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Program Overview

The Fluence Postgraduate Certificate in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (PC-KAP) is designed to teach licensed clinicians to apply the basics of psychedelic-assisted therapy to KAP. Clinicians will learn how to conceptualize and talk to patients about the role of ketamine in their treatment, how to facilitate patient decision making and autonomy in deciding to take ketamine, how to help patients prepare psychologically and emotionally for their ketamine experiences, how to approach the experiences they may have under the influence of ketamine, and how to integrate those experiences into meaningful change.

Social justice implications such as access to care, power dynamics in provider relationships, and the ethics of non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) work in therapy will be explored, and the clinicians will have ample opportunity for experiential practice integrating their own NOSC experiences. Our program teaches basic principles of psychedelic-assisted therapy and invites clinicians to bring their own theoretical orientations to KAP work in ways that align with the effects of Ketamine.

Visit Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy Certificate Program General Principles and Expectations to learn about our approach to KAP and the integration of Ketamine experiences into psychotherapy.

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Program Description:

The Program consists of 150 hours of class & training time (+ readings and practice outside of class).  The program includes: 

  • Understanding Ketamine (weekend workshop, 12 hours, must be taken prior to the KAP Class)
  • KAP Theory and Methodology (Hybrid course with self-paced videos and live-online group meetings; 30 hours)
    • Option 1: 12:30 PM to 2 PM on Wednesdays starting January 12th, 2022 for 12 weeks
    • Option 2: Starting March or April 2022, Date/Time TBA
  • Individual mentoring (6 hours)
  • Ketamine session observation practicum (6 hours, must be after KAP Theory and Methodology)
  • Psychedelic Integration experiential Retreat (40 hours)
  • 12-week Clinical Consultation Group (18 hours)
  • 12-week Reading and Study Group (elective, 6 options; 18-21 hours)
  • 10-Sessions Access and Inclusion in Psychedelic Treatment Webinar Series (Self-paced or attend live; 12 hours)
  • Monthly Program Meetings (8 hours)
  • Dedicated online classroom & discussion board with your cohort.
  • Certification review

All participants will also have access to our community email group with over 800 members for ongoing networking.

Detailed information

Application:

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 $50 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.

Certificate program trainees must apply and enroll in the program to be included in the KAP Theory and Methodology course and to engage in mentoring and the practicum. Understanding Ketamine, the Retreat, and the RSG may have been taken prior to enrollment, however it is encouraged that participants take their RSG and CCG after completing the KAP Theory and Methodology. All trainees must complete a knowledge assessment after Understanding Ketamine and are evaluated on the learning objectives of both RSGs, and CCG by the instructor.

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.

Program Cost:

The Program Fee for this Certificate Program is $9,875 payable in 12 monthly installments. Program fee does not include CE or CME certificate fees, lodging, meals, or travel expenses to in-person programs. If you have already taken Understanding Ketamine, any Reading and Study Group, the Experiential Retreat, or a Clinical Consultation group with Fluence prior to applying for the Certificate Program you will receive a corresponding credit towards your program fee and will not be expected to repeat these classes. Those who are already enrolled in or have graduated from the Integration Certificate Program receive special pricing and priority placement.

Sample Programs of Study for New Applicants:

Scenario 1: 

  • Applicant has taken Understanding Ketamine prior to application.
  • Application submission, interview and enrollment September 2021
  • Enrollment in Reading and Study Group Elective, Fall 2021 (can be enrolled prior to interview and Cert program enrollment)
  • Attend live-online Access and Inclusion webinars September – December 2021
  • Attendance at Experiential Practice Retreat October 2021
  • Mentoring starting September 2021
  • KAP Theory and Methodology January – March 2022
  • Clinical consultation group April – June 2022
  • Observational Practicum May 2022
  • Certification review and graduation July 2022.

Scenario 2:

  • Application submission, interview and enrollment October 2021
  • Complete Access and Inclusion Webinars self-paced November – December 2021
  • Begin Mentoring December 2022
  • Attendance at Understanding Ketamine December 2021
  • Enrollment in Reading and Study Group Elective January-March 2022
  • Enrollment in KAP Theory and methodology April – June 2022
  • Enrollment in Clinical Consulting group September – November 2022
  • Observational Practicum October 2022
  • Experiential Practice Retreat October 2022
  • Certification Review and Graduation December 2022. 

Sample Program of Study for those already enrolled in or graduated from the Psychedelic Integration Therapy Certificate Program: 

  • Application only, No Interview Required
  • Understanding Ketamine
  • Program Meetings, October 2021 – May 2022 (minimum 4)
  • KAP Theory and Methodology January-March 2022 or April-June 2022
  • Observational Practicum April or July 2022
  • Certification Review and Graduation May or July/August 2022

Mentoring:

Trainees will be matched to an Assistant Trainer for individual mentoring. The mentor and trainee are expected to meet 6 times, starting within 1 month of enrollment. Mentors will provide feedback to the training team after 4 sessions to determine mentee’s progress toward the program goals.

