Get Certified as a Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider (PATP)*
*Optional in-person ketamine experiential retreat
January 2023 – October 2023
Accelerate your therapy practice with the power of psychedelic medicine. Psychotherapy is undergoing another revolution: the fifth-wave of psychotherapy has arrived. With the aid of psychedelic medicines, many clients have an opportunity to break through long-standing trauma and mood issues in a matter of sessions rather than struggling for years. Deepen your skillset and learn how to harness the incredible power of psychedelic therapy. Join the revolution now.
Limited spaces available. Please apply now to ensure we can accommodate your application.
“The energy of the training experience is like no other professional training I’ve attended. The immediate sense of community, openness, curiosity, and connection adds a depth to the information so it can be more fully integrated in both personal and professional spheres.”
Amber Kerby, LMFT
NOTE: MDMA-assisted therapy (MDMA-AT) has not been approved by any regulatory agency. The safety and efficacy of MDMA-AT have not been established for the treatment of PTSD.
MAPS PBC MDMA Therapy Education
Working with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), IPI offers an education module focused on the therapeutic approach as delivered in MAPS-sponsored clinical trials investigating MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD. The MDMA-assisted therapy education curriculum incorporated into the IPI Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies includes online asynchronous coursework and weekly lectures.
Please note this is not a certification course to deliver investigational MDMA-assisted therapy. There are currently no certification standards for MDMA-assisted therapy given the investigational status of this modality, which has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are no guarantees about the approval of MAPS PBC’s New Drug Application for investigational MDMA-assisted therapy to the FDA or the specific certification requirements for healthcare providers should this be approved. Given the uncertainty of the regulatory process and timeline, there may be a significant delay and no guarantee of opportunities to practice investigational MDMA-assisted therapy in clinical practice.
IPI is proud to be collaborating with The American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners. ASKP3 is a non-profit group of professionals dedicated to the safe clinical use of ketamine for mental health disorders and pain conditions. Members of the ASKP3 board act as partner participants in the IPI training and give regular feedback about the ketamine assisted psychotherapy curriculum.
IPI is proud to be collaborating with Usona Institute. Usona Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit medical research organization dedicated to supporting and conducting pre-clinical and clinical research to further the understanding of the therapeutic effects of psilocybin and other consciousness-expanding medicines. Usona researchers act as partner participants in the IPI training and give regular feedback about the psilocybin assisted psychotherapy curriculum.
Who should join the Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training?
This training is designed for therapists, physicians, nurses and other allied mental healthcare professionals who want comprehensive training in psychedelic-assisted therapy, in order to utilize ketamine as a psychedelic medicine and ready themselves for the anticipated approvals of MDMA and psilocybin.
This program is definitely for you if:
The IPI Online Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Program is a year-long course, taught by more than 30 experts in psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. This program will educate practitioners about the protocols of investigational psychedelic-assisted therapy treatments for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more. It will also dive into the details of what research and practice have uncovered in the realm of psychedelic sciences, therapeutic processes unique to psychedelic therapy, preparation, dosing, integration, clinic models, and how psychedelics work in combination with other types of therapies.
This 250-hour program was designed from the ground up to be taken online, allowing a busy therapist to take it without traveling.
Participants who attend the experiential live portion of the training will be eligible to become an IPI Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Practitioner. If you do not choose the in-person experiential option you may still earn these documents upon the successful completion of program requirements, but you will not be eligible for the certification IPI offers. The scope of this certification DOES NOT include the investigational MDMA assisted-therapy protocol, or anything related to MAPS PBC’s educational content. There are no guarantees about FDA approval of MAPS PBC’s New Drug Application for investigational MDMA-assisted therapy or the specific certification requirements for healthcare providers should approval be granted.
“World-class scholars, profoundly inclusive seminar, lots of new material for me that has rekindled my interest in many areas of therapy in addition to psychedelics. Bravo!”
Randy Buzan, MD
Who Can Apply:
You must have an advanced degree in either medicine or mental health in order to apply. If you are an early career mental health or medical professional, we encourage you to apply so we can discuss your situation and evaluate whether this program fits for your level of experience.
Professional Clinical Counselors (LPC)
The hard truth about mental illness
The field of therapy has achieved many important advances over the last few decades. But despite these advances we are unfortunately not making a significant dent in the massive mental health crisis on this planet.
Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide and is predicted by 2030 to be the leading cause of the global burden of disease by the World Health Organization.
90% of people experience trauma in their lifetime, according to a 2013 study. About 8 million people have PTSD in the U.S. in any given year. For our veterans, the PTSD and suicide rates are much higher. It’s hard to accept the statistic reported by the Veterans Administration that 22 veterans die by suicide each day.
1 in 5
adults experience some form of mental illness each year, and of these patients many have symptoms so severe their illness dramatically reduces their quality of life, limiting what they can and cannot do.
“I was so taken back at how inclusive this program was. As a therapist of color, many trainings and programs include culture as part of the program. This program was different; it did not include culture, it made it the foundation of learning from every aspect. I felt seen, heard, and understood.”
Ektha Aggarwal, LCSW
“Recent data suggest that ketamine, given intravenously, might be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades. First and most important, several studies demonstrate that ketamine reduces depression within six hours, with effects that are equal to or greater than the effects of six weeks of treatment with other antidepressant medications. Second, ketamine’s effects have been noted in people with treatment-resistant depression. This promises a new option for people with some of the most disabling and chronic forms of depression, whether classified as major depressive disorder or bipolar depression. Third, it appears that one of the earliest effects of the drug is a profound reduction in suicidal thoughts.” (October 1, 2014 NIMH Director’s Blog)
Tom Insel MD, former Provost of Harvard University, American neuroscientist and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002 until November 2015
The Integrative Psychiatry Institute program is unlike any other psychedelic training offered. Not only will you learn from the world’s leading experts in psychedelic therapy, you also will learn an approach to mental healthcare that is long overdue.
Imagine not only offering clients a breakthrough with psychedelics, but also having an entirely new framework for mental health and the knowledge to properly set up clients for a path forward.
Watch the video to hear from an IPI Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Program participant about what it’s like to learn at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and how we are different.
Join the revolution and apply
to become a psychedelic-assisted therapy provider.
to become a psychedelic-assisted therapy provider.
Limited spots available
How we are different from other psychedelic therapy trainings
Gain proficiency in a new therapy modality online in a year long format
Engage with over 30 faculty experts
Learn how to get involved in ketamine-assisted therapy now
Get prepared for MDMA therapy and Psilocybin therapy
90% live virtual learning with tons of faculty and teaching assistant contact
Community forum with faculty involvement for answers to your questions
In-person ketamine experiential retreat option
Limited spots available
“Right out of the gate the integrative nature of the training has been an amazing way to deepen the connections that psychedelics inherently create. The teachers are super open, professional, vulnerable, great communicators and knowledgeable.”
Lindsay Coulter, LPC, ATR
You will be supported throughout your studies by a faculty of world-renowned leaders in psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. The faculty at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute is composed of the top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the research, science and clinical skill sets needed for the use of ketamine, MDMA and psilocybin therapies.
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Robin Lester Carhart-Harris
Robin Carhart-Harris moved to Imperial College London in 2008 after obtaining a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol, focused on the serotonin system, and an MA in Psychoanalysis from Brunel University, 2005. Robin has designed human brain imaging studies with LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and DMT, a clinical trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression…
Rick Doblin, PhD
Rick Doblin, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana…
Gabor Maté, MD
Dr. Mate is a bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, and is an internationally renowned speaker on addiction, trauma, and childhood development. For his groundbreaking work he has been awarded the Order of Canada…
Annie Mithoefer, BSN
Annie Mithoefer, BSN, is a Registered Nurse living in Asheville, NC. She was co-investigator on two of the MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials for individuals with PTSD and a pilot study treating couples combining MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD…
Michael Mithoefer, MD
Michael Mithoefer, MD, is a psychiatrist living in Asheville, NC, with a research office in Charleston, SC. In 2000 he began collaborating with MAPS on the first US Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy. He and his wife Annie have since conducted two of the six MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trials testing…
Resmaa Menakem, MSW, SEP
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William Richards, PhD
Bill A. Richards, PhD, a psychologist in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research in Baltimore, has been implementing research studies with psilocybin within the psychiatry department of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 1999. He also is associated with the Program in Psychedelic Therapies and…
Allyson Grey, MFA
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Lisa Harding, MD
Lisa Harding, MD, is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She finished her training as the Chief Resident of Intervention Psychiatric Services at Yale Psychiatric Hospital. She is now a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine…
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international healthcare revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and spirituality in health and healing…
Scott Shannon, MD
Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM, has been involved in holistic medicine for three decades. He is the past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine…
The faculty at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute is composed of the top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the latest breakthroughs in psychiatric care.
