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Psychedelic Science 2023

June 19, 2023 – June 23, 2023 Location Denver, Colorado Join MAPS members, researchers, students, clinicians, advocates, patients, therapists, political leaders, and psychedelic enthusiasts from around the world at this revolutionary event. Learn more

Three Black Men: a Journey Into the Magical Otherwise

This event brings together three visionary Black leaders – Resmaa Menakem, Bayo Akomolafe, and Orland Bishop to share space as they visit three cities across three continents, tracing a diasporic route in reverse. On each continent, they will spend multiple days in shared contemplation and dialogue, then convene a series of public gatherings, exploring liberation in our world and activating […]

Psychedelic Science Debrief & Sharing

Join us virtually on Thursday, July 29th at 6:00 pm ET for a free meeting to hear about BTR's group experience at this year's MAPS conference.

Lunch Hour: Q&A and Summary Review Community Gathering

Hello BTR Community! Join us for a BTR Community Gathering as we delve into the topics of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback! This meeting will cover topics and any questions you may have regarding biofeedback, neurofeedback.  This meeting will also allow the opportunity for you to ask questions about videos from the “Bringing Biofeedback and Neurofeedback to […]

IFS Level 1 Training – Session 1


  We are very excited to offer this year's IFS Level 1 online Training to Black Therapists Rock Members*. As many of you might know, IFS Level 1 training currently has a long waitlist for the general public. It is through our important partnership and collaboration with the Internal Family System Institute that we are able […]

Three Black Men: a Journey Into the Magical Otherwise (More Details Soon)

*Tickets not yet Available, More Details Will be Shared When they are Received* This is a time to gather in community and reach beyond what we know. You are warmly invited to join us on a voyage of deep inquiry. By joining this event, you will join a community of like-minded individuals committed to creating […]

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Training Informational Session

Join Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) Founder, Dr. Pat Ogden, with SPI trainer Jacquie Compton and BTR Member Susan Webb for a free 30-minute virtual/live informational session.     What can Sensorimotor Psychotherapy help with? SP can bridge the gap when traditional “talk” therapy has not helped. SP can help with trauma and attachment-related issues such as: […]

IFS, Psychedelics, and Anti-Oppression


Join us September 8, 2023 (12-4pm PM ET) for IFS, Psychedelics, and Anti-Oppression - Exploring the integration of Internal Family Systems with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, from an anti-oppressive lens and learn how you can elevate your practice. Fluence has graciously offered Black Therapists Rock a 40% scholarship to attend this unique event! To receive the 40% scholarship, […]

Community Conversation Series: Shame Resilience

Deran Young is hosting a 4-Part Learning Series for Relational Life Foundation on how RLT interfaces with the following topics: Power & Privilege (Recording Available), Systems Thinking (Recording Available) Up next is Shame Resilience on Tuesday, September 12th, 1-3pm ET, and the Stages of Change on Tuesday, December 5th, 1-3pm ET. Join us on September 12th […]

Lunch Hour: Q&A and Summary Review Community Gathering

Hello BTR Community! Join us for a BTR Community Gathering as we delve into the topics of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback! This meeting will cover topics and any questions you may have regarding biofeedback, neurofeedback.  This meeting will also allow the opportunity for you to ask questions about videos from the “Bringing Biofeedback and Neurofeedback to […]

BTR x IFS Networking Event

Are you a BTR Rockstar and Trained in IFS Level 1? If so we are excited to invite you to a new opportunity that will be held via Zoom. This event will allow you to connect with other BTR Rockstars who are IFS Certified and have open discussions regarding IFS. If you are interested in […]

Fluence Fall 2023 Open House

Fluence invites all to a special online open house with Dr. Ingmar Gorman alongside Fluence trainers and staff, where we’ll be presenting some exciting improvements to our programs and plans for 2024. This event is open to prospective, new, and existing students alike. Come and hear directly from our trainers and bring your questions! This […]

Carl Hart, PhD

Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. He is also the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Professor Hart has published numerous scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Professor Hart has appeared on multiple podcasts, radio and television shows including Real Time with Bill Maher and The O’Reilly Factor. He has also appeared in several documentary films including the award-winning “The House I Live In.” His essays have been published in several popular publications including The New York Times, Scientific American, The Nation, Ebony, The Root, and O Globo (Brazil’s leading newspaper).

