Module Descriptions & Training Objectives

The Entheogen Assisted Psychotherapy and Integration Training Series focuses on understanding and working with entheogens in psychotherapy with an ecological perspective.

This online series will prepare licensed practitioners and registered interns to address intake, orientation, administration, diversity of experiences, integration, facilitation and ethical dimensions from a biocentric paradigm. Equity issues relative to social location will be addressed throughout the training series. 

Series Modules 

Saturdays, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 2021, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Each session meets 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with an hour-long afternoon break.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Opening Ritual: Despacho or pagamento: this is an Andean ceremony for a wide variety of occasions—births, deaths, as an expression of gratitude, to heal physical and emotional ailments, to restore balance and harmony. Our opening ceremony is an offer of gratitude to the land, the mushroom family, the humans who will gather with us in this training, and all other beings whom we share the planet. Led by Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, PhD and her Kamentsa teacher, Santos Jamioy Muchavisoy. A lecture will follow with Melinda Garcia, PhD, Ken Smith and Heidi Van Vliet, both elders of the Wasco tribe; introductions by Claudia Cuentas, LMFT.

Introduction to Epistemologies of the South; Biocentrism and Eco-informed Therapies
In this session, our point of departure is the embeddedness of our lives and the lives of all other beings on our planet. We will discuss intersections between Indigenous and Western psychology, situating ourselves in concrete geographical spaces as beings who are entangled with the lives of all other beings on the planet—how to extend our capacity to relate, ground ourselves in the here and now, transform our notions of self, develop humility, and become more responsible for the well-being of all. Topics will include decolonization, ethics, cultural equity, polyvagal theory and emotional attunement. Guest Presenter: Melinda Garcia, PhD, Clinical, Community, and Organizational Psychologist

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Screening, Preparation and Integration Phases of Working with Entheogens
Topics include screening, evaluation, risk assessment, consultation, confidentiality, safety and informed consent. We will focus on establishing rapport and nurturing the therapeutic alliance; transference/countertransference; trauma, traumatic stress, complex trauma and the potential for re-traumatization. We will cover tips and tools for preparation and integration as it relates to psilocybin assisted therapy. A discussion on the impact of power imbalances in the therapeutic relationship, and the importance of responsibility and accountability will be integrated throughout. Guest Presenters: Mick Rose, Culture, Education, and Wellness Manager, Native American Youth and Family Center; Darragh Stewart, PhD, Co-Founder/Scientific Lead Facilitator, Inwardbound

Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Neuroscience of Entheogens, Psilocybin, and Altered States of Consciousness
Topics will include ongoing developments of psilocybin research and their use as an adjunct to therapy. We will cover the foundations of pharmacology and neuroscience of psilocybin and discuss how various medications interact with psilocybin; neuroplasticity and the default network mode; current mental health treatments using pharmaceuticals for mental health disorders and understood contraindications when using psilocybin. Ethical and cultural equity dimensions of these topics will be integrated in the discussions. Guest Presenter: Brian Pilecki, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Working with Psilocybin
Dr. Knox will discuss the ethical dimensions of our work with the land, the mushrooms, psilocybin, and humans from diverse social locations. Attorneys Dave Kopilak and Kathryn Tucker will explore the legal issues related to psilocybin, its status as a Schedule I substance, how the OR PSA will operate in light of federal law, the OR PSA provisions regarding licensing for all involved in psilocybin services; opportunities to access psilocybin therapy apart from the OR PSA. Guest Presenter: Rachel Knox, MD, Endocannabinologist & Certified Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist, Doctors Knox, Inc., and member of the Oregon Cannabis Commission; Dave Kopilak, JD, Founder, Emerge Law Group; Kathryn Tucker, JD, Special Counsel, Emerge Law Group 

Refresher courses will be offered as Oregon State guidelines are released by the Oregon Health Authority.

Following this training series, participants will:

  • Understand and ground their practice within an ecopsychological framework, in which reciprocity and responsibility are central to working with entheogens

  • Know basic Indigenous and Western psychology principles for assisting others in the preparation and integration of working with entheogens

  • Develop a respect for and understanding of wisdom traditions (Indigenous and alternative treatments) that may be part of the patient’s experience

  • Understand non-ordinary states of consciousness, including the neurobiology and relationally-based psychology states involved in working with entheogens

  • Be informed regarding entheogens, their effects, their risks, and the extremely varied ways that they are used for meaning, healing, growth and treatment

  • Be able to recognize common signs of risk that may be related to entheogen use, and be prepared to consult with other professionals

  • Be able to evaluate a client’s relationship with entheogens and their consultation issues

  • Have basic knowledge of the legal aspects of entheogen use in the United States

  • Understand the importance of self-care and self-monitoring

  • Accurately represent themselves and their services

  • Understand and articulate ethical dimensions of working with entheogens

  • Understand and address the cultural equity dimensions of working with psilocybin