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Psilocybin Facilitator Training Certificate Program

Program Overview

Naropa University is excited to announce the launch of a new certificate program designed specifically to support education and training for legal psilocybin facilitation. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychoactive tryptamine found in more than 200 species of fungi, long held by Indigenous cultures to be sacred mushrooms.  Naropa’s new Psilocybin Facilitator Training certificate program (PFT) will meet state regulatory requirements for psilocybin facilitation with the standards of excellence that Naropa is known for. The PFT certificate is founded on three pillars: contemplative practice, cultural responsiveness, and core facilitation skills. The Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies believes that all three are required in preparing psilocybin facilitators to provide safe, ethical, and effective care. 

Our program achieves these standards of excellence by offering a cohort-based training model that emphasizes small group instruction, active learning and skill-building practices, and comprehensive curriculum taught by leaders in the field. Naropa’s Psilocybin Facilitator training features a core team of experienced educators who provide didactic instruction and lead small groups through the program, closely tracking each trainee while encouraging peer support and collaborative learning. 

NCPS is closely monitoring and actively engaged in DORA’s process as Colorado’s emerging regulatory rules are being finalized, and we anticipate Naropa’s new PFT program to be fully compliant with the official rules for facilitator training, which are now expected to be published in the summer of 2024.

What Makes Us Unique?

As North America’s leading institution of contemplative education, Naropa University is uniquely positioned to offer an innovative, experiential learning approach that is community-based, mindfulness-infused, and socially engaged. Like all education at Naropa, our psychedelic studies programs are grounded in integrated mindfulness and compassion practices—a training approach we believe to be essential for ethical and engaged psychedelic practitioners. Program participants will receive a deep grounding in principles of social justice, the historic roots of Indigenous plant medicine practices, and the powerful relationship between healing and spirituality. Naropa is proud to be one of the first fully-accredited universities to train the new vanguard of psychedelic therapists and facilitators. 

Program Format

The PFT certificate is a 6-month, virtual learning program that provides hybrid instruction with dynamic live class sessions accompanied by asynchronous content that students can engage at their own pace in accordance with the program timeline. Reflection activities, knowledge checks, and assessments are woven throughout the curriculum to ensure that trainees get the most out of their education. 

Following the 6-month didactic learning period, trainees will be eligible for a 40-hour practicum to practice hands-on skills as psilocybin facilitators under the supervision of experienced mentors. 

Join us live online to ask questions and learn more about the new PFT Certificate program! Click the links below to register.

Tues 1/16 — 5:00 – 6:00 pm MT
Open House with Diana Quinn, ND & Victor Cabral, LSW

Tues 2/6 — 5:00 – 6:00 pm MT
Open House with Diana Quinn, ND & Victor Cabral, LSW

Applications Open: Feb. 6, 2023

Applications Priority Deadline: March 3, 2023

Current Admissions Status: Closed

Program Start: May 2023

Opening Retreat: May 17–21, 2023, Naropa University, Boulder, CO

MDMA-Assisted Therapy Retreat (Option 1):
July 14–22, 2023, Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO

MDMA-Assisted Therapy Retreat (Option 2):
Sept. 19-27, 2023, Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO

Weekend Apprenticeship Training Retreats: Fall dates TBD, Colorado

Program Ends: December 2023

Live Info Sessions

Join us live online to ask questions and learn more about our 2024 program!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

5:00 – 6:00 pm MST

Open House w/ Diana Quinn, ND

& Victor Cabral, LSW

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

5:00 – 6:00 pm MST

Open House w/ Diana Quinn, ND

& Victor Cabral, LSW

Full Program Details Available Early 2024

Program Philosophy & Competencies

Naropa approaches contemplative education from an explicitly feminist, anti-oppression, and social justice lens, and seeks trainees who are committed to right relationship with sacred plant medicines, Indigenous communities, ethics, and equity. The Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies begins with an intensive Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (JEDI) training, as well as a prerequisite course in this area, and we invite applications from trainees who are ready to thoroughly investigate power, privilege, and oppression as part of deep training in the ethical and safe delivery of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

The Naropa Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies has Three Core Philosophies:

  • Naropa University is the world’s leading contemplative university, and a pioneer in the modern mindfulness meditation movement.

  • As a fully-accredited university, Naropa University maintains its visionary Buddhist-inspired contemplative pedagogy across diverse degree and non-degree programs.

  • Teaching mindfulness within the context of our intercultural campus and world, Naropa honors the cultural and historical roots of these practices while also acknowledging the gift inherent in stillness and silence.

  • All meetings, courses, retreats and other offerings are infused with contemplative practices and perspectives, ranging from mindfulness and compassion meditation practice to interculturally diverse contemplative community and nature-based spaces.

  • Naropa is the only training program working with MAPS PBC to offer a contemplative-focused retreat-based educational experience.

