Webinar: Growing from our Roots: Psychedelics, Resiliency and the Roots to Thrive Model

Open to the Public
Benny Bloomfield, Pamela Kryskow, Shannon Dames

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  • History and overview of Psychedelic and Plant Medicines
  • An overview of the Roots to Thrive Model
  • We will share a personal Experience of a Patient Partner

From the Roots to Thrive website: 

Our multi-modal therapeutic model is one of the first of its kind in North America. We combine a research-based community of practice framework (Roots to Thrive) and other treatment modalities, including Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT) to maximize one’s healing and thriving capacity.  

Roots to Thrive is an evidence-informed program aimed at activating our innate, individual and collective human capacity for resilience.The Roots to Thrive journey promotes the development of personal resources to buffer us from stress and improve our ability to thrive. With resilient roots we can access the inner resources necessary to self-actualize into our highest, most confident and authentic self. 

The core evidence-informed concepts from which the work emerges are a sense of coherence and congruence. Roots that thrive are deeply grounded in personal authenticity (congruence) and an inner sense of confidence in one’s ability to navigate life’s challenges (sense of coherence). From this place of wholeness, we cultivate an ability to live with purpose, joy, courage, and compassion.

The process is not to learn to be human, it is remembering our resources, our desires, values, and passions by reconnecting the body and the spirit.  As we act from a felt sense of wholeness, we align and pendulate between the inner world and the environment, people, and activities of the outer world. The seminal humanistic and transpersonal theories and concepts that undergird the curriculum are Polyvagal Theory (Porges, 2011), The Theory of Unmet Needs (Maslow, 1943), sense of coherence (Antonvosky, 1979) and congruence (Rogers, 1951).



Dr. Pamela Kryskow is a medical doctor with a strong interest in chronic pain, mental health and psychedelic medicine. She is a clinical instructor at UBC and an adjunct professor at VIU. She is one of the founding board members of the Canadian Psychedelic Association. Dr Kryskow is actively involved in research related to psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine, COVID, mental wellness and neurogenesis. She is the medical lead on the Roots To Thrive Ketamine Assisted Therapy program that treats health care providers with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Dr. Shannon Dames spearheaded the development of the Roots to Thrive program and continues to work as a nursing professor and resilience researcher. Currently, her work centers on promoting the integration of psychedelic-assisted therapies in the healthcare system.

Benny Bloomfield is a Registered Nurse, an Addiction Nursing Fellow with BCCSU, and a Client Care Coordinator with Fraser Health Authority. Benny is the co-founder of the Fraser Valley Psychedelic Society and is building a team to bring the Roots to Thrive Program to BC's Lower Mainland. Benny was a patient partner in the first cohort of Roots to Thrive, which he describes as the most healing experience of his life.