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.
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.