Navigating Psychedelics For Clinicians and Therapists
Everything a mental health professional needs to know about psychedelics and psychedelic integration
If you have landed on this page, it is safe to assume that you have an interest or curiosity about the potential benefit of psychedelic substances. We understand that there has been a lot of media buzz lately about the therapeutic effects of these substances and that people, like yourself, are becoming more interested in the topic. It is an exciting time to become interested in this topic considering the potential that these substances and medicines have for personal and spiritual development.
Since the release of Michael Pollan’s book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, many people have been reaching out to us at Psychedelics Today with the question, “How do I get started? How do I get more information about psychedelics and the experience? How do I become more involved in this work as a therapist?”
We also get a lot of questions like, “I just had my first psychedelic experience and I do not know what to do now. Can you help?”
Whether you’re just getting started on your psychedelic education journey or if you have experiences with psychedelics, our Navigating Psychedelics course will help to answer some of these questions and more!
This is your complete guide for understanding and integrating the psychedelic experience.
This special edition of Navigating Psychedelic is dedicated towards educating therapists and clinicians. By enrolling in this course you will receive full access to our main Navigating Psychedelics: Lessons on Self-Care & Integration course plus access to various master classes oriented specifically for therapists and clinicians.
If you have been wondering how you can incorporate psychedelic knowledge and education into your practice or even learn how to get started in the field of psychedelic psychotherapy, this course is for you!
If you wish to learn more about the main course, click the course below.
Psychedelics have been making headlines in mainstream media and more people are becoming interested in the potential therapeutic benefits of these substances. There is a good chance that your clients may be developing an interest in wanting to work or already have worked with these substances. How does one support or work with clients who are bringing their psychedelic experiences into the therapy room? What do you need to know about doing integration work with clients? These questions and more will be explored throughout the course!
This live online course will provide a transpersonal theoretical framework for understanding the psychedelic experience and also explore integration techniques and practices. There will be eight (8) virtual classroom meetings where students will have an opportunity to connect with each other, ask questions, and engage with the course presenters. Students will also get full and lifetime access to our online course, Navigating Psychedelics: Lessons on Self-Care & Integration and a bonus course for therapists and clinicians, which comes with masterclasses that include ethics of providing integration therapy, challenges and successes of providing integration therapy, and more.
8-Week Online Live Course
Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Therapists
This course is broken up into two courses and will be delivered in an mix of online/at-home study format for eight (8) weeks.
The first four weeks, you will review the basics of psychedelic theory, science, harm reduction, and integration.
Week 4-8 will focus more on clinical application and explore clinical themes and topics.
Here is a brief outline of what you will learn in the two courses
The curriculum is subject to change depending on group interests and guest presenters.
This course will be delivered in an online format with pre-recorded material and live video/audio calls via Zoom. The course will take place for 8 weeks and include 1.5-hour calls each week.
Introduction to Psychedelics (Psychedelics 101) (Week 1-4)
You will learn:
- Everything you need to know about psychedelics from the history and science to the more practical information such as harm reduction, safety, preparation, navigating the space, self-care, and integration
- Harm reduction & safety tips
- Festival safety
- Working with difficult experiences & bad trips
- What is hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HHPD)
- How to talk about your experience
- How to work with an ego death experience
- Stanislav Grof's transpersonal framework
- Managing prolonged anxiety, depersonalization and derealization effects
- How to integrate your psychedelic experience
- Natural ways to induce a psychedelic state
- And much more!
Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Therapists (Week 5-8)
You will learn
- How to support your clients who wish to work with psychedelics
- How to help your clients integrate his or her experience
- How to stay safe by understanding the legal and ethical considerations
- How to legally get involved in the psychedelic space now
- How ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is being conducted and the legal/ethical considerations when it comes to this type of therapy
- How to work with challenging and difficult experiences
- And MUCH MORE!
Week 1: Introduction To Psychedelics
In this course, you will learn the etymology of the word "psychedelic" and the different classes of psychoactive substances. You will explore the effects of psychedelics, the difference between tryptamines and phenethylamines, and how psychedelic substances affect the brain.
Week 2: Preparation, Safety, and Harm Reduction
In this course, you will learn harm reduction tips and techniques for staying safe, such as testing your substances. You will also learn about creating a safe set and setting, festival safety, and much more.
