Psychedelic Therapy Training

A grass roots movement of practitioners providing psychedelic therapy

JOIN A MISSION-DRIVEN COMMUNITY OF PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY 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.

 

Psychedelic Therapy Training


The PSI psychedelic therapy education program is a full psychotherapy training composed of an in-person component followed by a 6 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 6-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 a 6 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 6 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 6 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

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.





 MISSION DRIVEN COMMUNITY

PSI Psychedelic Therapy Training Testimonials

 
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Nicki - EMDR trained Psychotherapist

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Jeff - Addiction Psychiatrist

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

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Reiko - Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

"For those working with trauma this is going to be the most powerful tool in your tool kit."

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

UPCOMING PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY TRAINING LOCATIONS AND DATES

You must fill out our training application prior to registering for a training. 

Salt Lake City

Dates: February 24-28

Boston, MA

Dates: March 6-10

 

Chicago, IL

Dates: March 20-24

 

Detroit, MI

April 3-7

Portland, OR

Dates: April 14-18

 

Portland, OR
Dates: April 24-28

Vancouver, BC

Dates: June 19-23

Seattle, WA

Dates: June 26-30

Denver, CO

Dates: July 10-14

Washington, DC

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

 

PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY 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.