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Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Get equipped with the foundational knowledge and skills to practice psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Mondays from March 4th-April 29th
Fridays from March 8th-May 3rd
Saturdays from May 4-June 22
Fridays from May 10 - June 28
50 hours
50 hours
50 hours
50 hours
$2,500 CAD + tax
$2,500 CAD + tax
$2,500 CAD + tax
$2,500 CAD + tax
English
English
English
English

Course Description

Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy is a unique 8-week opportunity to learn and interact with our established Numinus practitioners as they share their real-life experiences in providing integrative and transformative mental wellness. This training is open to both regulated and non-regulated providers, as well as empowered individuals looking to train in this field.

In this training, you can expect to build core competencies through online pre-work, live demonstrations, group work, practice, and case-based learning. You’ll learn the Numinus model of care, which is grounded in evidence, committed to client safety, and designed to develop all the practical skills you need to deliver this care in your own practice.

We will dive into:

  • The role that psychedelic-assisted therapy plays as a brief intervention within the broader healing journey
  • The arc of psychedelic-assisted therapy and its components (including therapeutic concepts)
  • Inner healing intelligence
  • Using language and inquiry that support deepening a patient’s inner experience and innate healing capacity
  • Applying psychological flexibility to acceptance and commitment therapy, ACE model, and internal family systems
  • Mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and embodied inquiry
  • Spiritual intelligence, trust, and working with altered states of consciousness
  • Burnout, vicarious trauma, transference, and countertransference

This course includes live Zoom sessions, group work, and online pre-work.

Numinus provides continuing education (CE) credit hours to learners who are members of select professional associations. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more information.

Time Commitments

This is a blended course with the following components:

  • 2.5 hours of online pre-work weekly
  • 3 hours live sessions weekly (via Zoom)
  • 45-minute small group practice

This course includes 24 hours of live sessions, 20 hours of online pre-work, and 6 hours of practice group work.

Cohort 1: March 4 - April 29


Day: Mondays
Time (PT): 12:00pm -3:00pm PT
Time ET: 3:00pm - 6:00pm ET
Course Access Begins: 26/02/2024
First Live Session: 04/03/2024
Last Live Session: 29/04/2024
Language: English
Instructors: Deanna Rogers, Stephen Thayer, Martha Kezemidis,

Cohort 2: March 8 - May 3


Day: Fridays
Time (PT): 9:00am-12:00pm PT
Time ET: 12:00pm-3:00pm ET
Course Access Begins: 26/02/2024
First Live Session: 08/03/2024
Last Live Session: 03/05/2024
Language: English
Instructors: Deanna Rogers, Stephen Thayer, Martha Kezemidis,

Cohort 3: May 4 - June 22


Day: Saturdays
Time (PT): 9:00am - 12:00pm
Time ET: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Course Access Begins: 22/04/2024
First Live Session: 04/05/2024
Last Live Session: 22/06/2024
Language: English
Instructors: Martha Kezemidis, Deanna Rogers,

Cohort 4: May 10 - June 28


Day: Fridays
Time (PT): 9:00am - 12:00pm
Time ET: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Course Access Begins: 29/04/2024
First Live Session: 10/05/2024
Last Live Session: 28/06/2024
Language: English
Instructors: Deanna Rogers, Stephen Thayer, Martha Kezemidis, Reid Robison,

Learning Outcomes

After the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the unique vulnerabilities of clients participating in psychedelic-assisted therapy and cultivate the awareness and practices necessary to meet these vulnerabilities safely and ethically.
  • Apply and demonstrate relevant facilitation competencies, skills, and orientations (including the Numinus care model) at an introductory level for the purposes of delivering psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Describe the Numinus guiding approaches within the context of integrative and transformative mental wellness as they relate to psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Apply facilitation skills specific to psychedelic-assisted therapy during Preparation, Medicine, and Integration Sessions.
  • Identify and respond to burnout, vicarious trauma, transference, and countertransference experienced by the health professional.
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Introduction and Fundamentals

