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BIPOC inclusion in Psychedelic Research and PAP

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My name is Lianna Tullis-Robinsin and I am a current doctoral student researching the perceptions of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (PAP) for BIPOC community members. The promise of the psychedelic renaissance and its ensuing revolution towards psychotherapeutic care have instilled a sense of hope for more efficient and client-friendly forms of mental health treatment. Putting forth the effort and support for foundational and investigative research in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is pertinent and relevant, as the call for more efficient mental health treatment resounds in our modern world. This includes formulating foundational research from which standardized care and supervision increase accessibility and inclusivity to plant medicines as intelligent complements to psychotherapy.

However, the history of psychology and psychotherapeutic care calls into question whether this oncoming psychedelic renaissance will revitalize or repeat inequitable practices in terms of BIPOC clients’ access to psychotherapeutic care, BIPOC participant inclusion in contemporary research on psychedelics, and culturally competent training and treatment. A call to action for the inclusion of antiracist and critical race practices in clinical work, especially those including psychedelics, seeks to uphold and preserve multicultural values and ethical psychotherapeutic practice in the face of this new form of treatment.

This is where I step in. As a black woman and doctoral student, it is pertinent that I create and leave a legacy of healing through my research and psychotherapeutic work. Previous research has shown that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can help to reduce symptoms of racial trauma, treatment-resistant depression, and PTSD.

With your help and support, I will move forward with participant recruitment and complete multi-state interviews across the United States with BIPOC community members to gain information on their perceptions, attitudes, and openness to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, as well as their levels of overall distress to further decipher the need for alternative forms of mental health care.

I sincerely thank you for visiting my page. Thank you for your positive attention and intentions!

Lianna Tullis-Robinson
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