Michael Coupland, CPsych
Capital F BC
Five Elements Lodge on Salt Spring Island, BC is where the in person residential treatment occurs. (5-elements.ca closed until provincial COVID travel restrictions are lifted). Each participant and their support person have a private suite, amidst the healing EcoTherapy environment, anti-inflammatory nutritional meals and spa amenities. Psychedelic integration begins with a telemedicine (for BC residents) assessment, review of contraindications, and expectations need to be assessed. Discussion of the legal and ethical issues will be covered. A preparatory session occurs prior to the integration session, to accomplish several important tasks: (1) to provide psychoeducation regarding the psychedelic experience, (2) establish the most suitable evidenced-based therapeutic approach to be used to meet the participants established condition(s), and (3) to explore expectations of the participant’s active collaboration in the process. The integration phase begins the day after the participant’s self-dosing session; it involves reviewing the participant’s experience during the dosing session thoroughly and applying therapeutic techniques to reinforce particular aspects of the experience so they foster sustained desirable patterns of thought and behavior
I am an elder psychologist, in practice since 1979. I was a Charter Psychologist, a designation that predated my provincial Registered Psychologist designation. My career provided occupational health services primarily focused on work related trauma and injury\pain to the first responder, governmental agency, health care, education, energy and aviation industries. I am the developer of the COPE with Pain and COPE with Trauma programs (copyright IMCS Group Inc). I have had a distinguished career in both Canada and the USA, am an author of AMA Guides and a dozen other articles, presenter at 300 conferences on Pain, PTSD, opioid addiction, consultant to evidence based guidelines for pain and PTSD treatment. I was content author for the YouTube COPE with Pain channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1_8DXBkjDMtm-bN3M-HqmA) that is used in university training and cited in the literature for notable pain neuroscience (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6432903/). I recently retired from working full time as Founder and Network Medical Director of IMCS, a large national occupational health network of psychologists and psychiatrists and now am embarking on offering services at our Five Elements Lodge on Salt Spring Island, BC.
I have spent my career in chronic pain and PTSD treatment and offer a full integrated approach to assisting with these issues. I work alongside my wife, Dana Coupland, RN, COHN, with Hospice, Psychiatry and Occupational Health specialization training, and who practices integrative energy healing.