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Substance Use, Harm Reduction, and Advancements of Psychedelic Research

  • 11 Dec 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Substance Use, Harm Reduction, and Advancements of Psychedelic Research

Mary-Frances Moore, LPC

We will explore current working research in psychedelic medicine and therapy, and discuss the potential trajectory for legalization of psychedelic therapy in the United States. We will also discuss the concept of harm reduction, and how this applies to the use of substances in various settings. We will examine potential questions or concerns that clients may bring to behavioral health professionals, ethical considerations when discussing substance use and harm reduction, and how to facilitate a client's self-determination when examining their plans for developing an appropriate harm reduction plan for their use of substances.


  1. Examine current psychedelic research and its possible future implementation for medical or therapeutic application.
  2. Define the concept of harm reduction and examine key considerations when discussing harm reduction with clients.
  3. Explore our personal ethical considerations and personal questions when considering discussion of substance use and harm reduction with clients.

Mary-Frances Moore is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Montrose Center who is deeply passionate about harm reduction and psychedelic research. Through funding by SAMHSA, Mary-Frances and other members of the Intensive Outpatient (IOP) team at Montrose Center have recently begun to address sex-drug linked behavior and chemsex. Mary-Frances has consulted with Doug Braun-Harvey of the Harvey Institute to draft a curriculum for a Sexual Health in Recovery psychoeducational group, and is currently facilitating this group. In her personal life, Mary-Frances volunteers with the Houston Burning Man community, and she is the lead coordinator for a safety resource called Sanctuary, which provides a safe space to help transform difficult psychedelic and psychological experiences into opportunities for learning and growth. While living in California, Mary-Frances volunteered the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and as legalization of MDMA for PTSD treatment progresses, she hopes to become certified as an MDMA therapist.

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