The Advancement Center

For mental health professional who want to grow clinically and personally in the field of psychedelic medicines

These opportunities are brought to you in collaboration with Full Living.

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Practicum

The 6-week virtual training provides a step-by-step guide that will leave clinicians feeling confident and ready to provide KAP to patients.

Group Ketamine Experience for Mental Health Professionals

For clinicians interested in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, the place to start is with your own direct experience with the medicine as a patient. 

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Practicum

What is the KAP Practicum?

Incorporating psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy into your outpatient practice is much easier than you may think. For licensed clinicians, our program offers a streamlined process which will enable you to weave this tool into your existing therapeutic modality, be it psychoanalytic psychotherapy, DBT, CBT, IFS, mindfulness-focused, eclectic, relational, somatically-based, narrative therapies, etc. within 2 months. 

In our work with Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), we’ve seen clinicians invest significant time and resources in training programs only to find themselves inadequately prepared to offer the treatment to their clients. Our program addresses this gap between education and practice by providing comprehensive guidance to therapists as they walk their own client through KAP treatment over the course of the program. Over the span of six weeks, we systematically guide you through the process of evaluating, preparing, and supporting your clients through their ketamine assisted psychotherapy treatment. This culminates in two supervised medicine sessions that you’ll facilitate with your clients. 

Employing an internship model, our program integrates education with practical application in a supervised, supportive environment. Throughout the program, you’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience, collaborating with fellow therapist participants and your client. By the program’s conclusion, you’ll possess all the necessary documents, checklists, processes, and protocols to add KAP into your practice, having already completed your first two sessions with your inaugural client. 

Our curriculum will use Karen’s recently published book, “Prepare Yourself, Your Clients, and Your Practice for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy: A Step-by-Step Guide”, along with supplemental resources, helping you build your own collection of documents to share with clients. 

Spring Dates 2024: If you are interested and have more questions, please attend the Virtual Q&A on April 30th at 8pm. We will provide an overview and answer questions. 

Our primary goal in developing this program was to help licensed clinicians move from curious interest to actively providing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in two months. Whether your plan is to offer KAP as an occasional tool with an occasional client, begin offering KAP as a center piece of your practice, or as a frame for retreats, our program represents a valuable investment in your professional development and the enhancement of your practice. The comprehensive training, supervision, and hands-on experience offered throughout the program are designed to fully equip you with the necessary skills and expertise to bring psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy into your practice immediately upon the program’s completion.  

The Full Program Fee (inclusive of training/CEU and practicum/supervision components) is $2800.  We’re committed to ensuring that your investment yields tangible results and contributes to your success as a practitioner. 

Program Components: 

Ahead of the start date, we’ll assist you in identifying suitable clients for the practicum experience. Weekly Zoom sessions will guide you through client onboarding and preparation for treatment, offering 9 CEUs*. You will have multiple for one-on-one meetings with trainers around client selection and preparation. You will provide two KAP medicine treatments with your own client at the Ko-Op under onsite supervision. 

Sign up information via Meetup.

Spring Dates 2024:

4/10  at 8pm Virtual Q&A. Come get all your questions answered.

Dates for program:
Virtual group meetings on Tuesday nights

  • 4/30 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  • 5/7 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  • 5/14 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  • 5/21 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  • 5/28 8 PM to 9:30 PM
  • 6/4 8 PM to 9:30 PM

Medicine Sessions for your clients, In person at the Ko-Op (1625 South St) or virtual. You will schedule 2 of these 4 options:

