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Emerging Uses of Psychedelics in Mental Health and Palliative Care Practice

Friday, October 27, 2023
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Online Zoom Course
(You will need to register to receive login information.)

Registration: 2.5 CEU Credit Hours

General: Through October 17: $62; October 18- October 26: $75

Wurzweiler Alumni and Current WSSW Field Instructors: Through October 17: $50; October 18- October 26: $62

All Current Students: $15

“Registration for this event closes on Thursday, October 26, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.”

Growing research has indicated the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, such as psilocybin and MDMA, for the treatment of diverse mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, addictions, existential distress, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as for treatment in palliative and cancer care.

This conference continues the dialogue from Wurzweiler’s July 2023 program. We will provide an overview of the field including the historical and policy background on clinical use of psychedelics, research findings, and innovative and emerging psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Speakers will present medical, psychosocial, and spiritual perspectives in psychedelic-assisted therapy sessions using an interprofessional, case narrative approach. Case narratives will include participants from an ongoing clinical trial studying psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for demoralized cancer survivors facing ongoing pain, long-term survivorship, and the end-of-life. Additional cases will focus on the importance of being aware of differing experiences.

A six-day psychedelic-assisted retreat will be presented in the context of traditional bereavement support, specifically geared to supporting bereaved parents who feel stuck in their grief process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the diverse biopsychosocial contexts in which psychedelics can be delivered.

  2. Gain an understanding of the potential role of psychedelic assisted therapy in providing relief from complicated grief.

  3. Identify and appreciate the diverse ways a psychedelic session can be experienced.




Dingle Spence, BSc., MBBS, Dip. Pall. Med, FRCR, is a Jamaican physician with training in both Clinical Oncology and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Spence is co-founder and co-director of the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care and palliative care in Jamaica and the Caribbean.                                        

She is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona; and co-founded the Palliative Care Association of Jamaica and the Caribbean Palliative Care Association.  Dr. Spence was formerly the Senior Medical Officer of the Hope Institute Hospital, Jamaica’s only dedicated Oncology and Palliative Care unit, where she worked for 20 years.


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Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research examines the effects of psychedelics in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction.

His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, real-world drug use patterns, diversity in science, and the role of spirituality in mental health. He is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and the International Society for Research on Psychedelics.


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Mary Cosimano, LMSW has been a clinical social worker at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and Department of Psychiatry since 2000, when the Center began research with psilocybin.

She is currently a Psychedelic Session Facilitator and has served as Director of Clinical Services and as research coordinator. She is a teacher and mentor at the California Institute to Integral Studies for their Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) certificate program, where she conducts trainings for therapists in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. She also has 15 years of direct patient care experience as a hospice volunteer.


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Ali John Zarrabi, MD is an internist and palliative care physician with his primary clinical practice at the Supportive Care Clinic at Emory University.  His clinical, teaching, and scholarly pursuits are focused on supporting the healthy adaptation of adults living with a life-changing illness.  

More specifically, his research addresses biopsychosocial-spiritual needs among the seriously ill; crafting aesthetic, spiritual, and meaning-centered interventions; developing best practices for arts-based education in the health professions; and studying the role of emerging therapeutics, such as cannabinoids, ketamine, and classic psychedelics, to treat complex suffering.


Rabbis, chaplains, and social workers are often called on to provide spiritual care near life’s end. Whether in response to serious illness, advanced cognitive or physical decline in old age, or unexpected, tragic violence, health care professionals and clergy need to respond compassionately and effectively with families facing spiritual, emotional, and existential crises. Clips from Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s “Spirituality Near the End of Life” Conference in July 2019 include leading clergy, chaplains, and social workers offering their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to assist professionals seeking to better integrate spiritual care into their professional and community work.

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Why Wurzweiler for Continuing Ed?

Our top-ranked Wurzweiler School of Social Work based in Manhattan — the heart of New York City — is currently offering continuing education opportunities that will appeal to professional social workers in diverse fields of practice. You can go anywhere, but why not try one, two, or three of our programs available to you at convenient times and locations? We know you will gain knowledge while satisfying your CE requirements. The name Wurzweiler is synonymous with Excellence. We look forward to seeing you here.

Accredited CE Credits

Wurzweiler is an approved provider of Continuing Education credits for licensed social workers by New York State. 

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As per New York State Continuing Education Guidelines, attendees must log into the program on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours.  Any attendees who arrive late or leave early to a workshop WILL NOT receive their certificate, and are also not eligible for a refund in any way.  Please plan accordingly.

Please allow up to 30 calendar days after the workshop date to receive your certificate.

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