THERAPY TRAINING PROGRAMS
Training therapists for psychedelic therapy is a new frontier, and one which we are honoured to be able to offer with a highly respected and growing lineup of trained therapists and practitioners.
We are currently offering the Therapist Training course, and are actively developing further offerings in classroom, online and experiential training. Our next round of training will begin on November 2nd, and will run each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm MST.
Becoming a trusted psychedelic therapist sitter, guide, or coach is a sacred container in which deep understanding of both the traditional use of the medicine and the psychological realities of the client's experience need to be recognized and honoured.
Our therapist training program is designed to bring together the research, science and safety studies together with a deep understanding of how the psychedelic medicines can be effective in creating a bedrock of understanding for development of the psychedelic therapist’s work.
The CPMA Certified Therapist Training Program will begin with re-defining the psychiatric models from one of “chemical imbalance” to one more rooted in the mind-body-spiritual dynamic that psychedelic therapy can bring to the client.
The training program will include didactic material providing a basic understanding of the various psychedelic and entheogenic medicines currently in use, including Psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, Iboga, Ayahuasca, Ketamine, and other lesser known psychedelics.
Our teaching faculty for this program features a number of the leading authorities in their respective fields and areas of expertise, and our past and future faculty are chosen from the following growing list of contributing luminaries including:
DR. ANTHONY BOSSIS: Guest Lecturer
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
MYCOLOGIST, RESEARCHER, AUTHOR AND ENTREPRENEUR
Dr. Rick Doblin
Founder and Executive Director, MAPS
DR. ERIKA DYCK
PROF. & CANADA RESEARCH CHAIR, HISTORY OF MEDICINE, U OF SASKATCHEWAN
Dr. Megan McElheran
CHIEF CLINICIAN AND CEO, WAYFOUND
Dr. Rakesh Jain
DR. SAUNDRA JAIN
ADJUNCT CLINICAL AFFILIATE, U OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF NURSING
DR. IAN MITCHELL
EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN AND ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PROFESSOR, UBC
Dr. Pamela Kryskow
Roots to Thrive
Center for Consciousness Medicine
Board Member, Canadian Psychedelic Association
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, ATMA Journey Centers
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ATMA JOURNEY CENTERS INC.
Psychotherapist and Owner of SoulCompass
DR. RAVINDER (RAVI) BAINS
Chief Medical Officer, ATMA Journey Centers
Dr. Lyle GALLOWAY, MD
Palliative Care Medical Advisor
Jane Cooper, MA
Emergency & Addiction Physician, Board Member, MAPS
We are working with Health Canada to provide experiential training for participants to experience the medicine journey through a clinical trial. The guided psilocybin sessions will take place in Calgary, and we will be announcing the timelines and details as soon as we receive confirmation from Health Canada.
We will dive into the various applications for which psychedelic therapy has been known to be effective, including palliative care, mental health including depression, anxiety and PTSD, and other lesser discussed applications. Time will be given to seeing how the various molecules have been most effective for which ailments, but more importantly, why we believe the therapist needs to first understand the core issues that need addressing, and then how the various psychedelics can best be used for those applications.
Research and studies from around the globe that have been published to date will be presented for review and to be assessed for current relevance to the therapist’s work. A required reading list will be given as part of the course completion requirements.
A deeper understanding of the history of plant teachers including San Pedro, Ayahuasca, Mescaline and Psilocybin mushrooms will be discussed as to the importance of honouring the traditions of the plant teachers and to how the ancient wisdom can inform the work of western psychedelic integration.
Working with post-psychedelic therapy integration models, the therapists in our training programs will then be presented with a variety of integration models and options from which to create their own unique toolbox for their ongoing therapy.
