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Psychedelic Somatic Institute

 A Public Benefit Corporation

We have a plan to help you provide legal psychedelic therapy in your practice - today.

 Psychedelic Apprenticeship & 
Group Trainings at PSI

We have a psychedelic therapy training program for you to become a fully legal, psychedelic therapist. We developed a psychedelic specific therapy model, Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy (PSIP), that uncovers and amplifies the psychedelic properties of easily accessible, legal substances such as cannabis and ketamine. These inexpensive drugs become potent psychedelic medicines when paired with a psychedelic specific modality such as PSIP. The therapeutic healing intelligence is in the process, the therapeutic relationship, and innately in the body. We have been providing this work clinically for years, this is how you can do it as well for your clients.



     Apprentice Training Model

We are pleased to announce the PSI psychedelic apprentice program. We have developed a highly experiential, individually focused psychedelic practitioner training model that is the gold standard for psychedelic education. Based on our experience running psychotherapy trainings since 2008, we have found that the single most important factor for learning PSIP (and psychedelic therapy in general) is to understand the work from the inside out by receiving it. The somatic, autonomic, and limbic processing that becomes active in the psychedelic state, and which is at the heart of PSIP, needs to be experienced to be truly understood. Having a cognitive grasp of the material through lecture and watching video sessions is important, but knowing the process viscerally through your own personal experience develops depth, nuance, confidence and mastery with the work.

Apprentice is designed around students receiving their own sessions and observing live sessions. The PSI trainer will work with a student cohort of just 3 people where each student will receive 5 two hour psychedelic therapy sessions over a period of 8 days, and observe roughly 28 hours of live sessions followed by discussion. 



     Group Training Model


Another training option we offer alongside Apprentice is the the group education model which has been our primary format for the last few years. This program is based out of our training site in Denver, Colorado, and involves 10 to 16 students going through a 5 day in-person training followed by a 5 month remote supervision. This training option offers different benefits compared to Apprentice. It is a less expensive training option, the learning curve is less steep, and it is less based in the student's engagement with their own trauma which can be a confronting aspect of Apprentice. Click below to learn more about these training options. We also have a sample training excerpt that we recommend all students applying to our programs watch. 

The PSI training is not an integration model, where traditional talk therapy happens after the psychedelic experience, or sitter model that relies on a transcendent bypass of the painful aspects of ego and human relationship. Human relational wounding requires human relational healing. PSIP is a comprehensive psychedelic assisted psychotherapy model where the therapist is an active participant in the client's psychedelic session which keeps the process in the human relational realm. This yields access to childhood developmental trauma, attachment wounding, transferential projections, and the homeostatic self correcting intelligence of the body (autonomic nervous system). The model is designed to work with fully legal psychedelic medicine so you are able to provide this work to your clients in your private practice.

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PSI Introductory Videos










White Paper

Download our free comprehensive theory paper that was published in the Journal of Psychedelic Psychiatry. It will provide a full overview of the PSIP model.

View A PSI
Training Excerpt

In addition to the above videos, we have an hour long training excerpt describing the body's role in psychedelic therapy. It is a useful map regardless of what modality you use.

Why train at PSI

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Legal Psychedelic Practice

The demand for psychedelic psychotherapy and clinicians that can provide this treatment is profound and will continue to grow as more people discover what is possible through it. While there is a push for FDA approval for substances such as MDMA and psilocybin, there are readily available, legal medicines whose psychedelic potential is unlocked if they are paired with an appropriate therapy modality. Cannabis moves from being a calming or uplifting recreational experience to a very useful psychedelic medicine. We have been working with and testing cannabis as a psychedelic in our clinical settings for years. Due to its legal status, non-medical framework, low cost, availability and precise therapeutic response, we refer to it as THE accessible grassroots psychedelic medicine. 


Mission Driven Community

You are the answer to the vast need for uniquely trained psychedelic practitioners to provide high quality and efficacious somatic psychedelic therapy. PSI is on a mission to train therapists and bring this work to communities world-wide. Through strength in numbers, we can help one another be successful and, more importantly, make a lasting and real difference in the lives of people in need of mental health support. The PSI Psychedelic Therapists Training Program, a highly accessible program for private practitioners with the passion and desire to bring this work to their community, allows therapists to work together, support each other, and experience the deep satisfaction of providing psychedelic therapy to their clients utilizing the PSIP model. Join us for this incredible professional opportunity and personal journey!

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Cannabis as a Psychedelic

PSI is a mission driven organization that views the responsible, skillful use of psychedelic medicines as the singularly most important development in modern psychological, spiritual and cultural health. Based on our years of clinical and research experience with a variety of substances, our focus is on the advancement of cannabis-assisted and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. We view this as an equal but preliminary partner to other advanced psychedelics such as psilocybin. Our mission is the grassroots advancement of high quality psychedelic therapy, and the accessibility of these therapies to all who seek them.


PSI in the Media: Articles & Podcasts

The Psychedelic Therapy Podcast
On Cannabis's Psychedelic Potential
Craig and Saj talk shop— Dissociation, the unconscious, countertransference sadism, and psychedelics
Psychedelic Education, New Modalities, and Coming Opportunities in Mental Health
MDMA, Or Ecstasy, Shows Promise As A PTSD Treatment
Healing trauma with psychedelics