Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate
Application Process & Policies
The Naropa University Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies is designed for advanced professionals working in related therapeutic areas such as mental health counseling, psychiatry, chaplaincy, social work and other licensed practice areas.
Eligibility and Admissions Criteria
- Applicants must hold an active license or registration in a counseling/psychotherapy field; a nursing or medical degree; or chaplaincy certification (BCCI);
- Applicants must be in a post-doctorate, post-graduate internship, residency program, or have completed four units of ACPE-Certified Clinical Pastoral Education.
- Applicants currently enrolled in a graduate degree program may be considered if they can demonstrate a minimum of 1000 direct clinical hours.
Licenses or certifications include: LSW/LCSW; LPC/LPCC; PhD psychologists; LMFT; MD; DO; ND; PA; RN; PsyD.; BCCI, and others.
We seek to enroll training cohorts from diverse training backgrounds and welcome certified practitioners in the following areas: mental health professionals including counselors, social workers, and psychologists; chaplains; medical providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and traditional medicine practitioners; and somatic body workers, depending on the level of training.
Naropa University especially encourages practitioners from historically underrepresented groups to apply and offers financial assistance as described below. Scholarships are awarded as part of Naropa’s commitment to helping promote diversity, equity, and access in the emerging field of psychedelic studies.
Questions about Program Eligibility
Please know that because Naropa and MAPS assess many factors in determining eligibility, it is difficult to determine in advance whether or not a prospective participant will be competitive for the program without a full application review. In general, trainees must be certified or licensed in their fields (or on the path to licensure or certification) and must demonstrate a minimum of 1000 hours of direct mental health or spiritual care. Due to the high volume of requests, we are unable to provide an advance review of credentials for eligibility.
Key Program Dates
Applications open: November 15
Applications priority deadline: December 15
Registration: January 2022
Program start: March 2022
5-day Opening Retreat: March 14 - 18, 2022, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
7-day Intensive Retreat: July 31 - August 7, 2022, Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
Program ends: December 2022
Applications for the 2022 Certificate program will be accepted through an online form beginning November 15, 2021. The program offers rolling admissions, meaning that applications will be reviewed as they are received until the program is filled. The priority deadline for applications is December 15, 2021. Naropa does not charge an application fee for the PAT Certificate.
Applicants will be asked to submit the following as part of the application process:
- Education and licensure
- Licensing board(s) and license/registration number where applicable
- Total estimated hours of licensed care provided
- Percentage of total estimated hours conducting individual psychotherapy or counseling for adults
- Population(s) served
- Brief description of current treatment population, including the extent of service to marginalized communities (if any)
- Brief description of experience working with trauma and/or PTSD
- Interest and inspiration for working with Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies
- Contemplative practice experience
- Brief description of strengths and growth edges as related to this program
- Scholarship essay for underrepresented groups
As part of Naropa’s commitment to help promote diversity, equity, and access in the emerging field of psychedelic studies, the Certificate program awards Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarships with preference given to trainees from historically-underrepresented groups as well as trainees serving these communities. Historically-underrepresented groups include but are not limited to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, military service members and veterans, and persons with disabilities. Commiserate with a recognition of the many links between social and economic marginalization, demonstrated financial need is also considered in the awarding of Program Scholarships. Our commitment to diversity aligns with our highest aspirations to apply contemplative inquiry and education to explore and embody the human qualities that will facilitate collaboration by differences to create common humanity and a just society. Trainees from historically-underrepresented groups as well as trainees serving these communities may be eligible for substantial Program Scholarship support toward tuition. To receive full consideration, simply complete the Program Scholarship portion of the application (a short statement is required), when applying for the Certificate program.
Payment & Withdrawal Policies
Certificate Program Tuition Cost: $10,000
Program Tuition includes all course content conducted during each of the two required program retreats. Travel costs and accommodation for these retreats are not included in the Certificate program tuition.
Opening Retreat: Trainees are responsible for arranging their own travel to and lodging in the Boulder area. Naropa will provide on-site continental breakfast, catered lunch and refreshments, as well as basic travel information and resources for finding accommodation. Intensive Retreat: Trainees are responsible for booking their preferred retreat room and board directly with SMC via a dedicated registration gateway. Pricing ranges from $91 - $279 per night depending on lodging option, which is offered at cost and reflects Naropa’s special discounted rate for the program.
Once an applicant is offered admission to the 2022 program, an initial deposit of at least $1,000 of tuition cost is due by January 21, 2022. This tuition deposit payment will secure registration in the program.
Should program participants require a payment plan, the remaining $9,000 tuition, less any scholarship or other awarded aid, may be paid in seven monthly payments.
Withdrawal, Deferral and Refund Policy
Due to the contemplative, cohort-based nature of this intensive training program, participants are strongly encouraged to commit to completing the entire program in a single iteration. However, participants who wish to defer or withdraw may do so in accordance with the following policies. Requests for deferral or withdrawal must be documented in writing to the Directors and Coordinator for the program. Tuition refund will be determined based on the program’s published policy and the documented date of the participant’s request (see below).
