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Become a Psychedelic Therapist

This page lists a variety of courses that are designed to provide training on the principles, techniques, and ethical considerations of becoming a psychedelic therapist. Currently, there aren't many options to work as a 'psychedelic-assisted therapist', though when approved a huge demand for these therapies is expected. It's wise to see what each program listed below will qualify you for exactly.

It's important to note that many courses teach people to become psychedelic facilitators, rather than traditional therapists. This is because the practice of psychedelic-assisted therapy is currently limited to a very small area of the world, and the legal and regulatory landscape is still developing. However, with an increasing interest in psychedelic therapy and more training programmes being developed, the need for qualified therapists in this field is likely to grow in the future.

The courses cover topics such as the history and current state of research on psychedelics, therapeutic use of psychedelics, and the integration of psychedelics into traditional therapy practices. Additionally, students will learn about the different types of psychedelics and their potential therapeutic uses, as well as the various methods of administering these substances. The courses will also explore the ethical considerations surrounding the use of psychedelics in therapy and research.

Overall, these courses will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the field of psychedelic therapy and its potential to revolutionize mental health care, and will prepare them for a career as a psychedelic therapist or (currently) facilitator, but - again - it's important to note that the field is still developing and the opportunities to practice are limited.

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List of Courses for Becoming a Psychedelic Therapist or Facilitator

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Trauma-Informed Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Skills you'll gain: self-care as therapist, understanding equity & access in psychedelics, prepare to provide PAT services

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Fluence

Foundations of Psychedelic Therapy

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic therapy foundations, psychedelic science overview, psilocybin therapy basics

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Fluence

Psychotherapeutic Touch Workshop

Skills you'll gain: therapeutic touch, self-awareness practices, use of touch in therapy

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Sapience

KAP for BIPOC Clinicians

Skills you'll gain: experiential training, ketamine-assisted therapy, community building, self-care for professionals

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Sapience

Ketamine Enhanced Internal Family Systems Retreat

Skills you'll gain: IFS basics, ketamine pharmacology, facilitating KIFS sessions, ethics, consent, therapeutic alliance, altered consciousness therapy

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Geneva University Hospital

Psychothérapie Assistée par les Psychédéliques

Skills you'll gain: understanding PAP basics, PAP history knowledge, mechanisms of action, clinical potential evaluation, psychedelic therapy skills

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Third Wave

Coaching Certification Program

Skills you'll gain: coaching with psychedelics, psychedelic facilitation, safety and ethics, integrating psychedelic experiences, behaviour change

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Entheogen Institute

Psilocybin Therapy 101: The Foundation

Skills you'll gain: psilocybin facilitation, psychedelic history, integrating psychedelic experiences

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Bodhi Academy

Oregon Licensed Psilocybin Facilitator Training Program

Skills you'll gain: to be determined

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Innertrek

Oregon Psilocybin Facilitator Training

Skills you'll gain: psilocybin administration, group facilitation, core facilitation skills, foundational knowledge, intake and orientation, varieties of experience, integration, ethics and responsibilities

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Mending Mindcelium

Mending Mindcelium’s Facilitator Training Program

Skills you'll gain: safe psilocybin administration, facilitating client comfort, history and foundational knowledge, practical facilitation skills, examination assessment, competency in creating comfortable setting, asynchronous and synchronous learning

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Leela School of Awakening

The Psilocybin Facilitator Program

Skills you'll gain: heart-to-heart therapy, trauma-informed skills, hypnotherapy, plant medicine guidance, transcendence, self-realization, community support, symptom removal, ego strengthening, emotional trauma healing, ego transcendence, fulfillment

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Synaptic

Psilocybin Training Program

Skills you'll gain: facilitator licensure, journal club, practical experience, group supervision, community building, healing and growth, veterans and BIPOC support

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Subtle Winds

Psilocybin Facilitator Training Project

Skills you'll gain: psilocybin facilitation, oregon facilitation, harm-reduction, humanistic therapy

