I’m curious if anyone has any insight on the developements in MDMA, LSD, and/or psilocybin assisted therapies, specifically regarding required degrees to work with patients. I have always wanted to be a psychologist and am fascinated by the way psilocybin can change your life in lasting ways. I think in time it will become a proven treatment and I want to be at the forefront when it does. I have a dream of living in an Earthship (I know the couple that live in one close to me), offering psychedelic retreats to people as a home based business. It’s far down the road but I want to start now with going back to school. I could offer retreats regardless, and that needs to be taken into consideration as well. Sadly, this is also a matter of predicting the future of plant medicines.
I’m honestly half debating not getting my degree and just looking at energy medicine or meditation classes, Reiki etc in hopes one day it will just be legal and I could offer services that way without needing a degree.
I read a study on MAPS about MDMA assisted therapy and the “Invesigator” was a Ph.D and the “monitor” was an MD. But these are researchers, higher degrees are obviously needed. Any thoughts would be really appreciated.
Amazing question, I carry similar wishes myself. I organized a three-day conference on psychedelic medicines in Amsterdam two months ago. If you want to learn more, here is the video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9Vh_-4KHm22TlnHdIdjqHsELgZgVhHlT
I would highly recommend getting your degree first and foremost, and do those other classes on the side. Psychedelics still carry a huge stigma, and energy medicine will not help and further the goal at this stage. The stage in which that will be valuable in moving the needle will be decades from now I believe.
That said, you can always already start becoming a sitter, read the MDMA therapist protocols, read books (I would recommend reading Acid Test & Sacred Knowledge) and deepen your own spiritual/healing practice. :-)