  1. Friday 5/31 6pm-9pm
  2. Saturday 6/1 10am to 1 pm
  3. Friday 6/7 6pm-9pm
  4. Saturday 6/8 10am-1pm0

The Process

Components
1) We will meet by Zoom weekly to discuss best practices for a taking a patient start to finish through Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.
2) You will facilitate two KAP treatments with your own patient at the Ko-Op with onsite supervision.
Credentialing
NASW-PA Chapter is a co-sponsor of this workshop. 9 CEs will be awarded for completion of this course. NASW has been designated as a pre-approved provider of professional continuing education for social workers (Section 47.36), Marriage and Family Therapist (Section 48.36) and Professional Counselors (Section 49.36) by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors."
Experimental Component
We do not offer an experiential component. If you are interested in experiencing the medicine in a KAP context, please check out our Group Ketamine Experience for Mental Health Professionals.
When & Where
We are excited to help a new group of clinicians with this exciting work. If you have colleagues who may be interested as well, this is the time to get them on board. The weekly meeting with be virtual, and the supervised medicine session practicums will happen at the Ko-Op at 1625 South Street, or virtually if you choose.
Fee
Please reach out for information on the cost of Training + Practicum. You can pay in full at the beginning or in 3 installments. We have a limited number of scholarships available. Please let us know if you would like to be considered for a 50% or 25% discount to be put on our waiting list.
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Feel free to reach out for more information and for the dates of our Virtual Q&A. You can also fill out the form below or give us a call.

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Group Ketamine Experience for Mental Health Professionals

What is the Group KAP Experience?

For clinicians interested in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, the place to start is with your own direct experience with the medicine as a patient. A medicine journey provides clinicians with firsthand insight into how powerful this medicine can be and ways to make therapeutic use of the experience.  

Whether clinicians want to be able to support their patients in accessing psychedelic assisted psychotherapy with other clinicians, or eventually offer and integrate this into their clinical work in becoming a Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist, this is an opportunity to experience the medicine alongside other interested colleagues.  

We are offering this group KAP treatment to therapists in person at the The Ko-Op in Center City Philadelphia and remotely (over Zoom). This is a brief (two session) treatment for clinicians who meet the psychiatric criteria to receive KAP.  

 

Spring Dates 2024

An OPEN Virtual Q&A for interested participants to ask all their questions February 27th 8pm

  • Virtual preparation Session 1hr: March 12th 8pm

  • Group Medicine Session at the Ko-Op or Virtual (3hr): March 15th 6pm-9pm 

  • Virtual Integration session (1hr): March 19th 8pm

  • Group Medicine Session at the Ko-Op or Virtual (3hr): March 22nd 6pm-9pm

  • Closing Virtual Integration session including next professional options (1hr): March 26th 8pm

  • Cost: Medical Eval $250 + $1200 for Experiential

  • Link to Meet Up for additional Information.

The Process

Protocol for the Experience
1) A 30-minute virtual medical and psychiatric assessment.
The fee for the Medical Evaluation is $250.00 and this includes Participants sublingual ketamine lozenges for the two dosing sessions.

2) A Virtual Q&A Preparation Session 1 hour

3) Medicine Session Including Group Preparation and Integration (3.5hr)

4) Virtual Integration session (1hr)

5) Medicine Session Including Group Preparation and Integration (3.5hr)

6) Closing Virtual Integration session including next professional Steps (1hr)

*If you have out of network benefits, you may be able to submit portions to your insurance for reimbursement; however, we cannot guarantee reimbursement. Please reach out for updated fees and dates.
Commitment
This is a closed group, meaning that the same members will participate each time and it will not be open to any new members for the duration of the series. Group participants will need to commit for the entire series.
Next Steps
If you are interested in joining the next group, please review the schedule below and then contact us below to fill out the screening questionnaire and schedule your 15-minute screening call to determine preliminary eligibility.

FAQ's

While we cannot guarantee what sort of experience you will have during the ketamine session, some people do have challenging experiences. We will be present to support you through the dosing session. Even though the experience may be challenging, it may also bring to light important issues to address during integration.

For those who wish to continue working after the group is over, we will work with you to ensure that you are connected to another psychotherapist who is trained in ketamine to work with you individually.  

There is no prerequisite to be in therapy to join the group, however, we require all participants to be connected with some mental health resources that they can access for support after the completion of the program. This can include an individual therapist, group therapy, psychiatrist, coach, etc. since after the group, we will not be able to provide ongoing clinical support. We will offer referral resources for people who are interested in additional treatment.  

We will evaluate friends who wish to join on a case-by-case basis. While this may work, issues may arise in group cohesion, and we may ask friends to separate.  

You might be a fit for the group if you are working through depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and other clinical diagnoses. Some people may require a higher level of care, and during the initial assessment interview, we will determine whether we are able to accommodate you in the group.  

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