Kekuni Minton, PhD
Kekuni Minton, PhD, is a founding trainer of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) and co-author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy (2009)…
Arielle Schwartz, PhD
Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado…
Megan Oxley, MD
Megan Oxley, MD is the founder and medical director of Michigan Progressive Health. A Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Oxley graduated from prestigious Wayne State University in 2009…
Ian Wickramasekera, PsyD
Ian Wickramasekera, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and have been a teacher of transpersonal psychology for over 20 years. He taught counseling related courses at Naropa University since 2015 and previously taught at Saybrook University…
Sara Reed, MS, LMFT
Sara Reed is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and CEO of Mind’s iHealth Solutions, a digital health company that provides evidence based and culturally responsible mental health services for underserved groups. As a mental health futurist and clinical researcher, Sara examines the ways culture informs the way we diagnose and treat mental illness…
Shannon Carlin, MA, LMFT
Shannon Carlin, MA, LMFT, is the Director and Head of Training and Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)…
Sandhya Prashad, MD
Sandhya Prashad, MD is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in interventional modalities for treatment resistant disorders with a particular interest and expertise in ketamine therapy. She completed both medical school and psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine…
Amy Emerson, BA
Amy Emerson, BA, is the Chief Executive Officer at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization…
Berra Yazar-Klosinski, PhD
Berra Yazar-Klosinski, PhD, is a Deputy Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC)…
Charles Raison, MD
Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Madison, WI. He is the co-author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton in 2017…
Joseph McCowan, PsyD
Joseph McCowan, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working in Los Angeles as a co-therapist in the MAPS sponsored phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD…
Devon Christie, MD
Devon Christie, MD, is a family physician and certified Functional Medicine provider with a focused practice in chronic pain management. Devon is also a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and certified Relational Somatic Therapist…
Terence Ching, PhD
Terence Ching, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale OCD Research Clinic. Terence received his PhD and Master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to moving to the United States, Terence received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology at the National University of Singapore…
Brooke Balliett, LMFT
Brooke Balliett, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, CA. Brooke has a passion for treating psychological, spiritual, emotional and relationship challenges through the development of self-awareness, emotional intelligence and recognition of the healing power we each inherently hold inside of us…
Beatriz Caiuby Labate, PhD
Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist based in San Francisco. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, religion and social justice…
Nicholas Spiers is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. He co-founded Agua de Rayo, a non-profit civil organization based in Mexico’s Sierra Mazateca, which is invested in visual ethnography and community projects and which also has an interest in Mazatec psychoactive plant use….
Kylea Taylor, MS, LMFT
Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #34901) who has been thinking, writing, and teaching about ethics for almost three decades. She developed InnerEthics®, a self-reflective, selfcompassionate, approach to relational ethics which she is now teaching in psychedelic psychotherapy trainings…
Selene Kumin Vega, PhD
Selene Kumin Vega, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #32604), workshop leader, and dancer as well as core faculty in Saybrook University‘s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Selene’s work with movement and other experiential modalities has evolved over many years of teaching…
Mariel Buqué, PhD
Mariel Buqué, PhD is a Columbia University-trained licensed psychologist, holistic mental health expert, and sound bath meditation healer. Her work centers on helping people heal their whole selves through holistic mental wellness practices…
Sara Lewis, PhD, LCSW
Sara Lewis, PhD, LCSW, is an Associate Professor and Chair of Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, where she also serves as Faculty Director for Psychedelic Studies…
Gregory Wells, PhD
Gregory Wells, PhD (he/him/queer) is a licensed psychologist based in San Francisco. He is a clinician and researcher in the field of psychedelic medicine and a supporter of cognitive liberty and decriminalization. He obtained his doctorate degree from UT-Austin…
Chris Stauffer, MD
Chris Stauffer, MD is dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Physician Scientist at the Portland VA Medical Center…
Torsten Passie MD, MA
Torsten Passie MD, MA is a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at Hannover Medical School and visiting scientist at the Goethe University Franfurt/Main (Germany). He studied philosophy, sociology (M.A.) at Leibniz-University Hannover and medicine at Hannover Medical School…
“As a trauma psychologist it really was so good at giving all of the important pieces of entering PAT from a scientific, inclusive, and intrapersonal stance. I love how it included the best and most relevant psychological theory all from theorists, researchers, and people leading the work.”
