Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance Episode 12 – Monnica Williams

The twelfth webinar will feature Dr. Monnica Williams, a clinical psychologist, associate professor, and esteemed researcher. Monnica will discuss the need to expand psychedelic medicine to communities of colour, along with considerations and implications specific to racialized communities.

Date: Tuesday, August 11th

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST)

About Monnica Williams

Dr. Monnica Williams specializes in the relationship between race and culture with mental illnessand its treatment. Monnica’s research dissects the influence of historical and current racial trauma and bias on the accessibility and experiences of psychiatry.

With a doctorate in clinical psychology, former and current professorships and as the director of a mental health care clinic, Monnica has used her clinical and research positions to broadly advocate for racial diversity and sensitivity in the mental health profession. From hands-on cultural competence training for therapists, to culturally informed research designs and explorations of the unique distress of racial trauma, Monnica comprehensively promotes inclusivity in psychiatry and psychedelic psyscotherapy.

With over 100 academic publications, five books, and several local and federal grants under her belt, Monnica is a well-recognized and highly accomplished researcher. In addition to her impressive academic success, Monnica is the Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, and Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities.

Formally named among 25  “Individuals of Influence” in the Journal of PTSD,  Monnica’s conception of racial trauma has earned widespread recognition and, in turn, well-deserved publicity for the necessity of diversity  in mental health research and clinical practice. Her ability to critically examine the social and phenomenological ramifications of racial identity has also achieved media coverage in CTV, Vice, The Washington Post, USA Today and Psychology Today – where Monnica maintains a blog “Culturally Speaking”.

In the next installment of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance, Monnica will apply her expansive perspectives on race and mental health to psychedelic medicine. She will discuss the implications of monoculturalism in psychedelic medicine, examine the racial and social barriers that obstruct diversity, and advocate for culturally informed care and training as psychedelic psychotherapy enters the mainstream.

You can follow Monnica via her website.


MAPS Canada has priced the Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance webinar series at an affordable $111 for the full 14 episodes. Single episodes are available for $22 each, with discounted rates for students, seniors and those affected by COVID-19. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mapscanada.org/webinar

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