The Certificate in Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy is for therapists who wish to obtain the training and education necessary to become a licensed Psilocybin Facilitator under Oregon’s Measure 109. The program is grounded in Fluence’s Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration (PHRI) approach to psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration. It is designed and taught by leading experts with psilocybin-assisted therapy experience in clinical research settings. Fluence draws on a wealth of experience and resources to create this program with a new focus on community-based practice focus.
Fluence has received curriculum approval for this program from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA-OPS).
This program is licensed by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
This page was last updated on 11/14/22.
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The program includes 120 hours of instruction in mixed in-person, online asynchronous (self-paced), and online synchronous (scheduled) formats, plus a 40 hour practicum experience, for a total of 160 hours. Participants will receive access to our online classroom with a full outline of the course and materials. Two Courses: Psilocybin-assisted Therapy Part 1, and Psilocybin-assisted Therapy Part 2, take place over a total of 30 weekly sessions. Each week, participants will complete approximately 1.5 hours of self-paced study including readings, informational videos, and practice client conversation scenarios for peer and instructor feedback. Participants will choose and join a cohort of around 12 participants for these classes which will meet at a scheduled time with an instructor for discussion, group exercises, and additional instruction. All groups will meet for 90-minute weekly sessions and skip the weeks of the corresponding in-person training, Christmas, New Year’s, and the last two weeks of August. Some courses may skip other weeks if the day of the meeting falls on a holiday (such as Thursday groups skip Thanksgiving).
Participants will also attend “Trauma-informed Psychedelic-assisted Therapy,” a scheduled, in-person course, to complete 30 hours of live training over the course of 4 or 5 days. This course will be scheduled at least twice a year. The timing of the in-person course is independent from the online course, but both must be completed prior to graduation.
After completing the 120-hour program, participants will be eligible for a 40-hour practicum experience. Initial cohorts will complete the experiential practice retreat as their practicum requirement, future cohorts will have the option to complete the practicum at a service center alongside a licensed Facilitator who is also a Fluence trainer.
The first cohort will start in November 2022. Cohort availability will be designed for convenience of participants in Oregon and will include weekday mornings and evenings. Cohort meeting times will be posted approximately 90 days in advance of their start dates, and will start on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Our Program will include:
- Faculty of leading researchers and clinician-trainers with prior experience in psychedelic clinical trials;
- Theoretically grounded and research based methodology for practice;
- Small group meetings and discussions;
- Supportive, collegial, professional learning environment;
- Live in-person and live-online components;
- Individualized feedback from trainers and peers;
- Online classrooms with resources, schedules, and opportunities for collaboration;
- Meeting all requirements to sit for OHA’s Psilocybin-facilitator’s Licensing Exam.
Elizabeth Nielson, PhD
Program Teaching Faculty
- Ingmar Gorman, PhD
- Xiaojue Hu, MD
- Victor Cabral, MSW
- Jeffrey Guss, MD
- Alan K Davis, PhD
- Kelan Thomas, Pharm D
- Lisa Wang, MD
- Brian Pilecki, PhD
- Johan Eriksson
- Joseph McCowan, PsyD
See full program faculty profiles on our “About Us” page.
Application and Enrollment Process
Program applicants will submit a program application. Applications will be reviewed within 30 days. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be offered an interview with 2 Fluence staff members and/or trainers. Applicants will be notified of the program’s admission decision within 2 weeks of the interview. If accepted, applicants are asked to select a chort from the currently available offerings within 30 days. Applicants should also attend the first scheduled in-person Trauma-informed Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy training after their cohort starts. In the event a participant cannot attend the first scheduled in-person training after their cohort starts they may attend the second, however this will not be with the majority of their cohort and may delay progam completion.
Upcoming Application Deadlines and Start Dates:
Application Deadlines and Start Dates for Classes starting November 2022 – April 2023:
|Cohort||Application Deadline||Start-date||Anticipated end date:|
Our program will start with two cohorts of up to 12 Students in November and December, 2022. The schedules are as follows:
Cohort 22A Psilocybin-assisted Therapy Courses: Tuesdays Starting November 29, last day to enroll Nov 28, 2022. Meeting time 6-7:30PM PST
Cohort 22B Psilocybin-assisted Therapy Courses: Wednesdays Starting December 7, Last day to enroll December 6, 2022 Meeting time 9:30-11AM PST
BOTH COHORTS will have their Trauma-informed Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy course December 1-4, 2022 non-residential retreat in Portland (four full days, 9AM– 6PM).
