This workshop will encompass:

  1. Discussion of the personal/professional qualities that appear to enhance safety and efficacy in treatments that employ psychedelic substances;

  2. Exploration of basic principles that have been found to expedite the beneficial exploration of consciousness;

  3. Facilitation of comprehension of the potential therapeutic potency of visionary and unitive forms of consciousness and how their occurrence and integration may contribute to changes in attitudes and behavior;

  4. Survey of practical procedures in structuring set and setting in psychedelic therapy, including the use of music;

  5. Consideration of potential therapeutic applications in the near future, notably in the treatment of depression, addictions and end-of-life issues. Implications of the varieties of alternative states of awareness occasioned by psychedelics for education and religion, as well as medical treatment, will also be considered. Dr. Rosalind Watts from Imperial College in London will contribute to the presentation.

William A. Richards, Ph.D.

William A. Richards, Ph.D.


William A. Richards, Ph. D.
Author and Psychologist
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

William A. Richards (Bill) is a psychologist in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he and his colleagues have been conducting research with psilocybin for the past two decades. His graduate degrees include M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, S.T.M. from Andover-Newton Theological School and Ph.D. from Catholic University, as well as studies with Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University and with Hanscarl Leuner at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, where his involvement with psychedelic research originated in 1963. From 1967 to 1977, he pursued research with LSD, DPT, MDA and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, including protocols designed to investigate the promise of entheogens in the treatment of alcoholism, depression, narcotic addiction and the psychological distress associated with terminal cancer, and also their use in the training of religious and mental-health professionals. From 1977-1981, he was a member of the psychology faculty of Antioch University in Maryland. His publications began in 1966 with “Implications of LSD and Experimental Mysticism,” coauthored with Walter Pahnke. His book, Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences has recently been released by Columbia University Press.

Rosalind Watts, Ph.D.

Rosalind Watts, Ph.D.

Rosalind Watts, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Psychedelic Research Group, Imperial College (London, UK)

Dr. Rosalind Watts is the Clinical Lead of the Imperial College Psilocybin for Depression trial (Psilodep 2). She trained as a clinical psychologist and practised psychotherapy for 6 years before joining the Imperial Psychedelic Research Group, led by Robin Carhart-Harris. Rosalind designed the therapy protocol for Psilodep 2, works as a lead 'guide' within the multidisciplinary team, and is running the day-to-day aspects of the trial.

Her qualitative research, exploring the perspectives of participants in a number of psychedelic research studies, gave rise to her interest in the prevalent theme of 'connectedness to self, others, and the world' as an important aspect of psychedelic therapy. Rosalind co-facilitates the monthly 'Psychedelic Integration Group' in London, led by Michelle Baker Jones.

Brian D. Richards, PsyD.

Brian D. Richards, PsyD.

Brian D. Richards, PsyD.

Clinical and Research Psychologist, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Aquilino Cancer Center

Brian D. Richards, PsyD, completed a Master’s degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology at Duquesne University, a Psy.D. at the University of Denver, and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, where he continues in the Department of Psychiatry as an Affiliated Investigator. Dr. Richards was formerly a Clinical Director with MedOptions, the largest behavioral health provider in the United States. He also provides diagnostic psychological testing at Oasis, an acute outpatient center in Maryland. Dr. Richards is now working on clinical research protocols administering psilocybin for Treatment Resistant Depression at Sheppard Pratt Hospital (with COMPASS Pathways), and cancer patients struggling with depression at the Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville. His research interests include nondual experience, accelerated self-actualization, brain science based approaches to health and wellness, and working with treatment refractory patients. He finds particular meaning simply being in nature and caring for wild animals.


Horizons is proud to present its first series of classes for professionals seeking to learn about psychedelic therapy.

These classes offer mental health and medical professionals detailed, technical information about psychedelic therapy and direct access to experts and practitioners.

Classes will held in small groups at the historic Down Town Association in the Financial District, which also offers lodging for traveling participants.

APA CE credits for psychologists are available.


Thursday, October 10th, 2019 (sold out)
Friday, October 11th, 2019 (sold out)


9:00am | Convene
9:30am | Morning session
1:00pm | Break for lunch
2:00pm | Reconvene
2:15pm | Afternoon session
5:15pm | Session concludes
6:00pm | Adjourn



The Down Town Association

Since its founding in 1859, the Down Town Association remains an island of quiet civility in a bustling Lower Manhattan as a locus for nourishment, entertainment, relaxation or quiet discourse.


  • These classes are designed with medical and mental health professionals and students in mind, but others are also welcome. We will contact you after you register to confirm eligibility if there are any questions.

  • The venue’s dress code is business casual attire, without t-shirts, jeans, or sneakers.

  • Participant photography, videography, and audio recording is not permitted.

  • Registrations are non-refundable but are transferable.

  • Registration for classes is separate from conference registration, which must be purchased independently.

  • Please click here to read our Safer Space and Code of Conduct Policy, which applies to all persons in attendance.


  • The venue for classes is the Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street, New York, NY 10005.

  • Convenient transit includes the 4, 5, 2, 3 at Wall Street and J/Z at Broad Street, or East River Ferry at Wall Street/Pier 11.

  • On-site lodging is available at discount rates at the Down Town Association. Inquire for more information.

  • There is no on-site parking and street parking is unlikely. Commercial garages are located nearby.

  • Light refreshments in morning, mid-afternoon and end-of-day are provided.