  • Curriculum begins with intensive justice, equity, diversity and inclusivity training where trainees learn the ways that power–personal power, role power, status power, and structural power–are inherently at play in therapeutic relationships.

  • Trainees explore Indigenous sacred plant medicine traditions, including the harms of cultural appropriation, and the ways that the medical system and clinical research have and continue to be a site of oppression of marginalized communities.

  • Curriculum actively engages questions of what it means to be in right relationship to Indigenous communities, particularly those stewarding sacred plant medicine traditions.

  • Program provides Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarships. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide financial support to assist those participants who further the University’s diversity mission with particular attention to, but not limited to, underrepresented populations, including people of color and other minority populations.  

  • Curriculum takes an explicitly feminist, anti-racist, and anti-oppression lens.

  • Participants are encouraged to explore the roots of psychedelic practices in their own cultural lineages and the ways in which such practices were interrupted by colonization.

  • Curriculum is presented under professional supervision in experiential small cohorts.

  • Trainees will practice clinical skills in an intensive retreat environment that includes evaluation and feedback.

  • Curriculum provides up-to-date education in legal psychedelic therapies as well as the use of medicines at various stages of regulatory approval regarding therapeutic use, as well as medicines that are in various stages of regulatory approval for therapeutic and adult use.

  • Trainees are given a comprehensive, in-depth foundation with the understanding that, as with any specialty, many thousands of clinical hours are needed to become fully competent.

  • Naropa carefully considers institutional partners and faculty to deliver the highest quality educational experience.

  • Naropa faculty guide curriculum development and bring unique expertise in areas such as somatic psychology, eco-psychology, chaplaincy, professional ethics and transpersonal/contemplative psychology.

Eligibility

Naropa is introducing this new Psilocybin Facilitator Training certificate program in anticipation of the forthcoming Colorado regulations under the Natural Medicine Health Act (NMHA), and will offer training in accordance with both the NMHA and Oregon’s state regulations. Colorado’s NMHA regulatory model is expected to offer a tiered approach to training and licensure, with a tier for licensed clinical providers to practice under the scope of their training in the provision of psilocybin services. A second tier would confer licensing for eligible adults who have completed state-approved psilocybin facilitator training, in accordance with OHA regulations. Naropa’s PFT certificate program welcomes trainees eligible for both levels of Colorado licensure, and both groups receive identical training as psilocybin facilitators. 

Program Philosophy & Competencies 

The PFT certificate applies an anti-oppressive, decolonial framework and social justice lens as the foundation of the training, and we invite applications from trainees who are ready to thoroughly investigate power, privilege, and oppression as part of deep training in the ethical and safe delivery of psychedelic-assisted therapies. Please see the Center’s Integrity Commitments for more details and resources. 

Apprenticeship Training Retreat

Throughout the Fall of 2023, trainees will return to Colorado in small groups to participate in an apprenticeship training retreat. These trainings begin with a group dinner followed by two full days of experiential training. There will be several options to choose from during the Fall, including Ketamine & Sacred Ceremony retreats for BIPOC participants within the cohort. In this 3-day training retreat, participants will have the opportunity to practice psychedelic therapy skills under supervision utilizing ketamine or breathwork. Trainees will not be required to consume substances in order to participate. However, if appropriate, some trainees may benefit not only from deepening their clinical skills, but from experiencing psychedelic medicines in a safe container. The Apprenticeship Training Retreats will utilize a peer consultation model, where trainees receive structured feedback from peers along with written evaluation from faculty.

Ready To Learn More?

Full program details will be announced in 2024, when regulatory rules for Colorado have been published. Please subscribe to the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies newsletter for the latest news and offerings. 

Ready To Learn More?

Dynamic, Cohort-Based Online Learning

Asynchronous Learning Modules

Participants accomplish 85 hours of online learning across eight different modules. Incorporating topical case studies, theoretical readings, knowledge checks, videos, and more. Asynchronous modules are completed at the trainee’s convenience, within a monthly time frame.

Live Online Class Sessions

Live Online Class Sessions Led by distinguished Naropa faculty and coveted guest lecturers, live-online sessions allow participants to dive into the nuance of each course module and benefit from diverse perspectives. Live-online lectures are held on the second Saturday per month for four hours from June-December.

Integration Groups

Guided by a skilled cohort leader with a background in psychedelic-assisted therapy, participants apply core competencies and engage community learning principles in small integration groups. Groups meet online twice per month, and consist of 8-10 participants.

Over an 8-month period, participants will be guided through 7 distinct modules.

Topics include MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine therapies, as well as compassion training and psychedelic justice. For a full list of module topics and schedule, expand below.

Trainees will move through the 8-month program with a series of monthly modules, in addition to the three in-person retreats. Attendance is required; please see the program’s Attendance Policy details.

