ETHICS 101 - Ethical Right Relationship in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Part 1

Psychedelic-assisted therapy invokes a multi-dimensional, relational field in which everything and anything can arise: unconscious desires, fears, and longings, memories, griefs, traumas, transcendent joy, and dissolution of boundaries. As trusted professionals our mandate to “Do No Harm” means that we are honor-bound to do self-inquiry. To do self-management, we need to be able to self-compassionately identify our motivations to know when our needs and beliefs might be in conflict with the client’s or patient’s best interests. It is also very useful to be able to recognize the particular interpersonal dynamics that are most ethically precarious, so that we can more easily avoid situational ethical pitfalls. This one-hour course "Ethical Right Relationship in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy" gives you a basic introduction to inner ethics, a self-reflective, self-compassionate approach to Right Relationship with clients, patients, or students that amplifies and complements the external approach of traditional ethics education (the laws, codes, and standards that guide us behaviorally.)
Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #34901) who has been thinking, writing, and teaching about ethics for almost three decades. Kylea started studying with Stanislav Grof, M.D. and Christina Grof in 1984 and was certified by them as a Holotropic Breathwork® practitioner in 1990. She worked with Stanislav Grof and Tav Sparks as a Senior Trainer in the Grof Transpersonal Training throughout the 1990s. She also worked for nine years in a residential substance abuse treatment program, where Holotropic Breathwork was part of the recovery program. In the 1990s she frequently assisted Stanislav Grof and Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. at the Insight & Opening weeklong programs that combined Holotropic Breathwork® and Vipassana meditation. Kylea developed and now teaches the tools and concepts of InnerEthics® in in trainings preparing professionals to do psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, as well as in other programs, such as breathwork or perinatal education that prepares students to work with clients in profound states of consciousness. Kylea is President of SoulCollage Inc., which provides training and community to facilitators of an expressive arts process used for self-discovery and the integration of profound experiences. She is the author of The Ethics of Caring: Finding Right Relationship with Clients, The Breathwork Experience, Considering Holotropic Breathwork®, and is the editor of Exploring Holotropic Breathwork®.

ETHICS 102 - Ethical Right Relationship in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Part 2

Kylea Taylor, author of The Ethics of Caring, starts this video with a five-minute review of ETHICS 101 (Part I) and approximately a half-hour each on two additional Awareness Tools and Right Relationship. Self-reflection plays a crucial role in a therapist’s or practitioner’s ability to stay present in Right Relationship and prevent harm and increase benefit to their patients, clients, or participants. This self-knowledge becomes crucial when we are in the role of Responsible Party, working vulnerable clients in extra-ordinary states of consciousness, as we do in psychedelic-assisted sessions. ETHICS 101 introduces viewers to two InnerEthics® Awareness tools and ETHICS 102 introduces two additional tools: The first helps therapists assess the balance in the therapeutic container in terms of safety, appropriate risk, and compassionate support. The second assists the therapist in identifying conflicts of interest quickly, especially when contemplating therapeutic interventions.

ETHICS 103 - Peer Consultation Groups: Supporting Ethical Alertness in Community

The Synthesis Institute and InnerEthics® collaborated to produce ETHICS 103, a one-hour video about Peer Consultation Groups. Kylea Taylor describes her simple structure of rotating roles and functions whereby practitioners, with safety and compassion in mind, can conduct self-led Peer Consultation Groups. In a 30-minute demonstration group, five therapists show us how this kind of group works, using a role-play situation one member brings to the group. Because psychedelics amplify everything (for both the practitioner and the experiencer) a regular Peer Consultation Group of trusted colleagues is an effective way to stay ethically alert. This video recommends gathering group members who have experience themselves with extra-ordinary states of consciousness, who are working with clients in extra-ordinary states of consciousness, and who are willing to do self-inquiry for consciousness development and to grow together in service to their clients, each other, and the field of psychedelic therapy itself. COURSE MATERIALS BOOKLET for ETHICS 101.102.103