Lab announcements

World-first psilocybin trial receives ethics approval!

October 2021: It’s official! We have received ethics approval to treat 72 patients with Generalised Anxiety Disorder in a two-dose, well-controlled (triple-blind, active placebo) investigator-initiated trial. This is the largest psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy trial in Australia to date, and a world-first in the treatment of GAD. In addition, the trial will incorporate a world-first option for research therapists to receive psilocybin under supportive conditions as part of their training.


Past announcements

First Australian MAPS MDMA Training complete

September 2021: Congratulations to the MMP-1 trial therapists for completing their MDMA-assisted therapy training program this month! Also, a big thank you to our partners and colleagues at The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for developing and delivering an excellent therapist training program. This is the first time MAPS has run their training program in collaboration with an Australian group. Eighteen qualified clinicians from our group, each with a wealth of mental healthcare experience, participated in this training. They will work on the MMP-1 clinical trial in our lab, treating 25 Australians with PTSD using MDMA-assisted therapy. MAPS will provide ongoing mentorship and clinical supervision to our trial therapists.

Recruiting psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy trainees

June 2021: The Clinical Psychedelic Lab is now inviting expressions of interest from mental healthcare professionals who would like to train and work as therapists on the Psi-GAD-1 trial at Monash University, exploring the use of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. To apply, you must be based in Melbourne, Australia. Training commences in August. If interested, please email us at psychedelic@monash.edu and request further information.

MAPS MDMA-assisted therapy training to commence

April 2021: In May 2021 we will commence the first MDMA therapist training and clinical supervision program in Australia, provided by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in partnership with the Clinical Psychedelic Research Lab. Much gratitude goes to MAPS and Nigel Strauss for the training and funding. Therapist trainees will participate in a 3-month training program delivered by MAPS and the Clinical Psychedelic Research Lab, followed by supervised practice as co-therapists within the MMP-1 trial at Monash (supervision provided by MAPS). Following successful completion of the training program and supervised practice, trainees will receive MAPS-accreditation.

Recruiting MDMA-Psychotherapy trainees

April 2021: The Clinical Psychedelic Research Lab is now recruiting mental healthcare professionals for training and supervised practice within our MDMA for PTSD trial, MMP-1. MAPS-accredited therapist training and clinical supervision will be provided by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in partnership with the Clinical Psychedelic Research Lab. Interested and qualified professionals should send a very brief expression of interest as soon as possible to psychedelic@monash.edu