Psychedelic Studies Certificate Program

The Psychedelic Studies Certificate Program delves into the ever-evolving landscape of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

  • 55 Enrolled
  • Professional
  • Last updated Oct '23
  • English
Visit Course
Course Description

The Psychedelic Studies Certificate Program explores the dynamic and evolving field of psychedelic-assisted therapies. Students can choose to undertake the 96-hour certificate program (total cost of $2200), consisting of three required courses and three elective courses, equips students to understand psychedelic compounds’ history, science, ethics, and clinical applications. Students who do not wish to seek the Psychedelic Studies program certification can elect to take one of the courses for Continuing Education Credits (16 hours) and pay $375 per class. This program is a live, online offering led by Program Director Amy Wong Hope, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker and a trained MDMA-assisted therapist. It provides an opportunity for clinical professionals and community members to engage in critical thinking, self-reflection, and ethical decision-making.

The required courses delve into the psychedelic movement’s foundations, the psychedelic experience’s transformative power, and the essential ethical considerations in this emerging landscape. Elective courses explore the neuroscience of psychedelics, their potential for treating addiction, and emerging trends in psychopharmacology.

Through expert guidance and dialogue with peers, students gain insights into safety, harm reduction, and the phenomenology of the psychedelic experience. While participants do not directly engage in non-ordinary states with psychedelic compounds, they explore altered states of consciousness through breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, and more.

Graduates of this program emerge with the ability to critically evaluate research, navigate ethical dilemmas, and understand the profound impact of psychedelics on emotional, mental, and behavioural well-being. This certificate opens career opportunities in trauma treatment centres, schools, private practice, and reproductive health centres, where knowledge of psychedelic-assisted therapy is increasingly relevant.

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.


This course includes

  • Modules 6
  • Duration 16 Hours
  • Skills Professional
  • Language English
  • Availability Cohort
  • Certificate CE
Psychedelic Studies Certificate Program Course Image