Therapist Training

A grass roots movement of practitioners providing psychedelic treatment

JOIN A MISSION-DRIVEN COMMUNITY OF PRACTITIONERS

Our goal is to make psychedelic psychotherapy accessible to you and your clients. We can do this through a supported community model that includes training, research and business development.

 

Training


The PSI psychedelic education program is a full psychotherapy training composed of an in-person component followed by an 8 month online supervisory apprenticeship to fully support you in integrating psychedelic therapy into your practice. The in-person component consists of 5 days of didactic and experential learning (hands-on fishbowl sessions and supervised trades) in the PSIP model. The apprenticeship component involves remote weekly group supervision for the first 6 weeks and bi-weekly supervision after that. We have training sites around the US. We can also setup trainings in your local area with a minimum of 12 students. Costs: 5 day in-person component: $3,200 8-month follow-up apprenticeship: $375 per month This program is not a sitter school for the general public. We train mental and medical health professionals and students as well as those with a qualified background in the healing arts. The skill sets required for psychedelic therapy are quite different from the skills most of us learned in graduate school. Our approach is to provide a comprehensive training in a non-ordinary state somatic psychotherapy as a foundation on which we add psychedelic skillsets. Here are some of the components of this training that we find greatly support clients in altered states of psychedelic consciousness: body orientation (autonomic nervous system processing), bottom-up experience focus, relational transference work (essential for complex PTSD), physical touch, attachment work, and parts work. We find that non-ordinary states of consciousness require a non-ordinary state psychotherapy to make best use of what these medicines have to offer. The powerful revelations and memories that emerge during psychedelic states will very quickly overwhelm the rational, verbal, and cognitive functions of ordinary consciousness. The body, with its unique felt sense pathway, is far more equipped to process the stress, trauma, depression, hidden memories and charged revelations that arise in psychedelic therapy. This somatic processing pathway that quickly develops within clients is preferrentially taken by the psychedelic due to its more robust capacity to process charge. We recommend viewing the video below which is made up of clips from the cannabis combat veteran pilot study using the PSIP model conducted at Innate Path. We also strongly recommend reading the PSIP White Paper published at the Journal of Psychedelic Psychiatry (you can also download it here). One way in which our training will differ from non-directive sitter trainings is that we posit a more active role for the clinician. Our approach is based on the idea that human relational wounding requires human relational healing, and this cannot simply be left to a mystical, transcendent interaction between the substance and the client's psyche. We have found in our clinical experience that an over-reliance on medicines promotes a passivity in the clinician and frequently, very significant therapeutic opportunities will be missed. Psychedelics are fundamentally catalyzers of innate healing intelligence and tendencies we already possess. Psychedelic medicines amplify these mechanisms, they are not a replacement for them. As such, we develop the student’s eye for understanding and engaging core healing processes before adding the complication, speed and power that psychedelics bring with them. Our approach is to fine tune the psychotherapy to operate hand-in-glove with the altered state of consciousness induced by these substances. The psychedelic specific interventions of PSIP target and amplify the self correcting psychobiological mechanisms that become more active in the psychedelic state. This focus on psychedelic compatible interventions brings out the psychedelic nature of readily accessible substances such as cannabis and ketamine, and is also very compatible with medicines that are not yet available such as psilocybin.




PSI Supervisory Apprenticeship


After your initial 5 day training, there is an 8 month period of support from us as you implement this work into your practice. This is the length of time therapists in our own clinics need to become competent psychedelic therapists. This is much more then a non-directive holding of space for a client as they go in with eyeshades and headphones; you will be learning an entire non-ordinary state psychotherapy model that is designed to work with these medicines, and which calls on you to serve as an active, engaged, relational guide. Most of our students face three challenges in this training and in their development as psychedelic psychotherapists: 1) the theory involved in the PSIP model which is an experiential, somatic, visceral, non-ordinary state psychotherapy is very different from what most of us learn in grad school. 2) You will be asked to build new therapeutic muscles through repeated hands-on practice trades (during the in-person training as well as outside of it). 3) The most significant challenge you will face in becoming a psychedelic therapist is your own personal unworked stress, trauma, attachment, dissociation, and developmental wounding. Any unworked material from your history will make itself known in your practice. This will manifest as powerful counter-transference or other reactions as you begin to implement psychedelic therapy into your practice. Even therapists who have been in the field for 30 years and are well processed from a cognitive, top down perspective will frequently find that engaging in their own psychedelic therapy reveals previously unkown, unworked material. This is normal, we expect it with every student. It is not something that can be resolved immediately but is an ongoing project that you can engage in with the members of your cohort. Our goal is to support you with your technique, implementation with clients, and your pesrsonal work during the supervision groups for the 8 month apprenticeship period as you take on more psychedelic therapy clients. Your cohort will be assigned a PSI faculty member to follow you throughout this period. You will also have access to all the other videos, continuing ed, marketing and practice support materials we are developing for the PSI Practitioner Community (PSI-PC) which you are welcome to join after this 8 month period is over although this is not required.




