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Psychedelics and Religious Experience

Broadcast on May 11, 2023
With Jamie Beachy, PhD, MDiv
Hosted by Joe Tafur, MD

According to Jamie Beachy, PhD, psychedelics are changing the contemporary religious landscape as people from diverse religious commitments look to psychedelics for healing and expansion. Bringing their beliefs and values with them, some risk existential transformation and crisis with little support for integration. Spiritual care professionals trained in psychedelic care are well prepared to support spiritual and religious meaning-making in psychedelic sessions with skill and insight.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • An understanding of professional spiritual care and the contributions of chaplains to the field of psychedelic care
  • An appreciation for the spiritual and religious needs that may be present for those seeking psychedelic healing and expansion
  • Greater awareness of the ways that psychedelics are changing the contemporary American religious landscape
The views expressed are specific to the author/speaker and may vary from the perspectives of The Shift Network's participants, staff, or other speakers.
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Jamie Beachy, PhD, MDiv

Director of Education, Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies

Jamie Beachy, PhD, is assistant core faculty for wisdom traditions at Naropa University. She's also a professional chaplain, spiritual care educator, and ethics consultant with experience in end-of-life and trauma care. Jamie's a therapist with the MAPS MDMA-AT study in Boulder, CO, where she develops degree program offerings and curricula related to psilocybin care as director of education for Naropa’s Center for Psychedelic Studies. She sits on the advisory board of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. 

Jamie Beachy, PhD, MDiv