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Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Cohort Training

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Cohort Training


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Training Description

A 9-month cohort for clinicians to explore together the foundations of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy. The next start date is September 12, 2024.

Cohort Overview:

This virtual training by the Polaris Insight Center covers the foundations of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) through a combination of online didactic training and group discussions. Clinicians move through training together to enhance the group learning experience and facilitate the development of a professional network. At the end of the cohort, clinicians will have gained more confidence and competence in offering KAP and will have developed relationships with a community of like-minded peers.

The Cohort Sessions will cover the foundational material presented in Polaris Modules 1-5. Each Session is three hours long.

Participants will also attend 3 Supplemental Polaris Modules in addition to Cohort Sessions. These are eight hours each and are included in the Cohort price.

Discussion Groups are smaller groups of clinicians within the Cohort. These groups are led by Polaris facilitators and will be times of synthesis and discussion of course materials. The groups meet five times throughout the course of the Cohort, for two hours at a time. More details about scheduling below.

This Cohort covers the Virtual Training requirements to receive a KAP Training Certificate. It also counts for 3 out of the 12 Consultation Group requirements.

The training price is $4,275 (USA and Canada) or a discounted rate for international students (pricing tier information).

    Training Curriculum

    Cohort Topics:

    • Introduction to KAP
    • Continued Clinical Topics in KAP
    • KAP Protocol
    • Healing Traditions and Big Picture Perspectives in Psychedelic Medicine
    • KAP Experiential (non-medicine)
    • Sound Journey
    • Role Play and Practice Sessions
    • Ethics in KAP
    • Diversity and Equity in KAP
    • Group and Virtual KAP
    • Somatic Approaches
    • Working with Challenging Experiences
    • Transference in NOSC-Assisted Psychotherapies
    • Integration of Spiritual Experiences
    • Transpersonal Perspectives
    • Countertransference
    • Issues of Attachment and Addiction
    • KAP for the Treatment of Trauma
    • Collaboration with Outside Providers
    • Integration in KAP and NOSC-Assisted Therapies
    • Expressive Art Modalities for Integration
    • Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious​​ Trauma, and Self-Care
    • Becoming a Psychedelic Therapist
    Meet your Training Instructors:
    Veronika Gold, MFT
    Instructor (modules 1-5)
    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
    Eric Sienknecht, PsyD
    Instructor (modules 1-3, 5)
    Eric is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating chronic pain, mood disorders, and trauma. He has undergone training in KAP through the Ketamine Training Center and in MDMA-Assisted Therapy through the MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program and is currently a Sub-Investigator and Co-therapist, and a trainer on the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Clinical Trials for treatment-resistant PTSD. He presents at conferences regularly on topics such as set and setting, ethics, integration, working with expansive states of consciousness, and music in psychedelic therapy. Eric is a lead trainer in the Polaris Insight Training Program.
    Eric Sienknecht, PsyD
    Clinical Psychologist
    Polaris Insight Center
    Harvey Schwartz, PhD
    Instructor (modules 1-5)
    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
    Polaris Insight Center
    Chris Stauffer, MD
    Instructor (module 4)
    Chris is an assistant professor at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician and uses a holistic and collaborative approach informed by attachment theory. Chris has served as a therapist for clinical trials using oxytocin, MDMA, and psilocybin in combination with individual and group psychotherapy.
    Chris Stauffer, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Steve Rosonke, MD
    Instructor (modules 1, 4)
    After medical school and a residency in Emergency Medicine, Steve completed a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the Shock Trauma Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. In caring for his patients, Steve has embraced not only conventional medicine but mind-body medicine, psychology, neuroscience, meditation, spirituality, personal transformation, and trauma recovery.
    Steve Rosonke, MD
    Rainfall Medicine
    Ryan Hoffman, LMFT
    Ryan has dedicated his therapeutic practice to working with anxiety, depression and relationships challenges. He has developed a passion for working with the expanded states of consciousness that arise through psychedelics. Ryan’s approach to therapy is inspired by a number of modalities including transpersonal, existential, humanistic, somatic and EMDR.
    Ryan Hoffman, LMFT
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Polaris Insight Center
    Robert Voloshin, DO
    Dr. Voloshin completed his Psychiatry Residency at The University of New Mexico where I spent an additional year of fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served as a study physician/therapist at UNM for a clinical trial investigating the effects of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of alcohol-use disorder. He has pursued extensive psychotherapy training in various modalities including Somatic Experiencing and Hakomi. His approach to Psychiatry and Therapy includes an emphasis on family systems theory, developmental psychology, psychedelic psychotherapy, nutrition, mind-¬body approaches, and reconnection to the earth and community.
    Robert Voloshin, DO
    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    Insight Psychiatry
    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
    Devon Cortright, PsyD
    Devon graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He currently works at Polaris Insight Center, under the supervision of Harvey Schwartz, PhD. He offers ketamine assisted psychotherapy. In addition, he offers psychotherapy to adults, couples, families, and adolescents. He helps with the Polaris and Rainfall Certificate in Ketamine Assisted-Psychotherapy Training Program.
    Devon Cortright, PsyD
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    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
    Joseph McCowan, PsyD
    Joseph is a licensed clinical psychologist, currently working in Los Angeles as a therapist and supervisor in the MAPS clinical trials of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. Additionally, Joseph supports the MAPS Therapy Training Program as a training assistant, and supports efforts toward increasing the diversity of therapists and participants in the MAPS clinical studies as part of the MAPS Diversity Working Group. Joseph practices at the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy where he provides ketamine assisted psychotherapy and psychedelic integration therapy. Joseph is trained in multiple other psychedelic assisted therapy approaches including psilocybin-assisted therapy for Depression and 5-MeO-DMT therapy. Joseph is deeply passionate about furthering education and awareness of the healing benefits of psychedelics for communities of color and in working to improve mental health outcomes for historically underserved communities. Joseph received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
    Joseph McCowan, PsyD
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    California Center for Psychedelic Therapy
    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
    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
    Extra Info


    All Sessions below are from 8 am to 11 am (Pacific Time Zone). Select the CE option for 69 hours of credit.

