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The Apprentice Training Model

 

We have developed a highly experiential, individually focused 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 is important, but knowing the process viscerally through your own personal experience develops depth, nuance, confidence and mastery with the work.

 

This understanding from the inside-out is something you will gain in both the Cohort training and the Apprentice training. They both strive for this experiential understanding as a learning objective. Apprentice achieves it more thoroughly and quickly because it is immersion. The difference between Cohort and Apprentice is the difference between taking a language course and traveling to a non-English speaking country and immersing yourself for a period of time. 

 

The Apprentice Training Summary: 

  • ​Individual in-person component: 3 students, 1 PSI faculty

  • Each student receives roughly 14 hours of psychedelic sessions in 2 hour blocks with integration over a 8 day period

  • Estimated 28 hours of in-person observation & post session debrief

  • Students returns home to begin 2 months of live, online classroom learning

  • Faculty observes 2 hours of student led sessions

  • Begin 4 months of supervision as students trade with each other & provide sessions to clients 

  • In-person component: $3,850

  • Remote didactic & supervision component: $3,750

  • For trainings outside of the US, there is an additional travel expense fee of $500 to the cost of the training

Apprentice Schedule with 3 person group:

  • Pre-enrollment Zoom interview & reading materials

  • Day 1: 2.5 hour non-medicine assisted session (may move to medicine assisted if student and trainer agree)

  • Day 2: 2 hour cannabis assisted PSIP session

  • Day 3: 2 hour cannabis assisted PSIP session

  • Day 4: Integration

  • Day 5: Day Off (no sessions)

  • Day 6: 2 hour cannabis or ketamine assisted PSIP session

  • Day 7: 2 hour cannabis or ketamine assisted PSIP session

  • Day 8: Integration

  • Estimated 28 hours of in-person observation & debrief 

  • Students return home to begin 2 months of remote didactic theory (student's group grows to 9 people)

  • Faculty observation of 2 hour student led PSIP session with post session discussion

  • Student begins 4 month supervision (9 person supervision group)

We train mental and medical health professionals with at least two years of clinical experience (private practice is acceptable) and those with a significant background in the healing arts (also with at least two years of experience working with clients in a mental health context). 

The Group Training Model

 

This has been our training format for years which we offered in various cities around the US. We are now offering it at our training site in Denver, Colorado as well as more distant locations in Europe and Australia. The training involves 2.5 days of didactic learning through lecture and video samples, as well as 2.5 days of classroom fishbowl sessions where each student receives a demonstration session by faculty using cannabis, ketamine or no medicine at all. The class observes as many sessions as there are students in the course, each followed by a group debrief of the process. You will see the theory as it applies to a variety of different nervous systems with the many variables that make PSIP an art form as much as it is based in science. Students gain a much better understanding of the makeup of their own primary consciousness, their nervous system response, their relational programing, and a sense of the direction their personal work will take. The course is deeply involving and students feel bonded with their other cohort members because they have all gone through a powerful experience together. The combination of cannabis or ketamine with the ANS process typically goes to people's dissociated, unworked, developmental wounding. You will see how we can reliably access the most impossible, defeated, defended places in a person's system and watch their body, the medicine, the relationship hold them as they move to the other side.

Depending on class size, the space is held by anywhere from one to three PSI faculty members. At the end of the 5 day in-person course, students feel very full, and need time to orient and integrate these primary consciousness experiences back into their personal and professional life. We note at the end of these courses that their journey has just begun. A few weeks after the course, we will begin 5 months of remote, group supervision. We will meet weekly for the first month, and once every other week for the remaining 4 months. Students who provide and receive at least one session a week to other members of their cohort will get the most out of supervision. 

     Cohort Training Summary: 

  • 5 day in-person training: $3,200 (paid prior to course start date)

  • Each student will receive a faculty run 2 hour cannabis, ketamine or non-medicine assisted PSIP session observed by the class

  • Students will observe 9 to 15 faculty run sessions with follow up debrief

  • Courses are held in Denver, CO with some exceptions (contact PSI enrollment director Edyta Halicka (edyta@psychedelicsomatic.org) for more information on cohort trainings not based in Denver)

  • 5 month supervision: $2000 (paid in two installments after the in-person course is completed)

 

We train mental and medical health professionals with at least two years of clinical experience (private practice is acceptable) and those with a significant background in the healing arts (also with at least two years of experience working with clients in a mental health context). 

