Program Highlights

  • Learn directly from clinicians with deep expertise in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy
  • 75 hours of class and training time
  • Individualized peer and instructor feedback
  • Small group learning environment, with dedicated online classroom and discussion board with your cohort
  • Continuing education credits available
  • Option for 1:1 mentoring

Learning Components

Understanding Ketamine / Introduction to Ketamine

Case-Based Learning Series

Trauma-Informed Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Access & Inclusion Series

KAP Theory & Methodology

Book Club


Personal Practice Module

Courses For This Program

See below for a list of courses currently offered that may be taken as part of the certificate program, including electives and optional add-ons.


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Program Director

Candace Oglesby, LCPC

Candace Oglesby is a licensed professional counselor (LCPC) and board approved supervisor in the state of Maryland. She also holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Candace specializes in working with diverse adult populations, specifically women of color, who present with substance use addiction and trauma like symptoms. Candace is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS). She is a consultant in training for EMDR. Candace also specializes in providing culturally competent/humility care for black and brown clients who have experienced racial trauma.

Program Trainers

Program Details

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Cost & Scholarship

The Program Fee for this Certificate Program is $5570.00 payable in one lump sum or 9 monthly installments. Students who pay the fee up front receive a 5% discount, bringing the price to $5291.50. Students enrolled in this program who wish to attend the in-person retreat in Fall 2023 may do so at an additional tuition cost of $950, (excluding travel, lodging, and meals), pending availability of space in the program, and will be exempt from the self-paced personal practice development module.

Students who have completed Understanding Ketamine, Introduction to Ketamine, or their equivalent through a partner organization prior to application and approval may apply the price of that course to their program cost as a rebate. Students will receive a coupon code upon completion of those courses. Contact us if you have questions or are uncertain about whether you qualify for the rebate.

Application Process

The Postgraduate Certificate program is open only to licensed psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, and other professionals who can legally provide mental health care and have a background and training in psychotherapy. The application includes basic information about the applicant, their professional background, and existing experience. It also includes opportunities for applicants to present their intentions, values, goals, and aspirations for joining the program. Applications are submitted online with a $100 application fee.  All eligible applicants will be contacted for an interview with 2 Fluence trainers. Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the interview and determination by the trainers of appropriateness for the program.

Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by the Fluence admissions committee. Committee members will interview the applicant. The committee will review and come to a decision on the approval and admission of the applicant within 4 weeks 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 training coordinator will provide the applicant with an acceptance, deferral, or refusal letter.

Certification Review

When the trainee has completed all of the learning components and mentoring sessions, they are to submit a formal Certification Review request. The graduation request includes a personal reflection essay and a plan for continuing professional development. Certification Review requests are reviewed by a review committee consisting of 1 Fluence Lead Trainer and 2 Assisting Trainers, who will not be the Trainee’s mentor. Review process will include feedback from the mentor and all Fluence trainers who have had interactions with the Trainee. Upon the committee’s determination that program learning objectives, knowledge, competencies, and experience have been successfully met, the Certificate will be issued.

Graduate Expectations

Fluence Postgraduate Certificate programs are structured around three domains of competency necessary for PAT practice. These domains include: 

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Experience

Students will be evaluated on Competencies throughout the training program and will receive summative and formative feedback on these Competencies periodically through program progress reports. By the completion of the Fluence program students will be expected to have met the following performance standards for each of the competencies.


The graduate will:

NumberKnowledge Competency Description
K.1Demonstrate knowledge of how to evaluate and conceptualize a patient’s relationship to ketamine and the relationship between the patient’s experience with ketamine and their presenting problem or concerns;
K.2Demonstrate knowledge of how to embed preparation for ketamine experiences and integration of ketamine experiences into the existing course of psychotherapy or treatment plan;
K.3Demonstrate knowledge of ketamine’s effects, risks, and the extremely varied ways it can be used in treatment;
K.4Know (in their own therapeutic orientation) how to understand (make meaning of) and work with experiences that may be neutral, positive, challenging, traumatic, and ranging from under- to overwhelming intensity that can occur with ketamine;
K.5Identify and respect a range of motivations patients bring to their ketamine experiences while screening and identifying appropriate patients for ketamine administration;
K.6Recognize common signs clinical danger that may be related to ketamine treatment, and be prepared to consult with other professionals and provide crisis intervention;
K.7Demonstrate knowledge of transference reactions, both those commonly seen in non-psychedelic-assisted treatment, and also those unique to psychedelic work;
K.8Demonstrate knowledge of how to recognize countertransference reactions, how to use them creatively when possible, and seek consultation when difficulties arise;
K.9Demonstrate working knowledge of the legal aspects of ketamine administration in the US and all local laws and regulations.


