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Philosophy Special Interest Group Conference

'Philosophical Issues in Psychedelic Drug Use'

Date Thursday 5 - Friday 6 October 2017
Time Day 1: 09:30 - 17:15, Day 2: 08:30 - 18:15
Type Conference
Venue RCPsych, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB
CPD 6 points per day
Audience Any medical health professional with an interest in philosophy in psychiatry.


Standard Rate*

Trainee Rate**

10 Reduced

Student Rate   ***

Whole conference





Thursday only





Friday only





*The Standard Rate applies to Consultants/Locum Consultants, SAS Doctors (Associate Specialists, Staff Grades, Specialty Doctors) Retired or Reduced subscription rate of 50% or less. (RCPsych members/associate & affiliates only)& Non RCPsych members of any grade.

** The Trainee rate applies to RCPsych members/associates & affiliates at the following grades; Advanced Trainees (ST4-6) & Higher Specialist Trainee (SpRs), CT1-3, ST1-3, LAT or FTSTA Psychiatry rotation, SHOs and Pre-Membership Psychiatric Trainees/Trainee Registration with the College.


  The Special Interest Group is offering a limited number of 10 Student Places on a first come, first serve basis. Reduced Rates applies to the following grades; trainees registered as Foundation Years or Student Associates & RCPsych members/associates/affiliates registered with membership.


*** If you are a medical student or Foundation Year doctor and not registered as a student associate with the college, you can apply for free here.


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spaces are still available you can book online, or please come along to the venue and register on-site 

*Please read our cancellation policy before making your booking.*






There is a growing literature on the effects of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin on the brain. There have been a number of recent high profile publications which have studied the nature of the LSD experience and accompanying changes in the brain revealed by functional neuroimaging.

There have been trials of treatment with these drugs in a range of conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder, depression, addictions and “existential anxiety” in terminally ill patients. It is likely that clinical use of these drugs will grow in the next few years.

A conference which looks at the philosophical and ethical issues arising from use of psychedelics is therefore timely. The impact of these drugs on the brain also brings into focus important issues in the philosophy of mind.

Professor Roland Griffiths, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore has kindly agreed to attend the conference as one of our keynote speakers.

The conference is not confined to psychiatrists and is open to anyone with an academic, professional or personal interest in this area. We hope to bring together speakers from different backgrounds with the aim of promoting an eclectic, multi-professional approach to the topic of the conference.



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Please note that accommodation is not booked via the RCPsych, and that participants are asked to make their own arrangements. There are many hotels to suit a range of budgets a short walk or bus journey from the College. Here are the best ways to find them:

N.B. You may find discounted rates available on these hotels using a price comparison site such as Late Rooms



The venue address is as follows: Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. For detailed directions and a map please click here.

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