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Mgr. Jaroslav Farkaš

A psychology graduate from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (2010), Jaroslav is currently working in a private practice in Slovakia, helping his clients with personal growth and development. One of his long-standing interests has been to explore the advantageous use of psychedelics and altered states of consciousness for therapeutic and other personal growth benefits.

In addition to his general background in psychology, Jaroslav has had extensive training in biodynamic body psychotherapy (a body-oriented depth psychology approach). He also draws on a number of different approaches in his work with clients, including psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, post-modern constructivism, and neurobiology.

Jaroslav is one of the lecturers in the university course “Experimental psychopharmacology: Contemporary psychedelic research and psychedelic psychotherapy” at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, and is a member and co-founder of the Czech Psychedelic Society (CZEPS), where he was involved in management from 2016 to 2020.

His past experience includes work as a psychologist in a number of different types of family and children support facilities including orphanages, a support centre for professional families, and harm-reduction work in a drug treatment and care facility.

Membership in professional organizations:

2015 to current – Czech Psychedelic Society (CZEPS)

Education:

2005–2012: University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Faculty of Arts
– psychology, graduated with honours
– dean’s commendation for diploma thesis, “MMORPG addiction and personality traits of gamers”

Training, courses:

2019: Psychedelic Psychotherapy & Holotropic Breathwork (workshop)
– Beyond Psychedelics, Prague
– Instructor: Friederike Meckel Fischer (CH)

2018: Psychedelic Integration (workshop)
– Beyond Psychedelics, Prague; The Center for Optimal Living, New York, USA
– Instructors: Ingmar Gorman (USA), Elizabeth Nielson (USA)

2017: Psychedelic Sitter in Assisted Psychedelic Research (course)
– Czech Psychedelic Society, Prague
– Instructors: Michael Vančura (CZ), Petr Odstrčil (CZ), Stanislav Kudrle (CZ)

2014–2016: The Theory of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (course)
– Brno Institute of Psychotherapy, Brno
– Scope: 120 hours

2011–2017: Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy (6-year, comprehensive psychotherapy training)
– Institute of Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, Prague; Europäische Schule für Biodynamische Psychologie, Lübeck, Germany
– Trainers: Eli Weidenfeld (DE), Ebba Boyesen (FR), Mona Lisa Boyesen (DK) Květa Palusková (CZ), Tomáš Morcinek (CZ)
– Scope: 1,040 hours

2011–2012: 3D Coaching (accredited training)
– European Association of Professional Coaches, Piešťany, Slovakia
– Trainers: Oldřich Tegze (CZ), Ferdinand Podoba (SK), Jan Soukup (CZ), Ivana Galová (SK)
– Scope: 180 hours

2011–2012: Healthcare Psychologist (accredited qualification course)
– Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
– Scope: 70 hours of theory, 200 hours of internship in a healthcare facility

2009– 2010: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) with a focus on working with traumatized clients (training course)
– Slovak Institute for Psychotraumatology and EMDR, Trenčín, Slovakia
– Trainer: Hélène Dellucci (FR)
– Scope: 72 hours

Additional training includes over 350 hours of targeted courses and seminars in biodynamic body psychotherapy, biosynthesis, transpersonal psychotherapy and holotropic breathwork, gestalt therapy, process-oriented psychology, and concentrative movement therapy.

Publications:

Farkaš, J.: “The body and interventions” – chapter in the book Tylš, F. (ed.): Fenomén Psychedelie [The Psychedelia Phenomenon], Dybbuk, Prague 2017. ISBN 978-80-7438-178-2.