Teaching psychedelic with Dr. Monnica Williams

Psychedelic Plant Medicine

Join Me for an Exclusive Reconnection Journey

I will be hosting an exclusive plant medicine reconnection retreat in Ecuador this July, with my good friend, Jonathan Flores, MD, who is physician and a traditional healer. This retreat has been designed to enhance the therapeutic work of those who are already guiding and supporting others in the field of mental, physical, and emotional health. This includes people such as psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, therapists, doctors, other professionals, and harm reduction volunteers.

I have witnessed and experienced how the COVID-19 global pandemic has resulted in exhaustion for so many of us on the front lines who have dedicated their lives to supporting others. This retreat is designed to aid the process of emotional growth and holistic wellness, by creating a safe space where each participant can deepen their inner knowledge, increase their self-care, and experience personal growth in a community of healers.

Psychedelic Clinical Science

Igniting an International Conversation: People of Color & Psychedelics

There is a vast potential for psychedelics to help heal intergenerational trauma and move people toward wholeness.

Recently, there has been much excitement about the potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to address a multitude of mental health conditions, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, end-of-life anxiety, and other conditions. However, people of color have not been meaningfully included as research participants or researchers. With studies underway across the globe and expanding access to the benefits of these substances, space must be made for diverse voices and communities of color.

Oppression, poverty, and discrimination can all contribute to traumatic experiences at both individual and collective levels. These ongoing traumatic experiences — enhanced and compounded for people who exist at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities — are often under-recognized and thus under-treated. There is a vast potential for psychedelics to help heal trauma and move people toward wholeness.

Dr. Williams is working to make psychedelic medicine accessible for everyone. In addition to board certification, an inter-jurisdictional practice certificate, and licensure in two countries, Dr. Monnica Williams is a certified psychedelic therapist through the MAPS MDMA Training Program (part A-D). She also offers psychedelic-assisted therapy at her clinic in Tolland, Connecticut.

How do you talk to your kids about psychedelics?

Parents are often in the best place to teach their children about psychedelics in a safe way. Watch this special segment on families and psychedelics by Plant Parenthood, featuring Dr. Monnica Williams in Tripping Together: Boundaries and Bonds in Family Psychedelic Experiences.

Teaching psychedelic with Dr. Monnica Williams

Psychedelic Science: Psychedelics are increasingly being researched for difficult mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, trauma, and end-of-life distress. Dr. Monnica Williams at the University of Ottawa.

Upcoming Psychedelic Presentations

  • Williams, M. T. (2022, February 28). Racial Trauma, Racial Justice, and Psychedelics. Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board. [Virtual]. Portland, OR.

  • Strauss, D. & Williams, M. T. (2022, April 14). The MKUltra Project and Research Abuses of incarcerated Black Men. [Virtual]. Stanford University, CA.

  • Schlosser, D., McCowan, J., Williams, M., Boger, J., & Albert, M. (2022, May 22). Psychedelics for Mental Health and Beyond. Panel presentation. Medical Psychedelics House of Davos. Davos, Switzerland.

  • King, S., Williams, M., Labate, B., & Yehuda, R. (2022, May 23). Racial Justice and Equity in Healthcare. Panel presentation. Medical Psychedelics House of Davos. Davos, Switzerland.

  • Williams, M. T. (2022, May 25). The Future of Inclusion in Psychedelics. Keynote lecture. Medical Psychedelics House of Davos. Davos, Switzerland.

  • Williams, M. T. (2022, May 27-29). Psychedelics and Racial Justice. Plenary Talk. From Research to Reality (R2R) Global Summit on Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Medicine. Toronto, ON.

Online Training

  • Williams, M. T. (recorded). Culturally-Informed Outreach & Clinical Research: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD. TZK Seminars. (3 CEs)


Online Articles

Monnica Williams, Bia Labate, and Clancy Cavnar in San Francisco

Monnica Williams in San Francisco with Drs. Bia Labate (director) and Clancy Cavnar of Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. Dr. Williams serves on the Committee for Racial Equity & Access.

Special Issue

Psychedelic Academic Publications

Prior Lectures & Presentations

MDMA Therapy Training Event for Communities of Color

Dr. Monnica Williams co-organized a workshop and training for therapists of color in August 2019 for MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, sponsored by MAPS and grant funded by the Open Society Foundations.

Student Poster Presentations

  • Michaels, T. I., Lester, L. F., Purdon, J., & Williams, M. (2018, November). Inclusion of People of Color in Ketamine Randomized Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Depression. Poster session at the 52nd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

  • Ching, T. H. W., Williams, M. T., Kisicki, M., Reed, S. J., & George, J. (2017, November). MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment-Resistant PTSD: MAPS-Sponsored Phase 2 Findings & Cultural Considerations for Phase 3 Trials. Poster session at the 51st Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Selected Media Appearances

Life, death and psychedelic drugs on CNN with Dr. Monnica Williams

Life, Death, and Psychedelic Drugs: Psychedelics are increasingly being used to treat difficult mental health issues like PTSD and for end-of-life care. Here's what the potential of these drugs in controlled treatment settings looks like, featuring Dr. Monnica Williams. Source: BEME/CNN

Monnica Williams and Jade in Connecticut

Monnica Williams and Jade Ullmann in the MAPS Study Treatment room research space at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Grants & Awards

  • 2020 - MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Expanded Access Pilot Project for Racial Trauma in People of Color, Psychedelic Research Funders Collective

  • 2019 - MDMA Therapy Training for Communities of Color, Open Society Foundations for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

  • 2018 - Cosmic Sisters Women of The Psychedelic Renaissance Grant

  • 2018 - Ullmann Family Foundation

  • 2017 - An Open-Label, Multi-Site Phase 2 Study of the Safety and Effect of Manualized MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Severe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (MP-16), MAPS

Conference Planning

  • Conference Planning Team, Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicines: From Research to Reality, Scheduled for 2021, Toronto, ON

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