Paulette Simone Smith, LCSW

Paulette Simone Smith

Paulette Smith, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical therapist specializing in cannabis therapeutics, adolescent development, and the establishment of productive, results-oriented teams in support of culturally competent treatment. Paulette has used creativity and innovation to build a knowledge base that offers her clients first-class care and consulting services. She also applies that knowledge and creativity in training and educational settings providing authentic, realistic, and easily applicable guidance on various topics. Her expertise has been cultivated over 15+ years in school-based, clinical, private practice, and dispensary settings to acquire a range of skills in traditional and non-traditional counseling practices that scientifically incorporate the integration of cannabis products. A trailblazer in her own right, Paulette is highly sought after to share her knowledge in the growing cannabis therapy field. She possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and has launched a platform for exploring cannabis therapeutics called Canna Heals, LLC, in addition to her counseling practice, Paulette Simone & Associates, Inc. In addition to the real-world experiences that refined her talents, Paulette obtained her bachelor’s in broadcast journalism from Bowie State University, a master’s in Social Work from Morgan State University, and a Master’s in Medical Cannabis Science Therapeutics from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Ms. Smith is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work at Simmons University.

Sa'ed Al Olimat

Sa'ed Al-Olimat

Dr. Sa’ed Al-Olimat, PharmD is a Taiwanese-Jordanian first generation American immigrant. He is a licensed pharmacist, community pharmacy manager, and educator of psychedelic medicine. He has worked with pharmaceutical companies, prescriber clinics, hospice and palliative care organizations, insurance groups, and other settings to enhance patient care. Dr. Sa’ed’s passion in advancing mental health outcomes led him to investigatie psilocybin and other classical psychedelic compounds as tools for mental, spiritual, and emotional support.

Dr. Sa’ed currently serves as a Co-Founder of the Psychedelic Pharmacists Association, Founder of PsiloHealth, advisor to a few psychedelic companies and organizations, as well as a Board Director for his local county pharmacists association. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mischa Dansby, RN

Mischa Dansby

Mischa Dansby, is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in Women’s Health who was raised in Huber Heights, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Wright State University. After her graduation, she joined the Air Force and has continued to serve for 22 years. During her Air Force career, she completed her Master’s in Nursing and became certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at The Ohio State University. She is currently studying at the University of Cincinnati pursuing certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, she is completing her training as an Internal Family Systems Therapist. Mischa is passionate about supporting women on their journey towards healing and wholeness.

Hanifa Nayo Washington

Hanifa Nayo Washington

Hanifa Nayo Washington, she/her/hers, is a social entrepreneur, sacred activist, digital designer, and healing justice practitioner. Hanifa is the co-founder and the Chief of Strategy of Fireside Project, the San Francisco based non-profit that operates the first national Psychedelic Peer Support Line with a mission to help people minimize the risks and fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences. The support line, featured in the Rolling Stone, Forbes, Esquire, and Tech Crunch, launched in April of 2021 and has already supported thousands of community members. Hanifa Nayo is also the Co-founder and Organizing Principal of One Village Healing, an online BIPOC centered healing, resilience, and psychedelic wellness space.

Victor Cabral, MSW

Victor Cabral

Victor Cabral, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I, (He/Him/His) is a collaborative and strategic leader who is making an impact on historical inequalities in his community and across the United States. Victor is the Founder of Dreamers of the Day, LLC, and serves as the Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Fluence International Inc., a company that provides evidence-based training in psychedelic therapy and integration services to clinicians across the globe. Before joining Fluence, Victor served as Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform where he co-led the implementation of the Trauma-Informed PA Plan, helped establish the first Racial Day of Healing in Pennsylvania history, and developed free trauma trainings for Pennsylvanians in collaboration with BIPOC mental health and trauma, and psychedelic medicine. He is a Licensed Social Worker and practicing psychotherapist in Pennsylvania with training in Internal Family Systems, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Integration.

Deran Young

Deran Young,

Deran Young is a licensed therapist, CDWF, CDTL, co-author of New York Times Best Seller, You Are Your Best Thing, retired military officer, and the founder of Black Therapists Rock. Black Therapists Rock is a non profit organization that mobilizes over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma. She obtained her social work degree from University of Texas, where she studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa for two semesters creating a high school counseling center for under-resourced students.

Deran’s passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought after diversity and inclusion consultant working with companies like BBERG, Facebook, Linked In, Field Trip Health, and YWCA. Deran’s advocacy expands over several online and offline platforms. With a current social media audience of over 100,000 followers on IG and Facebook, Deran has become a leading influencer and public figure committed to spreading mental health awareness and improving health equity.