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Ethical Issues and Client Expectations in NOSC-Assisted Psychotherapies

Ethical Issues and Client Expectations in NOSC-Assisted Psychotherapies

 
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Workshop Description

This workshop will be a deep dive into the world of ethics in KAP, focusing on themes and topics that are important for clinicians to know in order to effectively and safely deliver care. Working with such powerful boundary dissolving tools can add an extra layer of challenge, requiring skill and support, particularly in the realm of ethical considerations. We will explore best practices for dealing with situations that evoke ethical questions such as touch, transference/countertransference, relational components of psychotherapy, as well as dual relationships. Participants will learn how to address client expectations and “unspoken contracts” about the outcome of the treatment, the experience of the treatment itself, and therapist involvement and availability.


In this workshop, we will describe some common elements of these unspoken contracts and the ruptures that can result if these are not addressed in a direct and relational manner. We will also lead participants through experiential exercises to learn how to work with ruptures when they do occur as well as how to address expectations for clients through direct conversations during preparation sessions. Grounding practice will also be explored to help clinicians reorient and reconnect to their core principles during difficult sessions, giving you practical tools to help find your feet in the midst of a storm. 


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 course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current ethical landscape of the psychedelic psychotherapy field.
  2. Describe the four key considerations in employing ethical ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP).
  3. Identify when ethical consultation is necessary in your clinical practice.
  4. Explain how to navigate between non-directive psychedelic psychotherapy and directive boundary setting psychotherapeutic techniques.
  5. Describe at least 3 common implicit expectations that clients have of both KAP and psychedelic-assisted therapy work and the therapist/practitioner.
  6. Identify and explore with clients when ruptures have taken place due to the therapist or the work not fulfilling the client’s expectations.
  7. Demonstrate effective ways to both discuss with clients realistic expectations for KAP and psychedelic-assisted therapy and repair ruptures that occur when client’s expectations are not met.
Meet your Workshop 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
Frank Ehrenfried, LMFT
Frank focuses on combining neuroscience-informed trauma modalities with psychedelics. His intention with this cross-over is to help amplify and ground the powerful healing capabilities of expansive states of consciousness. With the potential to facilitate the profound transpersonal and mystical experience. Integrating mindfulness, the body and depth psychology, EMDR therapy, he weaves together a creative and practical roadmap towards healing. He has undergone KAP training through Ketamine Training Center and MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training through MAPS. Frank is a trainer in the Polaris Insight Training Program.
Frank Ehrenfried, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Polaris Insight Center
Renee Razzano, LCSW
Renee specializes in trauma and recovery and embraces psychedelic-assisted therapies like KAP to facilitate growth and connectedness. She works with couples and individuals to enhance their ability to feel more of their aliveness, to increase resilience, and to be in an ongoing process of integration and expansion. Her approach draws from yoga philosophy, movement science, neuroscience, social work, social justice, and indigenous food and plant healing traditions and weaves together somatic and mystical facets of psychotherapy. She has trained as a touch therapist in Relational Somatic Healing, which focuses on healing developmental trauma. Renee leads integration groups in the Polaris Insight Training Program and teaches about ethics in psychedelic psychotherapy.
Renee Razzano, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Polaris Insight Center
Jennifer Jones, PhD, LCSW
Jennifer is a multiracial Black, queer, fairly able-bodied, 52 y.o. cisgender woman with citizenship in the US. Jennifer incorporates an economics human rights perspective, a harm reduction framework, and Gestalt Therapy principles in her work. After working as a trauma therapist for 20 years, Jennifer has spent the last two years co-developing the Rising Caps Collective to address our collective trauma from legacies of colonization, genocide, slavery and capitalism by using expansive healing methods. As a parent who believes a just world is possible, Jennifer is committed to organizing for the unity of the poor to fight for all of our economic human rights.
Jennifer Jones, PhD, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rising Caps Collective
Aisha Mohammed, LMFT
Aisha is a cisgender, queer, Pakistani-American woman who immigrated from Karachi to Los Angeles as a child. She has been working in harm reduction for a decade with Project SAFE, providing direct services and advocating for the human and labor rights of people who trade sex and use substances. Aisha trained as a family therapist at Drexel University and has worked primarily with low-income families of color, immigrants and people who use substances in community mental health and educational settings.
Aisha Mohammed, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Project SAFE
Extra Info

Dates: 

New dates coming soon.

 

8hrs CE credit available, select CE option

Online workshop at 9 am – 5 pm PT (Pacific Time)

 

Instructors:

Frank Ehrenfried, LMFT • Veronika Gold, LMFT • Renee Razzano, LCSW • Jennifer Jones, LCSW • Aisha Mohammed, LMFT

 

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).

 

Continuing Education:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • LCSWs, MFTs, 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 or to report a grievance, contact training@polarisinsight.com