Karmen Thulin, PsyD
Home Group Facilitators
Andrew Linares MA, LPCC
Andrew Linares MA, LPCC is a LPCC with a lifetime of service, and holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University. He was trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through MAPS, Hakomi (mindfulness-based somatic therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Men’s work, and mythology and dreamwork…
Mailae Halstead, M.S, NCC
Mailae Halstead is a Nationally Certified Counselor currently based out of Tolland, Connecticut. While much of her work is spent treating PTSD and OCD using empirically supported treatments, she is passionate about practicing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy that centers cultural humility and empowerment…
Jaime Davila, MA, LPC
Jaime received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Originally Born in Puerto Rico, and raised in a military family, Jaime has spent time in Europe, Central America, and many states in the US. He brings a unique blend of interpersonal, analytic and technical skills to his healing work and also provides services in Spanish…
Radhalisa Zarzuela, LMHC
Radhalisa Zarzuela, LMHC is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a background in Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and anti-oppressive work, having served survivors of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence and trauma. Radhalisa is also trained in level one Internal Family Systems (IFS)…
Aliss Wang, MA, AMFT
Aliss Wang, MA AMFT is a psychotherapist and Head Injury Integrations Coach, with an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and a BA in Liberal Studies, English and Business Administration from University of California, Riverside. She completed an Associateship and Practicum at CIIS Church Street Integral Counseling Center in San Francisco…
Elizabeth Willis RN, MS
Elizabeth Willis RN, MS, PMHNP(c) is a co-founder of the Organization for Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses (OPENurses) and has practiced as an emergency department registered nurse (ED RN) in critical care settings for a decade. Passionate about disaster response and humanitarian work, her nursing path has taken her as far as Bolivia, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, and Zimbabwe…
Drew is a licensed Psychologist who has experience working with individuals from the international community for a wide range of clinical disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction). In addition, his passion for the use of psychedelics for personal growth and transformation have led to contributions within the field of psychedelic research…
Kosu Boudreau is a graduate from IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Cohort #1 and currently works as a ketamine assisted therapist in Toronto, Canada. She also completed the MAPS MDMA therapy training. Kosu worked in healthcare as a psycho-spiritual therapist and clinical educator for over 15 years before entering private practice. She integrates somatic, experiential, psychodynamic…
Amy Margulies, MS, LPC
Amy is an IPI Certified Psychedelic Assisted Provider, engaged in research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a psychedelic assisted therapist. She has recently retired from her career as a mental health counselor, specializing in substance use concerns. Prior to becoming a therapist…
Mona Irrmischer is a Neuropsychologist and received a PhD researching the effects of meditation on the brain at the Vrije University of Amsterdam. She is an integrative body-oriented therapist, psychedelic assisted therapist, breathwork and mindfulness trainer…
Emily Hackenburg graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 2006 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her personal experiences with the healing potential of psychedelics have been transformational in her own life and has inspired her to pursue a path into psychedelic medicine. She’s a graduate of the Certificate of Psychedelic Assisted Therapies…
Carsten Fisher is a behavioral psychologist by training, experienced in working with populations diagnosed with an array of mental health challenges, and is a passionate harm reductionist and educator. Carsten has been a student of psychedelic-assisted healing modalities and integration practice…
Emily McKay, MA, LPC
Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Ketamine Assisted Therapist at Integrative Psychiatry Centers in Boulder. She received her master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University and is certified in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapy, and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy…
Sarah Eisenbud, MA, LPC
Sarah Eisenbud (She, Her, Hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor situated in the traditions of narrative therapy, existential theory and contemplative/mindfulness practice. She currently works as a ketamine-assisted psychotherapist at Integrative Psychiatry Centers of Boulder while maintaining a private practice specializing in the treatment of adults with histories of trauma and clinical supervision…
Liz Flores Farrell
Liz Flores Farrell (she/her) received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a private practice in NJ. She trained in Trauma Studies from the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis (MIP), Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Polaris Insight…
Comer Gaither has a doctorate in clinical psychology and works with children (in a school-based setting) in the mornings and with adults in the afternoon. He is trained in Hakomi, a mindful, somatic, psychotherapy, and is a part of the Hakomi South East trading staff. He supervises clinical psychology doctoral students at the University of Virginia…
