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Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy

Key Practices, Ethics and Standards for a Revolutionary Approach to Mental Health
"Psychedelics are to the study of the mind what the microscope is to biology and the telescope is to astronomy" ~ Dr. Stanislav Grof

There is growing world-wide interest in the innovative field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. In this introductory program, you'll gain important insight regarding the history of these treatments, the current clinical trials and research findings, important ethical considerations and how this innovative approach is being integrated with traditional approaches to therapy to create inspiring outcomes for patients and clients.

Schedule and Cost

Tuition: $447 or 2 payments of $237

Class Schedule:

Sept 30th to Nov 11th (7 consecutive Fridays)

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM PT (11:30 - 1:30 PM ET)

Interactive lecture and Q and A sessions via Zoom

CE Credit Available: 13.5 Hours CE Hours through Lifespan Learning

For Psychologists (PhD, PsyD), Clinical Counselors, LEP, LPCC, LCSW, MFT

This program qualifies for 13.5 CE Hours

Course Description

Psychedelic-Assisted PsychotherapyThere are currently more than two hundred clinical research studies being conducted around the world, examining the effectiveness of psychedelic-assisted therapy in treating health issues such as end of life anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, generalized anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse disorder, and chronic pain.

The results of this research are extremely promising, generating growing interest from both mental health professionals looking for new options as well as people suffering from these conditions. Even so, there are many considerations health professionals must be aware of when it comes to psychedelic-assisted therapy.

In this interactive program, participants will learn:

  • The important history of psychedelics and plant medicines, including their use in indigenous cultures and the events that led to their re-classification as Schedule 1 controlled substances in 1970.
  • What currently constitutes legal (vs illegal) access to psychedelic therapy, and an overview of the regulatory process underway that will make specific forms of psychedelic-assisted therapy legal and available by 2023 and beyond.
  • An overview of the current clinical research being conducted, including which psychedelic compounds are being used to treat which conditions, and the benefits, risks, and contraindications.
  • The neuropharmacology of psychedelics, what constitutes a “psychedelic experience” and how these substances work on various receptors of the brain and body to induce psychological and physiological effects.
  • Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy
  • How this approach compares to traditional therapeutic models, with special attention on three unique phases of the psychedelic-therapy process: the preparatory phase, the psychedelic-therapy session itself, and the integration phase.
  • Proper screening of candidates for psychedelic therapy, including contraindications, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and the unique risks and safety issues related to psychedelic medicines.
  • Important ethics and standards related to psychedelic-assisted therapy, including requirements of informed consent, issues of transference, countertransference, power dynamics, and other important considerations when working with someone in an altered state.
  • What to cover in the preparation stage and integration stages to help clients achieve the best possible and lasting outcomes.
  • Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy
  • The specific competencies and skills required for a therapist offering psychedelic-assisted therapy, and how this approach is being integrated with various traditional therapeutic models.
  • What you can (and can't) legally recommend when answering questions about psychedelic-assisted therapy from clients or patients. Learn how to handle questions from clients wanting to explore psychedelics on their own, and 4 commonly used principals to help with harm reduction.
  • The cultural considerations and mindful communication necessary when working with BIPOC / LGBTQ communities, as well what's necessary to ensure underserved communities will have safe and affordable access to these therapies as they are more fully available.
  • What you need to know about the quickly changing landscape of psychedelic-assisted therapy, including additional training, the certification and regulatory boards, and insurance options being created to support this emerging field.

This interactive program is delivered in lecture format, with additional opportunities for Q and A with guest presenters and small group discussion and exercises throughout.

By the end of the course, you'll have solid knowledge of psychedelic-assisted therapy and feel empowered to answer questions / make recommendations to clients or patients becoming increasingly interested in this approach to mental health.

This introduction to the use of psychedelics in psychotherapy is designed to meet the continuing education needs of Psychiatrists and Psychologists, and is also valuable for Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Counselors, Social Workers and those currently in training for mental health professions.


This program is presented by renowned researchers, clinicians, and pioneers in the field of psychedelic therapy, including:

Dr. Candice Feinberg, Psy.D

Dr. Candice Feinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and a highly respected authority in the field of mental health. She's appeared on national television, written articles for Psychology Today, and spoken at numerous conferences across the country.

