Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Behavior Modification teacher at the college for four years now, Bruce Sewick is launching his Psychedelic Mindview class this year.
This area of study deals with the use of psychedelic substances to treat people that are going through extreme trauma, death, and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder).
Sewick went for his undergrad at the University of Illinois and then went for his Master’s at Roosevelt University in Clinical Psychology.
He grew up in the Southside of Chicago and enjoyed bowling and tennis. In his teen years he also taught karate at a park district.
Sewick gained interest in this field when his mother passed away and found enjoyment working with severe mentally ill people,“…people that society forgets,” he added.
His first course in this subject started out as a weekend Special Topics class but as psychedelic research became more mainstream, he is now able to offer it as a real class.
Tomorrow Nov. 3, Sewick will be holding a free opening class 10:30-2:20 PM in BIC 3810. He will be presenting it along with Tom Roberts Ph. D, who has taught the world’s first psychedelic course at Northern Illinois University, and Nicholas Cozzi Ph.D, director of the Laboratory for Neuropharmacology at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
“This class will help open up my course to the public and increase awareness about the use of psychedelics in a controlled setting,” said Sewick.
He also believes psychedelic practices will be completely acceptable within the next ten years. He is confident in the benefits of using psychedelic substances to provide relief to people, especially those who are suffering from PTSD due to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The treatments work quickly and only require two or three sessions at a clinic. It is not a daily medicine like many would think.
Sewick described how psychedelics are still in a “stage 2” research phase. When 300 people have been observed, the practice will be approved.
“People in my field understand there is no good cure for PTSD, but psychedelics offer a different perspective,” mentioned Sewick.
In the 70s, these kinds of substances may have been abused and have earned a bad name but now they are a form of healing.
“For now the use is staying controlled and they are showing to help people,” commented Sewick.
“My intention is to educate people about how altered states have healing capacities when used properly.”
In the Spring of 2013, his class will be available online for anyone to take.