Title: Group Ketamine Therapy – Rediscovering Healing in Community
Presenter: Selma Holden, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Research Director, Riverbird Clinic, Portland Maine
*The live patient testimonial was edited out of the video recording.
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Through the use of ketamine-assisted therapy, some western medical practices are exploring how to respectfully and intentionally interweave the emergence of psychedelic medicine modalities with group medical visits. In comparison to most of the other tightly regulated psychedelic medicines, ketamine therapy allows for more variability in the structure and content of a therapeutic experience that incorporates medically induced, expanded states of consciousness. This presentation discussed how some clinics are developing ways to offer these modalities in a group setting, where peer-based support can potentially generate healing communities.