The focus for Module 1 is to provide you with an introduction to the course, as well as some of the foundational principles in providing psychedelic-assisted therapy, including the Numinus Care Model.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Justify the prioritization of integrative and transformative mental wellness within the context of psychedelic-assisted therapy by contrasting it with conventional mental health treatment approaches.
  • Describe the seven guiding principles of psychedelic-assisted therapy which include embodiment, mindfulness, trauma- and violence-informed care, justice, equity, dignity, and inclusion (JEDI), Indigenous cultural safety and humility, harm reduction, and connection for the purposes of applying these to the delivery of care.
  • Describe the mission, vision, and values of Numinus.
  • Describe ethical considerations for psychedelic-assisted therapy that create unique vulnerabilities for persons seeking care.
  • Differentiate the outcomes of the psilocybin, MDMA, and Ketamine PAT from a high-level.
  • Briefly explain the structure of psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Explain the impact that The Controlled Drug and Substances Act (Canada) and The Controlled Substances Act (United States) had and continue to have on psychedelic research and drug policy.

Therapeutic Stance

Central to building a supportive therapeutic relationship is how the health professional consciously situates themselves towards the client and the relationship, and the qualities of their presence.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Display and embody a common understanding and language around the Numinus therapeutic stance when conducting psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Apply Kolb’s experiential learning cycle to the client’s learning experience during and following Medicine Sessions and to the process of building a therapeutic relationship.
  • Explain the role therapists play in the dynamic of creating a safe and supportive space during psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Define and list challenges and strategies for working safely within the enhanced intimacy of psychedelic-assisted therapy and upholding appropriate boundaries.
  • Identify a client’s attachment style in order to best strengthen the therapeutic relationship.
  • Demonstrate how to attend to a client’s non-verbal cues.
  • Compare the sensations experienced during down-regulating and up-regulating exercises in order to determine the best exercise to apply to a client’s specific need.

Core Facilitation Skills

In this module, we will begin learning about core competencies for health professionals who deliver psychedelic-assisted therapy. We will focus on therapeutic supportive touch and embodiment-oriented competencies, including embodied inquiry.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role that psychedelic-assisted therapy plays as a brief intervention within the broader healing journey.
  • Describe the ARC of psychedelic-assisted therapy and its components (including therapeutic concepts).
  • Develop trust in inner healing intelligence.
  • Use language and inquiry that support deepening a patient’s inner experience and innate healing capacity at an introductory level.
  • Apply psychological flexibility to acceptance and commitment therapy, ACE model, and internal family systems.
  • Apply embodied inquiry techniques to support mindfulness and psychological flexibility.
  • Discuss the value of practitioners to have spiritual intelligence, trust, and experience with altered states of consciousness.

Trauma Psychobiology and Trauma-Specific Skills

Building on what we learned in Module 3, we will begin by focusing on trauma, especially complex trauma, and important competencies and knowledge required for a trauma lens to psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Examine the role of the autonomic nervous system as it relates to trauma case conceptualization and the delivery of care.
  • Differentiate between PTSD and other types of trauma.
  • Describe and apply trauma-specific skills.
  • Identify the framework and spectrum of structural dissociation from primary to tertiary.
  • Identify protector parts and lead inquiry into a protector’s core fears.
  • Identify strategies to safely and optimally support healing of trauma and to avoid the re-traumatization of clients during and after psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Explain polyvagal theory and self-regulation as they relate to trauma.
  • Differentiate between trauma therapy and other types of therapy.

Preparation Sessions

In this module, we will be learning about set and setting, preparing clients for challenges during the Medicine Session, music, and other considerations for your Preparation Sessions with clients.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Apply the essentials of psychedelic-assisted therapy Preparation Sessions including intention setting and optimizing set and setting.
  • Demonstrate how to assist a client to set therapeutic goals and clear intentions.
  • Describe the therapeutic ritual (including intention and goal setting) and why it is supportive in psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Design 1-2 therapeutic rituals to incorporate in Preparation and subsequent psychedelic-assisted therapy sessions.
  • Delineate the difference between psycholytic and psychedelic dose effects.
  • Apply appropriate interventions across the spectrum of effects as a result of the ranges between psycholytic and psychedelic doses.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in setting appropriate boundaries.
  • Describe the considerations needed to conduct preparation and integration sessions via video.
  • Discuss the important role that music plays during Medicine Sessions.

