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Psychedelic Therapy For Underserved Populations: Assessing Risks & Benefits

Psychedelic Therapy For Underserved Populations: Assessing Risks & Benefits


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Psychedelic Support has enrolled over 15,000 students in our free and paid courses! All proceeds from our paid courses have gone into funding more education and resources for the public around safe and ethical use of psychedelics in therapy and harm reduction.
Course Description

Join us in this course to explore how to make psychedelic therapy safely and equitably accessible to clients from underserved communities, particularly those affected by the war on drugs.

In the age of psychedelic water, Facebook mushroom ads, and ketamine yoga, it’s hard to know what’s what. While “accessibility” should be a means towards equity, the intersection of capitalism and psychedelics has led to an interest in profit over ethical client care. “Accessible” psychedelic treatments are more readily available, but at what psychological cost?

Psychedelic medicines can be powerful tools that amplify the subconscious, lower defenses, and help people connect with more vulnerable parts of themselves. As such, this modality must be approached with care, especially when working to make these treatments more accessible to people who use drugs and other systematically-oppressed populations.

As co-founders of two nonprofit psychedelic therapy clinics, we will frame the course from our experiences of building sliding-scale clinics that work with clients who are often left out of the conversations within the psychedelic therapy space.

We review the impacts of the war on drugs on populations we work with, the current cultural context of psychedelic therapy, how we weave harm reduction approaches into our practice, and the risks of psychedelics (within and outside of therapy). We provide a culturally-sensitive tool for how to “assess clients in” for services.

Who is this course for?

Whether you're an aspiring psychedelic therapist, a psychedelic guide, or a client considering seeking psychedelic therapy treatment, we hope this course supports you in weighing out the risks and benefits of these medicines.

Course Curriculum

Harm Reduction Framework

  • War on Drugs
  • Who’s Currently Served by Psychedelic Therapy
  • Overview of Theory of Harm Reduction Therapy
  • Stigma & Psychedelic Exceptionalism

Risks & Benefits

  • Psychedelics & Capitalism
  • Risks of Psychedelic Use
  • Risks of Psychedelic Therapy
  • Benefits of Psychedelic Therapy
  • When's it Worth the Risks?

Assessing In vs. Screening Out

  • How to Collaboratively Work With Clients to Build Safety for Psychedelic Therapy

Learning Objectives

After this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe “defiant hospitality” within the context of harm reduction.
  2. Identify ways the War on Drugs has led to potential unconscious bias when working with underserved and systemically oppressed populations.
  3. Identify ways that harm reduction approaches can be useful in psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  4. List the risks and benefits of psychedelic-assisted therapy.
  5. Discuss the efficacy of psychedelic-assisted therapy research in meeting the needs of underserved populations.
  6. Assess clients’ preparedness for participating in psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Professional Continuing Education

In support of improving patient care, Psychedelic Support offers continuing education for health providers through the the American Psychological Association (APA).

American Psychological Association Education Sponsor
Irina and Vilmarie's Assessing In model is an exemplary approach to evaluating individuals holistically and determining their suitability for psychedelic-assisted therapy. What sets this model apart is its ability to account for a person's entire being, rather than just focusing on specific medical or psychiatric conditions. By taking into consideration the individual's background, history of trauma, social support, culture and context, the Assessing In model helps clinicians better understand the person and tailor their therapeutic approach accordingly. Furthermore, the model's focus on harm reduction aligns with the current paradigm shift in the mental health field towards a more compassionate and person-centered approach.
Geoff Bathje, PhD
Irina and Vilmarie’s training is the only one I have seen that fully incorporates the depth of ethical and spiritual considerations needed when working in psychedelic-assisted therapy, while also attuning to the harm reductionist model of profound care and intentionality when working with people who use drugs. It is rare to see these worlds in collaboration, yet so necessary!
Danielle Herrera, LMFT
Meet your Course Instructors, Contributors, & Peer Reviewers:
Irina Alexander, LMFT
Irina is a co-founder and Clinical Director of Alchemy Community Therapy Center, a sliding scale psychedelic therapy clinic in Oakland, as well as a street-based harm reduction therapist with the Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco. Irina has a long history in direct service work, and believes in the healing capacity of showing up for each other, individually and as a community. She feels passionate about making psychedelic healing services more equitable and accessible to underserved communities. Irina has volunteered for several years as a supervisor with the Zendo Project, and is currently also working as an Adherence Rater for MDMA clinical trials.
Irina Alexander, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Alchemy Community Therapy Center (Co-Founder & Clinical Director), Harm Reduction Therapy Center (Therapist), MAPS (Adherence Rater)
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, PsyD
Vilmarie is a licensed psychologist focusing on integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She is an activist working to end the War on Drugs and advocates for science and reality based drug education and harm reduction approaches for all. She approaches her work from a harm reductionist and humanistic lens, focusing on the individual needs of the person, group, or community. She received a certificate in psychedelic therapies and research from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2018.
Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
Sana Healing Collective (Co-Founder & Director), EntheoIL (Board President)
Extra Info
  • Online platform access: 1 year.
  • After 1 year, renew your account for an additional year by purchasing any of our on-demand courses. All previously purchased courses will be accessible in your dashboard.
  • 100% student satisfaction or money-back guarantee.
  • For the best experience, we recommend taking the course on a tablet or computer.
  • Course FAQ can be found here.

Self-paced course includes:

  • Course syllabus with required readings
  • Video presentation (125 minutes)
  • “Assessing In: Collaborative Risk-Benefit Analysis for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy With Underserved Populations”- a tool to help navigate assessing clients into psychedelic therapy, especially when working with underserved communities.
  • Slide deck with informative graphics
  • Additional resources document to continue deepening your learning
  • Discussion forum to engage with other learners and instructors
  • Quiz to track progress
  • 1 year access to our online learning platform
  • Invite to our monthly speaker series and access to videos from our past events
  • Official Psychedelic Support Certificate of Completion

Choose the Continuing Education (CE) option for:

  • 3 hours of continuing education (CE) credits
  • CE Certificate for licensed professionals, including psychologists, therapists, nurses, social workers, etc.
  • See below for more information about continuing education
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 Psychedelic Support 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 Psychedelic Support 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 Psychedelic Support, an APA-approved CE sponsor.
  • Psychedelic Support is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychedelic Support 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 at info@psychedelic.support.