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Psilocybin Therapy for Relief of Anxiety and Depression
July 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
As husband-and-wife founders of the Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) and authors of the Psilocybin Service Initiative (PSI), Tom and Sheri Eckert have set in motion a historic campaign to legalize Psilocybin Services, also known as Psilocybin Assisted Therapy, in their home state of Oregon. A growing number of Oregonians are getting behind the idea, largely in response to the latest science. The Eckerts, with a growing army of volunteers, are spreading a truth held increasingly self-evident: that the psilocybin experience, when facilitated under safe and supportive conditions, can be a life-changing gift.In addition to their activism, the Eckert’s own and operate “Innerwork” – a private psychotherapy practice serving the Portland metro area. Included in their catalog of services is their groundbreaking “Better Man” program, which is shown to neutralize intimate partner and family violence. Sheri has been awarded a Cosmic Sister Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance in support of her presentation at the Spirit Plant Medicine conference.
Kathryn L. Tucker is an attorney recognized as one of the nation’s most effective advocates working to promote improvements in end of life care and to empower terminally ill patients with autonomy.
She is the Founder and Executive Director of the End of Life Liberty Project. Previously she served as Legal and Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, and prior to that as Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs for Compassion & Choices.
She has held faculty appointments at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Lewis & Clark Schools of Law, teaching in the areas of law, medicine, and ethics, with a focus on the end of life.
She has published a number of articles examining the recent studies showing the efficacy of psychedelic medicine in relieving anxiety and depression in terminally ill patients and discussing the significance of these findings in the context of end of life care, including:
- Oregon’s Pioneering Effort to Enact State Law to Allow Access to Psilocybin, a New Palliative Care Tool, __Willamette L. Rev. __(2020)(in press).
- “Can the Psychedelic Movement Learn from the Movement for End of Life Liberty?” https://chacruna.net/can-the-psychedelic-movement-learn-from-the-movement-for-end-of-life-liberty/ (2019)
- “Psychedelic Medicine: Galvanizing Changes in Law and Policy to Allow Access for Patients Suffering Anxiety Associated with Terminal Illness”, 21 Quinnipiac Health L. J. 239(2018)
In 2017 Tucker was a co-convener of a major national symposium at the University of Washington School of Law, entitled: “New Horizons in Palliative Care, Galvanizing Changes in Law and Medicine to Enable Patient Access to Psychedelic Medicine”
Dr. Nicholas Gideonse, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist, with a focus on Maternity / ObstetricsPediatric Care (Family Medicine). He is located in Portland, OR, and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Case Western Reserve U, School of Medicine medical school in 1991. He is affiliated with OHSU Hospital- Marquam Hill.