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Earth Medicine Center

Psilocybin Assisted facilitator Licensure Preparation Program

Skills you'll gain: working with psilocybin, ecological perspective, relational framework, preparation, experiencing fungi, integrating experience, intentional connection, human behavior, networks of life, family, social, cultural contexts, mentorship, connections, learning community, hybrid classes

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Changa Institute

Oregon Psilocybin Facilitation Training Program

Skills you'll gain: facilitation skills, psychedelic medicine, mental health benefits, group management, experiential learning, peer connections, expert supervision, state requirements, professional development, therapeutic experiences

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Alma Institute

Alma Institute Facilitator Training Program

Skills you'll gain: trauma-informed care, facilitating psychedelic experiences, supporting psychedelic integration, screen and prepare clients

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Resilience Tucson

Psychotherapeutic Ketamine Trainings for Clinicians

Skills you'll gain:

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Moxie School

Journey with Internal Family Systems

Skills you'll gain:

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University of Pennsylvania

Social Workers & Nurses Education Webinar

Skills you'll gain:

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Clerkenwell Health

Clerkenwell Therapist Training Programme

Skills you'll gain: administering psychedelic therapy, designing research studies, facilitating psychedelic sessions, understanding psychedelic history, evaluating psychedelic safety, analyzing psychedelic efficacy, addressing ethical considerations, navigating legal considerations

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Numinus

Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Skills you'll gain:

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Beckley Academy

Foundations in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic-assisted therapy, therapeutic alliance, clinical research, relational ethics, self-reflection, self-regulation, transference, countertransference, cultural responsiveness, somatic approach, non-ordinary states, client psychoeducation, integration techniques, online education, behavioural health training, mental health, psychedelic research

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InwardBound

Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training

Skills you'll gain:

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The Ketamine Training Center

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Workshop

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Mindspace

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

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COMPASS Pathways

COMPASS Therapist training programme

Skills you'll gain:

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Breakthrough Therapies

BTT Professional Training

Skills you'll gain: screen patients, explain process, educate ketamine, develop set, expanded state skills, establish self-care, prepare journey, conduct journey, manage distress, manage disappointments, integrate experience, aftercare routine, facilitate integration, therapist self-care

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Psychedelic Coalition for Health

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy & Integration Training

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Vancouver Island University

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Graduate Certificate Program

Skills you'll gain: practice psychedelic-assisted therapy, enhance therapeutic capacity, provide safe care, navigate complexities, interact in community, deliver psychedelic therapy, supervised practice, deliver inclusive care, manage trauma, understand medical aspects

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Institute of Psychedelic Therapy

Psychedelic Assisted Training Course

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Psychedelics Today

Ketamine and Trauma Treatment

Skills you'll gain: ketamine-assisted therapy, KAP for PTSD, therapeutic relationship, somatic interventions, dosing procedures

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Polaris

Healing the Healer

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Polaris

Medical Module by Rainfall Medicine

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Polaris

Music for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

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Naropa University

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate

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Mind Medicine Australia

The Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Mental Health

Skills you'll gain:

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Maps of the Mind

Facilitating Psychedelic Experiences

Skills you'll gain: facilitator training, trip sitting, group and ceremony guidance, solo trip experiences

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Fluence

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration

Skills you'll gain: harm reduction techniques, integration skills, therapist training, mindfulness-based interventions

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Fluence

Psychedelics and Psychoanalysis

Skills you'll gain: psychoanalysis combined with psychedelic therapy, assess motivations for seeking psychedelic therapy, escalate treatment

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Fluence

Integration Essentials

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic integration facilitation, harm reduction practices, safety precautions in psychedelic therapy

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Fluence

Understanding Ketamine

Skills you'll gain: ketamine treatment plan, psychological preparation clients, know when not to prescribe, interaction with antidepressants

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Fluence

Certificate in Psilocybin-assisted Therapy

Skills you'll gain: psilocybin-assisted therapy, harm reduction and integration, trauma-informed therapy, research-based methodology, professional learning environment, live in-person and live-online components, individualized feedback, online classrooms, licensing exam

