May 4, 2023 - June 22, 2023

Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

The Fundamentals of Assisted-Psychedelic Therapy will help equip mental health professionals and therapists with the foundational knowledge and skills to practice psychedelic-assisted therapy. This is a unique opportunity to learn and interact with our established Numinus practitioners as they share their real-life experiences in providing integrative and transformative mental wellness.

Set the foundations for a strong practice of psychedelic-assisted therapy

Through this 8-week program, learn Numinus’ model of care for psychedelic-assisted therapy that is grounded in evidence, committed to client safety and rooted in justice, equity, dignity, and inclusion. The Numinus training team specializes in mindfulness, somatic, experiential and trauma-sensitive approaches, bringing a unique lens to this emerging field. 

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About the 8-Week Program

May 4, 2023 – June 22, 2023
Live sessions (via Zoom): 3 hours weekly
Pre-work: 2.5 hours weekly
Group work: 0.75 hours weekly
Thursdays at 9:00am – 12:00pm PT / 12:00pm – 3:00pm ET
Course access begins: April 24, 2023$2,500 CAD + tax 

This course includes live zoom sessions and online pre-work.

This course has been accredited through the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ), and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

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Learning Plan

Topics

  • Introduction to the course 
  • Overview of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy 
  • Brief history of psychedelic medicines 
  • Introduction to the Numinus care model

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Topics

  • The Therapeutic Stance 
  • Co-therapy dyads
  • Attachment theory
  • Relationship-centered care

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Topics

  • Interoceptive awareness
  • Embodied communication and inquiry
  • Somatic resourcing
  • Therapeutic supportive touch
  • ACT, ACE, and psychological flexibility models
  • Internal family systems
  • Enhancing trust

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Embody mindfulness and psychological flexibility using the method of embodied inquiry.
  • Discuss the value of practitioners to have spiritual intelligence, trust, and experience with altered states of consciousness.

Topics

  • Trauma and trauma psychobiology
  • Polyvagal theory
  • Self regulation
  • Motivational enhancement

Learning Outcomes

  • Incorporate an understanding of the autonomic nervous system as it applies 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.
  • Safely and optimally support healing of trauma and avoid retraumatization of clients during and post-psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  • Explain polyvagal theory and self-regulation as they relate to trauma.
  • Differentiate between trauma therapy and other types of therapy.

Topics

  • Context: set and setting
  • The healing environment
  • Intention setting
  • Dose ranges
  • Support persons
  • The therapeutic ritual
  • Anticipated challenges during Medicine Sessions

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Topics

  • Talking during the period of peak effect
  • Utilizing music during Medicine Sessions
  • Responding to challenging therapist-client interactions

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply team-based care including how to work with a co-therapist and allied health professionals.
  • Employ appropriate responses to specific clients’ behaviours and circumstances, such as psychological distress, avoidance, physical reactions.
  • Manage 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.

Topics

  • Regulation
  • Normalizing
  • Metabolizing
  • Meaning-making
  • Keeping it alive
  • Connection to others
  • Committed actions
  • Spiritual needs

Learning Outcomes

  • 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).

Topics

  • Burnout and vicarious trauma
  • Therapist self-care
  • Prolonged session duration
  • Increased intimacy

Learning Outcomes

  • Practice self-care techniques in order to avoid psychedelic-assisted therapy burnout, trauma, or fatigue.
  • Identify opportunities for personal development.
  • Respond to countertransference with appropriate strategies to avoid harming the patient-therapist relationship while prioritizing the patient care and self-care.

This course has several assessments to evaluate your knowledge of what you’ve learned and to provide an opportunity to evaluate your new skills. As part of the course, you will need to complete the following assessments:

  • 8 x Knowledge Checks
  • 1 x Mission and intention setting assignment
  • 2 x Reflection
  • 1 x Practice group log

For the practice group log, you will write brief notes from your group practice activities. Each week, you will meet with your group for 45 minutes at a time convenient for you to practice skills learned in class.

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 therapist 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 therapist.

About the Facilitators

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FAQs

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. 

Yes – for 50 hours.  

You will need to be able to commit to the live sessions each week. Please email training@numinus.com if you have any special circumstances. 

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

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

Refund Policy

If you are unable to attend the course, please send an e-mail confirming your cancellation to training@numinus.com. A 10% administration fee will be charged for any cancellations, based on the total cost of the course, plus tax. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team and we would be happy to support you.

Disclaimer

The continuing professional development program in no way promotes, condones, or facilitates illegal activity, and is strictly for educational and harm reduction purposes only. Please be aware that certain psychedelic substances still 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.