Conference CEs

6 Continuing Educations Credit Available

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. Please ask your licensing board if they accept credits from APA-approved sponsors of CE.

SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Portland Psychedelic Society. For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Learning Goals and Presentation Descriptions:


Spiritual Competency Resource Center








10:15 AM – 11:10 AM

Anthony Bossis, PhD

Psychedelic Research: Implications for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Existential Distress



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This presentation will review findings and implications from FDA-approved research with the naturally occurring psychedelic compound psilocybin.  The NYU School of Medicine clinical trial demonstrated efficacy of a single psilocybin-generated mystical experience in helping individuals with cancer cultivate meaning, enhance existential and psycho-spiritual well-being, and foster a greater acceptance of the dying process with less anxiety. Subjective features of a psilocybin-generated mystical experience include unity, sacredness, transcendence, and a greater connection to deeply felt positive emotions including that of love.  The landmark 2016 findings of a rapid decrease in depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and demoralization along with improvements in spiritual well-being will be presented. A review of existential distress in end-of-life care will be presented along with a review of the phenomenology of mystical experience and the implications for the study of meaning, spirituality and consciousness research. 


11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Angela Ward, RN

“Ketamine and Other Non-Ordinary States – A Nurse’s Perspective”

Presented by Angela M. Ward, BSN RNC-Ob/EFM, CPT



  • What is a Non-Ordinary State (aka altered or alternative state) of Consciousness
  • Inner Healing Wisdom and the Six Ethical Principles of Nursing
  • Healing and Meaning-making



Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse Certified in Obstetrics, Electthis talk, Angela will share stories from her time working as a Registered Nurse with patients’ experiencing non-ordinary states of consciousness, illustrate core concepts in nursing theory as it relates to psychedelic-assisted therapy, discuss how Registered Nurses are the underused yet ideal people to aid in psychedelic-assisted therapy consider professional development for nurses interested in psychedelic work ronic Fetal Monitoring, and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and Research)


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Poster Session


12:05 PM – 1:00 PM

Fred Sly, PhD

“Healing, Music, the 60’s, and Set and Setting”

Healing, Music, The 60s, and Set and Setting: The Primacy of Music as an

Effecter of Psychological Change


Biography of Dr. Fred Sly PhD.:

Fred has been exploring violence and trauma for the past 40 years. First

as a builder using sustainable methods and materials in an effort to

address the environmental challenges imposed by conventional

building. Secondly, for the past 20 years Fred has been exploring how

psychological trauma can promote violence within and among humans,

and to the rest of the world as well. In the past 20 years Fred has earned

a doctorate in Psychology specializing in factors promoting violence and

the role of empathy in addressing violence. Fred has also become a

mindfulness facilitator, a certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication

(NVC), and has taken many hours of additional training in trauma and

Interpersonal Neurobiology. Additionally, Fred is currently exploring

the highly encouraging research in the effectiveness of psychedelics in

addressing treatment-resistant PTSD and other conditions. Fred

maintains an individual practice in Portland working with individuals,

especially veterans, who are experiencing the symptoms of PTSS




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Psychedelic-assisted therapy has been repeatedly and undeniably found

to be highly effective at resolving many existential conditions including

treatment-resistant PTSD. The standard therapeutic protocol includes

music, however, until recently, the contribution of music to the

observed therapeutic outcomes has not been measured even though its

been informally acknowledged.  We will explore the extent that music contributes to positive outcomes  in individual therapy by examining the outcome of psychedelics, music,

and the 60s and 70s psychedelic music scene.


1:05 PM – 1:50 PM

Dr. April Bolding, PT, CCE, CD

Birth Wisdom for the Psychedelic Rebirth


Biography of Dr. April Bolding:

Author, Speaker, Educator

Women’s Health Physical Therapist

Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Healing Program 

She is co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, is a Women’s Health physical therapist in Seattle.  She holds a doctorate in physical therapy, is a Maya abdominal therapy practitioner, childbirth educator, birth doula, author and speaker.  She is the creator of the Phoenix Heart ARISE™ Healing Program, a holistic healing kit that helps people prepare for and heal from childbirth, heal from pelvic pain, surgery, trauma to ultimately restore more optimal pelvic floor function.



2006 University of Puget Sound. Doctor of Physical Therapy2002 Seattle Midwifery School. Labor Support Doula Training. Certified Labor Support Doula with DONA and PALS (Pacific Association for Labor Support).