Live Online Classes: Second Saturday of each month on Zoom, 10am-3pm U.S. Mountain Time: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9. Integration Groups: First and Third Wednesday evening of each month (either 4-5:30pm MT or 6-7:30pm MT depending on group time zone). Small Group formation will include consideration of time zone.

May 2023 Asynchronous JEDI Prerequisite Course
May 17-21, 2023 Opening Retreat, Naropa University Arrival and registration: May 17, 3-5pm Departure: May 21, noon
    • Contemplative Practice Intensive
    • History of Psychedelics
    • Plant Medicines
    • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (JEDI) Intensive
    • Ecopsychedelics Experiential
    • Introduction to Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies
June 2023 Module 1: Preparation
    • Screening
    • Clinical Assessment
    • Spiritual Assessment
    • MAPS PBC ~ MDMA-assisted Therapy
July 2023 Module 2: Ethics
    • Ethical Integrity
    • Therapeutic Touch
    • Trauma-Informed Approaches
July 14-22, 2023 Intensive Retreat (Option 1), Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
    • MDMA-assisted Therapy Week-long Live Education Event with MAPS PBC
August 2023 Module 3: Therapeutic Foundations
    • Non/Inner-Directed Approaches
    • Deep Listening
    • Inner Healing Intelligence
September 2023 Module 4: Therapeutic Skills
    • Transference/Countertransference
    • Enactments and parallel process
    • Implicit Bias
September 19-21, 2023 Intensive Retreat (Option 2), Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
    • MDMA-assisted Therapy Week-long Live Education Event with MAPS PBC
October 2023 Module 6: Integration
    • Principles of integration
    • Art
    • Somatic Approaches
Fall 2023 3-day Apprenticeship Training Retreats, CO. Dates TBD
November 2023 Module 7: Group Facilitation
    • Facilitation Skills
    • Community Healing: Integration Beyond the Individual
    • Restorative Approaches
December 2023 Module 8: Credentialing and Advocacy
    • PAT Credentialing
    • Setting Up a Psychedelic Practice
    • Creating Equitable Access

Trainees will move through the 8-month program with a series of monthly modules, in addition to the three in-person retreats. Attendance is required; please see the program’s Attendance Policy details.  

Live Classes: Second Saturday of each month on Zoom, 10am-3pm U.S. Mountain Time: June 10th, July 8th, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 10.

Integration Groups: First and Third Wednesday evening of each month (either 4-5:30pm MT or 6-7:30pm MT depending on group time zone). Small group formation will include consideration of time zone.


May 2023

Asynchronous JEDI Prerequisite Course


May 17-21 // Opening Retreat, Naropa University

Arrival and registration: May 17, 3-5pm

Departure: May 21, noon

  • Contemplative Practice Intensive
  • History of Psychedelics
  • Plant Medicines
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (JEDI) Intensive
  • Ecopsychedelics  
  • Introduction to Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies

June 2023 // Module 1: Preparation

  • Screening
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Spiritual  Assessment
  • MAPS PBC ~ MDMA-assisted Therapy

July 2023 // Module 2: Ethics

  • Ethical Integrity
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • MAPS PBC ~ MDMA-assisted Therapy

July 14-22 // Intensive Retreat (Option 1), Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO

  • MDMA-assisted Therapy Week-long Live Education Event with MAPS PBC

August 2023 // Module 3: Therapeutic Foundations

  • Non/Inner-Directed Approaches
  • Deep Listening
  • Inner Healing Intelligence
  • Ketamine-assisted Therapy

September 2023 // Module 4: Therapeutic Skills

  • Transference/Countertransference
  • Enactments and parallel process
  • Implicit Bias
  • Psilocybin-assisted Therapies

September 19-21 // Intensive Retreat (Option 1), Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO

  • MDMA-assisted Therapy Week-long Live Education Event with MAPS PBC

October 2023 // Module 5: Integration

  • Principles of integration
  • Art Therapy Approaches
  • Somatic Approaches
  • Ayahuasca and Iboga therapies

Fall 2023 // 3-day Apprenticeship Training Retreats, CO. Dates TBD


November 2023 // Module 6: Group Facilitation

  • Facilitation Skills
  • Community Healing: Integration Beyond the Individual
  • Restorative Approaches

December 2023 // Module 7: Credentialing and Advocacy

  • PAT Credentialing
  • Setting Up a Psychedelic Practice
  • Creating Equitable Access

MAPS PBC MDMA-Assisted Therapy Education

Working with MAPS PBC, Naropa offers education intended to raise awareness about the therapeutic approach and treatment modality delivered in MAPS PBC-sponsored clinical trials investigating MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. The MDMA-assisted therapy curriculum incorporated into the Naropa University Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies includes online asynchronous coursework and a week-long live education event delivered by MAPS PBC MDMA-assisted therapy educators.

