The “Third” Eye: Ethics of Video Recording in the Context of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Keywords: psychedelic therapy, bioethics of technology, video recording, MDMA, philosophy of psychiatry
Language(s): English


In light of high-profile cases of sexual assault and other unethical conduct by therapists, recent clinical research involving psychedelic drugs has generally mandated the video recording of therapy sessions. In this paper, I address a gap in the literature by investigating ethical issues related to video recording in the unique context of psychedelic therapy sessions. I begin by summarizing the important benefits and risks related to video recording. I then examine ethical concerns about mandatory recording of psychedelic therapy sessions from a patient perspective and argue that these concerns must be taken seriously by clinicians and researchers. I also examine the view that video recording is essential for clinician safety. Given the legitimacy of concerns from both perspectives, I outline some basic informed consent considerations that could generate dialogue around potential patient concerns and defend the option to opt-out for both patients and clinicians. In conclusion, I underscore the importance of further critical bioethical inquiry and qualitative research regarding video recording practices in the context of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

How to Cite
Rajwani K. The “Third” Eye: Ethics of Video Recording in the Context of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy. Can. J. Bioeth. 2023;6:8-15.