Internal Family Systems and Psychedelic Therapy

Dive into the Internal Family Systems and Psychedelic Therapy course to expand your therapeutic toolkit with IFS and psychedelic modalities.

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  • All levels
  • Last updated Nov '23
  • English
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Course Description

The course Internal Family Systems and Psychedelic Therapy offers an in-depth exploration into integrating Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy with psychedelic-assisted treatment modalities. Designed for mental health professionals, psychedelic guides, students, and those keen on understanding the complexities of the human psyche, the course delves into the origins, core principles, and techniques of IFS. It also focuses on the rationale and challenges of combining IFS with psychedelic therapies.

Participants will learn to apply IFS techniques in clinical settings and psychedelic integration work, broadening their therapeutic toolkit. The curriculum is structured to provide a comprehensive understanding of the IFS model, including its major components such as parts, burdens, and the Self. It also covers the process and challenges involved in psychedelic-assisted IFS therapy. The course is self-paced, blends video lectures and reading assignments, and includes a discussion forum for interactive learning. Optional continuing education credits are available for licensed professionals.

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

  • Lectures 1
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • Skills All levels
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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