    • Session 1: Introduction to KAP, Thursday, September 12, 2024
    • Discussion Group: Week of September 15-21, 2024
    • Session 2: Continued Clinical Topics in KAP, Tuesday, September 24, 2024
    • Session 3: KAP Protocol, Tuesday, October 1, 2024
    • Session 4: Healing Traditions and Big Picture Perspectives in Psychedelic Medicine and KAP Experiential (non-medicine), Wednesday, October 16, 2024
    • Discussion Group: Week of October 20-26, 2024
    • Session 5: Ethics in KAP, Monday, November 4, 2024
    • Session 6: Somatic Approaches and Virtual KAP, Thursday, November 21, 2024
    • Session 7: Group KAP, Diversity and Equity in KAP, Wednesday, December 4, 2024
    • Session 8: Role Play and Practice Session, Monday, December 16, 2024
    • Discussion Group: Week of January 5-11, 2025
    • Session 9: Working with Challenging Experiences, Monday, January 13, 2025
    • Session 10: Transference and Integration of Spiritual Experiences, Friday, January 31, 2025
    • Session 11: Transpersonal Perspectives and Role Play, Tuesday, February 11, 2025
    • Discussion Group: Week of February 23-March 1, 2025
    • Session 12: Countertransference, Tuesday, March 11, 2025
    • Session 13: Issues of Attachment and Addiction, Thursday, March 27, 2025
    • Session 14: KAP for the Treatment of Trauma, Tuesday, April 8, 2025
    • Discussion Group: Week of April 20-26, 2025
    • Session 15: Becoming a Psychedelic Therapist, Tuesday, May 6, 2025

    You will make your selection and schedule the 3 Supplemental Modules during the Cohort registration process.

    Discussion Groups will be offered at various days and times. These groups meet for two hours (e.g., Group B will meet on Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (Pacific Time Zone). Participants will choose their desired Discussion Group closer to the start of the Cohort.


    Cohort Fee:

    • $2950 (USA and Canada)
    • Optional $499 for 69 CE credits (USA only - more information below)
    • We are offering tiered pricing for international clinicians. Please review the pricing tier information.
    • If you have already taken Module 1 and would like to join the cohort, we still require that you attend all sessions, but you will receive a discounted rate. Please reach out to info@psychedelic.support before registering.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Participants may cancel up to 4 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus a $200 admin fee). Cancellations less than 4 weeks in advance to the start of the cohort will result in a $500 cancellation fee. Any cancellations after the start of the cohort will be refunded 75% of the pro-rated cohort fee, and no refund will be issued for participants canceling after the 3rd Session.

    Please note – if you need to cancel or change your date for the Training and Practice Module, please do so 2 weeks in advance, or else you will need to pay the Module cost ($350) to sign up for a future one.

    Cohort FAQs:

    • What is the format of the training?
      • The cohort will be all online via Zoom. It is a combination of didactic presentations and discussion groups.
    • Who all can join the cohort?
      • Licensed clinicians, chaplains, and other healthcare professionals who plan to practice ketamine-assisted psychotherapy or support others through treatment. Those in the process of working towards licensure may also join.
    • Is there any work that I need to do outside of the Sessions?
      • There are no assignments that will be due as required coursework.
      • We do, however, provide recommended readings that are supportive to the material taught in the Session. While we do recommend reviewing them beforehand, this is not required.
    Certificate Information

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

    Learn more about Completion Certificate

    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

    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.

    If participants miss a Session, they will not receive CE credits for that date (3 CE credits per Session). The $499 CE credit fee is a flat fee and cannot be partially refunded. CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center which is sponsoring this program. 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 enrolling in CEs for psychologists, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFT or any other CE questions, contact us at ce@polarisinsight.com. Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA), a co-sponsor of this program, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

    There are 69 hours of Continuing Education Credits available for this program through the American Psychological Association (APA) and Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). Licensed clinicians, doctors, social workers, and nurses, etc. may receive CE credits. These are not CME credits, so medical practitioners will need to check with their licensing boards to confirm if they accept Continuing Education Credits through the American Psychological Association. There are 3 CE Credits per Session (15 total Sessions) and 8 CE Credits per Module (3 Supplemental Modules). Throughout the cohort, CE recipients will need to fulfill some administrative requirements: Fill out Attendance Sheets for each Session and Module. If participants miss a Session or Module, they will not receive CE credits for that date unless they schedule to attend a make-up Session (more information on missing Sessions in the Cohort FAQs). The $499 CE Credit fee is a flat fee and cannot be partially refunded for Sessions missed. Fill out the Assessment Forms at the end of each Session and Module. Leave the camera on during Zoom Sessions and Modules.

    For questions about CEs for nurses, visit www.spiritualcompetencyacademy.com or contact the Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com. Other questions about CEs can be emailed to our CE Coordinator at .ce@polarisinsight.com.