Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: The Psychotherapy Whose Time Has Come

Overview of psychedelic therapy research, training standards, neuroscience, global contexts, competencies and best practices for mental health professionals interested in integrating psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

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

As psychedelic medicines like MDMA and psilocybin near potential FDA approval, there is a growing need to train mental health professionals in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. This mini-course (75 minutes) provides an overview of the latest research showing the efficacy of psychedelic therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and more.

Learn about the professional training programs being developed by MAPS and CIIS to prepare therapists to conduct safe, effective psychedelic sessions. Gain insights into neuropharmacology, global traditions, therapist competencies, and clinical best practices around psychedelic healing. An engaging discussion explores how psychedelic therapy is transforming mental healthcare and where it fits into innovative new treatments.

Whether you aim to provide psychedelic therapy or advise interested clients, this mini-course will equip you with knowledge of the research, competencies, and future potential of this emerging field.

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 1
  • Duration 1 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Always
  • Certificate CE
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