Psychedelic Therapy Training Overview
We have a robust 3-part Psychedelic Therapy Training & Credentialing program that provides 30 hours of pre-training online lectures and 14 full days of psychedelic therapy training. It includes over 90 hours of psychedelic experiences in a total of 26 psychedelic therapy individual and group sessions.
At this point it is an open joke in our program that we’re “just sitting with cannabis.” Psychedelic cannabis as a training tool allows us to have far more psychedelic experiences in a short period of time than other medicines would safely allow. Cannabis is also far more legal than any other psychedelic medicine and our students can immediately begin practicing professionally as psychedelic guides wherever cannabis is legal.
We’ve developed a process and designed special blends of psychedelic cannabis that can be used in sessions that are indistinguishable from MDMA/psilocybin assisted psychedelic therapy sessions, as well as 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. This alone makes psychedelic cannabis the most accessible psychedelic medicine available to help our society heal trauma and transition to a greater sense of collective wellbeing.
Additional information on the content of these training programs are found on their program page below.
New Training Protocol
Each training level (1-3) in the new structure will include:
Online Lecture Series – A very robust “how-to” program for each level (psychedelic sitter, guide, therapist) that provides the necessary information and skill set development to become a competent guide, with reading and homework assignments for those seeking credentialing
Small Group Cohorts – Organized to discuss information provided in lectures, and to facilitate experientials, mindfulness practices, and other skill set that support the resiliencies required as guides (online and in person options)
Journey Practicums – facilitated group psychedelic journey experiences for personal development and discovery (online and in person options)
Facilitation Practicums – practicing being a guide for others in a safe and supervised setting, with an emphasis on different techniques each level (online and in person options)
Due to the coronavirus, we are shifting our in-person training retreats/workshops to small group intensives (with 10-12 students each). These intensives will meet on a monthly basis through 2021 in Boulder, Colorado, but we are also forming ongoing and regional in-person intensives as well.
Intensives are 4-5 days (a long weekend or 6 weekly classes, in-person intensive retreats that combine Small Groups discussions with Journey and Facilitation Practicums (in Boulder and other regional locations). Intensives are basically our 2019 training retreat model, with additional supporting content through the online training portal.
Core Professional Competencies
In addition discussing important concepts about each of these topics in our PSS1-3 training, for those who want to further advance by practicing professionally, additional classes are offered in Core Professional Competencies.
For those seeking certification, core classes include:
- Psychedelic and Transpersonal Theory (The Guiding Presence)
- Psychedelic First Aid and Crisis Intervention
- Psychedelic Ethics and Multicultural Competency
- EcoPsychedelics and Council
- Psychedelics and Cannabis Education
Descriptions of a few Core Competencies:
Psychedelic First Aid®/CPR Certification – This 4-day training teaches students how to identify, assess and competently respond to all of the mental and spiritual health crises, medical emergencies such as overdoses, and other worst case scenarios not uncommon in psychedelic experiences. Includes a 3-year CPR/First Aid Certification and a Conscious Cannabis Circle.
EcoPsychedelics and Council – Sustainability and Psychedelics Retreat – The retreat includes shared psychedelic cannabis experiences, small group experiences facilitated by ecopsychology professionals, including outdoor experiences, and one-on-one transformational support. Topics include: Theory and Practices from Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects, a Foundational Framework to connect Sustainability and Psychedelics, some expanded Journeys which will embrace the more-than-human world by taking our journeys outside, and additional support and skill building through the use of Council.
Continuing Education Credits for mental health and medical professionals, electives of interest and specialities, including advanced music facilitation, yoga, art, end of life care, DMTx, ketamine and other international training retreats, sustainable business practices, as well as personal development for individuals and couples related to psychedelics and cannabis. Some of these electives will be open to the public, others will require advanced practices as prerequisites.
For those interested in starting local psychedelic communities and helping facilitate the training program, participating in the small groups, journey and facilitation practicums, online and in intensive training retreats will provide the necessary experience to start your own local groups.
Certification and Credentialing
Includes an interview process and review of competencies, skill sets, and client feedback on practice sessions, and a commitment to a community code of ethics for professionals, to work as a professional psychedelic practitioner.
Opportunity to participate in an international community of amazing individuals through collaborative projects, committees for our non-profit, social media and safe online forums, and opportunities for volunteering and peer accountability.
New Online Training Option
The new online training platform will be up and running by September 1st, 2020, and we will begin sharing details about it as soon as possible. Our program has always been a hybrid of online and in person training, but with our new platform we’ll be able to offer an incredible amount more, with additional content, new teachers and electives.
For those who can’t travel, or are not yet ready to travel, we now have an online only training option available that will include all of the necessary experientials. We’ve figured out the technical issues of facilitating psychedelic cannabis sessions and groups online and they are amazing experiences.
Training Location and Small Cohorts
We manage a beautiful, cannabis-friendly, and very large yoga studio 8 minutes from downtown Boulder. The location will be given to approved applicants for planning purposes. The space is large enough to social distance, with vaulted ceilings and plenty of fresh air. We will also meet outside in the very large yard. Cohorts will be small groups of around 10-12, and we will be following Colorado safety guidelines for Covid-19.
New Small Group Regional Options
Our program always intended to offer more local options for training, and now that we have a good sized group of advanced practitioners, we are expediting local options to support people who can’t travel to Colorado just yet. The survey will give you the option to choose a PSS1 training cohort in Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA. East coast options will come online in 2021. We don’t know the dates yet for these but we want to see how much interest there is first. If you are one of our advanced students interested in hosting a local PSS1 training, please email me. It looks like the first one of those will be in Alaska!
Consuming Cannabis is pretty much the point of these trainings, as it provides the required experiential component to be trained as a competent psychedelic guide. Cannabis will always be taken with intention. During the intensives, taking a break from cannabis is fully supported if needed. This isn’t a contest. Some of our students only take a puff, and others take several pipes. Everyone’s bodies are different. Since we can’t take group trips to the dispensary during the coronavirus, I’m bringing the dispensary to us. Our allies in the industry will make sure we are well supplied for our adventure together. Each cohort will make a shared “community cannabis blend” to be used in all of the group and individual experientials, and there will be individual strain selections to modify your medicine however you like. Consuming cannabis during this training is recommended for training purposes, but not required. We have a number of safety protocols in place to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience, and we are trained experts in taking care of people in breakthrough spaces. Due to the experiential nature of these training events, a safety assessment is part of your application process.
1st Annual All Community Retreat and Training Experience Scheduled for Fall of 2021
We plan to host our first annual full community celebration/retreat/training experience in the fall of 2021 at our main retreat location south of Denver, located on 500 acres of beautiful Colorado land. Imagine a community of a hundred people gathering coming together for almost a week to learn, to connect, to share sacred psychedelic healing experiences.
This experience will be a combination of large psychedelic cannabis circles, practice sessions, and small group training experiences in a variety of modalities from music facilitation, authentic movement, art, ecology and social justice activism. There will also be a lot of time for social events, outside hikes and transformational healing.
Many electives and special training experientials will be hosted at this event. More information to be announced.