Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies - The New Frontier in Treating Mental Illness

Date & time: 6.30pm 15 November 2023
Location: 5 Fellows Road, Ground Floor, South Wing Law Theatre Acton, ACT 2601 - View in map
Speakers: Dr Ben Sessa, Psychiatrist, Researcher and Writer
Cost: $0 per person

Dr Ben Cessa, Psychiatrist, Researcher and Writer

The Australian National University and Mind Medicine Australia are delighted to present an International Public Lecture featuring renowned psychiatrist and researcher, Dr Ben Sessa (UK), live in person.

Dr Sessa has been at the forefront of psychedelic research for over 15 years through his affiliations with Bristol University and Imperial College London, under the auspices of Professor David Nutt. He brings a wealth of knowledge to this fast developing field in Australia.

In this lecture, he will explain:

  • What psychedelic drugs are
  • Safety of psychedelic drugs in the treatment of depression, trauma, eating disorders, addictions and other conditions
  • Psychedelics and Neuroplasticity
  • How psychedelic-assisted therapies work clinically
  • Protocols for delivering psychedelic-assisted therapy safely and effectively
  • And lots more…

After Dr Sessa’s lecture, he’ll be joined onstage by a panel for discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Tickets are strictly limited. Please register now to secure your seat.

About the presenter: Dr Ben Sessa (UK), Psychiatrist, Researcher and Writer

For over 15 years Dr Ben Sessa has been at the forefront of psychedelic and cannabis research and clinical medicine in the UK through his affiliations with Imperial College London. Ben qualified as a medical doctor from UCL in 1997 and went on to specialise in psychiatry. For 25 years he has worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with young people and adult patients in the field of addictions and trauma-related psychiatry.

Ben started studying psychedelics as a junior doctor and has taken part in research projects at Bristol University, Cardiff University and Imperial College London with LSD, psilocybin, DMT, ketamine and MDMA – receiving and/or administering all of these compounds in legal research settings.

One of the first doctors to develop the field of contemporary psychedelic research in the UK, he was the former co-founder, former CEO, and subsequently the former Head of Psychedelic Medicine at Awakn Life Sciences, a Bio-Tech company carrying out psychedelic research into addictions. Awakn opened four clinical centres in the U.K. and Europe, providing psychedelic psychotherapy with ketamine, for a wide range of psychiatric indications, as well as an extensive R&D psychedelic research program.

Ben was one of the first Medical Cannabis psychiatric prescribers in the UK.

Ben is a trained MDMA, ketamine and psilocybin therapist. He has led research into MDMA-assisted therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder and is published widely in the academic and medical press.

Ben is the co-founder and past president of the Breaking Convention conference. He is the author of The Psychedelic Renaissance (2012/2017), the novel ‘To Fathom Hell or Soar Angelic’ (2015) and Altered States (2021). Ben lives and works in Bristol, UK.

About Mind Medicine Australia

Mind Medicine Australia is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation working on the use of medicinal psilocybin and MDMA-assisted therapies to treat a range of mental illnesses. Mind Medicine Australia exists to help alleviate the suffering and suicides caused by our accelerating mental illness epidemic in Australia, through expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients.



Barbara Corapi