PROFESSIONAL PSYCHEDELIC CREDENTIALING

To be credentialed in our program means we vouch for your skill, commitment to a code of ethics, and community professional oversight. This requires completion of the credentialing steps and a signed commitment to our Psychedelic Guild Agreement. We believe these are minimum commitments to practice as an ethical psychedelic guide or psychedelic therapist and to charge for your services.

Graduates of our program have an opportunity to start their own psychedelic therapy practices, work as a professional in our psychedelic therapy center, and become trainers and mentors in our program. Through this process we have helped professionals across the United States and Canada start psychedelic private practices, and we are now collaborating with centers, clinics, and research programs to bring cannabis-assisted modalities to communities wherever we can.

Those who wish to join the program and only work with friends and family, or who wish to volunteer at festivals or in other communities, do not need to engage these professional credentialing requirements.

The following Professional Psychedelic Credentials are available through Psychedelic Sitters School:

  • Psychedelic Support & Integration Coach
  • Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Guide
  • Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapist
  • Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Specialist

These titles are protected intellectual property of our program and can be used by credentialed and credentialing candidate students to denote their professional experience and differentiate their services from other psychedelic practitioners. 

Students receive a certificate, and credentialing also provides some of the essential prerequisites for professional liability insurance (currently available for breathwork, cannabis and ketamine). 

Requirements for Credentialing 

Requirements for credentialing to ethically provide professional specialized services include:

  • Education through lectures, reading assignments, experiential training, and continuing education (core electives)
  • Supervised Practicums (monitored and reviewed practice sessions after each training intensive)
  • A series of practice sessions with volunteer clients and peer trainees
  • A series of solo sessions for personal development
  • Group supervision and mentorship, participation in study groups or clubs
  • Accountability and oversight through a shared code of ethic and review process (through MM Foundation)
  • An assessment of competence at each stage of professional development

Psychedelic Support & Integration Coach 

Complete Psychedelic Guide Training and our Integration Coaching and Cultural Competency & Ethics elective to receive foundational education in psychedelic harm reduction, integration practices and begin guiding with psychedelic cannabis in a culturally appropriate protocol. (NOTE: This title is designed to fit new NMHA languaging requirements for supporting personal use of psychedelic medicines.)

Prerequisites

  • Psychedelic Guide Training & Practicum(s)
  • Professional Membership in MM Foundation (renews annually)
  • Credentialing Agreement
  • 6 + months practice
  • Integration Coaching Elective
  • Psychedelic Cultural Competency Elective

Newer Practitioner Requirements

  • 3 Mentorship Sessions 
  • 3 Psychedelic Guide Credentialing Classes
  • 2 Solo Cannabis Journey (3hr)
  • 1 Solo Breathwork Journey (2hrs)
  • 3 Practice Cannabis Sessions (3hr)
  • 3 Practice non-medicine breathwork sessions (2-3hrs)
  • 3 prep/integration sessions (post Integration Coaching elective)
  • Join a Peer Support & future Study Group or Club
  • Competency Review

Cost: $1,250

Legacy/Licensed Practitioner Requirements

  • Alternative track for Licensed Professionals OR Practitioners with Substantial Experience (Legacy Practitioners)
  • Prerequisites are required but Newer Practitioner Requirements can be skipped, however, the below Guide Credentialing requirements are required to facilitate cannabis or breathwork experiences
  • Students participate in Psychedelic Therapy Credentialing Classes instead of Psychedelic Guide Credentialing Classes

Cost: This payment is skipped.

Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Guide

  • Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Guide
  • Conscious Cannabis & Community Breathwork (non-medicine) Facilitator

Continue your credentialing as a more experienced guide and begin practicing professionally with psychedelic cannabis and breathwork practices in non-clinical individual and group settings. This level is required for participating in our professional program, Dragon Training.

Prerequisites

Integration Coach Credentialing, and:

  • Psychedelic Support & Integration Coach Credential
  • 6 + month practice 
  • Psychedelic Business Acumen Elective (Private Practice Business Development)

Newer Practitioner Requirements

  • 3 Mentorship Sessions
  • 3 Psychedelic Guide Credentialing Classes
  • 2 Solo Cannabis Journeys (3hr)
  • 1 Solo Breathwork Journey (2hrs)
  • 3 Cannabis Practice Sessions (3hr)
  • 3 Practice non-medicine breathwork sessions (2-3hrs)
  • 3 prep/integration sessions (post Integration Coaching elective)
  • Join a Peer Support & future Study Group or Club 
  • Competency Review

Cost: $1,250

Legacy/Licensed Practitioner Requirements

  • 4 Mentorship Sessions
  • 4 Psychedelic Therapist Credentialing Classes
  • 2 Solo Cannabis Journeys (3hr)
  • 1 Solo Breathwork Journey (2hrs)
  • 4 Cannabis Practice Sessions (3hr)
  • 4 Practice non-medicine breathwork sessions (2-3hrs)
  • 3 prep/integration sessions (post Integration Coaching elective)
  • Join a Peer Support & future Study Group or Club 
  • Competency Review

Cost: $1,750

Benefits & Services You Can Professionally Offer

  • Paid Psychedelic Cannabis sessions for NON-CLINICAL concerns for non-licensed professionals 
  • Paid Psychedelic Cannabis sessions for Mildly-Clinical for licensed professionals (ie, generally already established therapeutic relationships without significant/acute clinical concerns)
  • Positions in both the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness and Psychedelic Sitters School are available and advertised to the graduate community.
  • Eligible to be a PAID assistant guide for MM/PSS related events when positions are available (first opportunities available for Dragon Trainees, and where needed).
    Small group facilitation with required training progression.

