Student Projects

PARTING: Psilocybin-Assisted suppoRtive psychoTherapy IN the treatment of prolonged Grief

Project Supervisor/s

The project would be suitable for an Honours or PhD student in the field of psychology or psychiatry.

While grief is a normal reaction to loss, 30% of cancer carers are reported to experience prolonged grief disorder. Patients with prolonged grief require grief-focused intervention in addition to the depression-focused treatment. Several landmark double-blinded randomised controlled trials have shown one or two doses of the psychedelic drug psilocybin administered along with supportive psychotherapy can produce profound, rapid and enduring mental health benefits in terminal cancer patients with anxiety and people with treatment-resistant depression. This will be the first trial specifically looking at psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for prolonged grief. The aim is to determine whether this new treatment is acceptable to and safe for participants and to establish an initial impression of its effectiveness in treating people with prolonged grief. The project collects both qualitative and quantitative data on a range of outcomes and can be tailored to the students’ interest and skills. It will involve analysis and write-up of publications, and potentially some qualitative interviewing.

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