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Advanced Workshop I in Ketamine- and Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies

Advanced Workshop I in Ketamine- and Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies

 
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Training Description

Join Polaris Insight Center for an advanced workshop on special topics in clinical work and the development of ketamine and other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. The training module integrates diverse clinical theories, traditions, and philosophies offering participants an increasingly 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 can be taken without completing the prior series.

All modules are taught live online through Zoom. Earn 8 hours of continuing education (CE).

Training Curriculum

Advanced Workshop I (Module 6) on Ketamine- and Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapies
In this advanced module, we focus on special topics in clinical work and the development of ketamine-assisted and other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. We cover the principles, practices and theory of depth therapies and their relationship with KAP: psychoanalytic, archetypal, transpersonal psychotherapy, developmental psychology, including an understanding of the relationship between key neurodevelopmental processes and the value and efficacy of KAP and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. In addition, we focus on challenges and opportunities in maximizing the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) through the effective use of the therapeutic relationship; working with challenging experiences in treatment; the effective integration of spirituality and spiritual explorations as an essential element of the therapy; and the integration and recovery process through an understanding of Jung’s concept of the “transcendent function.”

We cover the important topic of psychedelic integration, involving extreme experiences in non-ordinary states of consciousness. We examine the effects on healing, personality, and spiritual development from periodic immersions in deep, transcendent -- sometimes inchoate and ineffable, and sometimes powerfully revealing and illuminating -- experiences of NOSC’s as well as their effects on individual and collective evolution.  Finally, we discuss the theme of “potential space” and the role and recovery of the capacity for play and wonder as essential transformative elements in the healing and recovery process in KAP. We integrate diverse clinical theories, traditions, and philosophies, offering participants an increasingly wide-angle lens on the evolving field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and grounding it in clinical wisdom, safety, and psychodynamic/archetypal theory and 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.

 

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  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. Discuss the differences between integrating individual psychedelic experiences and long-term integration.
  5. Discuss the neurobiological mechanisms of ketamine.
  6. Describe 3 different examples of symbolic representation of The Encounter with Self that may occur and inform ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
Meet your Training Instructors:
Veronika Gold, MFT
Veronika Gold, MFT (she/her) a Czech Republic native, made Bay Area her home in 2003. She has been interested in the exploration of consciousness and the healing potential of psychedelics since her teenage years when she met Stanislav Grof. She has expertise in the treatment of trauma and as well works with clients on preparation for and integration of psychedelic experiences. She supports clients in personal growth supporting them to live their highest potential. She is a co-founder of Polaris Insight Center, providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, and is a lead trainer at Polaris Insight Center Training program. Veronika was a Sub-Investigator and Therapist on MDMA-Assisted Therapy Clinical trials sponsored by MAPS for the treatment of PTSD. Currently, she is a mentor trainer and supervisor for MDMA-AT. Veronika as well serves as a consultant and facilitator in EMDR and Organic Intelligence trainings, and is a Realization Process Teacher.
Veronika Gold, MFT
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
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
Chris M. Bache, PhD
Chris M. Bache, PhD is professor emeritus in the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 33 years. He is also adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and on the Advisory Board of Grof Legacy Training. Chris’ passion has been the study of the philosophical implications of non-ordinary states of consciousness, especially psychedelic states. An award-winning teacher and international speaker, Chris has written four books: Lifecycles - a study of reincarnation in light of contemporary consciousness research; Dark Night, Early Dawn - a pioneering work in psychedelic philosophy and collective consciousness; The Living Classroom - an exploration of collective fields of consciousness in teaching; and LSD and the Mind of the Universe - the story of his 20 year journey with LSD. Chris lives in Weaverville, NC, with his wife Christina Hardy.
Chris M. Bache, PhD
Professor
Youngstown State University
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
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
Extra Info

All modules are taught live online through Zoom. Earn 8 hours of continuing education (CE) - select CE option.

Date: 
Saturday June 8, 2024 from 9 am - 5 pm Pacific Time

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

Cancellation 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).

Certificate Information

Interested in the different certificate options for our courses? Read on to learn more:

Learn more about Completion Certificate
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Once you complete the course you will receive a Polaris Insight Center Certificate of Completion. Choose this option if you are not a licensed health provider and do not need continuing education credit for your professional degree.

Learn more about CE Credit Certificate
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Once you complete the course you will receive a Polaris Insight Center CE Certificate. Choose this option if you are a licensed health provider who would like continuing education credit for your professional degree.

  • Be sure to select the CE credit option when purchasing the course.
  • Upon completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for your credits.
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center, an APA-approved CE sponsor.
  • Polaris Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Polaris Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, to request special accommodations, or report a grievance contact Psychedelic Support info@psychedelic.support.