Managing Medical Risk In Patients Seeking Psilocybin Therapy

Managing Medical Risk In Patients Seeking Psilocybin Therapy is an online, self-paced course offering healthcare providers comprehensive insights into psilocybin therapy. Gain vital knowledge about psilocybin, its legality, research indications, and learn to manage medical risks in this rapidly evolving field of psychedelic medicine.

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  • Professional
  • Last updated Jun '23
  • English
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Course Description

Managing Medical Risk In Patients Seeking Psilocybin Therapy is a comprehensive 2-hour online, CME/CE accredited course designed for healthcare providers interested in broadening their knowledge about this innovative therapeutic option. This comes in response to the emerging research on the medical benefits of psilocybin and its increased approval for medicinal uses in states like Oregon and Colorado, which have spurred a growing number of patients to consider psilocybin-assisted therapy for various health conditions.

The course aims to fill an information gap in the medical community, as many healthcare professionals have not been trained to effectively assess the medical risks associated with psilocybin therapy. This self-paced program provides participants with the tools they need to safely and comfortably evaluate and discuss the relevant medical risks with their patients.

The curriculum is structured into four key modules: ‘Background on Psilocybin’, ‘Psilocybin Legality & the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act’, ‘Research-Investigated Indications’, and ‘Managing Medical Risk in Patients Seeking Psilocybin Therapy’. These modules offer a thorough understanding of the basics of psilocybin therapy, its pharmacology, potential drug-drug interactions, the clinical indications for which it has shown promise, and contraindications to its use. It also explores the historical use of psilocybin and how it affects the mind and body.

This course is especially beneficial for primary care providers for adults and psychiatric health practitioners seeking to deepen their insights into the burgeoning field of psychedelic medicine. Upon completion, participants who pass the course are also offered the opportunity to list themselves in the PMA’s Directory of Psilocybin-Informed Clinicians, a first-of-its-kind directory. This allows patients who need a risk assessment before starting psilocybin therapy to easily find a qualified clinician and offers practitioners a unique platform to connect and share knowledge within a broader community.

What you’ll learn
  • Gain a basic understanding of what psilocybin and psilocybin mushrooms are and their historical use
  • Identify the indications for which psilocybin has been researched
  • Understand the contraindications to psilocybin therapy and how psilocybin affects the mind and body
  • Understand psilocybin’s pharmacology and drug-drug interactions

This course serves as a valuable resource, empowering healthcare providers with knowledge on psilocybin therapy and fostering a community committed to the safe and effective practice in this rapidly evolving field of medicine.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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


For current PMA members


Includes PMA membership

This course includes

  • Modules 4
  • Duration 2 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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