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Berkeley University

Certificate Program in Psychedelic Facilitation

Skills you'll gain: spiritual care, psychotherapeutic methods, entheogenic traditions, clinical science, diversity, equity, inclusion, contemplative science, ethics, reciprocity, ecological awareness, psychedelic facilitation, positionality, cultural sensitivity, service, community engagement, critical social consciousness,

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Atma Journey

Introduction to Psychedelic-assisted Therapy​​

Skills you'll gain: evidence-based tools, psychedelic therapy, mind-body-spirit dynamic, psychiatric model, psychedelic medicines, therapeutic modalities, internal family systems, cognitive-behavioral therapy, somatic therapy, eye movement desensitization, reprocessing

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Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins, Yale & NYU Psychedelic Therapist Training Program

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Fluence

KAP Theory and Methodology

Skills you'll gain: methodology of ketamine treatment, integration implementation, ethical standards and informed consent

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Psychedelics Today

Vital Psychedelic Training

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic facilitator training, build your community, experience psychedelics (optional), psychedelic history & science

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IPI

IPI Online Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training

Skills you'll gain: psilocybin facilitation, oregon pat training, therapist training, therapeutic processes

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MIND Foundation

Augmented Psychotherapy Training

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic therapy skills, patient screening, treatment planning, patient preparation, psychedelic experience induction, experience monitoring, integration support, post-treatment preparation, harm-reduction communication, legal compliance, ethical challenge understanding, anthropological/medical history, self-experience relevance

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Alchemy

TheraPsil's Training Program

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Atma Journey

ATMA Advanced Psychedelic-assisted Therapy (PaT) Certification Program

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic therapy providing, didactic curriculum, in-person coaching, clinical trial participation, multiple perspectives understanding, regulatory approval, advanced training, online coursework, live sessions, clinical trial insights, professional reference.

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Synthesis

Psychedelic Practitioner Training

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic facilitation, legal competencies, professional ethics, research-backed, wisdom-rich, somatically-informed, heart-centred, preparation, set, setting, integration, safety

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Fluence

Postgraduate Certificate in Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy

Skills you'll gain: ketamine-assisted therapist training, facilitating ketamine therapy, helping patients decide if treatment is recommended

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CIIS

Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research

Skills you'll gain: pharmacology of psychedelics, research design, psychedelic therapist competencies, history of psychoactive plants, cultural competencies, clinical work with MDMA, clinical work with psilocybin, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, self-reflection, community-building, embodied ways of knowing, mentoring, diversity and inclusion, navigating challenges of non-traditional therapies

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Mind Medicine Australia

Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies

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SCPTR

Psychedelic Therapy Training Program

Skills you'll gain:

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Innate Path

Innate Path Psychedelic Education Program

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SoundMind

SoundMind Psychedelic Facilitator Training

Skills you'll gain: psychedelic session facilitation, hands-on experience, clinical experience

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MAPS

MDMA Therapy Training Program

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Information on Becoming a Psychedelic Therapist

Becoming a psychedelic therapist involves enrolling in psychedelic therapy training programs that are currently available. These programs aim to train mental health providers to become psychedelic therapists and guides. As recent trials of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy enter the last phase (Phase III) of testing, the coming need for psychedelic training seems inevitable. The demand for many trained therapists and guides will be high. Until recently, the lone opportunity to train and work legally as a psychedelic therapist was by way of clinical trials. That will likely change over time as expanded access becomes the next step for current trials (evaluating MDMA and psilocybin) and if psychedelic-assisted therapies (PAT) become FDA approved.

There are currently some psychedelic training programs available, such as the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) program called the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research. However, many unknowns remain about the regulation of these trainings, and it is not yet known how FDA (and international equivalents) will regulate trainings for PAT. The FDA may approve MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD treatment in 024, which will likely increase the demand and need for psychedelic therapists and doctors. Psilocybin for depression treatment may also be approved in the future, following positive results from clinical trials.

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