Week 3: Going Out: The Psychedelic Experience – Exploring Dr. Stanislav Grof’s Theories and Framework
In this course, you will develop a framework and understanding of the psychedelic experience through the work and theories of Stanislav Grof. You will also learn tips and advice for navigating difficult experiences if they should arise in an experience.
Week 4: Coming Back: Exploring Self-Care & Integration
In this course, you will learn how to ground from the psychedelic experience and learn self-care tips and practices. Understanding how to take care of yourself after an experience is an important first step in the integration process. You will explore what the term integration means and how to integrate your experience after you have touched back down from your journey. You will learn integration tips and practices so that you are able to move your experience forward in life and learn what it means to “move towards wholeness.”
Week 5: Assessment and Harm Reduction with Clients
In this course, you will learn the risks and contraindications of psychedelics and psychedelic therapy and how to assess the safety of the client who may be disclosing potential use or attending ceremonies. Students will explore the topic of spiritual emergence and emergency and how to assess this nuanced area. Students will also be asked to reflect upon how their own beliefs about psychedelics may or may not affect their work with clients.
Week 6: Ethics, Laws, and Legal Psychedelic Work
While psychedelic assisted psychotherapy is not currently available or legal at the moment, students will explore the laws and ethics of providing integration services and legal psychedelic therapy such as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
Week 7: Exploring Integration Work With Clients and Client Cases
Students will explore various frameworks for providing integrating services as well as begin to think about their own integration theory. For those who have been working with clients, this class will also offer an opportunity to explore challenges in providing integration services.
Week 8: Moving It Forward - Integrating your experience and class projects
Students are asked to engage in her or his own integration process throughout this course. This class be a time for students to present an integration project that they have worked on throughout the length of the course.
The master classes are the heart of this course. You will have access to 15+ master classes covering various topics from integration, harm reduction, understanding spiritual emergence, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, legal considerations, and tips/advice for sitting for holotropic states of consciousness.
Course Dates and Time:
Group 1: USA - Eastern Time Evening Sold Out. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Thursday Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
Group 2: USA/London Times Sold Out. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Thursday Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST / 7:00 - 8:30pm London, UK (GMT)
Psychedelics Today offers up-to-date information and intelligent, constructive discussion about everything psychedelic in today's medical and therapeutic communities. Joe and Kyle have a passion for the subject, and are highly skilled in sharing their knowledge. Their courses are packed with relevant information, well-paced, easily accessible and affordable. Psychedelics Today offers many advantages over more costly "certificate" courses: the on-line format eliminates travel time and costs, and the shorter course length shows respect for everyone's limited time, and helps attendees stay focused on the subject at hand. The limit on class size is another huge advantage, as it insures ample opportunity for attendees to participate in class discussions and to get to know each other. Given how fast the field is moving, I think PT offers the best value for those professionals interested in learning about, and staying current in, psychedelic therapies and research.
- RJ, LCSW (Graduate of CIIS Certificate in PAT& R)t
Courses Included with Purchase
Original Price: $127
Masterclass Instructors and Topics
Navigating Psychedelics: Lessons on Self-Care & Integration Course
- 12+ exclusive interviews with experts in the field
- Katherine MacLean, PhD., Direction of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program - Mindfulness of the body and techniques for maintaining awareness of present-moment bodily sensations during the process of integration
- Larry Norris, MA, PhDc - Executive Director of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education)
- Elizabeth Gibson, MS - Insights from working with Dreamshadow Breathwork (Holotropic Breathwork)
- Lenny Gibson, Ph.D. - Working With & Integrating Your Mandala
- Ashley Booth, M.S., Founder of the Aware Project and co-founder of InnerSpace Integration - Preparation and Integration with 5-MeO-DMT & Ibogaine
- Mitchel Gomez, Excutive Director of DanceSafe - Harm Reduction & Safety
- Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., MDMA Therapy Training Program Manager, Zendo Project Integration Coordinator - The MAPS Psychedelic Integration List
Ingmar Gorman, PhD - Clinical Assessment and Psychedelic Integration Therapy
In this masterclass, Dr. Ingmar Gorman will go over what you need to know about clinically assessing clients for psychedelic integration therapy and go over the mechanics of how integration therapy is provided at the Center for Optional Living and the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program.
