Psychedelics in Psychiatry (for contact hours)

Exploring the Potential Use of Psychedelics for the Improvement of Persistent and Intractable Mental Health Symptoms and Implications for Nursing Practice

Psychedelics have been used for thousands of years across the globe as a means to improve life, happiness, spirituality, and medical/psychiatric issues. Throughout the 1950's and 60's psychedelics were used with over 40,000 patients, several dozen books were published, six international conferences were held, and over 1,000 clinical papers were published. Nurses have been involved in psychedelic therapy since the beginning, often staying with patients during their trips in state hospitals. This all came to a screeching halt when psychedelics were placed into a schedule I.

Recently there has been a resurgence in interest in the mystical properties with psychedelics by many, often attributed to the release of "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan and coverage by 60 Minutes. The use of psychedelics are now being explored for a plethora of clinical applications ranging from; depression, addiction, PTSD, anorexia, palliative and end of life. In this course we will explore some of these clincal indications and how nurses can ensure to maintain their place in psychedelic therapies.

Current treatment options for addressing mental health symptoms are limited and are merely palliative attempts to manage the symptoms. The use of psychedelics may be more effective, treat a broader audience, and treat individuals who have had limited success through current accepted practices. New research is emerging almost weekly and many nurse may not be aware of the exciting results. Through this continuing education program, nurses will be able to learn about; current and past research, expected changes in the next couple of years, and how they may be able to become part of this exciting area of nursing.
In this 1.5-hour continuing professional development, I will overview:
• The history of psychedelics
• Current and past research
• Why the resurgence in interest
• What changes occur while under the influence
• How one may mitigate adverse effects
• Where do we go from here
• Why nurse may be perfectly positions to lead the way

This 1.5 hour nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Connecticut Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Non-CEU course:

Your Instructor

C.J. Spotswood
C.J. Spotswood

C.J. Spotswood, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, aka "EntheoNurse”, is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practioner working in an emergency department in central Maine. C.J. is a 3rd generation male nurse and has 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience. C.J. recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine completing his Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For his undergrad nursing degree, C.J. graduated from one of 15 nursing schools endorsed as a holistic school of nursing, at the University of Maine at Augusta

C.J. has presented at the American Psychiatric Nurse Association’s National Conference on psychedelics in psychiatry, taught master classes for Psychedelics Today’s Navigating Psychedelics: Clinicians & Therapists education program, co-authored Psychedelic.Support’s continuing education module on psilocybin, and is a past presenter at the Mt. Tam’s Psilocybin Summit. C.J. is a charter member of the International Association of Psychedelic Nurses. C.J. is the author of The Microdosing Manual, a forthcoming guidebook about microdosing psychedelics for people wanting to learn how to microdose and health professionals wanting to gain information on the topic, it will be available spring 2022. When he is not working, reading, or writing, he can be found spending time with his wife Magen and his daughter Malarie, exploring Maine’s outdoors and craft breweries.

To find out more follow C.J. on his website or his Facebook page

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
Does this class offer contact hours for nurses?
Yes, this 1.5 hour nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Connecticut Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Please check with your individual state's Board of Nursing's acceptance for these contact hours.

If you are taking this course for contact hours you must complete a course evaluation for credit. This is per accreditation guidelines.

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