This month’s event at The Weekend University will be ‘A Day on Psychotherapy’.
In this series of talks, we’ll explore how psychedelics, music and meaning are being used in a therapeutic context to help people overcome psychological problems and live a more meaningful, fulfilled life.
Attendees will learn:
- Meaning-centred psychotherapy; the fascinating science of how meaning is being used in a clinical setting to help people overcome psychological problems
- 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 with psychotherapy to ‘reset the brains’ of those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.
Ahead of the event, each speaker has recommended some books to help attendees prepare for their lectures.
Meaning Centred Psychotherapy – Dr Joel Vos, PhD
Dr Joel Vos (www.joelvos.com) is clinical psychologist, philosopher and director of the internet platform Meaning Online (www.meaningonline.org). 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 (www.meaning.org.uk). Joel has over 70 scientific publications, 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).
To prepare for this talk, Joel recommends:
- Meaning in Life: An Evidence Based Handbook for Practitioners – Dr Joel Vos
- Existential Therapies – Professor Mick Cooper
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
Music Therapy: An Introduction – Dr Helen Odell-Miller OBE
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 pioneered music therapy approaches over 40 years in the National Health Service, and in universities, travelling the world and developing international consortia and partnerships.
She 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.
To prepare for her lecture, Helen recommends the following:
Music Therapy – Rachel Darnley-Smith & Helen Patey
Hsu, M. H., Flowerdew, R., Parker, M., Fachner, J., & Odell-Miller, H. (2015). The impact of music therapy on managing neuropsychiatric symptoms for people with dementia and their carers: a randomised controlled feasibility study. BMC Geriatrics. 15:84 doi:10.1186/s12877-015-0082-4
Odell-Miller, H.; (2014) The development of clinical music therapy in post-war Britain as a profession in mental health practice: music, health and therapy’ in S. Goodman and V. Bates (eds.) Medicine, health and the arts in post war Britain London: Routledge
Psychedelic Psychotherapy – Dr Robin Carhart-Harriss, PhD
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.
To prepare for his talk, Robin recommends the following:
- How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics – Michael Pollan
- How do Psychedelics Work? – Dr Robin Carhart-Harriss
- The Entropic Brain – Revisited – Dr Robin Carhart-Harriss
For more information on the event and a full breakdown of the talks, please see the event page.