2017 March 22
The Zendo Project: Harm Reduction Support at Transformational Festivals
TALK DESCRIPTION: The Zendo Project provides a supportive environment and specialized care designed to transform difficult psychedelic experiences into valuable learning opportunities, and even potentially offer healing and growth. In turn, our work reduces the number of drug-related hospitalizations and arrests at transformational festivals throughout the world.This year, millions of people will use psychedelics outside of supervised medical contexts, many of them for the first time. Difficult psychedelic experiences can be frightening, but also potentially among the most valuable experiences someone can have. What can you do to help someone having a difficult psychedelic experience? What techniques are available for helping transform a potentially traumatic situation into a positive or even therapeutic one? Join Erica Siegal, MSW and Brooke Balliat, PhD, Zendo Project Coordinators, for a discussion about The Zendo Project's Four Principles of Harm Reduction and how to help individuals who are having a challenging experience.
BIOS: Erica Siegal MSW has been volunteering with MAPS since 2011, including several years with the Zendo Project. She is the Zendo Project Volunteer and Logistics Coordinator. She is currently Study Coordinator on the MAPS-sponsored trial MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat social anxiety in autistic adults. Erica serves as Volunteer & Harm Reduction Coordinator for RGX Medical, a company that provides medical, first aid, and harm reduction services at over 30 festivals a year.