The MAPS PBC MDMA-assisted therapy education delivered within Naropa’s Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies is intended to provide foundational information on the inner-directed therapeutic approach practiced in MAPS PBC clinical trials. Participants will complete aspects of the curriculum throughout Naropa’s certificate program, and will also participate in a week-long immersive education event, led by MDMA-assisted therapy educators working with Naropa faculty.

While MAPS PBC is working on the New Drug Application to the FDA, there are no guarantees about the approval of MDMA-assisted therapy, or what the specific requirements will be for healthcare providers wishing to deliver this treatment in the future should MDMA-assisted therapy be approved by the FDA. 

From MAPS PBC: There are currently no certification standards for any psychedelic-assisted therapy given the investigational status of this modality. We designed the MDMA-Assisted Therapy Education Program to provide a space for learning and exploration of this exciting new field of study. While participation in our educational program cannot guarantee future certification for delivery of the investigational treatment MDMA-assisted therapy, and is not approved by any regulatory agency, we believe many of the therapeutic concepts discussed may be useful in clinical practice today. The MDMA-Assisted Therapy Education Program is positioned to compliment attendees’ knowledge and advocacy in their current therapeutic practices.

Naropa offers education intended to raise awareness about the therapeutic approach and treatment modality delivered in the MAPS PBC-sponsored clinical trials, which are investigating MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. MDMA-assisted therapy is an investigational treatment and is not yet approved for use outside of research. MAPS PBC cannot predict regulatory approval in the drug development process. Receiving education in MDMA-assisted therapy is not a guarantee or promise of employment, career trajectory, or the future status of MDMA-assisted therapy.    

To learn more about MDMA, its use in clinical research, published data, pharmaceutical properties, safety profile, and history, please read the MAPS Investigator’s Brochure.

Apprenticeship Training Requirement

Experience with non-ordinary and extra-ordinary states of consciousness are central to Naropa’s Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies. As the MAPS training site affirms, “Some of the best preparation for supporting others through a process is going through a similar process oneself. The kind of knowledge gained from firsthand experience is invaluable and difficult to replicate.”

Naropa’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies curriculum requires trainees to attend a 3-day Apprenticeship Training in Fall 2023.  Naropa recognizes that trainees may have prior experience with psychedelic substances and/or non-ordinary states and associated modalities. However, trainees are required to fulfill this requirement while enrolled in the certificate program so as to experience facilitating a psychedelic therapy session under guided supervision, receiving instruction and feedback. Experiences that do not involve mind-altering substances are also possible, including breathwork practice.

Consistent with its obligations under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act Amendments of 1985, the Naropa University Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies does not require the use of psychedelic substances by certificate program participants in order to successfully complete the training.

Visit the Application Process & Program Policies page for more information.

How This Certificate Prepares Participants for Work as Psilocybin Facilitators

Psilocybin facilitation is an emergent and evolving field. This non-degree certificate is designed to prepare facilitators to work within the prescribed state regulatory model as defined by Colorado’s Natural Medicine Health Act and the Oregon Health Authority. As the state-based regulatory space is emergent, additional training may be required for credentialing depending on the legal context of the facilitator’s location.  The future trajectory and guidelines for psilocybin facilitation vary by region, regulatory agency, and protocol, and are subject to changes in federal, state, and local guidelines. 

2024 marks an exciting time in the psychedelic landscape where states including Oregon and Colorado, along with others still pending, have implemented legal access to psilocybin therapies. Naropa’s psilocybin facilitator program is pending approval by the Oregon Health Authority and state higher education accrediting agencies. As guidelines for practitioners in Colorado become available, the Naropa PFT will aim to meet and fully comply with those training standards.  

Psilocybin research is demonstrating promising results for the treatment of depression, end-of-life anxiety, addiction, and other mental health conditions, but the future timeline and trajectory for legal and FDA-approved psilocybin-assisted therapy is yet to be determined. There is currently litigation in federal court seeking to make psilocybin available to patients with life-threatening conditions under the federal Right to Try Act. Depending on the outcome, there may soon be a pathway to lawfully engage in psilocybin therapy with qualified clients. 

Regulatory Snapshot

Oregon voters passed ballot Measure 109 in 2020, establishing the Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) division of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), with final regulatory rules published in 2022. The first state in the nation to implement a regulatory framework for psilocybin services, OPS began accepting applications for licensure, conducted public commentary period to receive feedback, and developed revised rules in 2023. Naropa’s psilocybin facilitator training program is pending OHA approval, and portability of psilocybin facilitation licensure is anticipated between Oregon and Colorado.  