Navigating Psychedelics: For Clinicians and Therapists Master Classes
Jessica Katzman, Psy.D. - Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy & Personal Change
Dr. Jessica Katzman shares her insights of providing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to clients. Ketamine is a legal psychedelic therapy that is available within the United States. Dr. Katzman explores her experience of working with ketamine with clients and how to optimize personal change through integration.
Rose Jade, MSW, LCSW, JD, LMT - The Ethics of Psychedelic Integration Services
Rose Jade explores the legal and ethical considerations for providing psychedelic integration therapy in this masterclass. For therapists that are looking to provide integration therapy, Rose highlights important questions and ethical considerations before providing integration services. This important masterclass covers the basics to help keep you and your practice protected! Note: The information that Rose provides in this masterclass is not official legal advice.
Robin Kurland, M.A., LMFT - Getting Started as a New Psychedelic Integration Therapist
When Robin Kurland began offering psychedelic integration services to her clients, she faced many challenges and roadblocks. Robin first appeared in the Psychedelics Today podcast to explore these challenges. In this masterclass, Kyle interviews Robin about the challenges and successes she has experienced over the year she began offering integration services. This masterclass is extremely helpful for new therapists offering these services as Robin shares story of getting started and overcoming some of the challenges.
Michael Sapiro, Psy.D - A preparatory course for guides/therapists
Dr. Michael Sapiro shares some of the essential tools and skill-sets for guides and therapists that are interested in becoming more involved in legal psychedelic work such as ketamine-assisted therapy as well as for therapists who are looking to get involved legally when MDMA and psilocybin become legal for clinical use. Dr. Sapiro explores the various realms of experiences and how to navigate the non-dual states that can be experienced by clients working with psychedelics and other non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Raquel Bennett, Psy.D. - Introduction to Ketamine and Legal/Ethical Considerations
Dr. Raquel Bennett is the founder of the KRIYA: Ketamine Research Institute. In this masterclass, Dr. Bennett shares her insights of 17+ years of researching ketamine - from best clinical practices, legal/ethical considerations, patient selection, and more!
Pierre Bouchard, MA, LPC - Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology
In this masterclass, Kyle and Pierre discuss trauma and somatic theories and how Pierre incorporates these practices/modalities into his clinical practice and within ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP).
"This was a wonderfully thorough survey of psychedelic integration and self-care. As a mental health professional, there was SO much value in this course for me that I can utilize both personally for my own growth, as well as to help others make use of their psychedelic experiences. Additionally, Joe and Kyle are a delight to listen to, and are quite knowledgeable and responsive to questions. Useful format, as well!"
- Jessica Katzman, Psy.D.
I just wanted to take a second to say what a great job Kyle and Joe did on this course. There is so much amazing information. I am so thankful we have lifetime access and can revisit the course as we need to on our journey because there is so much to take in. If I tried to retrieve all the information given in this course it would’ve taken me years. It’s also helping me see to what degree I want to incorporate Psychedelic Integration into my work. That clarity has helped me tremendously. I am very grateful that I found y’all and the course.
- Donessa, Certified Hypnotherapist and Coach
What you will receive when you enroll in the course
- 20+ Hours of course material
- 12 hours of face-to-face time with the instructors via Zoom (Eight 1.5-hour course calls)
- Access to chat live with expert guest presenters
- Connect with others for to build an online community!
- Private access to our Slack (messaging application) channel for messaging and connecting with other students
- Private Facebook Community
- Downloadable eBooks/PDFs
- How to host your own psychedelic group
- Psychedelic Today's Trip Journal
- Psychedelic Today's Integration Workbook
- Physical Copies of our Trip Journal and Integration Workbook
- At home integration practices
- Mini breathwork experience
- Journaling activities (within the eBooks)
- Lifetime access to the course material
- A list of psychedelic integration resources
- UPDATES: You will receive any updates that we make over the next year
Psychedelic Trip Journal
Are you planning a journey anytime soon or in the near future or working with clients who may be planning a trip? Make sure you do not forget your trip journal! This journal will help you or your clients best prepare for the experience and can be a wonderful tool for self-exploration.
The Navigating Psychedelics Trip Journal is the ultimate trip book to help you prepare, track, and begin to work with your psychedelic experience.