Amanda Ream, LCSW, MSW, MEd
Amanda (she/her/hers) holds a dual-masters degree in Clinical Social Work and Human Sexuality Education from Widener University. Originally from Philadelphia, Amanda now resides in Denver, Colorado and runs a private psychotherapy practice here…
Jessica Breemen, MSW, SWC
Jessica Breemen, MSW, SWC has focused her energy on social entrepreneurship, micro-to-macro health & wellness, criminal justice and drug policy reform, full spectrum harm/risk reduction, benefit maximization, and integrative medicine-assisted care…
Coreen Herron, RN
Coreen Herron has been an RN for 12 years with a focus on end-of-life care. She attended the first cohort of IPI’s Psychedelic assisted therapy practitioner program and now provides ketamine psychotherapy in private practice…
Dan Ronken, LPC, LAC
Dan Ronken is a licensed professional counselor and licensed addiction counselor with over 10 years experience. As a person in long-term addiction recovery himself, Dan believes that people have the right to recover on their own terms and that there are many paths to addiction recovery…
Tori Buckley, MA, LPC
Tori (she/her) received a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Louisiana and Colorado. She is a graduate of the first cohort of IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training program…
The psychedelic therapy training is led by top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the latest breakthroughs in psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Will Van Derveer, MD
Will Van Derveer, MD, Co-Founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and Integrative Psychiatry Centers, conducted MDMA clinical research and provided MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with MAPS for several years. He has been providing and teaching others how to provide ketamine-assisted therapy for several years. In the 2021 publication of the “Handbook of Medical Hallucinogens”…
Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC
Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is the Co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and the Integrative Psychiatry Centers. He has practiced integrative psychotherapy for over a decade. After years of treating highly complex patients, as well as a personal journey of overcoming complex mood-related issues, he turned toward integrative psychiatric practices as a key component to understanding the healing process…
Sara Gael, MA, LPC
Sara is a transpersonal psychedelic therapist and teacher. She has worked as a therapist for the Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials for MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Sara served as the Director of the MAPS Harm Reduction department…
Rohini Kanniganti, MD
Physician Team Lead
Rohini serves at The Denver Hospice and Optio Palliative Health Services. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Kanniganti has been practicing in Colorado for over a decade. Dr. Kanniganti graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and received a Master of Science in Public Health and medical degree from the University of North Carolina…
Director Student Success
A lifetime ago, Erin received a BA in psychology and a double minor in holistic health & wellness, and nutrition. She is a certified health coach, yoga, breath, and meditation instructor, and a self-proclaimed food nerd. A plant-fueled human, she’s a firm believer in seasonal, organic, real food. This naturally makes her an advocate against cruelty and abuse of any kind to animals, people, and nature…
Blakely Saucier received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from the University of Memphis, and spent the first ten years of her career working as a Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Program Manager, and Artistic Director for both professional and youth theatre companies. Equipped with a passion for plant medicine, community engagement…
Earn Continuing Education Credits (CE)
Up to 80 hours of the program qualify as CE for therapists.
CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.
SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196).
*Please note that this program is not available for NBCC credit.
What You’ll Get
The IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training has been designed to take advantage of recent advances in online education, with 200 hours of learning, allowing participants to get involved with psychedelic therapy and to sharpen your skills and get certified if you are already practicing.
Every session is recorded in your online library, and readily available, in case your schedule does not permit you to attend a certain session online. In addition, you will have access to your online library for an entire year after the program ends
Online Prerequisite Modules
This 21 hour series, available to you before the start of the actual program, is designed to introduce the basics so you can get started learning today.
Virtual Intensive I
Our training begins with the Live Virtual Intensive consisting of 20 hours of highly-engaging talks by expert faculty where you will learn the fundamentals of psychedelic-assisted therapy while building community.
10 months of weekly 60 minute online lectures and panel discussions to help you become an expert in psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Large Group Seminars
10 Months of bi-weekly 120 minute online groups in breakout rooms where you will practice and discuss different techniques of psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Home Group Sessions
Two zoom calls per month in your small group assignments discussing cases, homework and other relevant topics.
