Navigating Psychedelics For Clinicians and Therapists - Independent Learner
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 a curiosity about the potential benefit of psychedelic substances.
We understand that there has been a lot of buzz lately about the therapeutic effects of these substances and that people, like you, 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 had experiences with psychedelics, the 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 our comprehensive series of clinician focused master classes.
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!
We offer a 45 day money back guarantee, from the date of purchase.
Did you know?
- LSD (acid) was the treatment of choice in the 50s for alcohol use disorder in some Canadian hospitals.
- Psilocybin (primary active compound in mushrooms) is being actively researched for substance use disorder, treatment resistant depression, end of life anxiety and more.
- Many think that psilocybin could be used to treat people with OCD, stuttering and much more.
- MDMA (ecstacy) is being researched and is close to being an approved drug for treatment resistant PTSD with amazing results.
- Iboga and ibogaine are saving lives with various substance use disorders, most notably in opiate related SUDs.
- Many clinics in the US are providing legal psychedelic assisted psychotherapy with ketamine.
- Some states in the US even allow for cannabis assisted psychotherapy.
- Many providers across the world are offering legal "psychedelic integration therapy" with great results!
Want to learn more?
This course will change the way you understand the possibilities in clinical practice. We finally are VERY close to having psychedelics available for healing many people with
Who is this course for?
Psychedelics have been making headlines in mainstream media.
More and more people are becoming interested in the potential therapeutic benefits of these substances. Do you ever wonder why?
There is a good chance that your clients may be developing an interest in working with altered states of consciousness 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 course will provide a transpersonal theoretical framework for understanding the psychedelic experience and also explore integration techniques and practices.
- A Slack group is available where students will have an opportunity to connect with each other, ask questions, and engage with the course presenters.
- Students will also get lifetime access to our online course, Navigating Psychedelics: Lessons on Self-Care & Integration and....
- Clinically focused masterclasses that includes ethics, challenges and successes of providing integration therapy, and MUCH more.
Navigating Psychedelics for Clinicians and Therapists is broken up into two courses.
- The first course will review the basics of psychedelic theory, science, harm reduction, and integration.
- The second course will focus more on clinical application and explore clinical themes and topics.
Course OutlineIntroduction to Psychedelics (Psychedelics 101)
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
- Understanding hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD)
- How to talk about your experience
- How to work with an ego death experience
- Dr. 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
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!
Introduction To Psychedelics
In this section, 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.
Preparation, Safety, and Harm Reduction
In this section, 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.
Going Out: The Psychedelic Experience – Exploring Dr. Stanislav Grof’s Theories and Framework
In this section, 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.
Coming Back: Exploring Self-Care & Integration
In this section, 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.”
Assessment and Harm Reduction with Clients
In this section, 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.
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.
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.
Moving It Forward - Integrating your experience and class projects
Students are asked to engage in her or his own integration process throughout this 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.
"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. 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)
“Navigating Psychedelics: For Clinicians and Therapists” provided an intimate and comprehensive learning environment for clinicians to develop a foundation for psychedelic assisted therapy. The self-paced learning platform covers a wide breadth of information and resources on various psychedelics along with perspectives from leading voices in the fields of psychedelic research and therapy. I left the course not only with a deeper knowledge of psychedelic assisted therapy and next steps to explore, but also a feeling of empowerment that arose from sharing and exploring an interest with like minded colleagues."
- Nathaniel Robertson, MSW
"I had the opportunity to take both the Psychedelics for Clinicians and Therapists course as well as the Lessons on Self-Care and Integration course. I was well-informed through experience, personal research, and work experience prior to taking the courses and I have to say I completed the courses with a plethora of new knowledge. This course allows you to hear from therapists and clinicians already in the field doing the work. The value of that alone was priceless. Kyle and Joe have a tremendous amount of expertise to share and I'd highly recommend taking their course no matter what step of the journey you are on with psychedelics!"
These masterclasses are included.
- 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
- 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. Dr. Gorman offers psychedelic training to clinicians at Fluence.
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 her story of getting started and overcoming some of these 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).
"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
"I want to speak to the course I recently took to learn about psychedelics. I am a marriage and family therapist and I’m fairly new to the idea of using plant medicines in therapy so I decided to take the course by Joe and Kyle.
A benefit of their course is that the guys are available to connect with while learning. For me, asking questions while learning was beneficial for my processing of information. They are available through the Slack communication system. Another favourite part of Joe and Kyle’s course is that it has long term accessibility. I am able to access the whole course as I require. The team is not only Joe and Kyle, but all of the experts who are interviewed and provide extensive experience."
"I enjoyed the class and learned a great deal. Joe and Kyle are very knowledgeable about the subject matter and are excellent facilitators."
-Rev. Russell Elleven, DMin
"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.
What you will receive when you enroll in the course
- 20+ Hours of course material
- Connect with others for to build an online community!
- Private access to our Slack (messaging application) channel for messaging and connecting with other students
- At home integration practices
- Mini breathwork experience
- Journaling prompts
- Lifetime access to the course material
- A list of psychedelic integration resources
- UPDATES: You will receive any updates that we make for at least the next year!
Navigating Psychedelics Trip Journal
Are you planning a journey 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 is a wonderful tool for self-exploration.
The Navigating Psychedelics Trip Journal is the ultimate book to help one prepare, track, and begin to work with their psychedelic experiences.
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 Navigating Psychedelics Integration Workbook to help you with your process.
This workbook can be used with your clients as a starting point for their 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.
"I am currently retraining as a psychedelic guide/therapist. This course is an excellent introduction for therapists, clinicians, guides, or anyone who is curious about deepening their understanding of the therapeutic use of psychedelics. It covers all the basics, and opens plenty of doors to probe further if desired. Joe and Kyle know their stuff, and were always approachable and responsive to questions. And access to the graduate community is massively valuable in itself - I've made new connections and have had some great conversations. Highly recommended!"
- Liam Farquhar, France
"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.
“Enjoyed immensely the “Navigating Psychedelics for Therapists” course. As an older and “grayer” member of the community, I appreciate the history and variety of new and exquisite perspectives provided on such a profound topic, from research to theory to application. The implications have always been exhilarating and now finally, undeniable. The course is an excellent value in expanding a personal knowledge to better decide how to investigate and incorporate the application of psychedelics, from the personal to the professional.”
- Todd, Alaska, USA
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-Founder of Psychedelics Today
Joe Moore is a co-founder of Psychedelics Today. He is a long time student of psychedelics, psychology and of the pioneering psychedelic psychiatrist, Dr Stanislav Grof. After discovering the work of Dr. Stanislav Grof in 2001, Joe began studying psychedelics in tandem with his degree. In 2003 he started participating in Holotropic Breathwork workshops at Dreamshadow. He co-founded Boston Holotropic, a group that facilitates holotropic and other breathwork methods. Joe also spent time community organizing in Boston around permaculture, psychedelics, shamanism and more. His biggest event in Boston was the “Ayahuasca Monologues” in 2011. In addition to running Psychedelics Today, Joe coordinates Breathwork workshops in Breckenridge, Colorado.
To learn more about Joe, check out Kyle interviewing Joe in this episode.
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.