Frequently Asked Questions
The Entheogen Assisted Psychotherapy and Integration Training Series focuses on understanding and working with entheogens in psychotherapy with an ecological perspective.
What does ‘Entheogen’ mean?
Entheogen refers to a psychoactive substance derived from plants that is used in spiritual practices. Intention is the distinction that separates “entheogen” from “psychedelic.” Psychoactive plants have been very important to people from different cultures for centuries. Entheogens have survived within indigenous communities despite Euro-centric efforts to separate the people from the spiritual practices in an effort to convert. Indiegnous peoples have a relationship with the plants. Plants are not used, they are not tools and they are not drugs. Plants are living beings who offer their gifts to humans in relationships of reciprocity. Our training is aligned with this worldview.
Is Entheogen Assisted Therapy the same as Psychedelic Assisted Therapy?
Yes, but there is a greater focus on the person’s relationship with the medicine being used in the psychotherapy, rather than focusing solely on its euphoric or psychological effects. Entheogen integration therapy acknowledges the space we happen to inhabit (whatever it may be for a person, a family, or a community), reciprocity, and responsibility between the known and the knower[s]. This departs from western practices that detach plants and other beings—inviting usage without regard for the epistemological reciprocity that must be maintained between all living beings.
Entheogen integration therapy can include working with people before and after the psychedelic experience, independently of that experience and regardless of whether the provider is involved in that experience.
Do I have to be a mental health professional to take this course?
No, all are welcome to take this course. Prospective students must fill out an application before being accepted to the series, and those who are not mental health professionals will need to complete the prerequisite class. If I am a mental health provider, can I get continuing education credits for taking this course? Yes, licensed mental health professionals in Oregon State will receive 30 hours of continuing education credits, 6 of the hours will count for ethics and 4 of the hours will count towards cultural competence.
Will I be able to practice as a psilocybin assisted therapist after taking this training series?
No, this training series has been created to provide information about entheogen assisted psychotherapy, not certify anyone to practice. In order to practice as a psilocybin assisted therapist, you will need to complete the requirements set up by the state of Oregon, or your local jurisdiction. Once the Oregon Health Authority releases it’s guidelines for practitioners, our program will be fully aligned with their training criteria. As of now, we are covering the topics that we are most aware of that meet standards for best practices in mental health and mind altering substances, such as the psilocybin tea.