Colorado voters approved Proposition 122, the Natural Medicine Health Act (NMHA), in the 2022 general election and in 2023 the Colorado Legislature passed SB23-290, the formal implementation bill for Proposition 122. This measure decriminalized adult possession of psilocybin mushroom and other natural medicines. SB23-290 also creates the necessary regulatory framework to oversee a regulated market of natural medicine and natural medicine products in the state. In January 2024, the regulatory rules for training of psilocybin facilitators will be published, and the full scope of the law takes effect in 2025. Naropa is proud to be a leader in Colorado in developing psilocybin facilitator training as well as contributing input on the safe, ethical, and equitable delivery of psilocybin services under the NMHA. 

Compare Our Program Options

Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Program
Psilocybin Facilitator Training Certificate Program
Cost
$7,500
Tier 1: $5,500
Tier 2: $7,500
Hours
150
120
Duration
8 months
6 months
Delivery
Live and asynchronous online learning, small groups, in-person retreats
Live and asynchronous online learning
Add-Ons
50 hours – MAPS PBC MDMA-AT Education (additional cost)
40 hours – Psilocybin Practicum (additional cost)
Eligibility
Licensed clinicians, Medical providers, Chaplains, Native American/First Nations/Indigenous members, unlicensed providers on case-by-case basis based on experience
Tier 1: 21 years or older (+ other eligibility per OHA/NMHA)
Tier 2: Licensed clinicians
Learning Outcomes
  • Expertise: Gain specialized in-depth knowledge in psychedelic-assisted therapies.

  • Leadership: Prepare to lead in the evolving landscape of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

  • Professional Network: Build connections with experts and professionals in the field.
  • Comprehensive Training: 6 month program with live sessions and hands-on experience.

  • Ethical Focus: Anti-oppressive and social justice focused training.

  • Regulatory Alignment: Prepares trainees for Colorado’s NMHA and Oregon’s Measure 109 regulations.
  • Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Program
    Psilocybin Facilitator Training Certificate Program
    Cost
    $7,500
    Tier 1: $5,500
    Tier 2: $7,500
    Hours
    150
    120
    Duration
    8 months
    6 months
    Delivery
    Live and asynchronous online learning, small groups, in-person retreats
    Live and asynchronous online learning
    Add-Ons
    50 hours – MAPS PBC MDMA-AT Education (additional cost)
    40 hours – Psilocybin Practicum (additional cost)
    Eligibility
    Licensed clinicians, Medical providers, Chaplains, Native American/First Nations/Indigenous members, unlicensed providers on case-by-case basis based on experience
    Tier 1: 21 years or older (+ other eligibility per OHA/NMHA)
    Tier 2: Licensed clinicians
    Learning Outcomes
  • Expertise: Gain specialized in-depth knowledge in psychedelic-assisted therapies.

  • Leadership: Prepare to lead in the evolving landscape of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

  • Professional Network: Build connections with experts and professionals in the field.
  • Comprehensive Training: 6 month program with live sessions and hands-on experience.

  • Ethical Focus: Anti-oppressive and social justice focused training.

  • Regulatory Alignment: Prepares trainees for Colorado’s NMHA and Oregon’s Measure 109 regulations.
  • Ready To Apply?

    Full program details will be announced early in 2024. Subscribe to the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies newsletter for the latest news and offerings. 

    Program Faculty

    Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies Leadership Team

    Sara Lewis, Ph.D, LCSW

    Dr. Sara Lewis is Associate Professor and Chair of Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University. She earned her PhD from Columbia University and MA from the University of Chicago, specializing in psychological anthropology and clinical social work. She is author of Spacious Minds: Trauma and Resilience in Tibetan Buddhism, (Cornell University Press, 2019) and a former Fulbright fellow. Sara is a therapist with MAPS MDMA-assisted therapy study site in Boulder, CO and has conducted research on how psychedelics can be a catalyst for change in psychotherapy.

    Center for Psychedelic Studies Director Joe Harrison

    Joe Harrison, MS

    Joe’s career has focused on studying organizational leadership and on medications development for the treatment of substance use disorders. Prior to joining Naropa, he worked at Johns Hopkins University’s Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit managing a large research group, conducting clinical trials, creating experiential programs for students, and fostering collaborative private-sector relationships. While at JHU, he was an advisor to the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and held positions on boards and committees focused on business development, diversity and inclusion, community outreach, and research oversight. He is the co-founder of Peabody Pharmaceuticals, a company whose mission is to minimize the role that prescription pain medications play in the opioid epidemic. He holds a BS in Psychology from Towson University and a MS from Johns Hopkins in Regulatory Science. Joe lives in Baltimore, MD with his family, has a personally meaningful yoga practice, and fly fishes the Chesapeake Bay region during his free time.

