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ERIE presents: Pre-MAPS warmup: CIIS Kranzke alumni present their research

Did you know there was a scholarship at CIIS which supports the work of entheogenic scholars?

The Kranzke scholarship has kindly offered assistance to many of us at CIIS who are working on these controversial topics.  Come together to meet and dialogue with fellow journeyers before the MAPS conference and create community energy which will overflow into the MAPS week!

On Saturday April 13th, 2013 from 6:15-9pm in Namaste Hall, ERIE will be hosting three Kranzke alumni who will share their research and insights. There will be a panel at the end of the evening including audience dialogue and conversation.


6:30-7:15 Roger Marsden, PhD, MFT: An Examination of a Qualitative Study of Psychedelic Therapy and a Report of Personal Experience Linking the Early Phase of Psychedelic Work with the Current

This presentation is based on my doctoral dissertation: Structured Group Use of Psychedelic or Entheogenic Substances: Experiences of Guides and Participants

My dissertation research was inspired by a personal ten year experience working with a guide of structured, group psychedelic work.

Research with these important tools of consciousness exploration virtually ceased in the United States following the socio-political backlash of the 1960s. Despite that fact psychedelic substances have been used in underground groups, particularly following a sort of renaissance beginning in the early 80s. Guided group psychedelic use is a model for self-exploration that uniquely incorporates intra-psychic, interpersonal, and transpersonal experiences.

My research examined three such groups. I used a qualitative method based on in-depth interviews. This is in contrast to much of the recent research that has focused on a more medical model approach. All modes of research are important in creating a comprehensive picture and we will discuss the value and method of qualitative research in regard to psychedelic work. I will also present the primary themes that emerged from the interviews suggesting a basic template for exploring key themes in psychedelic work. And lastly, we will discuss important questions for the future of psychedelic research.

Roger Marsden, Ph.D., MFT received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from CIIS and has devoted 30 years to exploring the integration of traditional shamanic medicine work with western psychology. He received a Kranzke grant for psychedelic studies from the Barnhardt Foundation in support of his doctoral research examining structured group uses of psychedelics.

Roger is a pioneer in using qualitative, human science research methodologies as appropriate, valid, reliable, and rigorous ways to bring forth insight into psychedelic experiences and the subjective experience of consciousness. While much of the psychedelic or entheogenic literature has an orientation toward transpersonal or spiritual experiences, he is particularly interested in the complementary importance of psychological (non-transpersonal) processes and healing.

Roger received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and is a licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist working in Social services. He can be reached at [masked]

7:25- 8:05 Scott J. Hill, PhD: A Vision of Redemption Through Death: A Jungian Interpretation of a Psychedelic Experience

In 1967, Scott Hill attempted to fulfill a psychedelic-induced vision of redemption through death: to free himself from this material world and save his soul, God demanded that he kill himself. Interpreting this experience in the light of Jung’s view that psychedelic substances can manifest the collective unconscious, Scott will consider this tragic vision as a dramatic manifestation of our collective misperception that we are separate from nature, a misunderstanding that has the potential to destroy us. Scott will then discuss how a Jungian interpretation of this vision suggests the potential for a transformative shift in our relationship to nature and the divine. Understanding and integrating the archetypal and mythical imagery underlying this vision opens one to complex and beautiful meanings that point the way to a deeper, more fulfilling and sustainable life in this world.

Scott J. Hill, Ph. D., returned to graduate studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2002 to inquire into the nature of his own traumatic yet life-changing psychedelic experiences 35 years earlier. After examining the nature of psychedelic experience from a wide range of perspectives (including the theoretical frameworks of Ralph Metzner, Stanislav Grof, and Richard Tarnas), Scott focused on a Jungian interpretation of psychedelic experience. This inquiry led to the construction of a Jungian framework for understanding the nature of psychedelic experience, with an emphasis on understanding psychedelic-induced psychotic states, or temporary psychotic reactions to overwhelming psychedelic experiences.

Ph.D. Philosophy & Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness.

Dissertation Title: A Jungian Framework for Understanding Psychedelic-Induced Psychotic States

Scott is the author of the forthcoming Confrontation with the Unconscious: Psychedelic Experience and the Psychology of C. G. Jung. (It's due out in June.)

8:15-9pm Kranzke Alumni panel with Roger Marsden, PhD, MFT, Scott J. Hill, PhD, and Larry Norris, MA




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  • Adrian A.

    Small, but intimate and stimulating.

    April 14, 2013

  • AlexPhilo

    Fascinating work, inspiring, thoughtful, caring people.

    April 14, 2013

    • larry

      Thanks Jessica! It was wonderful seeing you!

      April 14, 2013

  • Alexis

    Sooper intriguing

    April 10, 2013

  • Dee D.

    Maybe! : )

    April 4, 2013

  • Adrian A.

    I'm there to support our boys on the front lines.

    April 2, 2013

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