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.
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.
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.
Continuing Ed. Accreditation
TRAINING & EDUCATION
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.
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Validation & Precedence
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.
MISSION DRIVEN COMMUNITY
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