July 22, 2020
Courtney has dedicated her life to the decolonization process for BIPOC and incorporates psychedelic-assisted therapy into her work. She is the founder of Doorway Therapeutics, a group therapy practice based out of Oakland, California.
You can watch a video of the full AMA here.
1) Talk about colonization and history with your family. Bring in the cultural context and talk about indigenous knowledge systems. Some of the things that were historically lost to colonization were psychedelic and plant medicines, which form our indigenous knowledge and ways we heal ourselves.
2) Bring your family back to their roots and give yourself back the things that were taken away as colonized people, formerly colonized people, and ex-slaves.
3)Know for yourself that you are drawn to this because of your ancestral roots.
Look at white supremacy in the medical community. Black people receive less pain medication than others because of the myth that the black community has a higher pain tolerance. Look at the education system and see where white supremacy and anti-blackness lies. Is there space for queer folks in this area? How do we look for the phobias that are present in this system? How can we educate ourselves?
When I have a client I know that the hour between patient and client is safe but once that hour is over they may feel unsafe in their outside environments and in the rest of their lives. A provider should take that into consideration.
The mental health space needs more representation and diversity from the BIPOC and nonconforming community in leadership spaces, like APA and AAMFT. Conversations need to be guided by these communities because they have been guided by the white community for too long.
Surgeries are only affirming for what trans patients already know to be true and will likely have a positive effect on their mental health.
Marginalized communities are less trusting of medical professionals because of the systemic issues and discrimination that are happening within the community. There is a higher chance that a black woman will die giving birth compared to a white woman and statistics like this have caused me to feel a sense of distrust for the healthcare system.
I myself have had to search high and low for a doctor after experiencing issues with my provider. There are health disparities for the black community, and the roots of white supremacy in the medical community do not make it safe for anybody. The people who are marginalized should not only have to be advocating for themselves; others should advocate for them as well.
1) MDMA is not legal yet. As a licensed professional, I do not recommend MDMA use alone for PTSD and healing practice. I recommend you do it with a therapist once it’s legal if recommended by your provider.
2) We need to work to decrease the problems with access for the BIPOC community so we can be present in these spaces. If you need support, find your way to ‘the underground’ and there will be groups for you. I cannot personally advocate for or recommend any of these groups.
3) There is not enough scientific information to determine what psychedelics are best for the BIPOC community. Current research studies on psychedelics are predominantly white. Research is not the place to get this information as it is not made for BIPOC, it’s for the white community. Research helps ensure that these products are passed through and access is given to the BIPOC community.
Thank you for tuning in! For our next AMA on Wednesday, July 22nd, check out Chi, a global psychedelics advocate and founder of Tripsitters. You can sign up for a free account on the forum to post your questions for Chi.
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