Continuing Ed. Accreditation


PSI - Innate Path is accredited to provide continuing education in counseling psychology through NBCC (ACEP No. 6484). You can receive continuing education credits for our in-person trainings as well as our monthly topical live webinar series during your apprenticeship year.





TRAINING & EDUCATION

Medical Provider


Although we are focusing on cannabis which does not require medical guidance in recreational states, or requires easily obtainable medical approval in medicinally legal states, we are also developing relationships with medical providers in your state who you can collaborate with when you want to incorporate ketamine psychotherpay into your practice. These providers will already understand the therapeutic process your mutual patients will be undertaking.




Client Support Materials


Your clients will have access to the PSI client portal where we will continually develop educational and support materials useful for clients active in treatment. The somatic psychedelic therapy process is so unique that your clients will not have referrence points from past therapy or friends that can easily relate to what they are going through. Our goal is to provide support materials to help normalize the phases and non-ordinary state experiences they will be moving through during your work with them.




Marketing & Referrals


Support your local marketing efforts through the use of our high quality educational and marketing materials on your own website. Get referrals generated by our local and national outreach efforts focused on providing educational content to therapy consumers. We have a big mission that anyone who seeks high quality psychedelic treatment has access to it, and as such, we are committed to getting the word out. We continually produce educational videos, testimonials, live webinars, social media, podcast interviews, article publication, conference presentations as well as develop partnerships with affiliate organizations to provide useful content regarding psychedelic therapy. We find that the more well informed someone is about mental health and what the psychedelic psychotherapy process is about, the more likely it is they will want to work with us. Hence, our goal is high quality, informative, transparency.





NETWORK RESOURCES

Validation & Precedence


Even though many states have already approved the use of cannabis as a treatment for the conditoin of PTSD, our goal is to both fine tune our approach to provide better treatment as well as establish the PSIP protocol as an accepted standard of practice in the eyes of state licensing boards.




Therapists Retreat


This final point is perhaps the most significant and most intangible benefit of being part of a larger practice community. We know from years of training students and professional therapists that the most difficult part is not the theory or didactic components of the model. The most difficult piece is that this work is highly experiential and very involving of the therapist’s own process. Our students grasp the theory well enough, they bump up against their limits as therapists when they discover their own unworked material. Our students frequently discover they have unworked trauma or that their attachment style is not as secure as they had thought. We cannot emphasize this strongly enough: the deeper you are able to go with your clients, the deeper you are called to go within yourself. The gift and pitfall of psychedelic psychotherapy is how thorough it can be. The depth of your client’s process will necessitate your own clearing. Your client’s process will ask for corrective developmental experiences such as touch, sustained eye contact and secure bonding with you, or they may ask you to hold a sense of perpetration by projecting onto you. Regardless of what is being asked, your internal flexibility, your own childhood history and capacity for love will be fully engaged and frequently challenged in this process. We are not suggesting that therapists need to come into this being thoroughly processed, in fact we fully expect the opposite. This is normal and something we find not only with our students but our staff in our clinics. This reality has to be held and worked with over time. There is no escaping it, there are no shortcuts around it. We fundamentally believe that healing is a community wide effort. You will discover a great deal about your own structure and get some significant work done through the PSI training given that well over 50% of the course is experiential in nature and we prescribe trades between cohort members. We are also dedicated to supporting your work through the supervision component as well with ongoing retreats both within and outside of the US. We find there is no greater indicator of a therapist’s longevity, growth and success in this work than their willingness to engage their own process.




Psilocybin Referral


PSI maintains clinic in Amsterdam to provide cannabis & psilocybin assisted therapy for individuals looking to treat mental health conditions. This program is staffed by PSI clinicians who are licensed to practice in the US. This program is also open to clinicians who have trained with us and are ready to deepen their personal work beyond what cannabis or ketamine assisted therapy can provide. Please see the following link (Therapist Retreat) for a more detailed discussion of this option.





 MISSION DRIVEN COMMUNITY

UPCOMING TRAININGS

San Diego, CA
Dates: February 13-17

Boston, MA

Dates: March 6-10

 

Chicago, IL

Dates: March 20-24

 

Byron Bay, Australia

Dates: April 3-7

Melbourne, Australia

Dates: April 14-18

 

Perth, Australia
Dates: April 24-28

Auckland, NZ

Dates: May 8-12

Vancouver, BC

Dates: June 5-9

Seattle, WA

Dates: June 26-30

Denver, CO

Dates: July 10-14

Amsterdam, NL

Dates: July 24-28

 
COVID-19

PSI is conducting regional trainings during COVID-19. Our policy:
 

  • Required COVID-19 test prior to training

  • Temperature checks at the beginning of each day

  • Recommended self-quarantine, minimize social activity during 5 day training

  • Masks worn during training

  • Hand sanitizer available during training

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CANNABIS THERAPY SESSION CLIPS

 

TRAINING APPLICATION

Your fist step in beginning your new career with psychedelic therapy is to fill out our application. 

For more information on the training component of PSI-PC, read the Psychedelic Education article by PSI’s Director of Education, Saj Razvi, published in the MAPS quarterly journal.