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Program Overview

The Postgraduate 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 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.

Click here to read about our program’s approach and training competencies.

Prior to the official program launch, all details and program information on this page are preliminary.

Fluence has received curriculum approval from the Oregon Health Authority – Office of Psilocybin Services (OHA-OPS).  We have submitted a complete application to Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and are awaiting approval. Thank you for your patience as we as we continue to make updates.

This page was last updated on 9/23/22.

Detailed information

Program Structure

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. Over the course of 30 weekly sessions, participants will complete approximately 1.5 hours per week 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 which will meet weekly for 30 Sessions (usually 1/ week, excluding school breaks) at a scheduled time with an instructor for discussion and additional instruction. Participants will also select a scheduled in-person training session to attend and complete 30 hours of live training over the course of 4 or 5 days. In-person sessions will be scheduled at least twice a year. The timing of these are independent from one another, 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 cohorts will start in November 2022. 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). 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.

Detailed information

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*;

*Not yet finalized

 

 

Program Director

Elizabeth Nielson, PhD

Program Teaching Faculty

The following program faculty are confirmed as of 9/23/2022. Additional teaching faculty will be added as we progress:

  • 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 training after their home-group 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.

Timeline

Fluence has received curriculum approval from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA-OPS).

We have submitted a complete application to Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and are awaiting approval.

Prior to the official program launch, all details and program information on this page are preliminary.

Fluence will not admit any participants or accept any program fees prior to HECC approval of this program. Please ensure you are signed-up for our mailing list (below) to receive notice of the program’s official opening.

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 licnesure will work.

 

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. 

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