Deferrals: Accepted applicants may defer their acceptance for up to one year. Request for Deferral must be submitted in writing by the date on which program Tuition Deposit is due. (Tuition already paid, if any, will be refunded in full.) Program directors will review the application and may request updated information from the applicant for admission the following year.
Withdraws: The following is the withdrawal fee schedule for participants who may choose to withdraw. Any scholarships, awarded aid, and processing fees will be deducted before refund, if any, is determined. Participants who have withdrawn may reapply for a future iteration of the program, but will be required to pay full tuition and complete all coursework for the new year.
- If a participant withdraws by February 25, 2022, all tuition paid to date will be refunded.
- If a participant withdraws by May 20, 2022, then 50% of their full tuition (less any financial assistance) will be due, and the remainder will be refunded.
- If a participant withdraws on or after June 10, 2022, then the participant will be responsible for the full program tuition cost (less any financial assistance).
Please note that for both deferrals and withdrawals, scholarships and discounts do not carry forward from the original year: new application statements for scholarships and discounts must be submitted and reviewed.
It is important to note that participants must complete the entire curriculum in order to earn the certificate. Should you miss 1-2 live class sessions (either those with instructors or with your integration group), the Program Directors will consult with you to find an appropriate makeup option. All make-up work must be approved by program staff and may incur additional cost.
Participants who miss more than 10 hours of live class sessions may be asked to complete that portion of the certificate training with a future program cohort, and the participant’s certificate conferral may accordingly be delayed. When possible, the Program Directors will work with
participants to find reasonable solutions for unavoidable scheduling conflicts. Please note that attendance at the March and August residential training retreats is mandatory.
Governmental, University and vendor guidelines may continue to change in response to COVID variants. Both Certificate program retreats will be held in person as described above unless prohibited by relevant Governmental, University or vendor restrictions. In such cases, impacted retreat(s) will be moved fully online. There is no hybrid option for retreats. Please note that attendance at the March and August residential intensive training retreat is mandatory. All participants must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to the start of the retreat. Participants are required to adhere to all health and safety measures as determined by Naropa University and partner retreat sites. Naropa University reserves the right to modify the delivery of or cancel retreats in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak.
Participants who wish to seek any exception to the above-stated Withdrawal, Deferral and Refund Policy due to a medical emergency or extenuating circumstances may present a written petition to the Program Directors. Petitions must provide a detailed summary and timeline of the relevant circumstance, and must be accompanied by supporting documentation. Completed petitions must be submitted in full within 30 calendar days of the last day of the program in which the participant was enrolled.
The online components of the Certificate program are primarily facilitated via Zoom along with industry-leading learning management software platforms, all of which include built-in accessibility features. The Opening Retreat will be held at Naropa University’s ADA-accessible Nalanda Campus. The Intensive Retreat will be held at Shambhala Mountain Center, where most facilities are ADA accessible. Certificate program staff will notify SMC of accessibility needs.
Admitted Program participants requesting support services and/or reasonable accommodations from Naropa University are required to submit documentation of a qualified disability to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Disability Resources policies. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with qualified disabilities after appropriate review by Naropa’s Office of Accessibility. For more information please contact Austin Pick, Director of Naropa Extended Campus: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naropa’s Commitment to Diversity
Naropa University draws on the vital insights of the world's wisdom traditions and is simultaneously Buddhist-inspired, interreligious, and nonsectarian. A commitment to diversity flows from these overarching values and is carried forward throughout the institution, informing and enriching education. Through our admissions policies, hiring practices, teaching, and more, we strive to offer an environment that focuses on belonging with differences. These policies are given life through the active inclusion of persons representing a variety of groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, diversity of thought, socioeconomic background, age, ability, national origin, and religion, among others.
Certificate Program and University Policy
Non-degree Certificate program enrollment does not constitute admission to a Naropa University degree program. Non-degree Certificate program participants are not eligible to earn a degree. Those seeking a degree must apply for the specific academic program of interest. Should a non-degree certificate program participant later enroll in a Naropa University degree program, no hours or work completed for a certificate program shall apply toward the requirements of a degree program. Participants registered in a non-degree certificate program are not eligible for federal financial aid, Naropa University student scholarships, or student employment positions. Non-degree Certificate program financial assistance, including program scholarships and need-based aid, is administered by the respective program and is in no way related to Title IV federal financial aid funds.
You are welcome to email directly at any time: email@example.com. Questions about Program Eligibility? Please know that because Naropa and MAPS assess many factors in determining eligibility, it is difficult to determine in advance whether or not a prospective participant will be competitive for the program without a full application review. See Eligibility and Admissions Criteria for more information.
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