A Psychedelic Symposium

Join the Movement

We invite healers, therapists, researchers, and anyone intrigued by the potential of psychedelics to be a part of this exciting journey. Embrace the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and contribute to the global conversation on psychedelic healing.

Open Plains is not just a symposium—it’s a step into the future of healing. Be part of the change and the conversation.

Symposium Details

April 19th, 2024
Tulsa, OK

Cost: $165 Professional (includes 6 CEUs)

$125 Standard (no CEUs)

6 CEUs (including ethics)
Lunch will be provided.

Symposium Details

April 19th, 2024
Tulsa, OK

Cost: $145 Professional
$115 Student

6 CEUs (including ethics and supervision)
Lunch will be provided.

Hosted By

Christina Conrad, LPCS, SEP

Bringing the Ineffable into the Clinical

Christina Conrad, LPCS, SEP (she/her) is a Somatic Psychotherapist and Executive Director of Palo Santo Therapy & Wellness, where she and her team offer Somatic Psychotherapy, EMDR, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, Psychedelic Integration Therapy, rooted in traditional trauma healing modalities. Christina is also trained in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Science), Psilocybin Assisted Psychotherapy and is passionate about integrating this leading edge work into her Oklahoma community via consulting and clinical/community education. With her training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, EMDR, and iRest Yoga Nidra teacher, Christina offers a somatic-informed therapy and training experience.

Michael Mason

Unpacking Psychedelic Language: How to Talk to Clients about Inner Explorations

Michael Mason (he/him) is a science writer and recipient of the UC Berkeley Psychedelic Journalism Fellowship. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Discover magazine, and elsewhere. He has also interviewed researchers from the Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Research Center and the Imperial College of London, and has focused much of his own research toward indigenous approaches to plant medicines. As an assistant Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage, Mason is collaborating with members of the Native American Church to harmonize indigenous spiritual practice with Zen.

Additional Presenters

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

States of Trance and Transcendence

Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar spent five years in his mid-twenties outside the USA studying religion, spirituality and spiritual practices among many cultures and indigenous communities. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and Harvard Divinity School in 1999 and has been the Senior Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa since 2000. When All Souls merged with a predominantly African American Pentecostal Church, led by Bishop Carlton Pearson in 2008, Lavanhar gained a new appreciation for the power of transcendent worship experiences for healing trauma and building insight. A mystic and meditator for many decades, Lavanhar brings direct personal experience to bear on this timely topic.

Dr. Steven Byers

Indigenous Perspectives on Psychedelics: Cultural Contexts and Contemporary Applications

An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Byers is on faculty with the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Steven Byers received his B.S. as a dual major in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Tulsa, his M.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Throughout his academic training Dr. Byers has emphasized the need to engage and enhance a person’s spirituality and related practices with psychological models of behavior, motives and psychology. In his teaching at NSU. he emphasized the important of divestment and community research within diverse context. As a part of his emphasis on culture and diversity, Dr. Byers emphasizes the following domains through research and evaluation: diverse students experience in higher education, re-evaluation of mental health concepts in relation to culturally different persons and both individual and collective trauma’s relationship to stress and coping in marginalized groups, families and persons. Steve served as both board chair and co-director of the executive committee of the Osage Forest of Peace.

Branda Jean Piersall, RN

Death and Psychedelics

Branda Jean Piersall, RN, (she/her) has been an RN for 28 years, primarily in hospice and palliative care. She has certifications in holistic health, nutrition, and spiritual philosophy, and is a certified death doula. She recently completed the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies program and is currently pursuing a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology. Branda is passionate about the role Psychedelics, such as Ketamine and Psilocybin, can play in end-of-life care, as well as First Responder and Healthcare Worker Burnout prevention and recovery, as this becomes medically available. Branda is also the co-founder of Ok So Tulsa, a true live storytelling collective.

Dr. Chad Johnson

Transpersonal Psychology and Psychedelics: From Timothy Leary and Beyond

Dr. Chad Johnson (he/him) is an Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University and an MA in School Psychology at Trinity University. He has published in the areas of spirituality/mindfulness, justice/advocacy, group psychotherapy, and existential/transpersonal psychology. He has served on the board of directors for the Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP) and the editorial boards for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Psychotherapy Research, and The Journal of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson is a licensed health service psychologist and maintains a private practice in Tulsa, OK.

Katherine A. Costello, PhD

Beyond Oneness: LGBTQ+ Affirming Integration 

Katherine A. Costello (she, her) is a writer, researcher, and ICF-trained coach specializing in psychedelic integration and LGBTQIA+ care. Dr. Costello received her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Smith College and a PhD in gender and sexuality studies from Duke University. Her research has been published in Yale French Studies, DiGeSt: Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies, Chacruna: Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, and other places. She has lectured widely, including at IPI (Integrative Psychiatry Institute)’s program on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and at SnAP (Social Neuroscience and Psychotherapy) Lab’s Conscious Community Series. A meditator in the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma school for almost a decade, and a classically trained dancer now offering ecstatic dance, she weaves in mindfulness and somatic approaches to her explorations with clients of how to live a liberated life.


Sponsorship tables available. Please contact Rebecca@PaloSantoTherapy.com for more information.

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Sponsored By

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Oklahoma Psychedelic Collective