The Fluence certificate in Psychedelic Therapy & Integration is a new core program meant to provide clinicians with a foundational education in psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration. It has been designed specifically to prepare therapists and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to begin a path towards practicing psychedelic therapy as approved avenues to do so continue to expand. This is the first required component for Fluence’s certification path.
Meet your educators and peers, and get oriented with the terms and roles that we’ll be exploring in the program. Learn to differentiate between Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration (PHRI), and identify and compare roles of investigators, therapists, facilitators, shamans, and sitters.
Week 2 – Core Clinical Concepts
Learn core concepts in psychedelic therapy and integration, including therapeutic alliance, inner-directed approach, trauma-informed care, and harm reduction principles. Plus explore the concepts of intoxication and dissociation in the context of psychedelics.
Week 3 – Preparation
Explore key aspects of preparation in psychedelic therapy and integration, including screening and assessment, establishing support systems, consent to touch, psychoeducation, expectation and intentions, and more.
Week 4 – Assisting Psychedelic Experiences
Dive into the essentials of assisting psychedelic experiences through roleplays and case studies, and examine psychedelic-assisted as its own practice. Learn to apply mindfulness for self- and client-care, deal with traumatic or repressed memories, navigate challenging vs positive experiences, transference and countertransference, and explore the role of music.
Week 5 – Integration
Understand the crucial importance of psychedelic integration, explore its nuances as a non-linear process and get practical tips for the timing of sessions. Plus explore key integration concepts like spiritual emergence vs emergency, remembering and forgetting, post-traumatic growth, state to trait changes, family systems, spiritual bypassing, and more.
Week 6 – Closing the Circle
Bring it all together and explore next steps for your practice, including immediate applications, next steps for learning and certification with specific molecule or modalities, and navigate the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.
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Deadlines & Dates
Winter 2024 Cohort Application Deadline: 12/15/23 Live Course Dates and Time: January 17th – February 21st, 2024, Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm ET
March 2024 Cohort *Just announced* Application Deadline: 2/23/24 Live Course Dates and Time: March 5th – April 9th, 2024, Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm ET
Additional cohorts may be added through the year. If you are interested in the program but not available for the existing cohorts, please submit and application and we will be in communication with you about additional available dates for the live course portion of the program.
Program Fee: $2500 USD one time payment. Or pay in three equal monthly installments of $875.
The Program Fee covers your enrollment in the Certificate Program, access to our online classroom for the 6 week live course and discussion board, and the following on-demand courses:
Psychedelic Integration: Premise & Promise Introduction to Trauma-Informed Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Ethics and Equity Intoxication and Dissociation Applied Mindfulness for Psychedelic Therapists
Candidates for the PTI program must meet all the following criteria:
Hold an active medical or clinical license or be on track to obtain licensure through an advanced degree program or post-graduate professional experience.
Have prior training and counselling experience practicing psychotherapy or related health care services in the field of mental health or addiction treatment.
Additionally, candidates are expected to have the capacity to participate online in a group learning process.
These qualifications outline the minimum requirements for the program. The Admissions Committee will consider years of experience, education, and capabilities. Although it is not a requirement for students to complete Fluence’s introductory workshop Psychedelic Integration: Premise and Promise, it is recommended that applicants take this course prior to enrollment in the certificate program. All students who enroll in Premise and Promise will receive a $395 tuition credit that goes towards their program fee.
The certificate program begins with an application. The application includes basic information about the applicant, their professional background, and existing experience. It also includes opportunities for applicants to present their intentions for joining the program, their values, goals, and aspirations. Applications are submitted online with a $100 application fee. The application fee covers review of the application and is non-refundable. The application will be reviewed by the Program Director, Dr. Alex Camargo.
The Program Director will review and come to a decision on the approval and admission of the applicant within 1 week of receipt. Additional Fluence training team members may be consulted for input during this process, and any team members’ existing relationship with the applicant may be taken into consideration. Once a decision has been reached the program administrator will provide the applicant with an acceptance, deferral, or refusal letter.
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Frequently Asked Questions
This program is for licensed or pre-licensed clinicians and health care practitioners who are interested in learning the fundamentals of psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration to apply in their existing scope of practice. This might include psychiatrists, psychololgists, psychotherapists, physicians, or nurse practitioners. The program is not currently accepting applications from the general public or students, unless they are close to completing a professional degree and have experience practicing psychotherapy in a clinical setting. Please the program admissions requirements for more information.
This certificate represents the first step on Fluence’s certification path in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Integration. First and foremost, it provides what we believe is the best possible education in core fundamentals of psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration, and is an ideal place for clinicians and health care practitioners to get solid footing and complement their existing scope of practice. It has been designed after many years of delivering psychedelic education and training, receiving student feedback, and closely monitoring the emerging field and its regulatory changes.
We have strategically redesigned all of our programs with an eye to improving accessibility, maintaining affordability, and without compromising on the rigour and depth of education delivered. A number of our students elect to practice in numerous modalities, including PHRI and KAP, and wish to be prepared for the rollout of additional forms of psychedelic-therapy as the regulatory landscape shifts. This Certificate has been designed so that clinicians can acquire the knowledge and skills that we believe are common to all of these modalities, and then elect to specialize in other areas, without having to start over from scratch with additional, year-long programs at substantial cost. Students will be required to complete this program in order to complete our advanced modules in KAP, PHRI and the MDMA Education Program.
Finally, as with all our certificate programs previously, this program is not a license or authorization to practice psychedelic-assisted therapy outside of current legal avenues or a student’s existing scope of practice. Students can rest assured that our programs are designed with these protections in mind, and are advised to approach other trainings that do not outline these limitations with caution.
The new certificate in Psychedelic Therapy and Integration is different from the PHRI certificate in a number of ways:
This program is considerably shorter in duration and more affordable. Whereas the PHRI certificate may have taken a year of more to complete, this program is intended to be completed primarily over the course of 6 weeks, with possible additional time for completing self-paced materials.
Whereas the PHRI certificate focused exclusively on how to apply harm reduction and integration in clinical practice, and mostly excluded education in psychedelic-assisted therapy, this certificate is meant to serve as a foundation for those looking gain education and training in both modalities. In short, it is a primer for continuing onto specialization in various forms of psychedelic-assisted therapy.
This certificate will not be replacing the PHRI program, however a number of foundational principles from that program have been built into this one, albeit it a truncated manner. Those looking to get more in-depth training in Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration will still be available to continue onto an advanced certificate in PHRI, but will be required to start with the core PTI certificate first. If you are interest in both certificates please contact us so we can accommodate you in the best possible manner.
Yes, Fluence will be awarding a limited number of partial scholarships for this program in each cohort. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please see the Diversity Program Scholarship page and contact us.
If you have completed or are currently enrolled in a Certificate Program at Fluence, this program may still be of interest to you if you wish to pursue further education and training with Fluence, including our forthcoming MDMA education program, and advanced certificates in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration. Existing and graduated Certificate Program students can access the new PTI certificate at no additional cost—however we have a limited number of spots available in each cohort, so please contact us if you are interested in participating.
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