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This course equips clinicians with insights into ayahuasca’s complexities and its potential for personal growth and healing. It includes a comprehensive exploration of ayahuasca, covering cultural, therapeutic, and pharmacological dimensions. The history, botanical components, pharmacology, psychological, and somatic effects–including altered perception, spiritual encounters, and transformative experiences–are all part of the course. Cultural contexts such as Peruvian Shipibo shamanism and Santo Daime are explored. The program highlights ayahuasca’s potential therapeutic benefits, safety considerations, and the concept of ego dissolution. It emphasizes the need for a holistic understanding of ayahuasca, incorporating cultural practices and spiritual aspects, especially important for therapists who may have clients who are interested in ayahuasca for healing or growth.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the history, cultural contexts, and botanical components of ayahuasca.
  • Explain the psychological effects of ayahuasca, such as altered perception and transformative experiences.
  • Assess the therapeutic potential and safety considerations of ayahuasca.

Continuing Education

  • Fluence International, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Fluence maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Fluence International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0232.
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  • Fluence International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0167.
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  • Fluence, #1845, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 7/10/2023 – 7/10/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 continuing education credits.  This licensure preparation program and materials associated with it were not included in the Association of Social Work Boards’ Approved Continuing Education (ACE) review and are not approved by ASWB for continuing education nor endorsed by ASWB in any manner.
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More Info

Classroom Outline:

  • Welcome
  • Course Videos
  • Self-Assessment
  • Feedback Form

* The “Course Videos” module accounts for 1.00 CE credit. The other modules are not included in the number of awarded CE credits.

Format & Length: Recorded video-based asynchronous distance learning (self-study). Total run time 1 hour.

Topic Area & Instructional level: Clinical practice. Introductory.

Who Should Attend? Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other medical professionals.

Completion Requirements: To receive a certificate of completion with CE information included students must complete all course sessions and modules, and obtain a score of 75% or higher on course completion quizzes. Upon completion of the course, students must also complete an evaluation form. For on-demand courses (recorded asynchronous distance learning), students will be able to access/download their certificate after marking all modules “complete.” For live/online courses (live synchronous distance learning), students will receive an attendance verification code from an administrator after their full attendance has been verified; Once they complete the “Attendance Verification” module, students will be able to access/download their certificate.
* For participants completing the course for APA credit only: if you would like to complete the course without submitting a response to the satisfaction survey, please contact us.

Course Publication & Review Dates: June 20, 2023 | Reviewed July 20, 2023

System Requirements: Students will need access to a computer and internet connection to complete this course.

Financial Support & Conflict of Interest Statements: Fluence pays course trainers for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course. There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

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