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The Apprentice Training Model
We have developed a training model that is so highly experiential, individually focused and reliant on the therapist getting their own work done as part of their training that it is more appropriately an apprenticeship. The PSI Apprentice training 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 relational 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 Training Summary:
Part A: 5 Day in-person component with 3 students & 1 (possibly 2) PSI faculty
Each student receives roughly 10 hours of psychedelic sessions in 2 to 3 hour blocks with another 2 hours of integration sessions
Roughly 24 hours of observation of other student's live sessions, post session debrief & integration work
Part B: Students return home to begin 7 weeks of online classroom learning (composed of seven 2,5 hour blocks of lecture)
Part C: Supervision
Begin 4 months of group supervision as students trade with each other & provide sessions to clients
Faculty and each student individually meet for 1.5 hours to review student's video taped sessions
Optional Part D: After course completion and working in the model for a period of time, students may choose to gain further mastery by returning to shadow PSI faculty for Part A course
Part A In-person component: $3,949
Part B & C Remote didactic & supervision component: $3,750
Optional Part D: $1,500
For trainings outside of the US, there is an additional travel expense fee of $500 added to the cost of the training
Pre-enrollment Zoom interview & reading materials
Part A Begins
Day 1: 2.5 to 3 hours of non-medicine and medicine assisted PSIP sessions
Day 2: 2 hour cannabis assisted PSIP session
Day 3: 2 hour cannabis assisted PSIP session
Day 4: Integration
Day 5: 2 hour ketamine or cannabis assisted PSIP session
Following week: Final integration session (remote)
Part B (didactic & live Q&A) begins 1 to 2 months post Part A completion
Part C (student observation & supervision) begins at the completion of Part B
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 somatic therapy 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), engagement with non-rational & frequently non-verbal experience, relational transference work (essential for complex PTSD), physical touch, attachment, and parts work.
The psychedelic state is a non-ordinary state of consciousness that requires a non-ordinary state psychotherapy to make best use of what it has to offer. The powerful revelations and memories that emerge during psychedelic states will very quickly overwhelm the cognitive, insight based
functions of ordinary consciousness. The body, with its unique homeostatic self correction and felt sense pathway, is far more equipped to process the fear, panic, depression, traumatic overwhelm and relational transference that should and do arise in psychedelic therapy. This innate somatic processing pathway can be quickly found within clients even if they have been engaged in talk therapy for many years. This pathway 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 in 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 homeostatic biological tendencies we already possess as mammals. Psychedelic medicines and the consciousness they engender 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.
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 their Part A in-person training. 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 somatic psychotherapy model that is designed to work with these medicines, and which calls on you to serve as an active, engaged, relational presence in the client's process. Most of our students face two challenges in this training and in their development as psychedelic therapists. 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 as part of 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 practice support materials, explainer videos for clients that you can place on your website, and the PSI community forum that is an active community discussion area.
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
12/7/22 - 12/11/22 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
1/20/23 - 1/24/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
1/20/23 - 1/24/23 Apprentice training (Brooklyn Park, MN)
2/1/23 - 2/5/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)
2/9/23 - 2/13/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)
2/17/23 - 2/21/23 Apprentice training (Brooklyn Park, MN)
3/1/23 - 3/5/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (last spot)
3/10/23 - 3/14/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)
3/18/23 - 3/22/23 Apprentice training (Brooklyn Park, MN)
4/1/23 - 4/5/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
4/12/23 - 4/16/23 Apprentice training (Brooklyn Park, MN)
4/21/23 - 4/25/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
5/3/23 - 5/7/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
5/11/23 - 5/15/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
5/19/23 - 5/23/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)
5/27/23 - 5/31/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
6/15/23 - 6/19/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO)
6/15/23 - 6/19/23 Apprentice training (Brooklyn Park, MN)
6/24/23 - 6/28/23 Apprentice training (Denver, CO) (full)
11/17/22 - 11/21/22 Apprentice training (Fairhaven, Australia) (full)
11/26/22 - 11/30/22 Apprentice training (Sydney, Australia) (full)
12/5/22 - 12/9/22 Apprentice training (Sydney, Australia)
More international dates coming soon.
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