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Psychoanalysis and Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies: A Timely Dialogue featuring Karen Peoples, PhD and Megan Rundel, PhD (Conference)

  • January 20, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom
  • 50


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Please state your Colorado University/Institute program at registration.


Description: This conference is suitable for psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

In this conference, we will explore the psychedelic renaissance in mental health treatment and how it can influence and be influenced by psychoanalysis. We will consider two of the compounds being studied for their efficacy with mental health disorders and learn about research into their effectiveness. We will discuss how psychoanalysts are uniquely well-positioned to understand expanded states of consciousness and explore clinical issues in working with patients who use psychedelics.

Karen Peoples, PhD will present MDMA-Assisted Therapy: Potentials and Challenges for Psychoanalytic Treatment and Megan Rundel, PhD will present Ketamine and Psychoanalysis: Expanding Consciousness

Both presenters are psychoanalysts and trained in the therapeutic use of psychedelic medicines. Please see individual bios below.

CME Objectives: 
  1. Explain the major psychedelic compounds being studied for their efficacy in treating mental health disorders, their mechanisms of action, contraindications, research findings, and clinical indications.
  2. Explain the reasons psychoanalysts are well-positioned to work with psychedelic medicines, including their familiarity with expanded states, understanding of the unconscious, and ability to work relationally.



Karen Peoples, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Personal & Supervising Analyst and Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and Faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She served as a Sub-Investigator and Therapist on the clinical trial for treatment-resistant PTSD at the University of California at San Francisco sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and was an Associate Supervisor in MAPS' European Clinical Trial. She is currently a Consultant for MAPS. Karen is also an Experienced Facilitator who will be training palliative care staff in a new clinical trial of psilocybin for demoralization in advanced cancer patients. Karen has published and presented numerous analytic papers on telepathic dreams in analysis, the value of psychoanalytic practice for psychedelic-assisted therapy, incest trauma, and unconscious bodily communication, among others. Her recent publication is the chapter “The Mystery of the Unconscious: Non-Ordinary States in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy,” published in Integral Psychedelic Therapy: The Non-Ordinary Art of Psychospiritual Healing, 2023. Karen has a long-standing interest in contemplative traditions and practices.

Megan Rundel, PhD is a psychoanalyst, psychedelic therapist, and Zen teacher in Oakland, CA. She is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, where she is also on the faculty. Additionally, she has a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research from CIIS and has completed several advanced training programs in ketamine and psychedelic therapy. Her most recent paper is Psychedelic Psychoanalysis: Transformations of the Self, published in Psychoanalytic Dialogues in 2022.



Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024

Time & Schedule: This event will run from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MT). Please log in by 9:55 AM so we may begin promptly. A  short break will be offered midway through the event. 


  • CO Trainees: $40.00 (Please list your CO training institution at registration)
  • DPS Members: $60.00
  • Non DPS Members: $75.00 

Your spot for the conference is not guaranteed until the registration fee is paid in full.

Location: Virtual using Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the event. Please note that many of our emails get filtered through secondary inboxes, so please do a search within your inbox for key words such as: Denver Psychoanalytic Society, DPS, Zoom link, and/or the name of the speaker or title of the event to find the email with the link.

You may also add to your safe sender list and regularly check your 'promotions', 'junk' and 'updates' email folders. Once payment is made for this event, you will receive a confirmation email.

Registration: Registration is required. The deadline to register is January 18, 2024 by 12:00 PM (MST). Cancellation policy is below.



2.75 CME credits are available for this conference. 

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the session, and complete an online evaluation within 7 days after the program. An email with the evaluation link will be sent after the program. Credit is equal to time participated for virtual events. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event. Enabling your video while participating is strongly encouraged.

CME Disclosures:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. (Updated July 2021)



Confidentiality: During conferences, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this conference. No recording of case material is allowed.

Cancellation: There will be NO refunds after January 18, 2024. Any refunds made before January 18th will be less a $10 administrative fee.

Certificate Replacement:  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate.

To contact the Society office, please email

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