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Advanced Topics in Ketamine and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

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Training Description

Join Polaris Insight Center for two advanced workshops on special topics in clinical work and the development of ketamine and other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. These training modules integrate diverse clinical theories, traditions, and philosophies offering participants an increasing wide-angle lens on the evolving field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, grounding it in clinical wisdom, psychoanalytic and archetypal/Jungian theory and mindful practices.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Polaris’ offers modules 1 to 5 ketamine therapy training series. Module 6 and 7 can be taken without completing the prior series.

All modules are taught live online through Zoom. Earn 16 hours of continuing education (CE).

Training Curriculum

 

Module 6 - Advanced Workshop I on Ketamine- and Psychedelic -Assisted Psychotherapies Live/Online 

 

In this workshop, we focus on special topics in clinical work and the development of ketamine– and other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies.  Themes and topics to be presented include: the principles and practices of depth psychotherapy; developmental psychology and attachment dynamics; understanding the relationship between key neurodevelopmental processes, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and healing/integration from a Jungian theoretical perspective. In addition, the workshop focuses on challenges and opportunities in maximizing the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness through the effective use of the therapeutic relationship; working with challenging experiences in treatment, and, the effective integration of spirituality and spiritual explorations as an essential element of the therapy, and integration and recovery process through an understanding of Jung’s concept of the “transcendent function.” This training workshop integrates diverse clinical theories, traditions, and philosophies offering participants an increasing wide-angle lens on the evolving field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, grounding it in clinical wisdom, safety and psychodynamic/archetypal theory practices.  Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

 

 

Module 6 Learning Objectives

  1. Describe three elements of the theoretical approaches of Winnicott, and elements as they may relate to the practice of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  2. Describe the relationship between therapist-client attunement and psychological change in psychedelic-assisted therapy and how it differs from traditional forms of psychotherapy.
  3. List two common psycho-spiritual themes that often arise in the practice of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  4. List two forms of support that the therapist can offer to clients having a challenging experience in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  5. Describe one way that conflict emerging in the psychedelic-psychotherapy session can lead to learning and growth.
  6. Describe 3 different examples of symbolic representation of The Encounter with Self that may occur and inform ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

 

Module 7 - Advanced Workshop II on Ketamine- and Psychedelic -Assisted Psychotherapies Live/Online 


This course will continue the exploration of major themes in ketamine- and psychedelic- assisted therapy and depth psychotherapy from prior modules, in order to support clinicians in improving both the quality of their clinical work as well as their self-care. In this workshop, we focus on special topics in the application of principles and practices of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies as they relate to the topics of: integration and its challenges; neurotheology (the intersection of spiritual practices and neurophysiology); the relationship between meditation, psychedelics, self- care and improved preparation phase interventions; and a continued focus on the dynamics of the therapy relationship with a particular emphasis on relational psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives and approaches. Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.  

 

Module 7 Learning Objectives

  1. List three of the different levels where possible challenges may occur during Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).
  2. List two different types of interventions that may support clients during the rapid remission process.
  3. Give two examples of adequate containment of client experience in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy that explain Bion’s idea of reverie and how it leads to psychic “containment.”
  4. Describe two key considerations pertaining to relational approaches in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  5. List and describe two meditative practices that can be used for helping with therapist and patient attunement and therapist self-care in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
  6. Describe two important areas of research in the emerging field of neurotheology.

 