Estimated Income: $30-$40/hr as Independent Contractor, Trainer in PSS, possibly more for clinical session hours

Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapist

Complete the Psychedelic Therapy & Clinical Cannabis Specialty to learn the necessary clinical and safety protocols to work with psychedelic cannabis, breathwork, and cannabis assisted breathwork in clinical settings. This combined with the specialities credentialing of the other medicines creates a strong foundation for working as a full Psychedelic Therapist. Psychedelic First Aid is required for this credential. Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy™ (MBPT), developed by Daniel McQueen, is a psychedelic therapy modality that integrates mindfulness practices, transpersonal psychotherapy and traditional guiding practices with somatically-informed psychotherapy and psychedelic medicines.

Prerequisites

Psychedelic Guide Training Credential, and

  • Completion of Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Guide Credential
  • Psychedelic Therapy & Clinical Cannabis Course
  • 2+ year practice or 1+ year & Legacy/Licensed Practitioner, for
  • Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapist
  • Psychedelic Therapy Specialty

Same as Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapist credentialing requirements, and: 

  • Relevant Mental Health License for:
  • Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapist 
  • Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Psychotherapist

Newer Practitioner Requirements

  • 6 Mentorship Sessions
  • 6 Psychedelic Guide Credentialing Classes
  • 4 Solo Cannabis Breathwork Journeys (3-5hr)
  • 3 2-session protocol Clinical Cannabis & Cannabis Breathwork  Practice Sessions (3hr)
  • 3 2-session protocol Clinical Cannabis & Cannabis Breathwork  Practice Sessions (5hr)
  • 6 prep/integration sessions (post Integration Coaching elective)
  • Join a Peer Support & future Study Group or Club
  • Competency Review

Cost: $2,500

Legacy/Licensed Practitioner Requirements

Above, and:

  • 4 Mentorship Sessions
  • 4 Psychedelic Therapist Credentialing Classes
  • 2 Solo Cannabis Breathwork Journeys (3-5hr)
  • 2 2-session protocol Clinical Cannabis & Cannabis Breathwork  Practice Sessions (3hr)
  • 2 2-session protocol Clinical Cannabis & Cannabis Breathwork  Practice Sessions (5hr)
  • 6 prep/integration sessions (post Integration Coaching elective)
  • Join a Peer Support & future Study Group or Club
  • Competency Review

Cost: $1,750

Benefits & Services You Can Professionally Offer

  • Professional Practice in accordance with CAPT Clinical Protocols and medical/legal requirements with clients who have significant clinical concerns
  • Professional cannabis breathwork practice
  • Small group clinical facilitation with required training progression
  • Large non-clinical group facilitation
  • Clinical practice with other specialties with completion of specialty credentialing

Estimated Income: $50-$75/hr as Independent Contractor Clinical session hours.  Established practitioners can consider this a clinical specialty and increase hourly rate by 20%-50%. 

*This is a fast evolving profession. Because of that, the use of the term “Psychedelic Therapist” may be misconstrued by some regulatory agencies in your location as a form of “psychotherapy,” which it is not. See the program guide for additional information and resources on how to use professional language safely, or speak to your mentor about professional identity and development. Individual practitioners are responsible for their own legal review, as well as all outcomes associated with using this title. Additional legal resources are on the community forum.

Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Specialist

  • Senior Guide

Complete Psychedelic Mystery School and gain experience and credentialing in three specialties to become a Psychedelic Specialist. Specialists exhibit a strong capacity to work with difficult experiences for transformation and healing.

Prerequisites

Psychedelic Therapy Credential, and

  • Completion of Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapist Credential
  • 4+ year practice or 3+ years & Legacy/Licensed Practitioner
  • Psychedelic Mystery School and 3 or more Psychedelic Specialties
  • Additional CEs (TBD)

Newer Practitioner Requirements

  • Professional and/or leadership position in CMM, PSS, MMF, DMTx or similar organization as a mentor, supervisor, teacher, trainer, etc. 
  • Competency Review

Cost: $500

Legacy/Licensed Practitioner Requirements

  • Professional and/or leadership position in CMM, PSS, MMF, DMTx or similar organization as a mentor, supervisor, teacher, trainer, etc. 
  • Competency Review

Cost: $500

Benefits & Services You Can Professionally Offer

  • All of the benefits that come as an experienced, mature professional
  • Ability to work with multiple medicine protocols, with confidence, with significant clinical concerns, within established safety and clinical protocols

Estimated Income: $75-150/hr as Independent Contractor Clinical session hours.

