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      Ensuring the psychedelic renaissance and radical healing reach the Black community: Commentary on Culture and Psychedelic Psychotherapy

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          Similar to much of the mental health field, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has failed to center the needs of people of color. Monnica Williams and colleagues demonstrate the harm faced by Black women and other people of color when working with psychedelic-assisted psychotherapists that are unaware of and ill-equipped to address sensitive topics related to race. Here I discuss the benefits and limitations of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy training for therapists that have not engaged in deep and reflective processes to understand their personal engagement in racism, privilege, and oppression. I call on leaders in the field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to adhere to a new standard of intersectional cultural humility for anyone preparing to provide these services. Finally, I highlight the need to significantly increase the number of therapists of color trained to offer psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to begin to address racial disparities to access to these radical treatments for trauma.

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          Journal
          2054
          Journal of Psychedelic Studies
          JPS
          Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
          2559-9283
          2060-5587
          15 January 2021
          15 September 2020
          : 4
          : 3
          : 142-145
          Affiliations
          [1] Department of Psychology, Michigan State University , 316 Physics Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA
          Author notes
          [* ]Corresponding author. E-mail: nbuchana@ 123456msu.edu
          Article
          10.1556/2054.2020.00145
          fdb8a627-1abc-4fa4-aee7-9954c3ef63ff
          © 2020 The Author(s)

          Open Access. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated.

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          Evolutionary Biology,Medicine,Psychology,Educational research & Statistics,Social & Behavioral Sciences
          intersectional cultural humility,culture,race,healing justice,psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy,African Americans

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