Community discussion and interaction with teaching assistants and faculty will occur through an innovative private online portal throughout the program, to ensure you have the support to maximize your learning experience
Virtual Intensive II
Our training wraps up with Live Virtual Intensive, with advanced topics and innovative specialized methods to ensure participants are confident in their new knowledge, and have the expertise to apply it correctly in their practices.
In-person Experiential Training (Optional)
Attend a 3-day intensive in Boulder, Colorado with your training cohort where you will have the opportunity to practice ketamine-assisted therapy with participants on ketamine. You will also have the opportunity to experience receiving a ketamine-assisted therapy session as a training method. This is required to receive the certification title.
“This training has been well organized, professional and so very inspiring! It brings together all of the elements that are at times siloed in medicine, mental health and spirituality. Highly recommend!”
Amy Schimmel, LCSW
In order to create a program that leads to a certification, the program focuses on five modules to gain expertise as a psychedelic-therapy provider.
Research and Science
- Explore the current psychotherapy research protocols
- Grasp the chemistry and pharmacology
- Learn about proposed mechanisms of action
- Get up to date on MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ketamine research
- Find out about the history of psychedelic research
- Understanding dosing protocols
- Medical safety issues to know about
- Regulatory Compliance topics
- Use techniques specific to psychedelic therapy
- How to work with the Inner Healing Intelligence
- Applying attachment theory in therapeutic process
- Implementing somatic therapy techniques, parts work, & IFS
- How to be with non-ordinary states of consciousness
- Understanding Trauma Neuroscience
- Providing adequate preparation and integration
- Essentials of the Set and Setting
- Navigating the safe uses of therapeutic touch
Integrative Treatment Planning
- How to achieve values-based behavior change
- Addressing an expanded spectrum of root causes
- What to know about medications and supplements
- How to maintain progress with lifestyle changes
- Mind-body practices to support integration
- Basic nutritional recommendations for optimal mental health
- Psychedelics inside an integrative model of mental health
- Essentials of harm reduction
- Ethics in psychedelic assisted therapy
- Providing culturally competent care
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in psychedelic medicine
- Addressing access to care issues
- Professional Liability
- Policy, Advocacy, and Collaboration
- Learn about clinic models and individual psychotherapy
- Therapist Self-Regulation
- Transference and Countertransference
- Protecting boundaries in psychedelic sessions
- Practicing therapist self-care
- Exploring breathwork
- Embracing ongoing personal growth work
- Understanding the importance of mystical & spiritual
- Using meditation & mindfulness for self exploration
- Developing therapist self-growth practices
Limited spots available
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At IPI we take the position that different perspectives and backgrounds are necessary for a vibrant community to thrive. In the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy, there are not enough providers who identify as members of groups who have been oppressed or marginalized. Particularly poignant is the reality that therapists who do not identify as members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities struggle with providing care that is both culturally competent and sensitive to the unique challenges of oppression and marginalization. We are committed to a diverse faculty, equity among the learners and education that creates cultural competency.
BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ Scholarships
Our Diversity Outreach Program is on a mission to increase diversity among the psychedelic therapy community, and to support inclusion to those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+). In support of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we will be awarding scholarships at a 50% discount to qualified applicants. Candidates who demonstrate financial need will be prioritized. Please sign up for a call and you will receive instructions afterward. Scholarship application deadline is February 1st, 2022.
We are committed to support military veterans to gain access to training in psychedelic-assisted therapy. If this is you, please ask about our 30% discount for veterans on your discovery call.
In an effort to include students experiencing financial barriers, we will be awarding scholarships at a 50% discount to qualified applicants. Please sign up for a call and you will receive instructions to apply for the scholarship. Scholarship application deadline is February 1st, 2022
In-person Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Retreat in Boulder, Colorado
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
A unique feature of this program is the opportunity to gather in person with a group of fellow learners for a 3-day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) retreat in Boulder, CO. Experiential learning is considered by many psychedelic therapy pioneers to be essential to gaining proficiency in psychedelic therapy. Retreat with colleagues to learn about psychedelic therapy is also a great opportunity to build community.
During this retreat, you will provide ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and will also be given the option to participate as a client. Participating as a client is not required to attend the retreat.
