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Manual For Psychedelic Guides

Second Edition
Paperback Book
Mark Haden
May, 2022
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Manual for Psychedelic Guides describes in detail the process of supporting someone who is using a psychedelic for therapeutic or spiritual purposes. This manual is authored by Mark Haden (co-founder of MAPS Canada) with significant contributions from many others who are involved with this field, among them Dr. Birgitta Woods, Lidija Martinovic, Bradley Foster, and Dr. Devon Christie. This is a must read for anyone who would like to guide someone through a psychedelic experience. Psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and shamans would all benefit from this important knowledge.

Among the topics covered are: set and setting, ritualizing the process, role of the guide, core competencies of a guide, trauma resolution skills, consent, challenging situations, red flags/green flags, group experiences, dealing with specific behaviours, integration, accountability, how to offer incremental experiences, touch, soundproofing, code of ethics, "and many other new ideas."

The practice of working with psychedelics for healing or spiritual purposes is not new. For centuries, many indigenous traditions have used “sacred medicines” in celebration of transitions (from puberty to seasonal changes), ceremonial healing and spiritual awakening. In the last few decades, guides within both research and underground communities have also been working with psychedelics in their healing practices…

Having skills in the art of therapy can be helpful in navigating the complex terrain of projection, transference and countertransference, which are generally amplified by psychedelics. The development of the future profession of psychedelic psychotherapist/supervisor/guide will need a manual of best practices, to be used as a frame of reference and this book is offered as a first step in this direction.

"Mark Haden provides a much-needed, comprehensive, cogent and detailed manual, aimed at those who would like to help guide safe and effective psychedelic experiences—a primer particularly for therapists and other professionals interested in such work." —Gabor Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

"As we move into the era of legalized psychedelic healing by prescription, and an increasing number of locations where psychedelics are decriminalized or able to be used in religious/spiritual context, a manual which offers a detailed analysis of the psychedelic psychotherapeutic process is crucial. Make Haden has done an excellent job of making this important knowledge available in this comprehensive manual. This should be read by all therapists, physicians and guides who are involved with psychedelic medicines." —Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS


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