1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Introduction to Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: Process & Practice

Instructors: Gita Vaid, MD; Steve Rosonke, MD; Dominique Morisano, PhD, CPsych

Thursday, May 26, 2022

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $200 CAD

Novel uses of psychedelic medicines are attracting attention in psychiatry as effective treatments for conditions ranging from treatment resistant depression, major depression, post-traumatic and acute stress disorders, anxiety related to terminal illness, and a variety of addictions. The manner in which these medicines are employed and the context necessary to maximize their full healing potential represents a radical departure from current psychiatric frameworks. It also presents an opportunity to reimagine psychiatry as a healing art. Drawing on knowledge from a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches, meditation practices, intersubjective relational work and specific traditional healing wisdom, a novel psychotherapeutic methodology that can complement and leverage an optimal healing environment becomes possible.

Join Drs. Gita Vaid, Steve Rosonke and Dominique Morisano, to explore the ins and outs of this paradigm shift in the world of healing through ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). Research has shown that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can activate intrinsic healing potentials for repair and correction, foster integration of self states, improve resilience, and enhance creative expression and growth. This half-day workshop (3 hours) presents and discusses the transformational potential and process of KAP and implications for psychotherapy and psychiatry at large. Light refreshments will be provided.

Topics include:
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: How does it work?
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: The treatment process
  • Implications for the psychotherapeutic process
  • The role and function of psychotherapy within KAP
  • Overview of preparation and integration for KAP
  • Clinical vignettes – description and case examples of KAP in clinical practice

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Gita Vaid

Gita Vaid, MD is a board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing ketamine assisted psychotherapy in New York City. She is a co-founder of the Center for Natural Intelligence (www.thecenterfornaturalintelligence.com), a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to psychedelic psychotherapy innovation and clinical practice. Dr Vaid completed her psychiatric residency training at NYU Medical Center, psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. She trained as a fellow in clinical psychopharmacology and neurophysiology at New York Medical College and completed a research fellowship at NYU Medical Center. Dr Vaid serves as the Director of Psychedelic Awareness at The Chopra Foundation and is on Faculty at The Ketamine Training Center.
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Dr. Steve Rosonke

Steve Rosonke MD is the founder of Rainfall Medicine, a healing center in Portland, OR that incorporates ketamine-assisted therapy for childhood trauma, depression, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and chronic pain. In addition, Dr. Rosonke is an ER physician and an addiction medicine specialist. He is also fellowship trained in trauma and critical care. He has been administering ketamine in multiple clinical settings since 2001. He has been training people in ketamine-assisted therapy since 2018 in collaboration with the Ketamine Training Center and the Polaris Insight Center. He is also MAPS trained in MDMA therapy. He has a strong interest in consciousness studies and the healing power of the spiritual and transpersonal realm.

Dr. Dominique Morisano

Dominique Morisano, PhD, CPsych is a clinical psychologist, professor, and researcher. She holds academic appointments at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Collaborator Scientist), University of Ottawa/University of Toronto (Adjunct Professor), and Erasmus University Rotterdam (Visiting Scholar). She has completed extensive training in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies including the CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research, as well as training from MAPS (MDMA) and the Ketamine Training Center. She is a Special Advisor at Field Trip Health, where she was previously Chief Psychologist (USA) and VP of Therapeutic Growth and Innovation. She currently runs a trauma/addiction focused private practice in Toronto and NYC and is a consultant for several companies in the psychedelic-therapies industry. She is a co-founder of the From Research to Reality: Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicine conference.
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