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Program Overview

The Fluence Postgraduate Certificate in Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration (PHRI) is a 150 hour program of study with a flexible, modular schedule. It includes an application for admission, 5 learning components, a 10-part pre-recorded webinar series, individual mentoring, monthly program meetings, and a review process prior to graduation.

The certificate program is designed to prepare licensed clinicians to provide Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration in the course of their clinical practice. The transtheoretical model incorporates harm reduction principles, as well as elements of mindfulness-based interventions and psychodynamic approaches. The program includes introductory material to the elements of PHRI, a strategic overview of relevant clinical research and theoretical literature, experiential training with non-drug contemplative practices, and weekly small-group sessions for in-depth exploration of case material. This program does not provide training on the administration of psychedelics or conducting psychedelic sessions. Rather, this program focuses on training clinicians to be able to provide legal, ethical, and competent care regarding preparation for and integration of psychedelic work.

Psychedelic Integration: Premise and Promise is a prerequisite for entrance into the program. As such, applicants must complete either Psychedelic Integration: Premise and Promise live-online workshop or Hybrid course before they will be accepted into the program. Applicants who have completed only the Premise and Promise on-demand will be required to complete an additional live-online session to qualify.

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Detailed information

Application:

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 $50 application fee. The application fee covers review of the application and is non-refundable.

Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by the Fluence admissions committee. Committee members will interview the applicant. Applicants must complete Psychedelic Integration: Premise and Promise before their interview. You will be asked to list your date of attendance on your application.

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:

Applicants who are accepted will be invited to matriculate into the Certificate Program. Joining the program requires payment of a Program Fee of $7,450, payable in 12 monthly installments.

The Program Fee includes Certificate Program enrollment, online classroom and discussion board, individual mentoring meetings, monthly program meetings, one elective Reading and Study Group, one Clinical Consultation Group, one Integration Essentials Reading and Study Group, the Psychedelic Integration Experiential Training Retreat, the Access and Inclusion in Psychedelic Therapy webinar series, optional program offerings (see below for more details), interim and final Certification Review which must be within 1 year. Fees for any travel, lodging, meals at retreat programs, and CE or CME through Amedco, are not included. If you have already taken some of the learning component courses a credit will be given for course fees for up to two learning components taken within 18 months prior to matriculation.

Learning Components:

The Five Learning Components of the Certificate Program are:

  • Psychedelic Integration: Premise and Promise, in-person or online, 2 or 3-day intensive or hybrid, or retreat version (Prerequisite: To be taken prior to program interview/admission)
  • Psychedelic Integration Experiential Training Retreat for Clinicians;
  • Integration Essentials 12-week Reading and Study Group (RSG);
  • Another 12-week RSG of the applicant’s choosing;
  • One 12-week session of the Clinical Consultation Group (CCG).

In addition, students are required to complete the webinar series entitled Access and Inclusion in Psychedelic Treatment: This 10-webinar series covers key topics related to psychedelics and the socio-political context, ethics, and equitable dissemination of psychedelic therapies. Certificate Program students will complete the series either live or as self-paced video materials.

Certificate program trainees must complete 3 of the 5 components after acceptance to the program. The other two Components may have been completed no more than 18 months prior to application and admission to the program. If an applicant has completed more than 2 components prior to admission into the program they will be asked to repeat or complete an additional component so that they have 3 between admission and completion. All trainees must complete a knowledge assessment after Psychedelic Integration: Premise and Promise and are evaluated on the learning objectives of both RSGs, and CCG by the instructor.

Additional Optional Components:

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Psychedelic Therapists (Optional, limited capacity): MBSR is an 8 week meditation course (2-hour sessions) that covers the foundations of mindfulness and its application to the reduction of mental distress. The course is practical and accessible, and has potential to benefit psychedelic therapists by strengthening skills of attention, awareness, and presence, especially in the context of a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This program includes special focus on the application of mindfulness to psychedelic therapy.

Book Club (Optional): This peer-led book club will meet once/month starting in September 2021. Program participants will choose, read, and engage in open dialogue about a recent or important book in the field of psychedelic therapy. Fluence staff will be present for support and continuity. 

Peers Present (Optional): Trainees bring a rich variety of existing expertise to the program. The Peers Present series is an opportunity for program participants to present ways they work with psychedelic integration patients, or skills they bring from their practice to the current program group. This program provides the opportunity for peers to learn from each other, and practice preparing and delivering professional presentations on psychedelic-related topics. Fluence staff will schedule trainees for Peers Present sessions and support the program.

Participants can elect to participate in either MBSR and/or the Book Club and Peers Present programs to make up an additional 16 hours of programming, bringing their total to 150 hours of study.

Additional Courses: Certificate Program Participants will receive a 15% discount on additional Fluence courses taken within 3 years after Certificate Program Enrollment. Discounts must be applied at the time of purchase and cannot be applied retroactively.

Mentoring:

Trainees will be matched to a Mentor for individual mentoring. The mentor and trainee are expected to meet between 5 and 8 times, starting within 1 month of enrollment and no less than once per month thereafter. Mentors will provide feedback to the training team periodically, and can determine after no less than 5 sessions that the goals of mentoring have been met. Mentoring may continue for up to 8 monthly sessions. If the goals of mentoring are not met with 8 mentoring sessions, further evaluation of the trainee’s progress will be done.

Monthly Program Meetings:

All currently enrolled certificate program trainees are invited to attend a monthly online program meeting. The meeting will be conducted by one of the trainers on a rotating schedule. The meeting’s purpose is a general discussion of topics relevant to the trainees and for community building among the trainees. Attendance is not mandatory (due to potential schedule conflicts), but is highly encouraged.

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.

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

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