Ketamine Assisted Therapy for Clinicians


Instructed by Faculty from Polaris Insight Center

Earn 40 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits.

Training offered only to health professionals.

Choose your date series for the 5 modules.


Learn Theories & Practices of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy
POLARIS INSIGHT CENTER is offering professional development in KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY presented in online webinars and real-time interactive engagement with the instructors.
You will acquire the knowledge and understandings essential to work safely and effectively with ketamine in combination with psychotherapy in a clinical setting.
A package of five training modules builds from the introductory basics, through the more detailed intermediate, to advanced studies focused on the individual practical challenges for clinicians and clients.
The curriculum is taught by highly respected clinicians experienced with the ketamine and MDMA protocols.
Please note: These trainings are ONLY offered to physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other mental health professionals. 40 hours of Continuing Education Credits are available for this training program (optional).


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

After completing module 1, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various dosing strategies and routes of administration
  • Understand the difference between infusion treatment and KAP and the pros and cons of each modality
  • Describe three side effects of ketamine and how they are managed
  • Describe and summarize the three main elements of the KAP protocol and their place and value in the treatment process: preparation, experiential, and integration
  • Explain and describe the difference between psycholytic and psychedelic treatment processes
  • Describe three of the significant controversies in the field of KAP and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy


Module 2: Intermediate Workshop on Focused Clinical Issues

  • 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 Clinical 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.


Training Dates

Reserve your spot by selecting a date series for the 5 module trainings. You can earn 40 hours of continuing education (CE) credits (optional, details below under faculty bios). *All modules are held at 9 am – 5 pm PST

  • Series 1: Jan 11 (module 1),  Feb 8 (module 2), March 29 (module 3),  June 5 (module 4), June 6 (module 5)
  • Series 2: Jan 23 (module 1), Jan 24 (module 2), Feb 27 (module 3), Feb 28 (module 4), March 27 (module 5)
  • Series 4: Jan 23 (module 1), Feb 8 (module 2), March 29 (module 3), April 19 (module 4), May 17 (module 5)
  • Series 5: March 15 (module 1), April 17 (module 2), May 8 (module 3), June 5 (module 4), June 6 (module 5)


Polaris Insight Center Faculty

Veronika Gold, LMFT, Co-Founder of Polaris Insight Center and Psychedelic Therapist

Instructor (modules 1-5)

Veronika has expertise in the treatment of trauma. Her approach is integrative and informed by Somatic Therapies, contemplative practices, and mindfulness. She is trained by MAPS and works as a therapist on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials. Veronika incorporates ketamine assisted psychotherapy in her practice at Polaris Insight Center. She received training from the Ketamine Training Center and KRIYA. She also has an interest in educating others about the healing and transformational potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness.


Eric Sienknecht, PsyD, Co-Founder of Polaris Insight Center and Psychedelic Therapist

Instructor (modules 1-3, 5)

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.



Ketamine therapist

Harvey Schwartz, PhD, Co-Founder of Polaris Insight Center and Psychedelic Therapist

Instructor (modules 1-5)

Harvey has 35 years of experience in the relationally-oriented treatment of complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, and various psychological challenges. He synthesizes relational, psychodynamic, archetypal, and mindfulness perspectives, as well as the use of NOS and metaphysical experiences.





Sylver Quevedo, MD, Co-Founder and Medical Director, Polaris Insight Center

Instructor (module 1)

Sylver has been in continuous practice of medicine for 40 years and practices nephrology, family, internal, and integrative medicine. He serves as Assistant Professor  at Stanford and UCSF. He has played pivotal roles in several global health projects, including planning and development of medical and nursing school in Africa.





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.





Ketamine therapist

Chris Stauffer, MD, Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) 

Instructor (module 3)

Chris is a 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.





Ketamine therapist


Steve Rosonke, MD, Founder of Rainfall Medicine

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.






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.




Earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits

  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California to receive CE credits.
  • For questions about CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Veronika Gold at