Advanced Specialties

Clinical Cannabis & Cannabis-Assisted Breathwork Specialties

Prerequisites

  • Therapy Credentialing Enrollment & Psychedelic Therapy & Clinical Cannabis Course

Gained with Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy Credential

Psilocybin Mushroom Support Specialty

Prerequisites

  • Guide Credentialing Enrollment & Psilocybin Mushroom Support Specialty Course
  • Psychedelic First Aid & CPR Training

Newer Practitioner Requirements

  • 3 Mentorship Sessions
  • 2 Personal Journeys with psilocybin mushrooms with support
  • 6 Practice Sessions with psilocybin mushrooms (can be a paid session if already established private practice)
  • Competency Review

Cost: $1,000

Legacy/Licensed Practitioner Requirements

  • 2 Mentorship Sessions
  • 2 Personal Journeys with psilocybin mushrooms with support
  • 4 Practice Sessions with psilocybin mushrooms (can be a paid session if already established private practice)
  • Competency Review

Cost: $750

Ketamine-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy Specialty

Lead Trainers: Alison McQueen, LPC, ATR-BC, ACS & Dr. Alyse Power

Prerequisites

  • Guide Credentialing Enrollment & Ketamine-Assisted 
  • Psychedelic First Aid & CPR Training

Newer Practitioner Requirements

  • 3 Mentorship Sessions
  • 2 Personal Journeys with ketamine with support
  • 6 Practice Sessions with ketamine (can be a paid session if already established private practice)
  • Competency Review

Cost: $1,000

Legacy/Licensed Practitioner Requirements

  • 2 Mentorship Sessions
  • 2 Personal Journeys with ketamine with support
  • 4 Practice Sessions with ketamine (can be a paid session if already established private practice)
  • Competency Review

Cost: $750

N,N-DMT Support Speciality

Prerequisites

  • Guide Credentialing Enrollment & DMT Guiding Course
  • Psychedelic Mystery School
  • Psychedelic First Aid & CPR Training

Newer Practitioner Requirements

  • 3 Mentorship Sessions
  • 2 Personal Journeys with DMT with support
  • 6 Practice Sessions with DMT (can be a paid session if already established private practice)
  • Competency Review

Cost: $1,000

Legacy/Licensed Practitioner Requirements

  • 2 Mentorship Sessions
  • 2 Personal Journeys with DMT with support
  • 4 Practice Sessions with DMT (can be a paid session if already established private practice)
  • Competency Review

Cost: $750

Individual Mentorship
Part of the Credentialing requirements involve being paired with one of our psychedelic guide trainers who have professional experience in the field. We have found this to be incredibly helpful for those who wish to have support in becoming a professional guide. A lot comes up for guides in training and this is a great space to share and receive guidance and support.

After enrolling in the Credentialing Program, you will paired with one of our mentors. We try to honor any student requests for specific mentors when possible.

Certificates of Completion
Electronic certificates of completion are awarded to students who complete Psychedelic Guide Training (PSS1-2) and Psychedelic Therapy Training Specialties (PSS 3-C, PSS3-K, PSS3-P, PSS4 and PSS4-D).

Credentialing Certificates
Students who complete all credentialing requirements receive a printed certificate for display. 

Community Accountability
Professionals that are credentialed through Psychedelic Sitters School and the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness consent to follow the Medicinal Mindfulness Community Code of Ethics, and have agreed to practice in accordance with the The Psychedelic Guild Agreement of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness: Psychedelic Training, Credentialing & Membership Requirements, found in our Student Handbook.  Credentialed practitioners consent to community accountability through our Safe Community Council.

Credentialed practitioners are required to be active members of the Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation for accountability purposes. 

You can contact the Safe Community Council directly to verify active membership, or if you have any questions or concerns about practitioners affiliated with the program by emailing safecommunity@medicinalmindfulness.org.

Credentialed practitioners are required to include the following disclosure in their professional disclosure statement as part of their agreement with Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation, our professional association and non-profit. This agreement allows MMF to provide proper oversight and accountability of the credentialed practitioner, and to assist in resolving any concerns their clients and community members may have. 

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Community Accountability – Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation
I am a credentialed practitioner in [Practitioner title as outlined in Appendix 1, example: Mindfulness-Based Psychedelic Therapy and Cannabis-Assisted Psychedelic Therapy] through the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness Psychedelic Therapy training program. I am a member in good standing of the Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation non-profit organization.

In addition to complying with all relevant ethical standards of my profession, I comply with the professional code of ethics of Medicinal Mindfulness and other relevant psychedelic practitioner ethical standards. Since I take full responsibility of my professional practice, by signing this agreement, we both consent to hold MM harmless of the outcomes of my practice or any other services provided. The Medicinal Mindfulness Foundation has agreed to provide professional support and community oversight to my practice.

Any questions or concerns about me or my practice, requests for more information about my training, or the MM Community Code of Ethics, can be sent to the MM Foundation Non-Profit Safe Community Council for review by emailing: safecommunity@medicinalmindfulness.org.