/breakout groups with audience and reporting back from each group to ALL (moderated)

Hot spots are intimate conversation circles for smaller groups with one or more of the keynote speakers.
* This program is subject to change. We will be adding all sorts of wonderful surprises to make sure this will be a memorable and inspiring event.

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