I fully recognize that what I am about to say is controversial, however, I stand by this professionally, and we are currently engaging a major university to study our practice. We have developed a process and designed special blends of psychedelic cannabis that can be used in sessions and be as potent as MDMA/psilocybin assisted psychedelic therapy sessions, as well as quite similar to DMT, ayahuasca, mescaline and even 5-MeO-DMT experiences. The primary difference between psychedelic cannabis and other psychedelic medicines is the inherent sense of agency. Again, I get that this is quite unbelievable to some. That is ok. We invite you to test this statement by joining us in some initial expeditions of consciousness.
Cannabis has a bad reputation, but psychedelic cannabis is actually the most accessible psychedelic medicine available to help each other and our society heal trauma and transition to a greater sense of collective wellbeing.
The skill sets taught in Psychedelic Sitters School are the skills taught in traditional and clinical psychedelic therapy practices that are currently used in MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine, DMT and other psychedelic medicine sessions.
In addition to the therapy skills taught, we also teach specific mindfulness skills for the guide to use in session to deepen their own healing and transformational process, further facilitate their client’s experiences, and to stay safe throughout the intense energetic discharges common in psychedelic therapy sessions.
Students can gain 3 levels of credentialing in “Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy” with a specialties in “Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy” or “Cannabis-Assisted Somatic Psychotherapy” – The three levels are: Psychedelic Sitter, Psychedelic Guide, Psychedelic Therapist. A Psychedelic Specialist is an experienced psychedelic therapist with a specialized service. The primary healing method explored in the training is called the “Captain Protocol.”
Graduates of a training program receive a Certificate of Completion. Credentialing requires additional supervision and facilitating a number of individual practice sessions. The credentialing program is similar to models such as advanced psychotherapy modalities, yoga teacher training, massage therapy training, and Continuing Education (CE) standards.
Students are not required to already be a credentialed therapist before attending our training program, although many of our students continue their training in psychotherapy.
Basic requirements for credentials include complying with a code of ethics and working with clients within your skill level, base training requirements, additional group supervision, and a certain number completed individual practice sessions. Group supervision is an important part of this process.
Additional opportunities to receive sitting/guiding experience includes assisting in local group events, assisting in individual Psychedelic Therapy sessions with Daniel or Alison McQueen, or sponsoring or supporting already established Conscious Cannabis Circles where you live.
The wages you can expect to earn in a private practice setting as a credentialed, competent practitioner based is on your training, competence and experience. An already licensed, competent, helping professional should consider this a specialized service and could therefore increase their hourly rate, or provide more specialized group experiences that would lower the cost to individual clients. We know this is possible because we have already been doing this for the last 6 and a half years.
As a general rule, several “practitioner levels” have emerged from our training program based on our various students’ skill level and experience, and we’ve created a credentialing program to verify our students’ capacities as facilitators and their commitment to ethical conduct. More information on the program requirements are below, but we believe these hourly rates within a private practice are attainable, and in alignment with other equivalent healing professions. This means that a newer practitioner can begin earning a living oIr at least supplementing their income pretty quickly, as they continue to gain experience and training in the program. As always, we teach our students how to stay within their “zone of competence,” to keep their clients and themselves safe, and these rates assume appropriate supervision and community accountability. Here are some basic rate estimates and what services can be provided with the level of training and credentialing received.
- Psychedelic Sitter (Level 1) – $25-$50/hour – 2-3 hour psychedelic cannabis sessions (non-clinical), apprentice with, and assist in small groups with qualified psychedelic therapists
- Psychedelic Guide (Level 2) – $50-$100/hour – 3-5 hour psychedelic cannabis sessions, facilitate small groups, small group leaders of the PSS program
- Psychedelic Therapist (Level 3) – $100-$200/hour – psychedelic cannabis sessions for clinical concerns, facilitate small groups for clinical concerns, and larger groups, facilitate cannabis and breathwork sessions, become trainers and small group leaders of the PSS program.
- Psychedelic Specialist – $200+/hour – Specialized services for experienced practitioners, Medical practitioners, trainers of the PSS program.
We recommend that a healing professional with an established practice, such as a massage therapist, hypnotist, or licensed mental health counselor, can offer cannabis related sessions as a speciality and increase their rate by around 20% for these services.
These rates would be adjusted to cost of living standards of different locations, and generally require cultivating a practice over time to achieve. We know how to help you set up your private practice too, and are happy to teach you.
For those new to private practice, these rates help cover the costs of the practice, and the non-billable hours of work required to maintain it. Ways to increase accessibility is by offering sliding scales and small group experiences. Our upcoming training cohorts will be modeled after these small groups, and the studio is the perfect size for a lot of space… our very own “HeartShip.”
Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy™ and Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapist™ are professional, credentialed titles and trademarks of our program. The abbreviation, CAPT, is the professional abbreviation of a credentialed Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapist, such as Daniel McQueen, MA, CAPT, or Alison McQueen, MA, LPC, ATR, CAPT. Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy is a subcategory of Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy.
Volunteer Requirement – 100 hours
Education through service, and volunteering in collaborative enterprises for social and ecological healing is a core value of this program. Volunteering cultivates humility, so we made it a requirement to be certified. Volunteering can be under the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness, our Affordable Psychedelic Therapy Program, or any other volunteer program.
Ongoing Peer Supervision after Certification
Practitioners are required to regularly attend a peer supervision group after the completion of their certification for at least a year. It is strongly encouraged after that and for practitioners to seek supervision when confronted with difficult or complex situations and experiences.
Ongoing Journeywork Recommendation and Safe Medicine Use
Regular personal journeywork with cannabis is strongly encouraged to help practitioners continue to grow, but to also help process being a psychedelic guide. The Safe Community Policy has guidelines on responsible medicine use, which includes the significant limitations on frequency of psychedelic medicine use, limitations on alcohol consumption, and prohibitions of addictive drugs. This is for your safety and protection, as well as the sustainability of the community.