Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies

The course is based on the CIIS program, adapted for the Australian context, and with input from MAPS, USONA, and others. It teaches therapists the research, therapy setting, risks, and therapeutic models for working with psychedelics.

  • 50 Enrolled
  • Professional
  • Last updated May '24
  • English
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Course Description

The Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT) by Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) is designed to meet the growing demand for trained therapists to provide regulatory-approved and research-backed psychedelic-assisted therapies for mental ill-health treatment in Australia. The course also prepares clinicians to work in research trials as they expand within the country.

Following world best practices, the CPAT is developed based on protocols from MAPS and the REBUS model by Imperial College London. The course aims to equip therapists with state change and stage change theory and technique, provide a theory of mind perspective, train therapists for future demands, help with the mental health crisis, contribute to changing attitudes and supporting legal changes, establish standards for safe and ethical practice, and bring together medical approaches with good psychotherapy standards and transpersonal aspects.

The CPAT program was developed through collaboration with experienced psychotherapists and incorporated live lectures, webcasts, self-study, and experiential workshops led by a skilled teaching team. The course respects the local context within Australia, making it the first program of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The course will take four months, including over 90 hours of live or webinar-based tuition, practical instruction, additional reading, reflection, and self-study. The course features 12 online sessions, a 6-day intensive retreat, and final evaluations. The contents cover various topics related to psychedelic research, medicines, therapies, law, ethics, regulations, music, and therapeutic models.

Mind Medicine Australia's CPAT is endorsed as professional development training by various organizations, including the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, the College of Mental Health Nurses, and the Australian & New Zealand College of Cannabinoid Practitioners.

Eligibility for the course includes professionals with qualifications in psychiatry, medicine, psychology, registered psychotherapy and counselling, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, paramedics, registered allied health professionals, and pharmacists. The course fees include a non-refundable application fee of $250; the total course fee is $9,000, or $8,000 if paid in full.

You will learn:

  • What is Bwiti?
  • Roles in Bwiti initiation/treatment
  • Instruments in Bwiti: ngombe, mogongo
  • What is an Nganga
    • Maboundi/Yombo
    • Maboundi/Yombo
  • Sustainability/reciprocity

You will learn:

  • History of the Fang tradition
  • Dissumba vs. Dissumba Fang
  • Ombwiri/Mbumbayano Fang
  • The kambo
  • State of Fang Bwiti in Gabon
  • Impact of Westerners coming to work with the sacred wood

You will learn:

  • History of the Missoko tradition
  • Various branches of Missoko initiation:
    • Miobe/Mioba
    • Ngonde Na Dipuma
    • Sengedia
  • The impact of logging on the tradition
  • What the future of Bwiti could look like in Gabon

You will learn:

  • History of Dissumba
  • Various branches of Dissumba initiation:
    • Abanji/Mabanji
    • Ilombo
    • Ombwiri
    • Ombudi
    • Loro
  • The ngombe (sacred harp)
  • Healing rituals involved in her tradition
  • Training to serve the wood
    • What does it involve?
    • How long does it take?




About Instructor

Tatayo (“Fruit of the Wind”) first arrived in Gabon in 1971 at the age of 21 and became a Gabonese citizen. In 1979, he became the first white person to be initiated into the Bwiti Fang tradition in Gabon. In 1994, he was initiated into the Misokko tradition. As a guide for numerous expeditions and missions, including those of National Geographic, the BBC, and others, Tatayo is considered to have “opened the door” to westerners in Gabon.

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Please see below for start and finish dates/times. This course is currently being offered live and dates/times will change throughout the year.


This course includes

  • Modules 8
  • Duration 4 Months
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
  • Certificate CPD
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