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International Summit on Psychedelic
Therapies for Mental Illness

Summit Program

International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness

19 and 20 November 2021

Day 1: Friday 19th November
8:30am – 9:00am (AEDT) Opening: Acknowledgement of Country, video/song and short welcome to Mind Medicine Australia by Tania de Jong AM and Peter Hunt AM
Session 1


Why do we need psychedelic-assisted therapies? The current state of mental health globally, existing treatments and the need for innovation

International Keynotes:

Professor David Nutt (UK) – The neuroscience of new treatments

Professor Roland Griffiths (USA) – Psychedelics, Consciousness and Belief Changes about the Nature of Reality: Therapeutic and Ethical Implications

Johann Hari (UK) – What can psychedelics teach us about the deeper causes of depression, anxiety and addiction?

Dr Ben Sessa (UK) – MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: The results of the BIMA trial

Moderator: Peter Hunt AM

10:45am Hot spots, display booths, posters, videos, yoga

Professor David Nutt (UK) – What is the impact of prior antidepressant treatment on responses to psychedelics?

Professor Roland Griffiths (USA) – What can psychedelics tell us about consciousness and what are the implications for psychedelic-occasioned enduring change?

Johann Hari (UK) – The opposite of addiction is connection. Do psychedelics help us connect?

Mason’s Feast – Medicinal Mushrooms with Mason Taylor 

Session 2


The Science of Psychedelics: Therapeutic mechanisms and clinical outcomes for a range of mental illnesses and other conditions

International Keynotes:

Professor Robin Carhart-Harris (USA) – The brain and therapeutic mechanisms of classic psychedelics

Dr Reid Robison (USA) – Psychedelics and Eating Disorders

Professor Matt Johnson (USA) – From Depression to Addiction: An Overview of the Therapeutic Trials of Psilocybin at Johns Hopkins University

Moderator: Professor Arthur Christopoulos (AUST) and Hamilton Morris (USA)

1:30pm-2:30pm Hot spots, display booths, posters, videos, yoga

Professor Matt Johnson – Psilocybin in the treatment of tobacco addiction

Professor Robin Carhart-Harris – Psilocybin versus SSRIs? A cure for depression – Summary of recent trial at Imperial College published in the New England Journal of Medicine

Vince Polito – What we know so far about microdosing

Dr Reid Robison (USA) – Psychedelics and eating disorders: The potential of ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin and other psychedelic medicines in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder

Lynn-Marie Morski (USA) – Integrating psychedelic therapies into the current medical model

Dr Eli Kotler – Addictions, and why psychedelics may lead to a cure.

Session 3

2:30pm – 4:00pm


Creating the Future: What the Psychedelic Industry Will Look Like 5 Years Out?   

Panel Conversation with Peter Hunt AM:

Kelsey Ramsden (Mindcure – Canada), Dr Michael Winlo (Emyria – Australia), Dr Lyle Oberg (Mynd Sciences – Canada), Joseph Araujo (Mindset Pharma – Canada), Dr Rami Batal (Universal Ibogaine – Canada)

4:00pm – 9:00pm Explorations into consciousness

A range of videos and programs for our delegates viewing, including:

  • Trip of Compassion (83 min)

An acclaimed Israeli documentary on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trip of Compassion follows a number of patients participating in clinical trials in Israel and is the first feature documentary to show footage from within psychedelic-assisted therapy sessions.

  • The Johns Hopkins Story – Focus on Clinical Research (41 min)

How did psychedelics, not so long ago cast into the wilderness by the medical community, so quickly return to America’s most prestigious research institutions and graduate to the pages of its premier journals?

Join us as we learn the stories of the scientists who re-opened the doors, and the new generation of researchers working to explore the potential of psychedelics in science and medicine.

  • Crazywise (82 min)

What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience?

Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals including MMA Advisory Panel Member Dr Gabor Maté, MD, Robert Whitaker, and Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Phil explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in America dominated by biomedical psychiatry. He discovers a growing movement of professionals and psychiatric survivors who demand alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections, and finding meaning.

  • Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness (82 min)

AWARE follows six brilliant researchers approaching consciousness, all from radically different perspectives: through Eastern meditation, with high-tech brain research, by methodically exploring inner space through psychedelic substances, and by investigating the consciousness of plants. Scientists are coming to new insights, some of which have been integral to Indigenous knowledge for millennia.

  • Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness (87 min)

Take an animated journey into the depths of the human mind with Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts. This documentary combines stylish, minimalist animation with a rich, immersive soundscape to create a unique cinematic spectacle, guiding us through three psychedelic trips that changed western culture forever.

It features:

Dr. Gabor Mate – Physician / Author
Dr. Rick Doblin – Director MAPS
Dr. Ben Sessa – Psychiatrist / Neuroscientist
Dennis McKenna PhD – Ethnobotanist
Graham Hancock – Author
Amanda Feilding – Director The Beckley Foundation
Holly Harman – Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator
William Rowlandson – Lecturer / Author
Maria Papaspyrou – Psychotherapist
Dr Tim Read – Psychiatrist
Dr David Luke – Psychologist
Yanai Postelnik – Senior Meditation Teacher

  • DMTrmx (25 min)

In memoriam of Terence McKenna (brother of MMA Advisory Panel Member, Dennis McKenna). DMTrmx is a visual composition accompanied by the voice of Terence McKenna and recreates the experience produced by DMT: The Spirit Molecule.

  • The Wisdom of Trauma (82 min)

In The Wisdom of Trauma, we travel alongside physician, bestselling author and Order of Canada recipient Dr. Gabor Maté to explore why our western society is facing such mental health epidemics. This is a journey with a man who has dedicated his life to understanding the connection between illness, addiction, trauma and society.


Day 2: Saturday 20th November
Session 4

9:00am – 11:00 am (AEDT)

Anthropology, Indigenous Wisdom and expanded states of consciousness for healing and growth

International keynotes:

Dr Wade Davis CM (Canada) – The Shamanic Art of Healing

Dr Alberto Villoldo (USA) – The Return of the Sacred – Myth, Magic and Psychotherapy in a Challenging World

Dr Gabor Mate (Canada) – What I Have Personally Learned From Working With Psychedelics

Moderator: Tania de Jong AM

11:00am – 11:45am Hot Spot Sessions, Display, posters, videos, yoga

Ronan Levy from Fieldtrip (Canada) – Psychedelics and the Future of Work

Dr Wade Davis CM (Canada) – Smoking Toad

Michael Raymond – A Veteran’s recovery story with psychedelic medicines

Session 5

11:45am – 1:15pm

Living until you die – the promise of psilocybin-assisted therapy with terminally ill patients

International Keynote: Dr Bill Richards (USA)

Francoise Bourzat (USA) – Trauma, Dying, Grief and sacred mushroom healing

Moderators: Tania de Jong AM and Nigel Denning

1:15pm – 2:15pm Hot Spot Sessions, Display, posters, videos, yoga

Dr Rick Doblin (USA) – Challenges of the rise of for-profit psychedelics companies for non-profits and the entire ecosystem

Dr Simon Longstaff – The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living – Ethics Q & A

Session 6

2:15pm – 4:00pm

Depression, Trauma, Addiction and Suicide: Getting to the root cause

International Keynotes: Dr Rick Doblin (USA) and Professor Jennifer Mitchell (USA)

Panel Conversation moderated by Dr Patrycja Slawuta (USA) with Dr Rick Doblin (USA), Professor Jenny Mitchell (USA), Admiral Chris Barrie AC, Michael Raymond
4:00pm – 4:45pm Hot Spot Sessions, Display, posters, videos, yoga

Nigel Denning – Dealing with difficult phenomena in medicine sessions and their integration

Mason’s Feast – Medicinal Mushrooms with Mason Taylor

Session 7

4:45pm – 6:00pm

The way forwards for Australia: Ethical, legal, professional development and implementation frameworks for psychedelic treatments

International keynote: Dr Simon Longstaff AO – Those Who Walk Away: responding to the suffering of others

Panel Conversation with Dr Simon Longstaff AO, John Skerritt, Hon Andrew Robb AO in discussion with Peter Hunt AM and Tania de Jong AM and the audience
6:00pm – 7:15pm Action Steps We Can ALL Take and Final Words – Q & A/breakout groups with audience and reporting back from each group to ALL (moderated)

Hot spots are intimate conversation circles for smaller groups with one or more of the keynote speakers.
* This program is subject to change. We will be adding all sorts of wonderful surprises to make sure this will be a memorable and inspiring event.

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