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 5 courses, individual mentoring, monthly program meetings, and community and professional development opportunities.
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.
Program Director: Alexander Camargo, PsyD
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 $100 application fee. The application fee covers review of the application and is non-refundable. The application will be reviewed by the Fluence Certificate Program Administrator and Program Director. The Program Director and another staff member will interview the applicant.
The Program Director 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 program administrator will provide the applicant with an acceptance, deferral, or refusal letter.
Applicants who are accepted will be invited to enroll in 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 Practice Retreat, the Access and Inclusion in Psychedelic Therapy webinar series, optional program offerings (see below for more details), and final Certification Review which must be within 1 year. Fees for any travel, lodging, meals at retreat programs, and CME through Amedco, are not included. At the Program Director’s discretion, if you have taken some of required courses no more than 18 months prior to enrollment you may be granted a corresponding discount and not required to retake the course.
The Required Courses of the Certificate Program are:
- 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 as self-paced video materials
- Integration Essentials 12-week Reading and Study Group
- Elective 12-week Reading and Study Group of the applicant’s choosing
- One 12-week Clinical Consultation Group
- Psychedelic Integration: Experiential Practice Retreat
Additional Optional Programs:
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Psychedelic Therapists: 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. Fluence offers this program online at least twice a year.
Book Club: This peer-led book club will meet online once/month. 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.
Psychotherapeutic Touch Workshop: This four-hour introductory course offers an opportunity to explore your own touch culture and history and how that impacts your clients. You will learn fundamental ethics and practices around communication and consent, as well as rupture and repair. You’ll gain some practical skills for working with clients while attending to the special considerations of working with clients in the Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness. Fluence offers this online program at least twice a year.
Participants can elect to participate in either MBSR, and/or the Book Club and Psychotherapeutic Touch 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.
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.
When the trainee has completed all of the courses and mentoring sessions with satisfactory evaluations, they are to submit a formal Certification Review request. Review process will include feedback from the mentor and all Fluence trainers who have had interactions with the Trainee. Upon the Program Director’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.