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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.


Can I Still Apply for 2022?

No, applications have been closed for this year's cohort. Subscribe to News and Updates to receive the latest on upcoming programs, events, and other psychedelic studies opportunities at Naropa.

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Key Program Dates

Applications opened: Nov. 15, 2021

Applications priority deadline: Dec. 15, 2021

Current Admissions Status: Closed

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, Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO

Program ends: December 2022

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Application Process

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

Financial Assistance

With generous support from donors, partner organizations and related charitable initiatives, we plan to 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 Non-Ordinary States Immersive Experiences. In an effort to support program access for a diverse and dynamic cohort, all assistance assessments will take financial need into account.

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. Commensurate 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 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 PAT Certificate is 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 psychedelicstudies@naropa.edu. For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com.

Payment & Withdrawal Policies

Certificate Program Tuition Cost: $10,000


Retreat Costs

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 DMC 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.

Tuition Deposit

Once an applicant is offered admission to the 2022 program, an initial deposit of at least $1,000 of tuition cost is due by February 1st, 2022 (extended to February 25, 2022 as admissions continue on a rolling basis for the program's few remaining seats). This tuition deposit payment will secure registration in the program.

Payment Plans

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.

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@naropa.edu. 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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