In this 68 page book, you will find preparation tips and advice, journal prompts, a psychedelic trip checklist, a trip report section, and more.
Have you had a psychedelic experience and unsure how to work with the experience? Psychedelic experiences can be difficult, confusing, blissful, and life-changing, but knowing what to do next can be overwhelming. That is why we have put together this psychedelic integration workbook to help you through your process.
This workbook can also be used with your clients as a starting point for the integration process! We have received much feedback from therapists and coaches who have been using these books with clients and absolutely LOVE them!
This workbook consists of different activities such as meditation prompts, journaling exercises, and goal planning.
"The integration and self-care course provided high quality and individually tailored information for anyone from the seasoned psychedelic enthusiast to the curious but uninformed newbie. The perspectives offered are useful, unbiased, empirically validated, and generalizable to a wide variety of instances. I would recommend this course to anyone who is considering altered states as a means for personal growth or who seeks to integrate past experiences for their own betterment and for the greatest benefit of society. The course helped me add a few new tools and tricks to my arsenal, and expanded my perspective on conscious self exploration."
- Leia Friedman, MS Co-Founder of the Boston Entheogenic Network (BEN).
"Kyle and Joe are extremely knowledgeable and the course provided more than a thorough introduction to psychedelics. Even if you feel you know a lot already."
- Oskar Bull-Hansen, Oslo, Norway.
At the age of sixteen, Kyle suffered a near-death experience which almost took his life. After this traumatic accident, Kyle’s life changed and he began seeing the world through a new lens. The world and his life did not make sense anymore, nor did the world look the same. This loss of self-pushed Kyle to seek a path of self-discovery and healing.
Kyle subsequently earned his B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College, where he focused on studying the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness by exploring shamanism, Reiki, local medicinal plants and plant medicine, Holotropic Breathwork. Kyle has been studying breathwork since October 2010 with Lenny and Elizabeth Gibson of Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork.
Kyle earned his M.S. in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis on somatic psychology. Kyle’s clinical background in mental health consists of working with at-risk teenagers in crisis and with individuals experiencing an early-episode of psychosis and providing counseling to undergraduate/graduate students in a university setting.
Joe Moore - Co-Facilitator | Co-Founder of Psychedelics Today
Joe studied philosophy in New Hampshire, where he earned his B.A.. After stumbling upon the work of Stanislav Grof during his undergraduate years, Joe began participating in Holotropic Breathwork workshops in Vermont in 2003. Joe helped facilitate Holotropic and Transpersonal Breathwork workshops while he spent his time in New England. He is now working in the software industry as well as hosting a few podcasts. Joe now coordinates Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork workshops, in Breckenridge, Colorado.
To learn more about Joe, check out Kyle interviewing Joe in this episode.
Past Guest Presenters
+ Rose Jade, MSW, LCSW, JD, LMT
+ Pierre Bouchard, MA, LPC
+ Robin Kurland West, M.A., LMFT
Frequently Asked Questions
By enrolling in this course, you are agreeing to our disclaimer and informed consent
Disclaimer: This course in no way promotes, condones, or facilitates illegal activity. This course is strictly for educational purposes only. Please be aware that most psychedelic substances are illegal in many countries. By enrolling into this program, you are agreeing that Psychedelics Today takes no responsibilities for your actions.
This course does not provide credentials or training for therapists, coaches, and clinicians to provide psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy services. Largely these services are illegal.
Please be aware that this course is for educational purposes only. This is not a substitute for traditional psychotherapy or medicine. This course is designed to provide education from our personal and professional experiences. If you are experiencing significant issues, please seek medical attention.
Limitations of course
The exercises in this course are oriented towards personal and spiritual development. The techniques or modalities are in no way a replacement for traditional therapy. Much of the information in this course could be applied to your on-going therapy, if you are currently utilizing mental health services.
We believe that providing education, peer-support, and harm reduction is important for this field.
Again, this course also does not train/certify therapists, clinicians, or coaches to provide/facilitate illegal activities.
By enrolling in this course, you are agreeing that you understand the purpose and limitations of this course.
Looking forward to taking this journey with you!
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Students must be enrolled in a graduate program studying psychology, social work, counseling, and etc. Perferably, you should already be enrolled in an internship and have experience working with clients.