October 5, 2022

7:30 – 9:00 PM (Central)

Zoom Format

1.5 CEs

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Monthly meetings are always free of charge. CE certificates are $20 for non-members.

There has been a burgeoning interest in recent years in three separate areas of research, treatment and theory: (1) psychopathy, (2) non-ordinary states of consciousness and how these are accessed through the analyst’s intuition and imagination, and (3) the use of psychedelics in treating mental health conditions. This program will bring together all three in a case presentation and outline what appear to be the most effective aspects of the treatment. It is my contention that there were several factors in the clinical work which were therapeutic and laid a foundation for the “set” for the patient’s later psilocybin-induced mystical experience. As we consider these therapeutic factors, we will also focus on the question of why mystical experiences help with mental time travel and self-knowledge. Recent findings from neuroscience research will be integrated into the presentation, specifically the work of Robin Carhart-Harris and his theory of conscious states.

Bio: Noelle Burton, PsyD, is a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues. She is a Founding Member, Faculty and Supervising Analyst at The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia; and Faculty, The Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center. Dr. Burton works from a multiple self-state model and has applied this relational model to addictions, eating disorders, compulsive self-harm, Dissociative Identity Disorder and severe dissociation, and chronic depression in her clinical practice. She has written on the analyst’s use of his/her imagination and intuition, clinical application of a relational multiple self-state model, Dissociative Identity Disorder, the relationship between intimacy and the patient’s object relational world, and erotic countertransference in women analysts. She is in private practice in suburban Philadelphia.

Learning Objectives

After attending the program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:

1) Identify therapeutic factors which lay the foundation for the set for a patient’s subsequent psilocybin-induced mystical experience.

2) Explain the important implications for psychoanalytic theory and treatment of a new theory of consciousness now emerging from psychedelic psychotherapy research.


Bion, W.R. (1962). Learning from experience. Routledge: London.

Carhart-Harris, R.L. (2014). The entropic brain: A theory of conscious states informed by neuroimaging research with psychedelic drugs. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 1-22.

Grof, S. (1980). LSD psychotherapy. Alameda, CA: Hunter House, Inc.

Meloy, J. R. & Shiva, A. (2007). A psychoanalytic view of the psychopath. In A.R. Felthouse, H. Sab (eds.), The Wiley International Handbook on Psychopathic Disorders and the Law, 2nd Edition (pp. 335-346). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Tulving, E. (2002). Episodic memory: From mind to brain. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 1-25.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to info@austinpsychoanalytic.org. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.


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