Dr. Feinberg has worked in adolescent treatment since 2007. She has guided hundreds of families in many stages of recovery and pioneered a dynamic program focusing on the critical role of the parent in their children's recovery. She is known for her book, "No Parent Left Behind: Parenting from Love instead of Fear."

Dr. Feinberg has also served on the board of "For the Child", a non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic services in schools and is currently the CEO of ROWI, Teen & Parent Wellness Center with 7 locations in Southern California.


Sonia Stringer - Board Member Psychedelic Association of Canada 2020 - 2022

Sonia Stringer has over 25 years' experience as a professional speaker and business coach. She started her career as a National Trainer for peak performance expert Anthony Robbins and in 2000 launched her own coaching and training company.

Since then, she has created and delivered hundreds of training programs focused on personal and professional development and has personally worked with 100,000+ clients in 36 countries.

Sonia is also a graduate of the University of Santa Monica, which offers a MA degree in Spiritual Psychology, and has devoted her entire career to studying traditional and innovative approaches to psychology and mental / emotional health.

She's been a passionate advocate of psychedelic-assisted therapy for over 25 years and served on the Board of the Psychedelic Association of Canada (2020 to 2022). She currently consults with companies creating training programs for MD's, therapists, nurses, psychiatrists, and other mental health care professionals interested in learning about psychedelic medicines.


Allison Feduccia - PhD

Allison Feduccia, PhD is a neuropharmacologist, psychedelic researcher and educator. She is the Co-Founder of "Psychedelic Support" and "Project New Day".

In these roles, Dr. Feduccia facilitates the spreading of evidence-based knowledge, connection to licensed health providers in the Psychedelic Support Network, and strategies for individuals to maximize the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics through safe and responsible practices.

In 2009, she earned a PhD in neuropharmacology from the University of Texas at Austin studying the effects of MDMA on behavior and neurochemical release. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco and at the National Institutes of Health where she investigated treatments for substance use disorders. Her work at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (2015-2020) focused on MDMA protocol designs, data analyses, scientific writing, and public education and outreach.


Robin Divine - BIPOC Advocate, Speaker / Consultant & Philanthropist

Robin Divine is the founder of “Black People Trip”, an organization that provides education regarding harm reduction and the safe uses of psychedelics in the Black community. She is a passionate advocate for the accessibility of psychedelic therapy in underserved communities.

In addition, Robin works as a “Safety and Equity” consultant for organizations that want to better understand, support and serve BIPOC individuals in the psychedelic space.

She is also the creator of the “Black Psychedelic Equity Fund” - an initiative designed to reduce the financial barrier to psychedelic care and fund the education of future Black psychedelic therapists.


Lauren Cabaldon - MA, LMFT, Psychedelic Therapist

Lauren Cabaldon is a licensed marriage and family therapist, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and clinic manager at Field Trip Health in San Diego.

She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and her master's degree in Counseling and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

She currently teaches as adjunct professor in the PhD Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Lauren has been working with psychedelics for many years and has witnessed their transformative power when harnessed with intentional integration, ritual, and attunement. She believes that an individual's personal encounter with the unconscious is essential for the healing process. Her favorite phrase comes from Carl Jung, "If we do not make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."


Dr. Saundra Jain - MA, PsyD, LPC

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, is an Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, School of Nursing, at The University of Texas at Austin, and a psychotherapist in private practice.

Dr. Jain is a co-creator of the WILD 5 Wellness Program and co-author of a popular workbook written for those interested in improving their mental wellness - KickStart30: A Proven 30-Day Mental Wellness Program.

She is cocreator of the Psychedelics and Wellness Survey (PAWS) exploring the intersect between psychedelics and wellness. She serves as a member of the Psych Congress Steering Committee providing direction regarding educational gaps/needs for mental health practitioners, and Sana Symposium providing psychedelics education for mental health and addiction professionals.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education Credit: The Lifespan Learning Institute and Maple Counseling are cosponsors of this Continuing Education program.

Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by APA and CAMFT to offer Continuing Education Credit for our programs. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based upon the information contained in your Zoom Conference log-in/ log-out and engagement time. You must also complete the online Evaluation form by Friday, November 18th.

Psychologists (APA): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers 13.5 hours of CE credit.

LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs (CAMFT): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider # 050085)

Communications: All pre-conference and post-conference communications will be via email or online. This includes but is not limited to: Registration confirmation, digital syllabus, Evaluations, CE certificates, etc.

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