The graduate will:

NumberSkill Competencies Description
S.1Establish and maintain a therapeutic alliance as well as skillfully manage termination and referral process for ketamine assisted therapy (KAP) patients;
S.2Recognizing both verbal and non-verbal communication as they relate to KAP;
S.3Maintain boundaries and confidentiality, as required by their licensing board as these relate to KAP;
S.4Understand and integrate a broad range of treatment modalities as these relate the patient’s care;
S.5Identify and understand the range of psychological reactions to psychedelic experiences as these relate to the patient’s care;
S.6Provide psychoeducation regarding ketamine;
S.7Demonstrate respect for wisdom traditions (indigenous and alternative treatments) that may be part of the patient’s experience.
S.8Possess an ability to access higher meanings, values, and abiding purposes, and to integrate these in living richer and more creative lives, with respect to themselves and their patients.
S.9Maintaining self-care and identifying need for expanded work in self-care domains, with respect to themselves and their patients.
S.10Monitor themselves in clinical work at all times.
S.11Accurately represent themselves and their professional services, including KAP, to the public in ways that are aligned with all applicable laws and regulations.
S.12Provide professional services, including KAP, to the public in ways that are aligned with all applicable laws and regulations.


The graduate will:

NumberExperience Competencies
E.1Integrate program lessons into plans to conduct their own KAP services.
E.2Apply program lessons to NOSC work with peers and/or clients
E.3Demonstrate applied understanding of the relationship between their own NOSC work in any form, setting, and origin—including non-drug NOSC work as part of the Program—to future work as a KAP Practitioner.
E.4Have close clinical consultation with Fluence trainers regarding the KAP they have conducted or witnessed with a patient who has undergone KAP
E.5Have thorough consultation with Fluence trainers regarding their own NOSC work in any form, setting, and origin.

I enjoyed all aspects of it. The classes were informative, the instruction was first-class, and the retreat offered an opportunity to expand relationships with people met in class. I have professional opportunities I would not have otherwise had. Win-win-win!

Joe Hatcher
Licensed Psychologist

What I have found in the program is an experience I will treasure and return to again and again; the mission and vision of Fluence, its expert founders, mentors and instructors, the caring and thoughtfulness with which each course was made and run, and the network of fellow students of a diverse array of professional achievements and pursuits has been nothing short of enriching and inspiring.

Darlene Chee Costello

Frequently Asked Questions

For the Postgraduate Certificates (KAP and PHRI), most of the courses you take for the certificate program are open to non-certificate students. The Psilocybin program includes Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy: Parts 1 & 2, which are only for program participants.

Psychedelic Integration: Premise and Promise, Understanding Ketamine, Reading and Study Groups, on-demand courses, and our experiential practice retreat programs remain open to both those who are and are not licensed clinicians.

Supervision is a legal term denoting a situation in which a trainee works under a supervisor’s license, usually towards hours for independent licensure. We do not offer supervision. We do offer clinical consultation, which includes elements of supervision, but is intended for providers who are already independently licensed.

Certificate program capacity is determined by the number of classes and training events we can run in a given year and the number of trainers available to provide them. Regardless of the total enrollment in a certificate program, class sizes for most weekly classes is capped at 12 participants.

Yes. The Postgraduate Certificate Programs do not provide basic psychotherapy training, so students are expected to have completed this elsewhere. If you are a licensed clinician but do not have psychotherapy training please consider a 1-year certificate program in psychotherapy prior to applying. One suggestion in the NYC Area is the Adelphi Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

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