Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Program

Explore the Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Program. Gain skills in ketamine administration, harm reduction, and altered states ethics. Ideal for licensed healthcare professionals.

  • 50 Enrolled
  • Professional
  • Last updated Oct '23
  • English
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Course Description

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.

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.




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This course includes

  • Modules 2
  • Duration 15 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
  • Certificate CE
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