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Samuli Kangaslampi, PhD

Maastricht University; Tampere University

Speaker Bio

Samuli Kangaslampi, PhD, is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher affiliated with the Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, Netherlands, on leave from a permanent position as University Lecturer in clinical psychology at Tampere University, Finland.

His research interests include psychological trauma and trauma-related disorders, stress and development, psychological interventions and their mechanisms of action, (autobiographical) memory, as well as MDMA and psychedelics. In relation to psychedelics, he has published on the role of mystical experiences in potential well-being effects, on methodological issues in psychedelic research, and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in adolescents. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, clinical trainer in narrative exposure therapy, speaker, vice chairperson of the Finnish Psychotrauma Society and board member of the Finnish Association for Psychedelic Research.

ICPR 2024 Abstract

Spirituality in psychedelic research and therapy

This symposium explores the issue of integrating spirituality into psychedelic research and therapy, a debate that has garnered significant attention in contemporary scientific circles. At the core of this discourse lies the question of whether spiritual elements should be incorporated into the scientific study and therapeutic application of psychedelics. A faction of researchers and practitioners advocates for a naturalistic or secular approach, suggesting the removal of spiritual notions to maintain scientific rigour. Contrarily, another perspective emphasises the intrinsic nature of psychedelic experiences, which often encompass mystical or spiritual dimensions. Proponents of this view argue for the inclusion of spirituality, citing evidence that mystical-type experiences under psychedelics can lead to positive well-being changes, particularly among healthy individuals. Bringing together both proponents and opponents, this symposium will explore these issues in depth, focusing on the role of spiritual expertise in psychedelic research, the nature and impact of mystical experiences, and the intricate relationship between psychological well-being and spirituality. The goal is to provide a comprehensive and nuanced understanding of this complex subject, appealing to both scientific researchers and therapists involved in psychedelic studies. Through this exploration, the symposium seeks to bridge the gap between spiritual experiences and scientific inquiry, shedding light on how these two realms can coexist and facilitate diversity in psychedelic research.

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© 2007-2024 ICPR by OPEN Foundation, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
© 2007-2024 ICPR by OPEN Foundation, Amsterdam, the Netherlands