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 series will prepare practitioners 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

Module 1: Introduction to Epistemologies of the South; Biocentrism and Eco-informed Therapies; Indigenous World Views (decolonization); Ethics, Equity and Inclusion

Module 2: The Neuroscience of Entheogens, Psilocybin (Johns Hopkins University research), and Altered States of Consciousness. Class discussion surrounding current mental health treatment with pharmaceuticals, current understood contraindications, decolonization; and ethics, equity and inclusion

Module 3: Screening, preparation and integration phases of working with entheogens; Evaluation, risks, consultation and current research; Ethics, equity and inclusion

Module 4: Legal and ethical aspects of working with psilocybin (informed by Measure 109 Board and OR Medical Board and OR LMFT/LPC Board); Ethics, equity and inclusion

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