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Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate

Application Process & Policies

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.

Live Information Sessions

Join us live online to ask questions and learn more about our 2023 Certificate program! You are welcome to attend the session that best fits your schedule. Simple advance registration is required.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 pm MT — Learn More & Sign Up
Hosted by Sara Lewis, Ph.D, LCSW, Director of Training and Research

Wednesday, February 8th, 2023, 11:30 – 12:30 pm MT — Learn More & Sign Up
Hosted by Sara Lewis, Ph.D, LCSW, Director of Training and Research

Monday, February 13th, 2023, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT — Learn More & Sign Up
JEDI Info Session hosted by Diana Quinn, ND, Assistant Director of Community Care

Key Program Dates

Applications Open: Feb. 6, 2023

Applications Priority Deadline: March 3, 2023

Current Admissions Status: Opens Soon

Program start: May 2023

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

Intensive Retreat (Option 1):
July 15–22, 2023, Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO

Intensive 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

Application Process

Applications for the 2023 certificate program will be accepted through an online form beginning February 6, 2023. 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 March 3, 2023. 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
  • A 3-minute video submission
  • Scholarship essay for eligible/interested applicants

Financial Assistance

Scholarships for Diverse, Historically Excluded, and Underrepresented groups

With generous support from donors, partner organizations, and related charitable initiatives, we offer various types of financial assistance, including Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarships, as well as support for specific program aspects, such as select Apprenticeship Training Retreats in an effort to support program access for a diverse and dynamic cohort.

As part of Naropa’s commitment to help promote diversity, equity, and access in the emerging field of psychedelic studies, the certificate program awards JEDI Scholarships for trainees from historically-underrepresented groups. Historically-underrepresented groups include but are not limited to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+, military service members and veterans, persons with disabilities, and those experiencing economic marginalization with demonstrated financial need.

BIPOC Scholarships

People who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or person of color (BIPOC) or Person of the Global Majority including those of Indigenous, African, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Latine, Southwest Asia and North Africa/Middle Eastern and North African (SWANA/MENA), and other multiracial descent.

LGBTQIA+ Scholarships

People who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) or other gender and/or sexual minority.

Military Service/Veterans

People who self-identify as active military service members, including Reserves and military veterans. 

People with Disabilities

People living with disabilities, chronic illness, and/or neurodivergence. 

  • Describe your qualifications for services or protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or if you otherwise identify as an individual with disabilities

Socioeconomic Status

People whose self-reported income is in the lowest income bracket and experience economic marginalization.

  • Considerations: household size and number of dependents, expendable income, access to generational wealth, debt-to-income ratio
  • Please include a personal written statement of financial need, include any specifics that may help us evaluate and determine your potential financial assistance. Some examples of optional information you may include:
    • Any calculations relating to verified income minus expenses monthly/annually to demonstrate specific financial needs, or provide a statement of economic hardship.
    • Information about your current employment status: student, employed full-time, employed part-time, seeking employment, etc.
    • Information regarding your experience with structural oppression, or work experiences with those experiencing systematic oppression


Additional information regarding scholarship offerings is forthcoming. To receive full consideration, applicants will simply need to complete the relevant portions of the Program Application (a short essay is required), when applying for the certificate.

Continuing Education

The 2022 Summer Intensive Retreat portion of Naropa’s 2022 PAT Certificate was approved to offer 40 hours of CE credits to certain credentials through the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA). Every effort will be made to offer the same to the 2023 cohort.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals:

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy 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.
  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.


For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritual

Payment & Withdrawal Policies

Certificate Program Tuition Cost: $11,500

Retreat Costs

Program Tuition includes all course content conducted during each of the three required program retreats. Travel costs and accommodation for these retreats are not included in the certificate program tuition.

Opening Retreat: Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and lodging in the Boulder area. Naropa will provide on-site breakfast, catered lunch and refreshments, as well as basic travel information and resources for finding accommodation.

MDMA-Assisted Therapy Intensive Retreat: Participants are responsible for booking their preferred retreat room and board directly with DMC via a dedicated registration gateway. Pricing ranges from $85 – $217 per night depending on lodging option, which is offered at cost and reflects Naropa’s special discounted rate for the program.

Apprenticeship Training Retreat: Fall 2023. There will be several dates to choose from over the course of Fall 2023. Training weekends begin Thursday evening, and trainees travel home on Sunday. Location in Colorado TBA.

Tuition Deposit

Once an applicant is offered admission to the 2023 program, an initial deposit of at least $2,000 of tuition cost is due by March 31, 2023. This tuition deposit payment will secure registration in the program.

Payment Plans

Should program participants require a payment plan, the remaining $9,500 tuition, less any scholarships or other awarded aid, can be paid in six monthly payments (May – October).

Participant Use of Psychedelic Substances

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. As described for the 2022 certificate program, there are several options for Non-Ordinary States Immersive Experiences available to program participants. Trainees will be educated in the competencies required for Federally-approved medical treatment and psychedelic research. Participation in Immersive Experience opportunities involving ketamine, psilocybin or other medicines shall be entirely voluntary, and all reference to such options will be to clinics or facilitators located in jurisdictions where the use of these substances for therapeutic or educational purposes is legal under both foreign and domestic laws. Please note that Naropa does not encourage or allow the use of illegal substances, including psychedelic compounds, during any program retreat event.

Statement Regarding Abuses of Power and Sexual Misconduct in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Spaces

In recent months, a series of credible accounts alleging abuse of power have come to light in the psychedelic therapy community, including sexual exploitation of clients by therapists and researchers. Major psychedelic training institutions have been called to account for failing to swiftly address reported abuse in therapy sessions where clients and research participants are particularly vulnerable to harm as a result of the effect of using the psychedelic medicines. Too often, institutions prioritize institutional self-protection over the needs of victims of abuse. Failure to act on reports of abuse and hold perpetrators accountable is a second betrayal for victims.

Naropa University faculty or staff have not been implicated in these or other allegations of misconduct by clinicians, researchers or staff. Nevertheless, the Center for Psychedelic Studies leadership recognizes that Naropa is part of a larger professional community of accountability. This larger community has work yet to do in order to adequately address abuses of power and prevent future harm from taking place. Naropa reaffirms our stated commitment to engage in courageous conversations and to take such actions that will challenge us to remain continually vigilant and use our growing position of leadership and influence to prevent abuse in the field of psychedelic-assisted therapy and to take immediate steps to address any abuses about which we become aware.

Responses and subsequent actions to hold perpetrators and their institutional homes accountable must be transparent and commensurate with the harm caused, regardless of impact. This is an essential component of professional ethics standards we adhere to as educators and as clinicians. Naropa University has experienced its own challenges arising from persons in positions of power and influence. The institution has not always dealt with the issues and the impact on victims as skillfully as we might have and we commit to meaningful and honest self-examination of our own training program as we grow in the psychedelic education space. We seek to join a community of colleagues who will be vigilant and steadfast in the creation of training programs that take seriously the responsibility to train psychedelic practitioners who embody a strong commitment to ethics and right relationship to power.

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.

Learn more about Naropa’s Purpose, Vision, Mission & Values and Office for Inclusive Community.

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.

Contact Us

You are welcome to email directly at any time: psychedelicstudies 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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