**Attending this experience in person is a requirement to meet the criteria to sit for the “Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Provider” certification examination. Undergoing a ketamine therapy experience at this training is not required and requires a ketamine medical screening. If you do not choose this option you will still receive a certificate of completion upon the successful completion of program requirements.
How Can I Use This Psychedelic Training?
The IPI certification is designed for qualified professionals who already have a significant foundation of relevant training and experience providing mental healthcare. Certification and certificates of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the program and demonstrating core competencies.
The only psychedelic medicine currently available to provide in a medical setting in the United States is ketamine. In this program you will learn about how to get involved, ethically and safely, with ketamine-assisted therapy. MDMA- and psilocybin-assisted therapy are currently in phase 3 FDA trials, and [for now] remain on US DEA schedule 1, making them illegal to use outside an approved research setting. As a training institute, we support following the outcomes of validated research, and, upholding the laws of the country in which you reside.
Tuition w/o Experiential
Early Registration PIF Discount w/o Experiential Available Until October 1st, 2022
Add-On: Optional In-Person Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Experience and Certification Fees (does not include travel expenses)
Limited spots available
Long-term payment plan options
may be available on your discovery call
may be available on your discovery call
Our commitment to furthering your education
The knowledge, experience, and confidence you will gain from attending the IPI Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training is unparalleled.
No other program provides a learning experience like this, from the quality of training to the world-class faculty ready for your every question.
The IPI Psychedelic Therapy Training is a year-long online course that will not only help you feel confident providing ketamine, but will also bring your knowledge base up to date on the latest evidence.
Make an investment in yourself and your education. Take your practice to a new level of patient care.
And if you’re not happy with the program, you can get a full refund within the first 30 days after the date that you pay and register. Simply reach out to our team, let us know what we could have done better, and your refund will be on its way.
Have more questions? [email protected]
What Others Are Saying About The Program
“The program is highly comprehensive and well organized. I really liked the variety of perspectives that the presenters came from. The IPI staff did an amazing job organizing the event and managing any and all technical issues. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about psychedelics and psychedelic therapies and research.” -Shane LeMaster, LAC Colorado
“The intensive was phenomenal. Even more than I expected. Impressive lecturers and participants. Well organized. Participants are genuine and eager to learn.” -Leslie Madrak, DO New Jersey
“The presenters so far in this program have been phenomenal and engaging. The breadth of subjects in this psychedelic wellness field are highlighted very well. You can tell the organizers put a lot of care and thought into this program.” -Samantha Supit, LMHC California
“From the moment this training started, I found myself captivated by the instructors, course developers, leadership, and last but not least, my fellow students. It is phenomenal to see so many disciplines come together to collaborate, learn, and lift one another up! I’ve already learned so much, and continue to be inspired.” -Megan Sweeney, MPH California
“The lectures were well-organized and provided a wide foundation for psychedelic practice. The emphasis on being an ethically grounded practitioner was especially welcomed.” -Anya Ravitz, LPC Illinois
“The incorporation of a wide range of topics beyond the psychedelics such as integrative health, artists, visionaries, harm-reduction, racism – everything is so welcome and needed. Thank you for the great variety which will inform my practice for years to come.” -Liz Willis, RN California
“Mind. Blown.” -David Sherman, LPC Colorado
“This program is so much more than learning techniques but is a deep personal and collective dive into a greater possibility for human potential.” -Kathleen Friend, MD Arizona
“This experience will teach, inspire, connect, and ignite. If you are passionate about a better, more peaceful and loving world, where optimal mental health is the standard of all care, I recommend this training.” -Matt Jacobson, PsyD Hawaii
“I felt truly inspired by the caliber of faculty and information presented and also by the fellow attendees.” -Alexandra (Sasha) Teter, MFT Massachusetts
“Fantastic experience. Delved into the breadth and depth of psychedelics. Something for everyone. Extensive medical and psychological research, as well as experiential practices and talks from leaders in many fields. Just wow!” -Sonya Som, MFTC Colorado
“The PAPT program is not only about a new professional journey, this is a life changing interpersonal journey. I am so excited to be a part of this magic! ” -Rachelle Van Winkle, DNP North Carolina
“Outstanding experience. The very high quality of the presentations is remarkable. The globally regarded teachers, the spirit of the training in IPI’s DNA. All really exceptional.” -Wayne Martin, LCSW Texas
