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Understanding Ketamine | Online

January 23 & 24, 2021, CE and CME available

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Elizabeth Nielson, Phd, Ingmar Gorman, Phd, and Casey Paleos, MD


January 23 & 24, 2021


10:00 AM - 5:00PM Eastern time (both days)


Program Ticket (No CE or CME): $525

Program with CE: $590

Program with CME: $795

To obtain your certificate, the CE form must be filled out within 14 days of class completion.

A limited number of Diversity Fund scholarships are available, please complete this application.

Certificate Program

This course can be taken in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Fluence  Postgraduate Certificate in Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy.

Program Description:

Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic also classified as a psychedelic. In the last decade it has become frequently sought as a treatment for depression and mood disorders. This training is designed for therapists, psychologists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals who want to better understand the basics of ketamine and how they can ensure the best clinical outcomes for patients.

While ketamine is a powerful and promising treatment, effective and safe treatment involves far more than administering the drug itself. This course will teach medical professionals and mental health care providers how they can help their patients safely and legally access ketamine treatment, as well as prepare for and integrate those treatments using a psychedelic-assisted therapy framework.

Participants in this course will learn principles for screening and preparing patients for ketamine treatment, and integrating the insights generated from their experiences into follow up psychotherapy. We introduce a variety of care models including ketamine-assisted therapy, ketamine infusions paired with preparation and integration provided by a separate therapist.

The presenters of this course will present case examples and opportunities to practice real-world discussions role-play exercises. While an overview of infusion session procedures and ketamine effects is provided, complete ketamine administration instructions for medical professionals is beyond the scope of this course.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…

  1. Describe the concepts of Drug Assisted Therapy to their clients
  2. Describe how ketamine fits into treatment plans for depressive disorders
  3. Apply and Integrate ketamine into their existing frameworks for managing clients with depressive disorders
  4. Describe the current understandings of ketamine antidepressant mechanisms
  5. Describe clients that might be appropriate for ketamine infusion therapy
  6. Describe clients that might NOT be appropriate for ketamine infusion therapy
  7. List the legal and practical hurdles in accessing this treatment for their clients
  8. List the differences between the medical and recreational use of ketamine
  9. Plan how to psychologically prepare their clients for the ketamine sessions
  10. Prepare their clients in integrating the experiences from the ketamine sessions into their larger psychotherapeutic goals
  11. Demonstrate specific psychotherapeutic techniques to maximize behavioral and cognitive changes during the neuroplastic windows opened by ketamine
  12. Describe how ketamine could play a long term role in mental healthcare

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals:

• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

• SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

• For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact David Gumpel, For questions about CE, visit or
contact David Lukoff, PhD at


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cine-Med and Medical Resource Association. Cine-Med is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Ciné-Med designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.