Meet your Training Instructors:
Veronika Gold, LMFT
Veronika is a marriage and family therapist who specializes in the treatment of trauma. She is a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified EMDR therapist, Consultant, and Facilitator, and Realization Process Teacher. She has undergone multiple trainings in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, including advanced training through the Ketamine Training Center and Kriya Institute, and MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training through MAPS, and is currently a Sub-Investigator and Co-therapist, a supervisor and a trainer on the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Clinical Trials for the treatment-resistant PTSD. She regularly presents at conferences and teaches on trauma and psychedelic-assisted therapies. Veronika is a lead trainer in the Polaris Insight Training Program.
Veronika Gold, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Polaris Insight Center
Harvey Schwartz, PhD
Harvey is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, as well as patients with spiritual and therapy-related trauma. He has undergone advanced Ketamine-Assisted Therapy training through the Ketamine Training Center and the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training Program and is currently a Sub-Investigator and Co-therapist, a supervisor and a trainer on the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Clinical Trials. In his clinical work and consultation, he synthesizes relational psychodynamic, archetypal, existential, and mindfulness perspectives. He has worked on advancing the theory and practice of integration in psychedelic therapies. Harvey is the training director and a lead trainer in the Polaris Insight Training Program.
Harvey Schwartz, PhD
Psychologist
Polaris Insight Center
Steve Rosonke, MD
Steve Rosonke MD is an ER physician and addiction medicine physician. He is also fellowship-trained in critical care. He has been administering ketamine in a variety of clinical settings since 2001. In 2018, he founded Rainfall Medicine, a ketamine center in Portland, OR where he treats mood disorders, trauma, chronic pain, end-of-life anxiety, and addiction. He has also been teaching and consulting other providers on this topic.
Steve Rosonke, MD
Physician
Rainfall Medicine
Jeffrey Becker, MD
Jeffrey Becker, MD
Instructor
Dr. Jeffrey Becker trained at UCLA/NPI in both Medicine and Psychiatry with a focus on Neuropsychiatry and Functional Medicine. His integrative and holistic approach to psychiatry examines mind and brain function in reference to the health of the whole body. He combines conventional medicine with evidence-based nutrients, lifestyle modifications, and complimentary treatments to restore synergy and balance to baseline physiology.
Jeffrey Becker, MD
Medical Doctor
Private Practice
Andrea Rosati, MD, PhD
Andrea is a psychiatrist with expertise in trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, and emergency psychiatry. Her approach is informed by psychodynamic, mindfulness, and developmental perspectives. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and a study physician and therapist in clinical trials of MDMA for PTSD.
Andrea Rosati, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist
Polaris Insight Center
Kelley O’Donnell, PhD, MD
Dr. Kelley O’Donnell is a holistic psychiatrist and a psychedelic researcher in New York City, and the founder of Mandorla Wellness. She is a board-certified psychiatrist on the faculty at New York University School of Medicine, where she is a clinical researcher and psychedelic therapist in the NYU Experimental Therapeutics Research Group, and an attending psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital. She is a study physician and therapist on clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (including psilocybin and MDMA) and cannabidiol for a variety of therapeutic applications.
Kelley O’Donnell, PhD, MD
Psychiatrist
Mandorla Wellness
Evan Sola, PsyD
Instructor
Evan Sola, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley, and a psychedelic researcher in FDA clinical trials for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at UCSF and Polaris Insight Center. He has a background in trauma-informed psychodynamic and Jungian psychotherapy, and uses dreams to explore attitudes unconscious to the waking self. He provides psychedelic integration for those exploring non-ordinary states, spiritual emergencies, grief, and overwhelming life adjustments, and offers ketamine-assisted therapy for depression and acute suicidality at Sage Integrative Health.
Evan Sola, PsyD
Psychologist
Private Practice
Karen Peoples, PhD
Karen Peoples, PhD
Instructor
Karen Peoples, PhD is a personal/supervising analyst and faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and Faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She practices in San Francisco and Corte Madera, CA. She has published and presented on numerous analytic topics, including incest and social trauma, uncanny unconscious communication, transcendent and traumatic forms of emptiness, and unconscious bodily communication. Karen is a therapist on MAPS phase 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials for PTSD.
Karen Peoples, PhD
Psychologist
Private Practice
Genesee Herzberg, PsyD
Genesee Herzberg, PsyD received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she wrote her dissertation on the phenomenology and sequelae of MDMA-assisted therapy. She trained in MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and in ketamine-assisted therapy with the KRIYA Institute. Dr. Herzberg is co-founder and Clinical Director of Sage Integrative Health, a holistic health and ketamine clinic in Berkeley, CA that offers psychedelic-assisted therapies as they become legal from a holistic, trauma-informed, and relational perspective. Dr. Herzberg is also co-founder and Executive Director of Sage Institute, a sliding scale psychedelic clinic and training center serving marginalized communities and dedicated to diversifying the field of psychedelic medicine. In her psychotherapy practice, Dr. Herzberg offers individual and couple therapy, ketamine-assisted therapy, and psychedelic integration with a specialization in developmental trauma. Her approach is depth-oriented, relational, somatic, and mindfulness-based, with a social justice lens. Dr. Herzberg also works as a co-investigator and therapist for MAPS’ MDMA for PTSD research trials.
Genesee Herzberg, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Sage Integrative Health
Jason Butler, PhD
Jason Butler, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, a practicing psychotherapist, writer, and educator. He has a strong background in Jungian/Archetypal psychology, with a lifelong interest in the study of dreams and the engagement of imagination in healing practices. His primary interests stand at the intersections of depth psychology, social justice, trauma theory, and psychedelic psychotherapy. He is a co-founder and training director at Sage Institute, a sliding scale clinic in Oakland offering low fee ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and trauma-focused depth psychotherapy.
Jason Butler, PhD
Psychologist
Sage Integrative Health
Jessica Katzman, PsyD
Dr. Jessica Katzman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with 19 years of experience as a therapist, and was trained at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in transpersonal perspectives on healing. She is also certified as a Spiritual Emergence Coach, and approaches altered states of consciousness from a nonjudgmental and exploratory stance.
Jessica Katzman, PsyD
Psychologist
Private Practice
Keith Lowenstein, MD
Board certified in psychiatry, obesity and integrative medicine, Dr. Keith Lowenstein works with children, adolescents, adults and families with a focus on stress-related illness, both mental and physical. With more than 25 years of clinical experience in psychiatry, nutrition, integrative holistic medicine and alternative therapies, he has a lifelong commitment to a comprehensive approach to human health and development.
Keith Lowenstein, MD
Psychiatrist
Center for Human Holistics
Extra Info

All modules are taught live online through Zoom. Earn 16 hours of continuing education (CE) - select CE option.

 

 

Target Audience:
This course is designed for mental health professionals – MDs, DOs, NDs, NPs, RNs, PsyDs, PhDs, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCs, LEPs. Open to the public.

 

Accommodations:
To request accommodations for special needs, please email the program administrator at training@polarisinsight.com

 

Cancelation Policy:
Participants need to cancel up to 2 weeks in advance to receive a 100% refund (minus a $25 admin fee and payment processing fee). If cancelled after the 2-weeks-in-advance period they can use the credit for a future training or receive 50% refund (minus a $25 admin fee and payment processing fee).