Traditionally recognized as an anesthetic and a party drug, ketamine has experienced a remarkable shift in its role within the realm of behavioral health. Recent research over the past five years has unveiled its potential as a rapid and effective intervention for individuals grappling with severe and treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions.

Studies have showcased ketamine’s ability to induce antidepressant effects within hours, challenging the conventional timeline associated with traditional antidepressants. This rapid onset of action has proven crucial in addressing acute cases of depression, reducing suicidal ideation, and providing a lifeline for those who have not responded to standard treatment modalities.

Professional and Ethical Responsibilities: A Critical Conversation at Emerging Themes

As the field embraces the potential of psychedelics like ketamine, it becomes imperative for clinicians to navigate their professional and ethical legal responsibilities, as well as potential legal risks. 

In previous years, Emerging Themes in Behavioral Health has featured speakers who have touched upon this important topic. In 2022, UCLA’s Dr. Sidney Zisook’s presentation highlighted the effectiveness of ketamine in treating specific types of treatment-resistant depression, offering hope to individuals who had exhausted other therapeutic options. In 2023, Dr. Martha Koo brought attention to the importance of “set and setting” in psychedelic experiences, emphasizing the need for a supportive and therapeutic environment to maximize the benefits and minimize potential risks associated with ketamine treatment.

This year, we are excited to bring together a panel of professionals with diverse backgrounds in both psychedelic research and professional practice. The panel aims to deepen our understanding of the ethical implications, therapeutic nuances, and cultural considerations associated with the use of ketamine and other psychedelics in mental health treatment.


Ketamine: the Next Frontier in Psychiatryhttps://emergingthemesinbehavioralhealth.com/ondemandcourse

As we prepare for this year’s conference, we invite clinicians, mental health professionals, and anyone passionate about the evolving landscape of behavioral health to join us. Continuing Education credits will be provided as we explore topics such as the trajectory of psychedelics in our field, delve into the latest research, and engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the ethical dimensions of integrating psychedelics into therapeutic practices.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative conversation that is shaping the future of behavioral health. Register now for Emerging Themes in Behavioral Health 2024. 

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