Monash MDMA-assisted Therapist Training Program

The Clinical Psychedelic Lab at Monash University and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) jointly offer an exclusive training program in MDMA-assisted therapy.

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

The Monash MDMA-assisted Therapist Training Program, a collaboration between the Clinical Psychedelic Lab at Monash University and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), invites mental healthcare professionals to apply for a unique and highly sought-after training opportunity. Limited to 60 trainees, this comprehensive 100-hour training program consists of 60 hours of online content and culminates in a week-long in-person residential intensive in August 2023.

Led by senior MAPS trainers Marcela Ot'alora and Bruce Poulter, this program is designed to equip therapists with the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively administer MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD. As Australia prepares for the recent TGA rescheduling decision and the commencement of several clinical trials, there is an urgent need for high-quality psychedelic therapist training in the country.

The MAPS-accredited training program includes live presentations, video case presentations, role play, self-reflection activities, group and dyad activities, reading, writing, and creative projects. Full MAPS certification requires completing this training and subsequent clinical supervision with patients.

Qualified and experienced mental healthcare professionals interested in this training opportunity should apply by April 21st, 2023. The program's total cost is AUD$7,650, including accommodation and catering for the retreat, with limited subsidized places available.

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 4
  • Duration 100 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
  • Certificate No
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