    Diana Quinn, ND

    Dr. Quinn is a licensed naturopathic doctor with a focus on psychoneuroimmunology and integrative mental health. Her clinical work has centered on care of marginalized communities, including people of color, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and low-income populations. Dr. Quinn is a graduate of the CIIS Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research program. She is a member of the Board of Psychedelic Medicine and Therapies, where she serves as co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and is a member of the Ethics Working Group with the American Psychedelic Practitioners Association. She serves on the board of Source Research Foundation, where she chairs the Community Grant Program, and is a member of the Chacruna Institute Racial Equity and Access Committee. Dr. Quinn is the Training Director of Alma Institute, a psilocybin facilitator training program and service site in Portland, Oregon. She serves on multiple advisory boards dedicated to building ethical integrity, equity, accessibility, and structural competency in the field of psychedelics.
    Victor Cabral

    Victor Alfonso Cabral, LSW

    Victor Alfonso Cabral, LSW, is an Afro-Latinx professional deeply dedicated to serving historically marginalized communities. Drawing from his personal and professional experiences, Victor approaches his work with empathy and strategic insight. His varied career includes contributions to policy development, community outreach, training and education, and community mental health services. He is a licensed social worker and therapist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with training in MDMA/Ketamine/Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems.

    As the former Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Fluence Training, Victor was instrumental in guiding policy initiatives, shaping inclusive training curricula, and fostering connections among key stakeholders in the field of psychedelic medicine.

    Prior to joining Fluence, Victor served as Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform where he helped shape regulations for youth detention centers and residential treatment facilities. He facilitated the establishment of the first Racial Day of Healing in Pennsylvania history and developed accessible trauma training for Pennsylvanians.

    He is actively involved in a documentary film titled ‘We Are The Medicine’, which seeks to highlight the importance of BIPOC voices in the psychedelic community (www.PictureAColorfulWorld.com) He was recognized in the Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s “40 Under 40 Outstanding BIPOC Leaders in Drug Policy” and received the 2022 Emerging Social Work Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers of Pennsylvania.

    Belinda Eriacho

    Belinda is of Dine’ (Navajo) and A:shiwi (Pueblo of Zuni) descent. Her maternal clan is One-Who-Walks-Around and she was born for the Zuni Pueblo people. Belinda was born and raised on the Navajo reservation, located in Arizona, United States of America. 

    She is the wisdom carrier, healer, and founder of Kaalogii LLC, focused on cultural and traditional teaching, inner healing, and an international speaker on various topics impacting Native American communities in the United States.

    Belinda holds degrees in Health Sciences, Technology, and Public Health. In addition, Belinda has participated in the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, MDMA People of Color, and Eye Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy Training Programs.

    Belinda is also a Founder and Board member of the Church of the Eagle and the Condor, a Program Advisor for Naropa University, and a Native American Traditional Advisor for SoundMind.

    She is the author recent articles that are available on charuna.net:  “Considerations for Psychedelic Therapist when working with Native American People and Communities”, “ Guidelines for Inclusion of Indigenous People into Psychedelic Science Conferences” and “This is not Native American History, this is US History with Belinda Eriacho”.  In addition, a contributing author to the recently published Psychedelic Justice: Toward a Diverse and Equitable Psychedelic Culture.

    Website:  www.kaalogii.com

    Austin R. Pick, MA

    Austin R. Pick is Executive Director of Extended Campus. He holds an MA in Religious Studies from Naropa, where he has been on staff since 2014. Austin’s fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Arrow, The Stockholm Review of Literature, and Epiphany. He served as contributing editor of Along the Path: The Meditator’s Companion to the Buddha’s Land, a dharma travel guide published by Pariyatti Press in 2009. Austin’s passion for contemplative practice and inventive language reflects his dedication to developing an ever more conscious engagement with our ongoing composition of the world—one that is expansive, inclusive and compassionate.

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    Audra Barber, MA

    Audra Barber is a Program and Enrollment Manager for Naropa University’s Extended Campus. She holds a MA in Communication Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. Audra repurposed her master’s thesis, An Eco-Spiritual Approach to Solving Climate Change, into a 2022 TEDxCU talk titled, Environmental Interdependence is our Climate Solution. Dedicated to creative and embodied problem-solving, Audra is thrilled to support the Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training Program and other Extended Campus programming.

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    Jacob Goldberg

    Jacob Goldberg is the Lead Program and Communications Manager for Naropa University’s Extended Campus. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Naropa University, where he has been on staff since 2020. Jacob believes that business, technology, and industry can be used as a force for social and environmental change, evident in his undergraduate thesis Examining the Triple Bottom Line: Patterns Within the Field of Sustainable Business. As a member of the Extended Campus team, Jacob is proud to develop and support public offerings that exemplify mindful leadership, diversity and inclusivity, and contemplative pedagogy.

