Psychedelics, Music and Meaning: A full day of talks exploring breakthrough approaches to psychotherapy.
Can psychotherapy help you uncover a sense of purpose and meaning in life?
What physiological effects does music have on the human mind?
How is psychedelic-psychotherapy being used to ‘reset’ the brains of those suffering with treatment-resistant depression?
These are just some of the topics the speakers will discuss at ‘A Day on Psychotherapy’ at The Weekend University. It’ll be a full day of talks exploring the rapidly growing evidence-base for these groundbreaking forms of therapy.
- Meaning-centred psychotherapy; the fascinating science of how meaning is being used in a clinical setting to help people overcome psychological problems, and live a more meaningful, purposeful life
- Music therapy; the latest innovative ways music is used in therapeutic practice to treat mental health problems such as depression and anxiety
- Psychedelic psychotherapy; how these ancient medicines are safely being used in a therapeutic setting to ‘reset the brains’ of those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
You’ll learn how these insights can improve your own quality of life, but also your ability to help others too.
The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the theme of Psychotherapy
- 10:00am – 12:00pm: Meaning-Centred Psychotherapy – Dr Joel Vos, PhD
- 12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch break
- 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Music Therapy: An Introduction – Dr Helen Odell-Miller, OBE
- 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Afternoon break
- 3:15pm – 5:00pm: Psychedelic Psychotherapy – Dr Robin Carhart-Harriss, PhD
- 5:20pm – 7:00pm: Attendee Social & Networking (Optional)
Lectures & Speakers
Meaning Centred Psychotherapy – Dr Joel Vos, PhD
Can psychotherapy help you uncover a sense of purpose and meaning in life? A deep desire in every human being is the search for a fulfilling life – one worthy of its time, endeavour and pain, a life with value and meaning. Although most therapies offer clients some tools to live a meaningful life, meaning-centered therapies explicitly and systematically help people do this.
A recently published review of 60 clinical trials found meaning-centered therapy to be extremely effective in reducing psychological problems and improving quality of life. In this lecture, Dr Joel Vos, PhD, will give an introduction into this exciting new field; starting with the work of Viktor Frankl, to the latest scientific research on meaning in life. You’ll learn about the different skills practitioners use to help clients, and also how you can adopt these approaches for your own life.
Dr Joel Vos (www.joelvos.com) is clinical psychologist, philosopher and director of the internet platform Meaning Online. He works as researcher and lecturer at The Metanoia Institute and the New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling in London. He is chair of the successful IMEC International Meaning Conferences London. Joel has over 70 scientific publications to his name, including the books ‘Meaning in Life: an Evidence-Based Handbook for Practitioners’ (Palgrave McMillan) and ‘Fifty Pictures of Living a Meaningful Life’ (amazon.co.uk).
Music Therapy: An Introduction – Dr Helen Odell-Miller OBE
Can music therapy be used to treat common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety? What physiological effects does music have on the human brain? This lecture will explore the professional practice of music therapy in the 21st century, and how and why music is used in therapeutic practice.
Drawing on clinical case studies and current research, you’ll get an introduction to music therapy approaches from musicology, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience, and learn how practitioners integrate it in their practice. You’ll learn about the effectiveness of music therapy for treating adults with mental health issues, children with autism and those suffering with dementia.
Dr Helen Odell-Miller, OBE is a Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She has pioneered music therapy approaches over 40 years in the National Health Service, and in universities, travelling the world and developing international consortia and partnerships.
Professor Miller has led arts therapies clinical and research teams, advised the government on music therapy and is author of several texts. She is also a singer, violinist and pianist.
Psychedelic Psychotherapy – Dr Robin Carhart-Harriss, PhD (Preview)
Psychedelics have an ancient and more recent history of medicinal-use. Administered in a supportive environment, with preparatory and integrative psychological care, psychedelic medicines are now being used to facilitate emotional breakthrough and renewed perspective.
Indeed, a growing body of research is indicating that these medicines, when provided with accompanying psychological support, can be used safely to treat a range of psychiatric conditions, such as end-of-life anxiety and depression, alcohol and tobacco addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and most recently, treatment-resistant major depression. This talk, from Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD, will detail his latest fascinating research on psilocybin for depression, as well as the results of his brain imaging work with other psychedelics.
Dr Robin Carhart-Harris heads the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London, where he moved to in 2008 after obtaining a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol and an MA in Psychoanalysis from Brunel University. At Imperial, he has conducted and overseen human brain imaging studies of the effects of LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), MDMA and DMT (ayahuasca), plus a clinical trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression.
As of November 2018, he will be Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, where he will lead a new Centre for Psychedelic Research. Three of his papers ranked within the top 100 most impactful scientific papers of the year, over the last two years. His work has been featured in the Independent, New Scientist and Wired magazine.
What TWU attendees are saying:
Great initiative! For people that like myself are passionate about psychology but wouldn't commit to long term course or training it's a wonderful opportunity to listen to qualified professionals in the area in a relaxed atmosphere.
Just attended my second Weekend University day of lectures at Birkbeck, this time on Memories, Dreams and Existentialism. A great mix of speakers, styles and content which left me wanting to go home and find out more about two out of the three subjects. Fantastic to see Emmy Van Deurzen in action - she's a bit of a heroine of mine! One tip would be to ask the audience to fill up the rows of seats before the start as inevitably some people arrive late (like I did) and it was all a bit chaotic at the back of the auditorium. There were empty seats near the walls but no way to get to them without having four or five people stand up.
Great initiative. Eminent speakers, fascinating talks.
Another amazing day of learning! Thank you Niall.
I just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Sunday. The presenters were all highly engaging and the material fascinating. I am ever so grateful to have been able to attend and look forward to any future similar events with 'zest'!
I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a well organized event with fantastic informative talks by knowledgeable and charismatic speakers. Looking forward to future events.
Great event, 3 fantastic lectures presented
I found the 3 speakers to be extremely well prepared, professional, charismatic, authentic in their delivery of there content. They all had something to share. They were very clear on the "takeaways" which I found in important for such a long day. They all 3 were also very generious in spending time after their talk, to answer more 1-2-1 questions on the side of the room. Very generious. I look forward to future weekend university days.
Just to say that I was so impressed with the quality of the lectures today. It is rare to find that kind of substance, and I imagine you looked long and hard to choose. You are doing a great job. I will definitely come again and tell those I know who would be very interested.
I have attended lots of psychology workshops and would rate this organisation very highly. Interesting, engaging speakers and well run course at an affordable price. Well done Niall. You deserve to do very well
What an intense and heartening day, Jan 28th at Birkbeck U venue. Despite being crowded (testiment to the desire for these events and the calibre) we were comfortable enough to be riveted by the material for hours. I appreciated the free coffee, because the day was long for those like me who come from outside the city. I look forward to the slides being sent to fill out my notes. Fellow audients were warm and attending for a variety of reasons, and are the second fab reason to be there for the day.
Just attended Scientific Behaviour Change - Ancient Wisdom & Modern Psychology and had the most fantastic, enlightening and inspiring day. All three speakers were at a tremendously high level and (to echo the reviewer below) the variety of approaches and theories around a single topic gave great insight. I've already booked for next month.
Today's event was so good, I immediately booked for next one in February!😀
The day of Psychology was really insightful, it has inspired me to start researching into all spectrums of mental health & psychology. Something I particularly liked about the day, was the contrast and variety of theories and approaches by each of the three speakers
Interesting lectures on a variety of areas of Psychology and well organised.
A really good mix of topics. I was engaged all day and i'm looking forward to the next one!
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