Medicine Sessions

This module will focus on navigating Medicine Sessions including working with a co-facilitator and responding to emergencies while under the effects of the medicine.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Apply team-based care including how to work with a co-therapist and allied health professionals.
  • Respond appropriately to specific clients’ behaviours and circumstances, such as psychological distress, avoidance, physical reactions.
  • Describe the arc of the Medicine Session including logistics prior to ingestion, reviewing appropriate boundaries, the ritual or administering the medicine, what to expect during the session, closing the session, and following up.
  • Describe how to work skillfully with music during the Medicine Session.

Integration Sessions

In this module, we will look at some key considerations for facilitating Integration Sessions as well as a framework that we recommend employing to empower clients to get the most out of their psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Apply the integration framework to Integration Sessions in order to help clients integrate their psychedelic experiences into their life in the hopes of creating long-term change.
  • Assist clients to use trauma-specific and regulation skills when required (outside Window of Tolerance).

Self-Care and Personal Development for Health Professionals

This module will focus on how health professionals can take care of themselves in order to provide the highest level of care for clients. As we will learn, there is a direct link between health professional self-care and the quality of care delivered to clients.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify unique self-care considerations for psychedelic health professionals to avoid burnout, trauma, or fatigue.
  • Apply appropriate strategies to avoid harming the client-health professional relationship while prioritizing the patient care and self-care in the event of countertransference.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is psychedelic-assisted therapy?

Psychedelic-assisted therapy aims to identify and resolve root causes of mental health conditions, working by creating a mind-opening effect through the psychedelics that allows access to deeper levels of insight and healing. Although more research is required, existing evidence suggests that combining a psychedelic experience with psychotherapy can lead to lasting changes and benefits.

Interested in learning more? Download this free resource today.

Is this course eligible for continuing education credit?

Yes, learners who are a member of the following associations are eligible to receive continuing education credit.

Canadian Psychological Association
50 CE hours

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
50 CE hours

L’Ordre des psychologues du Québec
50 CE hours

National Board of Certified Counselors
50 CE hours

Numinus Wellness has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7360. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Numinus Wellness is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Will a certificate of completion be offered to participants?

Yes – learners who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate.

If I’m unable to join a session, will a recording be provided to me? 

You will need to be able to commit to live sessions each week, however we will be able to accommodate make up sessions if there’s a week you’ll be unable to make. Please email training@numinus.com if you have any special circumstances.

Unfortunately, recordings are not provided and used only for internal quality assurance purposes.

Who can take Numinus training programs?

If you are providing or interested in providing psychedelic services to clients in any capacity, our programs will build on your skillset and benefit your practice. Our programs are open to a diverse set of professionals who are looking to add credibility, experience, and a robust skillset for providing psychedelic services.

Can I join even if I live outside of Canada?

Yes, just be mindful of the time zones! Please also note that daylight saving time in North America typically comes into effect on different dates than some other parts of the world.

What are Numinus' training policies?

Please consult the Numinus Training Policies for more information about our policies.

When is the registration deadline?

The last day that you can register in this course is the date of the first live session.

What do I need to complete in order to obtain the certificate of completion and continuing education credits?

You must attend all 8 live sessions, complete all 8 pre-work modules and their corresponding knowledge checks (achieving 80% or higher), submit three written assignments (with the option to submit a video if preferred), complete all 8 practice group sessions, and fill out a course satisfaction survey before you can download the certificate.

If learners do not achieve 80% on any knowledge check, they will have the chance to retake the knowledge check up to 3 times.

Still have questions?

We’re happy to help. Send us an e-mail at training@numinus.com.

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Disclaimer

This continuing professional development program in no way promotes, condones, or facilitates illegal activity, and is strictly for educational and harm reduction purposes. Please be aware that certain psychedelic substances remain illegal in many jurisdictions, including Canada. This program and the contents of this website do not constitute medical advice, and are not a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment.

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