    Core Faculty

    German F. Ascani, MD, MS

    German F. Ascani, MD, MS, is a psychiatrist in clinical practice in Colorado and California. He has collaborated in published research regarding Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). He is passionate about the potential for psychological, emotional and spiritual healing that new and emerging psychedelic medicines bring to the mental health field. He supports the use of these powerful transformative tools.He is a graduate of the University of California Davis School of Medicine. Completed his psychiatric training at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. He has a Masters of Science in Physiology from Georgetown University and a BA in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He presently serves as co-faculty for PRATI in their KAP training retreats and is a therapist for the MAPS phase 3 research trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in Fort Collins.

    NiCole Buchanan, Ph.D

    NiCole Buchanan, Ph.D., Professor, co-Chair of the APPA Board of Directors, member of the Board of Directors and the Racial Equity and Access Committee for the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicine and has trained with MAPS, the CIIS Certificate for Psychedelic Research and Therapy, and the Polaris Insight Center.

    Dr. Buchanan is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and has received international awards for her contributions to the field. An accomplished consultant, writer, and scholar with over 120 publications and international speaker including TEDx and National Public Radio.

    Carla Burns, MDiv

    Carla Burns, MDiv, is an Instructor in Naropa’s Core College including BA Contemplative psychology courses, and meditation practicums. She serves as faculty for the MA Contemplative Psychotherapy residential retreat program, and for Naropa’s Compassion Initiative. She co-developed Naropa’s Embodied Mindfulness in Teaching retreat program and is the Program Manager for the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education. Her specialties include the integration of corporeal, elemental, and spatial knowledge as a means to bring more dimension into our field of awareness; to cultivate the natural-receptive wisdom energy of the body that is inherently connected, wise, and spacious; and to close the distance between enlightenment and ordinary freedom.
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    Stacia Butterfield

    Stacia Butterfield completed her Somatic Practitioner program in 1999, going on in 2000 to work at Healing Visions, an early Ibogaine clinic in St. Kitts, BVI, under the leadership of Dr. Deborah Mash.  She then certified as a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator in 2005 and joined the Grof Transpersonal Training staff in 2006.  She worked closely with Stanislav Grof for 13+ years, bringing Holotropic Breathwork to large public groups and a variety of academic and professional settings, including California Institute of Integral Studies, Tel Aviv University, MAPS Psychedelic Science 2013 & 2017 conferences, Sophia University, Kripalu and the Fetzer Institute.  Stacia’s long interest in the wisdom of the body and deep trust in the intrinsic healing orientation of the psyche informs her work with others.

    Chris Pateros

    Christine Pateros, MA, RN

    Chris Pateros, MA, RN was called to existential work with psychedelics in 2011 through her own death experience in psychedelic ceremony in the Amazon jungle.

    Chris brings over three decades of experience in clinical health care, research, and teaching to her work and since training with Ketamine Training Center in 2019, she has been guiding clients both privately and in groups with ketamine-assisted treatment and integration honoring connection to the sacred and interconnection of self, nature, spirit, and the mystery that is beyond what our minds know. Chris earned her Transpersonal Ecopsychology M.A from Naropa University, is a graduate of the Light Body School of The Four Winds Society, and is an initiate of the Qero indigenous mystics of the Andes. She is a PRATI co-founding member, core lead faculty and course director of the End of Life/ Existential Distress KAP and PAT Training. Chris lives in Boulder and works with clients in Denver, Boulder and Chicago and distance globally.

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    Alessandra Santos-Pye, LPC

    Alessandra Santos Pye is a psychedelic-assisted therapist, psychotherapist, facilitator and artist. Her clinical approach and facilitation offerings center relational dynamics rooted in ceremony, restorative justice, trauma informed care, and the expressive arts. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, original territory of the Tupi Guarani, her identity is multifaceted by Indigenous, West African, and European ancestry. Alessandra is the Founder and Creative Director of the Chrysalis Institute, whose mission is to expand the spectrum of opportunities available to emerging BI&POC artists by supporting self-exploration, self-care, and contemplative practices. She is at home in group retreat environments and values crafting experiences that are both engaging and restorative.

    Alessandra has earned post-graduate certificates from the Center for Psychedelic Studies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Sciences and the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies. She currently serves Naropa University as core faculty, and cohort leader for the Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy certificate program. Alessandra also supports MAPS-PBC education offerings as a program assistant. She is a member of the American Psychedelic Practitioners Association and is deeply passionate about processes involving thoughtful preparation, delivery, and integration of psychedelic experiences.

    Charlotte Z. Rotterdam

    Charlotte Z. Rotterdam is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE) at Naropa University, and is an instructor in the Core College, World Wisdom Department, and Graduate School of Psychology. She co-developed and teaches Naropa’s Mindful Compassion Training, a secular program designed to cultivate compassion in personal, professional and societal contexts. Charlotte is the Lead Teacher of the Mother Lineage (Magyu Lopön) at Tara Mandala Retreat Center. The mother of two boys, she has published essays on the intersection of spiritual practice and daily life in Lion’s Roar, Buddhadharma, Mandala, and in an anthology, Fearless Nest.

