Psychology Today defines Harm-Reduction as an approach to treating those with alcohol and other substance-use problems that does not require patients to commit to complete abstinence before treatment begins. Instead, an array of practical strategies are deployed to reduce the negative health and social consequences of substance use, and psychotherapy aims to change behavior according to the goals of each patient, whether that means moderation of use or complete abstinence.
Currently, the harm-reduction model is the only option available for those seeking PAT both with mental health counselors and in the underground movement.
More information on the Harm Reduction Approach can be found here.
At PATA we define consumer as any member of the community who wishes to learn about the consumption of psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes.
At PATA we define administrators as individuals who provide or administer psilocybin.
At PATA we define spiritual practice as the connection of yourself to something that is greater than the self. Examples include religious deities, the universe, nature, etc.
A grievance review process would involve a governing board or entity that is able to receive complaints from the public and provide resolution and consequences for any improper actions.
At PATA we are referring to ceremonial experiences with psilocybin as an experience/session that is part of an indigenous communities' spiritual process around using psilocybin. This process usually involves more than taking psilocybin and may include pre, during, and post activities/actions centered around connecting to a natural spirit in their belief system.
In the broader community, the term ceremony or ceremonial experience, refers to a sitter's/guide's personal process for facilitating a session. This may include indigenous practices or be self-created.
These individuals are those that are available to be with you during your PAT or psilocybin session. We do not consider licensed mental health professionals to be sitters or guides if they are providing professional services.
Sitters and guides often have trainings from unregulated private institutions. Please proceed with caution and research and vet your sitter or guide if you do not already know them to make sure they meet your needs.
Under current laws, licensed mental health therapists face challenges with concurrently acting as a therapist during a session where psilocybin is planned ahead-of-time to be used. In the course of providing mental health therapy they cannot administer psilocybin.
Informed consent is a process of communication between you and your provider or psilocybin administrator that often leads to agreement or permission for care, treatment, or services. Every consumer has the right to get information and ask questions before procedures and treatments.
**Note, Informed Consents are essentially liability release forms similar to what you would use for sky diving or other potentially dangerous activities designed to absolve the provider of services from liability if harm is received by the consumer or client.
Only Licensed Mental Health providers are bound by additional safeguards to protect your health and safety.
Oregon Psilocybin Services facilitators are only obligated to have you sign an Informed Consent form. Please be aware this may affect you if issues arise during your session/experience..