Practicum:

Fluence PC-KAP program participants will have the opportunity to participate in a practicum in which they will sit in on one preparation session, one ketamine administration session, and one integration session with a Fluence Mentor who is a KAP therapist. Participants must first complete 6 individual mentoring sessions and the KAP Class, be in good standing with the program, and demonstrate readiness to be present with a patient during a KAP session. Practicum experiences with trainers are currently available in both Woodstock and Brooklyn, NY. Trainees will need to arrange travel to the practicum location for a period of 1-2 days to be present for this portion of their training. Alternatively, trainees who know a KAP therapist in their local area who will agree to let the participant sit in with them may make arrangements to do so at the discretion of the Program Director, while continuing individual mentoring with their Fluence mentor. Trainees who are already practicing KAP are still required to sit in on a session with their mentor or another therapist to learn from that therapists’ experience and approach. A written report detailing the trainee’s observations and learning outcomes will be due to the trainee’s mentor after the observation session.

Trainees may opt to engage in additional practicum sessions at an additional fee, provided there is mentor availability. 

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.

Additional Program Information for Applicants:

What are the Program Expectations?

What can I do after completing this program?

Because the practice of KAP is not regulated, clinicians are free to engage in any private practice or other collaborative arrangement they may engage in on their own, or through another organization, so long as you are working within the scope of practice of your profession. Depending on location and licensure, graduates will also be eligible for; 

  • Membership in Journey, a clinical network that facilitates provision of KAP by private practice therapists using lozenge administration in their own offices (monthly fee applies). 
  • Field Trip’s Co-op Program, which allows trained therapists to bring patients to a Field Trip location and engage in intramuscular injection KAP sessions (per-session fee applies).

Who is teaching this program?

The core component of the certificate program is the KAP Theory and Methodology course. Teaching materials have been created and compiled by Dr. Ingmar Gorman, Dr. Elizabeth Nielson, Jeffrey Guss, MD, and Casey Paleos, MD. Between them, these researchers and clinicians have extensive experience in 10 clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted therapy and private practice KAP, clinical work in preparation and integration of ketamine experiences, and training clinicians in psychedelic therapy–both for research trials and private practice settings. Live-online discussion and role play cohorts are led by experienced Fluence Trainers who are knowledgeable of the material and specially trained in Fluence’s experiential training methodology. Other components of the program are taught by Fluence Trainers with experience providing KAP, Psychedelic Integration Therapy, and other non-ordinary states of consciousness therapeutic modalities. Read more about our team here.

Do you offer Continuing Education or Continuing Medical Education?

Understanding Ketamine is accredited for 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, and CE for Psychologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, and Social Workers. Understanding Ketamine, the Reading and Study Group, and Consultation Group are all credentialed for CE for Healthcare Providers (APA CE through our cosponsor, the SCA).

Do you offer Ketamine as part of this training?

A strong practice of personally engaging with NOSCs and integrating them into one’s life is essential for success as a psychedelic therapist. The appropriate route to attaining NOSCs, however, is a highly individual choice which should be considered carefully and in the context of one’s history, needs, health, and wellbeing. Our program asks trainees to draw on their experiences of NOSCs outside of our time together, as well as contemplative practices within the training environment. Some clinicians may have or choose to pursue ketamine experiences, and these can be material to work with during our NOSC integration practices and individual mentoring sessions. Others will choose methods such as meditation, contemplative practices, or other psychedelics in a variety of settings. We welcome all trainees to make the choices that reflect their individual needs and differences, while in order to promote safety and accessibility we practice only non-drug NOSC states in our training. Our approach is aligned with training programs for therapists in psychedelic-assisted therapy research which neither require nor (in most cases) offer the opportunity to take the psychedelic as part of training, but do incorporate contemplative practices and NOSC experiences such as holotropic breathwork for experiential learning.

What if I want to take Ketamine as part of my training?

Ketamine is a controlled drug and is available only when prescribed and administered by a licensed prescriber for the treatment of a health condition or other medical need. Depending on your location we may be able to refer you to a ketamine therapist you can consult with to see if you qualify for treatment with ketamine. This decision to take ketamine will be entirely between you and your healthcare provider, although you are welcome to talk about your experience in our training program if you find it relevant. Fluence is not a healthcare provider, we will not make any diagnosis, treatment, or recommendation regarding your healthcare.

If you have questions, please read our Certificate Program FAQ.

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