2001 Great Starts Birth and Family Education/Parent Trust (formerly Childbirth Education Association of Seattle). Childbirth Instructor training and certification.

1999 American Physical Therapy Association. Physical Therapy Clinical Instructor certification. 1997 University of Puget Sound. Masters of Physical Therapy. Licensed in WA, CA.

1992 University of California, Santa Cruz. Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Literature. 


2013-present Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner. Provides holistic pelvic care to PT clients and has specialized training with Wild Feminine’s Tami Lynn Kent, PT. 

2013-present Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy Practitioner. Provides Arvigo technique of Maya abdominal therapy to women’s health clients with varying issues. 

2010-2011 Childbirth Expert. Answered perinatal questions from people all over the USA for’s Online Childbirth Education Class. 

2001-present Childbirth Educator. Teach childbirth preparation and newborn care classes through Penny Simkin’s office and privately. Previously, I taught for Great Starts Birth and Family Education/Parent Trust (formerly CEAS), served on their education board, and taught a portion of the childbirth educator training. 

2001-present Labor Support Doula. Attend births in all settings as a doula in the Seattle area of 


1:55 PM – 2:50 PM

Merrill Ward

“Entheogens: The Science of Spirituality”

Merrill Ward possesses the rare gift of exquisitely articulating deep esoteric wisdom as well as transmitting this wisdom to those who work with him through imagery, mythology, ontology, noetic experiences and profound metaphor. He is deeply involved is studying and teaching the esoteric wisdom of the Western Mystery School tradition and comparative world religions and has done so over 20 years. His work acts as a transformative catalyst for individuals and groups to gain a richer and deeper understanding of their power, creativity and innate magical abilities aligning them with their true mission and purpose in life.


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2:55 PM – 3:40 PM

Panel Discussion


3:55 PM – 4:50 PM

Rachel Harris, PhD

“Listening to Ayahuasca”


Biography of Dr. Rachel Harris:

Rachel Harris, PhD is a Psychologist with both a research and a clinical background. She was in the 1968 Residential Program at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA and remained on the staff for a number of years. During the decade she worked in academic research, Rachel received a New Investigator’s Award from the National Institutes of Health and published over forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She also worked as a psychological consultant to Fortune 500 companies including the UN. Rachel was in private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years specializing in people interested in psychospiritual development. Rachel is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and





Boston, MA

Psychology Major, Mathematics Minor



School of Social Work

Miami, FL



Cincinnati, OH

Dissertation entitled:

“Body Image Change during Pregnancy In Black, White, and Cuban Women.” Completed under the direction of Dr. Seymour Fisher.



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“Listening to Ayahuasca”

Seventy-five percent (N = 54 of 81) of respondents reported an on-going relationship

with the spirit of ayahuasca in “A Study of Ayahuasca Use in North America” (Harris and

Gurel, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 2012). People described communicating with this

plant spirit via intuition, dreams, or meditation and, for some, this was a loving relationship that helped to heal their early attachment trauma. It’s possible to shift attachment category from anxious or avoidant to secure as a result of psychotherapy, a good marriage, or a spiritual relationship with an unseen other, like the one with the spirit of ayahuasca. A shift in attachment category can have a positive impact on self-compassion as well as all kinds of personal relationships. Therapeutic integration in conjunction with ayahuasca ceremonies can help build on this relationship to change the trajectory of a life.


4:55 PM – 5:50 PM

James Fadiman, MD

Keynote Speaker

“Microdosing: What We’ve Learned and Why It Matters”



  • To be able to recognize and describe substances and doe levels for “microdosing.”
  • To be able to advise others when microdosing is contraindicated and when it may be salutary.
  • To be able to determine when microdoses interact with widely prescribed pharmaceuticals and supplements. 
  • To be able to assess and critique why microdoses are taken to enhance wellness or for medical conditions. 



Definition and description of microdoses:  Substances, doses, frequency, and early reports of positive effects. The increasing use of microdoses worldwide, prior to publication of clinical, controlled double-blind research  (YouTube views, Reddit discussion groups, and media podcasts and articles). ”Search” versus “Research.” Changes reported by a self-selected, self -dosing group of 700 individuals from 51 countries who submitted daily positive and negative emotional states checklists and written reports.  Examples of potential social disruption: professional sports, education, and psychopharmacology. The Future: new research directions, venture Funds showing interest.