Topic: “Substance Abuse Trends and Responses in San Francisco.”  

Speaker: Dr. Tomás Aragón, MD, DrPH (Public Health Officer, San Francisco) 

Here's what attendees had to say...

"The symposium was eye-opening because I didn’t realize there are controlled drug therapies to help patients who are dealing with major depressive disorders and/or PTSD." – Min S. Kim


"It was an incredible opportunity to learn about new therapies for treating PTSD with a multidisciplinary lens.  Thank you to Dr. Smith for really making us students feel valued and seen. Humbling!"  – Amanda Theolet 


"It was inspiring to see the dedication of the health care providers in this field and interesting to learn about different therapies, such as music groups and ketamine." – Merryl Levy

Enjoy these videos of the 2019 conference.

Topic: “Mainstreaming of Psychedelic Medical Research.”

Speaker: Rick Doblin, PhD (Founder/Executive Director-M.A.P.S.) 

Panel Discussion: Advances in Psychedelic Substances Research (Moderator-Steve Heilig, MPH) 

Topic: “Further Elaboration on Specific Substances.”

Speakers: Jennifer Dore, MD, Jerome Beck, PhD, Alex Trope (Schrobenhauser-Clonan), MD, MSc, James Fadiman, PhD, Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD 

Rock to Recovery and Neuromusicology:  We got down at lunch with "Dr. David Smith and the Psychedelics!" Take symposium attendees, speakers, add music, and a little magic and voila! We have The Psychedelics, who created this song about recovery on the spot with Rock to Recovery’s Wes Geer (guitarist), and song leader Constance Scharff.   @rocktorecovery

“A Phylogenetic Perspective on the Role of Psychogenic Monoamines in Trauma-Associated Psychiatric Disorders."

Speaker: Jason Schiffman, MD, MA, MBA (Founder and Chief Medical Officer-The Camden Center) 

Panel Discussion: Trauma and Conscious Recovery (Moderator-Allyson Mayo, DBH) 

Topic: “Trauma Informed Care from a Psychosocial Perspective.” 

Speakers: Adriana Popescu, PhD (Clinical Director-Avery Lane), TJ Woodward (Conscious Recovery Group,  Facilitator: Avery Lane, & Author of "Conscious Recovery"), Jessica Rodriguez, PhD (Education Director and Lead Trainer-Onsite Strategies) 

“Technological Advances in the Treatment of Addiction.”

Speaker: Kathyrn Howe (Director of Healthcare Digital Transformation-Cisco Systems, Inc.) 

Topic: “Connecting the Disconnected: Online Support Networks for Addiction Recovery.”

Speaker: Tom Simpatico, MD (Founder and CEO-MTS Mhission Project)

Work Force Development (Introduction: Allyson Mayo, DBH) 

Topic: “Multidisciplinary and Inter-Professional Approach to Substance Use Disorder Education in the Medical System: Inroads to Medical Practice.”

Speaker: Catherine Lucey, MD (Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Medical Education-UCSF)