DSW Candidate – Katelyn Lee, LCSW 4:00 PM – 5:15PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Psychedelic-Assisted EMDR (PsyA-EMDR): An Innovative Approach to Clinical Social Work Practice

DSW Candidate – Katelyn Lee

Monday, April 22, 2024

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Psychedelic-Assisted EMDR (PsyA-EMDR): An Innovative Approach to Clinical Social Work Practice

Psychedelics have been designated as a breakthrough therapy for treating chronic mental conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and addiction. While evidence-based treatment is available, rates of mental illness in the United States continues to rise steadily. Recent attention to alternate treatment options for mental illness correlates to the prevalence of mental illness, barriers to treatment options, and low efficacy of current treatment. This capstone project is comprised of a systematic review of completed clinical trials on psychedelic medicine and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (PAP), a conceptual framework for applying Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in PAP, and a proposed integrative transtheoretical model guiding the training of clinicians in psychedelic-assisted EMDR (PsyA-EMDR).
This capstone project aims to provide an understanding of the role of psychedelic medicine in clinical social work practice. Although no clinical trials have evaluated PsyA-EMDR treatment outcomes, many existing and completed trials have demonstrated the efficacy of PAP, which can be used as a springboard this integrative approach. The research, systematic literature review, conceptualization, and proposed model presented in this project simultaneously aim to increase interest and support among psychedelic research, provide education and advocacy for therapeutic options in mental health treatment, and promote a model for training and education for clinicians while decreasing systematic biases and gaps in research afflicting PsyA-EMDR.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the historical practice of psychedelic medicine, the impact of the criminalization of psychedelics, and the role of psychedelic medicine in mental health treatment.
  2. Identify the theoretical underpinnings of both psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and EMDR to form a conceptual understanding of psychedelic-assisted EMDR (PsyA-EMDR).
  3. Identify methods for integrating psychedelic medicine into clinical social work education, practice, and research.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.