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Ketamine Assisted Therapy Training for Clinicians

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Training Description

Learn the principles and procedures of Ketamine Assisted Therapy in this five module training with the Polaris Insight Center. You will acquire the skills necessary to administer ketamine in combination with psychotherapy in a clinical setting. The curriculum is taught by an experienced and knowledgeable faculty of ketamine and MDMA protocols through live video sessions. The format is interactive between trainers and students. This training program is ONLY offered to physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

Polaris Insight Center is dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted and psychedelic-assisted, psychotherapy. We share a deep interest in, and a broad range of experience working with, the psychotherapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and are committed to the integration of alternative and traditional methods psychotherapy.

Our founding members are all MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) trained clinicians who have participated in both Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Polaris faculty have trained at the Ketamine Training Center and KRIYA Institute.

Training Curriculum

Module 1: Introductory Workshop on Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

  • Understand difference between traditional psychotherapy and KAP
  • Identify and attend to Set and Setting variables
  • Work clinically with non ordinary states of consciousness
  • Work within a Therapeutic Triangle (Therapist, Physician, Patient)
  • Understand screening process, medical risks and contraindications
  • Understand the usage of different Routes of Administration and Dosing Strategies
  • Support and Facilitate the Integration Process
  • Understand political and clinical controversies in the field
Module 2: Intermediate Workshop on Focused Clinical Issue
  • Address and work with nervous system dysregulation
  • Work with somatic and therapeutic touch
  • Implement principles and techniques of Transpersonal Psychology
  • Understand the unique transference challenges of KAP
  • Understand countertransference to further the therapeutic process
  • Improve individualized treatment based on case study presentations
  • Participate in role playing for an experiential using KAP set and setting
After completing module 2, participants will be able to:
  • Describe two ways in which the use of touch can support and facilitate self-regulation of the nervous system, and describe one way in which touch can be an interference or an intrusion in the process
  • Explain two major points about the important role of iterations of informed consent for issues related to therapeutic touch in KAP
  • Describe two of the major contributions of transpersonal psychology to the development of clinical protocols for KAP and psychedelic assisted psychotherapies
  • Explain how themes of the “Hero’s Journey” are relevant to the therapy process in KAP
  • Describe two major points of Stan Grof’s influence on non-ordinary states/holotropic state treatments
  • Describe the differences between integrative and disintegrative altered state experiences that patients may express in the transference
Module 3: Advanced Workshop on Focused Clinical Issues
  • Work with attachment in KAP
  • Work with Countertransference part 2
  • Collaborate with outside providers of Ketamine patients
  • Implement virtual Ketamine Assisted Therapy
  • Integrate Spiritual Experiences patients might have during treatment
  • Implement Group Ketamine AssistedTherapy
After completing module 3, participants will be able to:
  • Describe two ways in which avoidant attachment patterns can be addressed in KAP
  • List three of the common countertransference themes therapists need to be aware of in working with KAP
  • List three screening criteria for membership in KAP groups
  • Describe two common challenges in virtual KAP treatment
  • Describe two reasons why a patient may not be a good candidate for virtual KAP treatment
  • Describe a strategy to ensure safety during a telehealth session
Module 4: Advanced Workshop on Focused Clinician issues II
  • Apply principles of ACT in Ketamine Assisted Therapy
  • Work with issues of substance misuse using Ketamine Assisted Therapy
  • Work with resistance in treatment
  • Use KAP in the treatment of PTSD
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of therapists’s personal experience working with NOSC
  • Discuss and consider the necessities and challenges of being ketamine assisted therapist
After completing module 4, participants will be able to:
  • List three ACT interventions compatible with KAP.
  • Describe one principle of KAP that can explain symptom reduction in the treatment of trauma.
  • Describe two steps that a KAP clinic can take to help mitigate the risk of ketamine addiction.
  • List three aspects of being a good psychedelic psychotherapist.
  • Explain one reason in support of therapists having their own experience with NOSC.
  • List two professional activities that a psychotherapist can engage in to improve their competency around working with psychedelics therapeutically.
Module 5: Advanced: Role Play Module: Training and Practice of KAP principles in through Role Play
  • Implement principles of KAP in practice
  • Respond to common questions and challenges that can arise during KAP
  • Practice being in a role of therapist and patient
  • Observe and discuss role-plays
After completing module 5, participants will be able to:
  • Describe two interventions that help create physical and emotional safety before, during, and after a ketamine therapy session.
  • Describe two clinical interventions for facilitating memory of a non-ordinary states of consciousness (NOSC) experience.
  • Explain a mindfulness/relaxation/breathing method that can be used to assist patients with anxiety and easing entry into NOSC.
  • List two emergency interventions for KAP.
  • Describe two effective strategies or interventions to use with challenging emotional and spiritual experiences that might arise during a ketamine session.
  • List two important follow-up methods and questions to ensure effective integration is taking place following a KAP session.
Meet your Training Instructors:
Veronika Gold, LMFT
Instructor (modules 1-5)
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
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
Marina Bystritsky, PhD
Instructor (module 4)
Marina specializes in the treatment of anxiety, OCD and depression. She also enjoys working with clients grappling with existential issues such as meaning and purpose of life. She works from the framework of mindfulness based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion.
Marina Bystritsky, PhD
Polaris Insight Center
Chris Stauffer, MD
Instructor (module 3)
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
Extra Info

40hrs CE Credit Available, select CE option

All modules are held at 9 am – 5 pm PDT


Series 11:

  • March 7, 2022 (module 1)
  • May 16, 2022 (module 2)
  • June 27, 2022 (module 3)
  • August 8, 2022 (module 4)
  • August 19, 2022 (module 5)


Series 12:

  • April 11, 2022 (module 1)
  • May 16, 2022 (module 2)
  • June 27, 2022 (module 3)
  • August 8, 2022 (module 4)
  • August 19, 2022 (module 5)


Series 13:

  • July 11, 2022 (module 1)
  • August 15, 2022 (module 2)
  • September 26, 2022 (module 3)
  • October 24, 2022 (module 4)
  • December 3, 2022 (module 5)



Previous Dates:


Series 10 (Sold out!):

  • January 15, 2022 (module 1)
  • February 7, 2022 (module 2)
  • March 14, 2022 (module 3)
  • April 8, 2022 (module 4)
  • May 13, 2022 (module 5)



After attending this training series I feel competent in my abilities to offer this medicine to Queer and BIPOC clients in need. I really appreciated the cultural sensitivity that was present in this training and open discussions about how this Ketamine work will assist in my ultimate goal of serving marginalized communities!
Courtney Watson, LMFT, CST

I have been very impressed by the Polaris Institute’s Ketamine Training Seminars. The seminars were immensely educational, comprehensive and focused on working with ketamine holistically, as opposed to a strictly medicalized administration. The seminars gave me the confidence to hold ketamine-assisted therapy sessions in my own private practice and help my patients in a truly comprehensive way.
Dr. Priyanka Wali, MD San Francisco, CA

The Polaris training exceeded my hopes and has deepened and energized my work with KAP. Eric, Veronika, and Harvey are practiced and generous presenters, with so much wisdom and experience to offer I expect I could repeat the same module many times and continue to learn. In offering these intermediate level workshops they are providing an invaluable and rare resource to the KAP community.
Colin Reid, LCPC