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    Syre Saniyah, PhD

    Syre (he/him) is a Black, queer, transmasculine, polyamorous, & kinky healing practitioner. He is passionate about working with BIPOC, LGBTQIA, Kinky, and Non-Monogamous/Polyamorous Folx. Syre practices from a liberation centered intersectional feminist perspective with the goal of collaborating with folx toward embodied liberation.

    Syre completed training in MDMA assisted psychotherapy with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Syre is a Lead Educator at Alma Institute, Inc. in the Psilocybin Facilitator Certificate Program. He is also a Cohort Integration Leader in the Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Certificate Program at Naropa University.

    Syre has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University & a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. He has been a fully licensed psychologist since 2010. He is a Registered Yoga Teacher (Hatha & Kemetic), a Ra Sekhi Kemetic Energy Medicine Practitioner, as well as a Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master. Syre is the founder of Liberation Reiki, a path of Reiki that centers the energetic intergenerational healing of BIPOC and queer folx.

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    Joe Tafur, MD

    Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his residency at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. After his research fellowship, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual where he trained in ayahuasca shamanism with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo. In his book, “The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine,” Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. He leads the nonprofit organization www.modernspirit.org.

    MAPS PBC Instructors

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    Marcela Ot’alora G., MA, LPC

    Marcela Ot’alora G. was born and raised in Colombia where her mother, aunt, and grandmother were instrumental in cultivating compassion and kindness as the highest values for engaging with others and the world. Their teaching led her to view success from this lens. Currently she lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, dogs, and daughters nearby.  She has an MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  For over 20 years Marcela has been in private practice working primarily with PTSD. In addition to private practice, she has dedicated her professional life to training and research.  Beginning in 1999, she has worked on various studies sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) as a Principal Investigator and therapist using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD. Additionally, she is a lead trainer and supervisor for MAPS’ training program.

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    Bruce D. Poulter, MPH

    Bruce has worked extensively with people in chronic pain as an educator and Rolfer and has served as a Sub-Investigator and Clinical Supervisor on the MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 and 3 MDMA-assisted therapy trials. What Bruce appreciates about MDMA-assisted therapy is its’ deeply intimate nature; driven by a profound love for self, community and other; participant centered; respectful of participants processes; it leverages a person’s native inherent wisdom; and invites/demands authenticity of all parts and parties involved in the at times mysterious, service of healing.

    Visiting Luminaries

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    Rick Doblin, Ph.D

    Rick Doblin, Ph.D. is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife and three children.

    Collaborations

    Naropa has formed ongoing collaborations and working relationships with the following organizations to provide programmatic and advisory support that enhances the depth and efficacy of our offerings.

    We are excited to continue growing our work with MAPS PBC to offer participants an evidence-based curriculum in MDMA-assisted therapy. As an education collaborator, Naropa has contracted MAPS PBC to offer MDMA-assisted therapy education within our non-degree certificate program.

    The Chacruna Institute promotes reciprocity in the psychedelic community, and supports the protection of sacred plants and cultural traditions. Chacruna advances psychedelic justice through uplifting the voices of women, queer people, Indigenous peoples, people of color, and the Global South in the field of psychedelic science.

    Modern Spirit is dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare by illuminating the intersection between biology, emotion and spirituality. As a non-profit dedicated to scientific research, community-building, and educational programs, we are working to expand our culture’s capacity to heal.  

    Fireside Project is creating systemic change in the field of psychedelics in three key domains: safety, diversity, and equitable access. Through our Psychedelic Peer Support Line, we have created a nationwide safety net that has substantially decreased 911 calls and hospitalizations while democratizing access to high-quality care. 

    Acknowledgements

    Naropa University is honored to work with many individual and institutional contributors whose expertise helps strengthen the ongoing development and integrity of our certificate training program. Contributors include members of our faculty, staff and leadership teams, as well as prominent leaders in the field of psychedelic studies. Past collaborators include Psychedelic Training and Research Institute (PRATI) and others.

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    The Naropa University Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies is designed for advanced professionals working in relevant therapeutic areas such as mental health counseling, psychiatry, chaplaincy, social work and other licensed practice areas.

    See the Application Process and Policies page for further details on applicable credentials.

    Psychedelic Studies at Naropa

    The Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies is facilitated by the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies in partnership with the Naropa Extended Campus. Guided by a vision for a contemplative approach to psychedelic studies, the Center for Psychedelic Studies was established to support the development and integration of psychedelic studies at Naropa, and to offer a range of public education opportunities focused on the unprecedented transformative healing potential within this emerging field. Naropa Extended Campus offers continuing education, professional development, personal enrichment and public programs for the lifelong learner within us all, bringing the immersive quality and embodied richness of the on-campus experience into accessible, learner-centered online and hybrid learning formats. 

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