The Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Program is a 15-hour training designed for licensed healthcare professionals interested in incorporating ketamine treatments into their mental health practice. The curriculum includes three hours of pre-recorded lectures, a six-hour interactive workshop, and a hands-on treatment session at either AIMS Institute in Seattle, WA or Synaptic in Portland, OR, depending on medical appropriateness.
The program also offers additional training on the role of music in psychedelic therapy, provided by Wavepaths. Faculty members include experts from various disciplines, such as Sunil Agarwal, MD, PhD, and Alison Draisin, PsyD. The Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine approves the course, fulfilling specific CE/CME requirements for Naturopathic Doctors.
The program covers many topics, from the legal aspects of ketamine administration to its clinical applications. Students will gain a deep understanding of ketamine’s mechanism of action, its physiological and psychological effects across different dosages, and its various routes of administration. The course also delves into the history and cultural context of ketamine, harm reduction principles, and the ethics of working with altered states of consciousness. Practical skills such as patient intake, preparation, administration, and post-treatment integration are also covered, equipping practitioners to conduct both group and one-on-one sessions effectively.
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.