BOTH COHORTS will have their Experiential Practice Retreat in May, 2023.
22A Projected Completion Date: July 11, 2023
22B Projected Completion Date: July 12, 2023
Students in Cohorts 22A and 22B who cannot attend Trauma-informed Psychedelic-assisted Therapy in December in Portland may attend the program in May with early 2023 cohorts. Tentative dates are May 11-15. Location for both the May experiential practice retreat and Trauma -informed psychedelic-assisted therapy programs is TBD. Expected location is about an hour drive from Portland.
Four Cohorts are planned for early 2023 and more will be added if needed.
Cohorts 23A, 23B, 23C, and 23D will take Trauma-informed Psychedelic-assisted Therapy in May of 2023 and the Experiential Practice Retreat in October of 2023.
See the table above for application deadlines, start dates, and projected end dates.
Note to Licensed Therapists:
OHA-OPS allows and welcomes those who hold licenses in psychotherapy or other healthcare professions to obtain a psilocybin Facilitator’s license. It is not yet known how other licensing boards (psychology boards, social work boards, etc.) will respond to licensees who also hold a Facilitator’s license. During the program Fluence will make all possible efforts to educate students about how to navigate this area, however it is ultimately up to the licensee and boards to make determinations about how dual licensure will work.
Program participants are required to have prior training and experience practicing psychotherapy or related health care services in the field of mental health or addiction treatment. Participants may be currently or formerly licensed (retired) psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, or other similar professions
OHS currently requires that Facilitators have been residents of Oregon for the past 2 years. This requirement sunsets as of January 1, 2025. Fluence does not require current Oregon residency for program participation. Non-residents who intend to relocate and practice in Oregon after the residency requirement ends are welcome to apply.
Tuition and Fees
The program tuition includes the online course portal, discussion board, 45 hours of asynchronous (self-paced) materials, 45 hours of synchronous online learning with a home group (30 90-minute sessions), 30-hour live in-person intensive training session and either one of two practicum options. The tuition does not include any travel and lodging fees for the in-person program(s).
Trainees may choose to enroll in the program and elect to participate in our Experiential Practice Retreat as their practicum experience. In the future, trainees may elect to complete a practicum working alongside a practicing licensed Facilitator. Practicum opportunities alongside licensed facilitators are not expected to be available until 2023.
Tuition will be based on this election:
|Program with experiential retreat for practicum:||$9,550|
|Program with practicum working with a licensed facilitator:||TBD|
All 2022 program participants will pay the tuition for the Program with Experiential Retreat as practicum opportunities alongside licensed facilitators are not expected to be available until mid 2023.
Tuition may be paid in full at enrollment or in 12-month installments.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available from our Diversity Fund.
Can I receive continuing education credit for my psychotherapy license in this program?
The Trauma-informed Psychedelic-assisted Therapy course and the Experiential Practice Retreat offer continuing education credit valid for all professions which Fluence is an approved provider for. Please see individual program pages for details.
Can I take other courses at Fluence while I am in this program?
Yes, You may take any other Fluence courses that are not part of this program and you will receive a 15% discount on the listed price for 3 years after your enrollment date. Check with program administration for enrollment procedures.
Can I receive credit for prior coursework at Fluence or elsewhere for this program?
At this time Fluence does not have approval to offer prior credit or credit for coursework taken elsewhere. We are investigating the possibility of doing so, however it is unlikely to be possible within the first two years of program operation.
Does Fluence offer Scholarships?
Yes, we offer scholarships through our Diversity Fund. Please complete our regular program application and you’ll receive an email with a link to apply for a scholarship.
Are Fluence in-person programs accessible?
Fluence holds all required in-person programs at ADA compliant locations. If you require accommodations or have additional questions please contact us.
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