THERAPIST TRAINING PROGRAM TOPICS
Introduction to Psychedelic Assisted Therapy
- Introductions, setting the direction and space for the course
- A history of Psychedelics
Ethics in Psychedelic Psychotherapy
- Ethics in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy
Hands-On Work and Practical Consideration
- How to set up the space for effective therapy
- Nuts and bolts of Psychedelic therapy: Forms, intake, screening and processes
Ketamine, LSD, and Other Psychedelic Medicines:
- Therapy and uses
- Dosing, methods of consumption, other considerations
Sitters/ Guides/Therapists Roles
- Past and current models of therapy with psychedelic medicines
- The art of the sitter and guide
MDMA and Psilocybin Treatment
- Applications and uses
- Dosage, treatment and other consideration
Palliative Care with Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy
- MDMA-assisted therapy and uses
- Applications and considerations for therapy
- Exploration of different models of integration
*Module order and topics subject to change.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR TRAINING
- 16 sections in 8 modules
- Interactive Zoom classes for those not in Calgary
- Live classroom setting in Calgary (as COVID guidelines allow)
- Consideration and inclusion in the experiential clinical trial program
- Optional and per Health Canada’s approvals ongoing: Hands-on training with real-world clients for select approved therapists with clients following the training.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This training is designed to help practicing counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and medial professionals gain a basic understanding of psychedelic therapy. This work can support other modalities that you may already facilitate with clients (such as IFS, somatic therapy, EMDR, breathwork, etc). It is not intended to replace what you feel already works, but to provide you with additional, science-based tools to enhance your current practice.
Coming out of this course, you will have a basic understanding of:
- The various psychedelic medicines in use today;
- How to best set up a session with a client in psychedelic therapy;
- Some of the legal and ethical issues that need to be considered when using psychedelic psychotherapy;
- A sense of how and for which applications these medicines work; and
- A clear path on what is required in order for you to introduce this work to your practice when these medicines become legalized.
This is not a mandatory component of the training, but we believe that one of the most important elements of working with psychedelic-assisted therapy is to have first-hand experience with the medicine. We are working closely with Health Canada to find the right way to safely provide this as an option to each student enrolled in the course. This experiential understanding is, we believe, essential to being a qualified therapist to provide psychedelic therapy, to more empathetically understand what the client is experiencing.
We are currently working with Health Canada to find a pathway forward to be able to offer an experiential aspect to the training. We are hopeful that this will be resolved very soon through the Clinical Trial Application currently in the approval process, and will be updating this site and making announcements when we are able to confirm this piece.
We are developing a course specifically for non-registered Healthcare Workers and will be working with Health Canada to educate and equip Health Care Professionals. Subscribe to our therapist training email list for continued updates.
This training course draws from a lineup of exceptionally qualified and experienced instructors in the psychedelic field. You will meet and interact with some of the leading minds and voices in psychedelic medicine from Canada and beyond, giving you a deep insight into the historical, present and future applications of this important work. We are confident that the training will, in the limited time allowed, provide a solid understanding of each of the given areas of study.
Yes! We have a partnership with the Psychologists Association of Alberta, and have CE credits available for eligible professionals.
As you are likely aware, we are in a state of significant change in Canada with regard to psychedelics. Health Canada is opening the door slowly to patients to access these medicines, but we believe it will be a matter of at least some months if not a year or two before these medicines are fully accessible for therapists to offer their clients. At ATMA, we are preparing for these medicines to become legal for therapy, and believe that those who are qualified therapists, together with an understanding of the medicines, will be at the forefront of the leading edge therapy protocols in the future. Psychedelic medicine will have a significant impact on treatment and therapy options for mental health, PTSD, and addictions. Now is the time to fully educate oneself as a therapist to be ready for the wave of need for therapists that is coming.
We do not offer refunds, however, we will work with you to change to a different cohort if you are unable to from attend the course you registered for.
Yes! All sessions are recorded and are available after the evening is complete. If you must miss a class, you can catch up when it works best for you. You can also go back to review material that you found interesting and want to rediscover. Videos are saved under the main header of each training session.
With the current restrictions in place with the COVID 19 Pandemic Situation, there are NO in person events. We follow all government guidelines based in Alberta, and will update this as restrictions change.