 

 

Psychedelic Somatic Interactional Psychotherapy

 

The skill sets required for psychedelic trauma 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 therapy training program 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 & limbic processing), a engagement with non-rational & non-declarative experience, relational transference work (essential for complex PTSD), physical touch, attachment, 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 homeostatic self correction and 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 can be quickly found within clients and is preferentially taken by the psychedelic process 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.

 

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. Attachment and the capacity for relationship, for example, is a human developmental phenomenon and requires a person actively engaged to provide corrective experiences and help process all the failures of attachment that clients hold in their non-declarative memory. 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 and MDMA. 

     

The Psychedelic Therapist Supervision

 

After your initial training, there is a period of supervision providing support from us as you gain mastery and implement this work into your practice. The modality is significant enough that we do not expect anyone to be good at it at the end of 5 or 7 days. It is akin to learning a new language or an art form, it will take time. As such, 4 to 6 months is the length of time it took therapists in our own clinical site 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 two challenges in this training and in their development as psychedelic psychotherapists. First, the theory involved in PSIP is very different from what most of us learn in grad school: the homeostatic, psychobiological resolution that is a part of primary consciousness is very different from the symptom management processes of secondary consciousness. You will learn to see, trust and support a very different non-rational, non-verbal process in your client that neither you nor the client is controlling. Secondly, 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 do the work with clients. 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 in supervision and afterwards with your training group. 

 

Our goal is to support you with your technique, your implementation of the work with clients, and your personal work. Your supervision group will be assigned a PSI faculty member to follow you throughout this period. You will also have access to annotated session videos, educational and marketing materials, explainer videos for clients that you can place on your website, and the PSI community forum that is an active community discussion area.​

 

Continuing Education

                         

                              PSI is accredited to provide continuing education in counseling psychology through NBCC (ACEP No. 6484). You can receive                                continuing education credits for any live PSI training (in-person or remote). 

 

Upcoming US Trainings

2/1/22 - 2/7/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

2/21/22 - 2/27/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

3/1/22 - 3/7/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

4/1/22 - 4/7/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

4/20/22 - 4/27/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

6/1/22 - 6/8/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

7/20/22 - 7/27/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

8/17/22 - 8/24/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

9/7/22 - 9/14/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

10/5/22 - 10/12/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (last spot)
10/5/22 - 10/12/22 Apprentice training (Spring Lake Park, MN) 

10/19/22 - 10/26/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)

11/2/22 - 11/9/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)

11/16/22 - 11/23/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)

12/7/22 - 12/14/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)

International Trainings

6/7/22 - 6/14/22 Apprentice training (Stockholm, Sweden) (full)
6/15/22 - 6/22/22 Apprentice training (Stockholm, Sweden) (full)

7/2/22 - 7/9/22 Apprentice training (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (full)

8/3/22 - 8/10/22 Apprentice training (Vancouver, Canada) (full)

9/20/22 - 9/27/22 Apprentice training (Copenhagen, Denmark) (last spot)


10/5/22 - 10/12/22 Apprentice training (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (full)

11/9/22 - 11/16/22  Apprentice training (New South Wales, Australia) (full)
11/23/22 - 11/30/22  Apprentice training (New South Wales, Australia) (full)

 

Your fist step to providing legal psychedelic treatment to your clients begins with here 

PSI Training Testimonials

 

"One hit of cannabis took me where 7 g of mushrooms was not able to."

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Nicki

EMDR Trained Psychotherapist

"One hit of cannabis took me where

7 g of mushrooms was not able to."

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Jeff

Addiction Psychiatrist

"It's exponential the ground I've taken since encountering your work."

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Matt
Cannabis Pilot Study Participant

"These directed, guided, medicine sessions in conjunction with medicine blows medicine by itself out of the water."

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Dustin
Physician  (healer.com)

Want to know more about the PSI model & if its right for you?
View this hour long training excerpt from one of our courses 

Read Saj Razvi's article published in the MAPS quarterly journal on how the PSI model can work with MDMA

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