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Sun 16th December
Psychedelics, Music and Meaning: A full day of talks exploring breakthrough approaches to psychotherapy

Psychedelics, Music and Meaning: A full day of talks exploring breakthrough approaches to psychotherapy.

Can psychotherapy help you uncover a sense of purpose and meaning in life?

What physiological effects does music have on the human mind?

How is psychedelic-psychotherapy being used to ‘reset’ the brains of those suffering with treatment-resistant depression?

These are just some of the topics the speakers will discuss at ‘A Day on Psychotherapy’ at The Weekend University. It’ll be a full day of talks exploring the rapidly growing evidence-base for these groundbreaking forms of therapy.

You’ll learn:

  • Meaning-centred psychotherapy; the fascinating science of how meaning can be used to help you overcome psychological problems, and live a more meaningful, purposeful life

  • Music therapy; the latest innovative ways music is used in therapeutic practice to treat mental health problems such as depression and anxiety

  • Psychedelic psychotherapy; how these ancient medicines are safely being used in a therapeutic setting to ‘reset the brains’ of those suffering from treatment-resistant depression.

You’ll learn how these insights can improve your own quality of life, but also your ability help others too.

Lectures & Speakers

Meaning-Centred Psychotherapy - Dr Joel Vos, PhD

Dr Joel Vos ( is clinical psychologist, philosopher and director of the internet platform Meaning Online ( He works as researcher and lecturer at The Metanoia Institute and the New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling in London. He is chair of the successful IMEC International Meaning Conferences London ( Joel has over 70 scientific publications, including the books ‘Meaning in life: an evidence-based handbook for practitioners’ (Palgrave McMillan) and ‘Fifty pictures of living a meaningful life’ (

Music Therapy: An Introduction - Dr Helen Odell-Miller, OBE

Dr Helen Odell-Miller, OBE is a Professor of Music Therapy and Director of the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She pioneered music therapy approaches over 40 years in the National Health Service, and in universities, travelling the world and developing international consortia and partnerships.

She has led arts therapies clinical and research teams, advised the government on music therapy and is author of several texts. She is also a singer, violinist and pianist.

Psychedelic Psychotherapy - Dr Robin Carhart-Harriss, PhD (Preview)

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris heads the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London, where he moved to in 2008 after obtaining a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol and an MA in Psychoanalysis from Brunel University. At Imperial, he has conducted and overseen human brain imaging studies of the effects of LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), MDMA and DMT (ayahuasca), plus a clinical trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression.

As of November 2018, he will be Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, where he will lead a new Centre for Psychedelic Research. Three of his papers ranked within the top 100 most impactful scientific papers of the year, over the last two years. His work has been featured in the Independent, New Scientist and Wired magazine.

For a full breakdown of the lectures and speakers, please click here.


The format will be similar to a TED event, but with in-depth lectures and focused on the theme of Psychotherapy.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Session 1

12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break

1:00pm - 3:00pm: Session 2

3:00pm - 3:15pm: Afternoon break

3:15pm - 5:00pm: Session 3

5:20pm - 7:00pm: Attendee Social and Networking

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