Ingmar Gorman, M.A. is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research. After receiving his B.A. from the New College of Florida, Ingmar served as a research assistant at the Prague Psychiatric Center and later at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He received clinical training at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is currently returning to Bellevue Hospital for his clinical internship. Ingmar conducts psychotherapy research in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He is also the Administrative Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Center for Optimal Living, a setting where clients may speak about their psychedelic experiences and gain psychotherapeutic support. Clinicians can also turn to this program to learn how to best work with patients who have a history of psychedelic use, to understand what are the potential benefits and risks associated with these substances, and how to provide optimal care. Ingmar’s primary interests include psychotherapy variables in drug-assisted psychotherapy, therapist training, and Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy for substance misuse.
TITLE: MDMA Psychotherapy: On the Edge of our Understanding
The aim of this presentation is to highlight how mental health professionals may think about the assumed mechanisms of psychedelic therapeutic action in a variety of contexts, be it experimental, clinical, or supportive. We will begin with professionals working with psychedelic substances in the former Czechoslovakia, continuing on to therapist training in the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies’ MDMA-Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ending on the topic of psychedelic harm reduction and benefit maximization at the Center for Optimal Living’s Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program. Presentation Themes: Medical Treatment (Clinical Care), Therapist Training, Self-experience for mental health professionals, community and societal needs.