Postgraduate Certificate in Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy

Program Overview


The Fluence Postgraduate Certificate in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (PC-KAP) is designed to teach clinicians to apply the basics of psychedelic-assisted therapy to KAP. Clinicians will learn how to conceptualize and talk to patients about the role of ketamine in their treatment, how to facilitate patient decision making and autonomy in deciding to take ketamine, how to help patients prepare psychologically and emotionally for their ketamine experiences, how to approach the experiences they may have under the influence of ketamine, and how to integrate those experience into meaningful change.

Social justice implications such as access to care, power dynamics in provider relationships, and the ethics of non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) work in therapy will be explored, and the clinicians will have ample opportunity for experiential practice integrating their own NOSC experiences. The Program includes 125 hours of class & training time (+ readings and practice outside of class).

The Certificate Program is designed to prepare licensed clinicians to provide KAP in the course of their clinical practice. The Certificate is not a license or authorization to practice therapy in itself, but a course of study covering key elements and experiences, providing exposure to mentors and leaders in the field, and introducing participants to a peer group for ongoing professional support and development. The certificate program includes introductory material to the elements of KAP, a strategic overview of relevant clinical research and theoretical literature, experiential training with contemplative practices, and weekly small-group sessions for in-depth exploration of case material.

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Application:

The Postgraduate 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, values, goals, and aspirations for joining the program. Applications are submitted online with a $100 application fee. The PC-KAP is available to licensed clinicians by application only. All eligible applicants will be contacted for an interview with 2 Fluence trainers. Acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the interview and determination by the trainers of appropriateness for the program.

Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by the Fluence admissions committee. Committee members will interview the applicant. 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:

The Program Cost is $9,875 payable in 12 monthly installments. Program fee does not include CE or CME certificate fees, lodging, meals, or travel expenses to in-person programs. If you have already taken Understanding Ketamine, a Reading and Study Group, the Experiential Retreat, or a Clinical Consultation group with Fluence prior to applying for the Certificate Program you will receive a corresponding credit towards your program fee and will not be expected to repeat these classes.

Learning Components:

The Program consists of 125 hours of class & training time (+ readings and practice outside of class). The program includes 5 Learning Components:

  • Understanding Ketamine (weekend workshop);
  • KAP Class (20 x 90-minute classes twice/week);
  • Psychedelic Integration experiential Retreat (November 2020 or Summer 2021);
  • 12-week Reading and Study Group (elective);
  • One 12-week session of the Clinical Consultation Group (CCG).

Certificate program trainees must apply and enroll in the program to be included in the KAP class and to engage in mentoring. Understanding Ketamine, the Retreat, and the RSG may have been taken prior to enrollment, however it is encouraged that participants take their RSG and CCG after completing the KAP class. All trainees must complete a knowledge assessment after Understanding Ketamine and are evaluated on the learning objectives of both RSGs, and CCG by the instructor.

Mentoring:

Trainees will be matched to an Assistant Trainer for individual mentoring. The mentor and trainee are expected to meet between 4 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 4 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.

Cohort & Community:

All currently enrolled certificate program trainees in each KAP Class cohort will be enrolled in a dedicated online classroom & discussion board. All participants will also have access to our community email group with over 600 members for ongoing networking.

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.


Additional Program Information for Applicants:

What are the Program  Expectations?

Who is teaching this program?

The core component of the certificate program is the KAP Class. Teaching the KAP Class will be Ingmar Gorman, PhD, Elizabeth Nielson, PhD, Jeffrey Guss, MD, and Casey Paleos, MD. Between them, these researchers and clinicians have extensive experience in 9 clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted therapy and private practice KAP, clinical work in preparation and integration of ketamine experiences, and training clinicians in psychedelic therapy--both for research trials and private practice settings. Additional Fluence Assistant Trainers will be present for the course to support learning and engagement. Other components of the program are taught by a mix of this KAP Class team and additional Fluence Assistant Trainers with experience providing KAP, Psychedelic Integration Therapy, and other non-ordinary states of consciousness therapeutic modalities. Read more about our team here.

Do you offer Continuing Education or Continuing Medical Education?

Understanding Ketamine is accredited for 6.5 hours of Category 1 CME. Understanding Ketamine, The KAP Class, the Reading and Study Group, and Consultation Group are all credentialed for CE for Healthcare Providers (APA CE through our cosponsor, the SCRC).

Is there a Practicum Opportunity?

Most therapists will find they are able to practice the skills they learn in the program as part of their regular psychotherapy practice. Others may find it appropriate to form local teams and connections with colleagues to start such work. Fluence has strong recognition among existing ketamine treatment providers who may offer our graduates employment opportunities and/or referrals at their discretion.

Do you offer Ketamine as part of this training?

A strong practice of personally engaging with NOSCs and integrating them into one’s life is essential for success as a psychedelic therapist. The appropriate route to attaining NOSCs, however, is a highly individual choice which should be considered carefully and in the context of one’s history, needs, health, and wellbeing. Our program asks trainees to draw on their experiences of NOSCs outside of our time together, as well as contemplative practices within the training environment. Some clinicians may have or choose to pursue ketamine experiences, and these can be material to work with during our NOSC integration practices and individual mentoring sessions. Others will choose methods such as meditation, contemplative practices, or other psychedelics in a variety of settings. We welcome all trainees to make the choices that reflect their individual needs and differences, while in order to promote safety and accessibility we practice only non-drug NOSC states in our training. Our approach is aligned with training programs for therapists in psychedelic-assisted therapy research which neither require nor (in most cases) offer the opportunity to take the psychedelic as part of training, but do incorporate contemplative practices and NOSC experiences such as holotropic breathwork for experiential learning.

What if I want to take Ketamine as part of my training?

Ketamine is a controlled drug and is available only when prescribed and administered by a licensed prescriber for the treatment of a health condition or other medical need. Depending on your location we may be able to refer you to a ketamine therapist you can consult with to see if you qualify for treatment with ketamine. This decision to take ketamine will be entirely between you and your healthcare provider, although you are welcome to talk about your experience in our training program if you find it relevant. Fluence is not a healthcare provider, we will not make any diagnosis, treatment, or recommendation regarding your healthcare.


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