“It was amazing to get to hear from some of the most brilliant minds in the field of psychotherapy. I also felt a great sense of warmth and community from the other participants and am excited about the opportunities for professional and personal connections this training is creating. A sense that we are being held in a safe container with a well thought out structure for guiding us through this burgeoning field of psychedelic psychotherapy.” -Leah Smith, LMFT California
“I’m so grateful to have been accepted into this program and to be a part of what I believe to be a ground breaking experiencing. Thank you IPI for this wonderful opportunity and learning experience. ” -Huy Vo, CRNA California
“IPIs PAPT training program really respects the art, purpose, and impact of psychedelics without question. You not only learn about PAP, but you learn how to pursue and use this therapy in a way that is embedded within our humanity.” -Christopher Welch, MFT Tennessee
“The program scope, topics and presenters are great, and I am excited to continue growing and learning.” -Vanessa Merlis, LCSWR New York
“This far surpassed my expectations. It was a grand vision, and IPI delivered. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had access to so many experts, and to start conversations about the future of mental health that I have been wanting to have for years.” -Emily McKay, LPC Massachusetts
“This training alone has been transformational, planting the seeds for what I shall be working to bring to fruition. I feel incredibly full. I was deeply emotional this morning. I feel like I’ve already been on a journey.” -Rebecca Schillenback, MDiv New York
“I’ve found the training to speak to areas I know very little about and areas I thought I knew a lot. Very thankful for both the breadth and depth of the training.” -Anthony Dummermuth, LCPC Kansas
“The Integrative Psychiatry Institute’s commitment to the progress of mental health conceptualization and care is training a population of providers who are sensitive to the many facets of the human experience. This multidimensional view will help us all to view our own individual and collective wellbeing in holistic, responsible, practical, creative and beautiful ways. Many thanks to all who create this exquisite platform for learning. I will participate in absolutely every program you offer.” -Amy Benton Krenz, PhD Colorado
“I am certain I came to the right place. The energy and professionalism is palpable, very impressed.” -Márton Mányai, Pastor Hungary
“Blown away by the breadth and depth of the presenters. Giants in the field, and deep souls as well. From neuroscience to cutting edge cultural competency to psychedelic art, I felt challenged and inspired and excited throughout the weekend. The fellow students are exceptional and I can’t wait to get to know them more.” -Sally Schwager, Reverend Connecticut
“This program is so much more than what I thought it could or would be. World thought leaders, therapy modality developers, researchers and artists all coming together to help shape us to develop ourselves into the best therapeutic facilitators possible. Just amazing!” -Angel Avila, LCSW New Mexico
“I just cannot express how grateful I am for being able to attend this online training, living in Italy and not knowing anybody working in this field. It feels very “lonely” sometimes. I already feel like this training is beautifully filling the void I was experiencing, prior to being able to connect with this amazing community. Thank you!” -Eleonora Zuliani, Psychologist Italy
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the online lectures?
Our online lectures will be scheduled in a regular time-slot during business hours so you can plan your schedule accordingly. However, if you cannot attend any of these lectures you will always have access to recordings of them in your online library.
What type of mentorship will I receive?
There will be time during the large group seminars for feedback from teaching assistants, as well as during the live experience if you attend. In addition there is time for Q+A during every live lecture, as well as a community forum. You will also be assigned to a small group mentorship video call that meets for an hour twice a month with rotating faculty, where you can review case studies and ask further questions. The mentorship calls will also be added to your online library.
How long can I access my course materials?
Your course materials will be available for a full year following the completion of the program.
Will I be automatically certified at the completion of the program?
Currently, no national board certification exists for psychedelic-assisted therapy. If you choose to partake in the optional live retreat, you will become eligible for certification and will be awarded it upon successful completion of the program and demonstrating core competencies. If you choose not to participate, you will still receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the program and demonstrating core competencies.
Do I have to attend the two live intensives?
You are expected to attend both online conferences. We will be doing important group exercises, in addition to other community building activities. Please contact us with any extenuating circumstances.
When will I get access to the prerequisite materials?
Immediately! As soon as you register, you will have received an account on the IPI website. The prerequisite material will be uploaded over the course of March.
What format are the recordings in?
Recordings are video, audio and transcripts. Generally, a slide deck is also used by the presenter.