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The Embrace of Space: Music for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Sessions Live/Online

The Embrace of Space: Music for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Sessions Live/Online

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Training Description

Music is an important component of setting in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and has the potential to help catalyze transformational processes in psychedelic sessions. The practice of listening to music itself can be a doorway into a more receptive, meditative state of mind, which can, in turn, facilitate a process of surrendering more fully to the psychedelic experience. Often referred to as “the language of emotions,” music provides a container for the patient to explore and process emotions while guiding the forward movement of the journey. Stanislav Grof describes the role of music in psychedelic sessions as creating “…a continuous carrier wave that helps patients to overcome difficult parts of the sessions and move through impasses” (Grof, LSD Psychotherapy, 2008). Additionally, as the musical journey unfolds, old memories and associated emotions, previously hidden under the surface of consciousness, emerge and can be processed, understood, and released or integrated.

In this workshop, various aspects of using music to enhance patients’ experiences in ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), including track selection and arrangement, matching music and sound effects with drug effects, and working with resistance around music will be explored. We will consider the dual role of the facilitator – one part therapist and one part sonic alchemist – in using various kinds of music to synergize with the dissociative effects of ketamine and enhance a spacious state of mind, often symbolized by transpersonal visions of vast interstellar space, intricate subterranean caverns, and luscious underwater seascapes. Examples of specific tracks and fully-curated playlists will be shared, and experiential learning exercises will be offered to help participants refine their own musical tastes and preferences for journey work. This workshop will ultimately give participants a better understanding of the methods used to prepare and create music sets for ketamine sessions to deepen the patient’s therapeutic process and open their hearts and minds to the vibrational dimensions of consciousness.

Option to earn 4 hours of continuing education (CE)

Training Curriculum

Learning Objectives

  1. List two specific elements of music selection and arrangement that should be considered when conducting KAP sessions.
  2. Create ketamine playlists for psychedelic sessions.
  3. Describe ways to respond skillfully to patients’ distaste or resistance to the music.
Meet your Training Instructors:
Eric Sienknecht, PsyD
Eric specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, chronic pain, and working with grief and loss. He is interested in states of consciousness research and the healing potential of psychedelic medicines. He is passionate about music and its role in psychedelic assisted therapy.
Eric Sienknecht, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Polaris Insight Center
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
Extra Info

4hrs CE credit available, select CE option

All sessions are held at 9 am – 1 pm PDT

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.

To request accommodations for special needs, please email the program administrator at training@polarisinsight.com

Cancelation Policy:
Participants need to cancel up to 2 weeks in advance to receive 100% refund. If cancelled after the 2-weeks-in-advance period they can use the credit for a future training or receive 50% refund.