A Day on Psychotherapy - The Weekend University

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.

You’ll learn:

  • 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. It could help to make all of the difference when it comes to the state of a person’s mind. Whether you decide to implement what you have learnt, or have taken on the idea of knowing the different alternative medications that are on offer to you, such as magic mushrooms, (www.topshelfshrooms.com/), then that choice is entirely yours. It will benefit you in being able to know how to improve your own quality of life, as well as those around you. However, always make sure that these mushrooms are legal in your country. In Canada, these are legal and becoming more a part of society; if you live in Canada and want to delve into the world of magic mushrooms, check out https://cbdandshrooms.com/product-category/magic-mushrooms-dried-goods/ to learn more.


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)

Full Day Pass: £43.23

Student Pass: £21.91


Sunday 16th December 2018

09:30 – 17:00 BST

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16/12/2018 09:30 AM
16/12/2018 5:00 PM
Birkbeck, University of London, London
The Weekend University – A Day on Psychotherapy

Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet Street, Bloomsbury,
London, WC1E 7HX

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.

Joel Vos - The Weekend University

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.

Helen Odell-Miller - The Weekend University

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. Visit this website to find out more information about where you can buy this sort of medicine in an easy capsule form. 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. If you suffer from depression and you’re thinking that small doses of magic mushrooms might alter your brain chemistry to the point of being able to manage your depressive episodes, there are sites out there that you’re able to purchase Psilocybin from, such as https://buyshroomsonline.org/product-category/magic-mushrooms/ or any other legitimate Psilocybin dispensaries you can find.

Robin Carhart-Harriss - The Weekend University

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:

    5 star review  My first Weekend Uni today .. a hot day, and a full lecture room. Three most interesting speakers to hear in person. Good on Niall for seeing the vision to arrange such days of insight. Moving our society forward with modern and real thinkers. I'd never heard of Johann Hari before, but I am now his newest fan.

    Andrew Gaskill Avatar Andrew Gaskill
    May 27, 2018

    5 star review  A well spent Sunday, great value, fabulous speakers and a brilliant setup. Well done Neil. Already booked for next month. Highly recommend today’s event and sorry I didn’t go sooner.

    Irene Grindell Avatar Irene Grindell
    May 27, 2018

    5 star review  All three speakers at today’s event (27 May) were just fantastic! Really insightful. I now have so much to think about in assimilating their ideas let alone read their books. This was my first event but won’t be my last - and I’m looking into getting access to the recordings of previous talks. Really impressed with the set up too! Very well done and thank you!

    Sue Bell Avatar Sue Bell
    May 27, 2018
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