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Applying Acceptance & Commitment Therapy To Create A Powerful Model (ACER) for Preparation & Integration For Psychedelic Leaders with Dr. Rosalind Watts – 50
Episode 5026th April 2022 • The Psychedelic Leadership Podcast • Laura Dawn, M.Sc
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How can we learn to effectively navigate our thoughts, emotions, and the difficult circumstances that we encounter in life so we can take action that is in alignment with what we value and what we care about? 

Combining ancient mindfulness practices and philosophies, and the most modern psychological research, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) provides a model for growth, wellness, and deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. 

My guest today Dr. Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist and the founder of ACER Integration, that goes beyond simply focusing on psychedelic integration, but provides an insightful model for understanding humanity. As the former clinical lead on the Psilocybin for Depression trial at Imperial College London, Dr. Watts led a clinical team that facilitated over a hundred psilocybin treatment sessions. Having recognized that safe and effective use of psychedelics requires substantial integration support, Rosalind co-founded the UK's first psychedelic integration group, and is now launching a global online integration community, ‘Accept, Connect, Embody, Restore’ (ACER) where members will follow a 12-month process together, in community. 

Her contributions to the field of psychedelic therapy are numerous and include the development of the Watts Connectedness Scale, which is a psychometric tool for measuring outcomes of psychedelic therapy. 

The end of this episode explores Dr. Watt’s ACER Model through the lens of leadership and dives into the importance of female leadership in the psychedelic space. 


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Key Takeaways

  • The 6 stage model for ACT called a Hexiflex gives us a model to understand humanity.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) provides a model for growth, wellness, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. 
  • The ACER Model developed by Dr. Rosalind Watts is a way to help people make sense of their deep psychedelic journey, and take the learning to integrate findings into their daily life.

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Featured Music

Episode #50 of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast features a song called "Stand Like An Oak" by Rising Appalachia

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