This group aims to offer a safe space to discuss educational content related to MDMA, with an emphasis on how these aspects intersect with racial and cultural experiences. The affinity group provides a safe and inclusive environment for BIPOC individuals to share their experiences, insights, and challenges related to MDMA therapy and education. This is a chance to foster community and connection among peers who may feel underrepresented in this field. We hope the group space will not only support its participants but also contribute to the broader goal of making the field more inclusive, equitable, and responsive to the needs of diverse populations.
Joseph McCowan, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working in Los Angeles as a co-therapist in the MAPS sponsored Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. He is an alumni of MAPS’ MDMA Therapy Training for Communities of Color, held in August 2019. Additionally, Joseph works with the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy where he provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and Psychedelic Integration Therapy. Joseph is deeply passionate about furthering education and awareness of the healing benefits of psychedelics for communities of color and in working to improve mental health outcomes for historically underserved communities. Joseph received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.