Psychedelic Peer Support Workshop

March 31, 1pm – 5pm
Arcata, California

Topics include: physical, mental, and emotional effects of psychedelics; factors that contribute to a difficult experience; Zendo Project’s four principles of psychedelic support; tools, techniques, and protocols; sitter self-care; assisting the integration of a psychedelic journey; ethical guidelines for psychedelic peer counseling.


This year, millions of people will use psychedelics outside of supervised medical contexts, many of them for the first time. Difficult psychedelic experiences can be frightening, but also potentially among the most valuable experiences someone can have.


Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.


What can you do to help someone having a difficult psychedelic experience? What techniques are available for helping transform a potentially traumatic situation into a positive or even therapeutic one? What role has MAPS and the Zendo Project played at festivals, and what take-home messages are available for others interested in psychedelic harm reduction?

Learning Objectives

Describe and provide examples for the four principles of psychedelic harm reduction. Explain the unique needs and of a person having a difficult psychedelic experience, including contributing factors such as trauma, set, and setting. Identify resources for triage, safety, and integration. Integrate self-care practices for harm reduction providers

Pre-Registration Required for this FREE event

This event is SOLD OUT

Our venue is limited to 110 seats.  If sold out before the day of the event, we will indicate that status here on this webpage and not sell any additional tickets at the door.

Workshop Venue

The Native American Forum

Behavioral and Social Sciences Building
Humboldt State University

About the Workshop

This training is designed for those who are interested in learning how to assist in difficult psychedelic experiences. We demonstrate that safe, productive psychedelic experiences are possible without the need for law enforcement-based prohibitionist policies.

This is also an opportunity to connect with your community in an immersive workshop complete with role playing, exercises for grounding and connection, and the opportunity to meet and develop relationship with your local community.

Developed for peer counselors, educators, mental health clinicians, event producers, and individuals who are interested in volunteering for harm reduction organizations like the Zendo Project, creating their own grassroot peer support, or helping others in psychedelic challenge.

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Workshop Presenters and Biographies

Erica Siegal

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Erica Siegal M.S.W. has been volunteering with MAPS since 2011, including several years with the Zendo Project. She is the Zendo Project Volunteer Coordinator, and currently the Study Coordinator for the MAPS-sponsored trial MDMA-assisted psychotherapy to treat social anxiety in autistic adults. Erica serves as Volunteer & Harm Reduction Coordinator for RGX Medical, a company that provides medical, first aid, and harm reduction services at over 30 festivals a year.


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