Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies
Application Process & Policies
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.
- 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.
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
Hosted by Sara Lewis, Ph.D, LCSW, Director of Training and Research
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023, 11:30 – 12:30 pm MT
Hosted by Sara Lewis, Ph.D, LCSW, Director of Training and Research
Monday, February 13th, 2023, 6:00 – 7:00 pm MT
JEDI Info Session hosted by Diana Quinn, ND, Assistant Director of Community Care
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
Intensive Retreat (Option 1): July 14–22, 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 TBA, Colorado
Program Ends: December 2023
Key Program Dates
Applications Open: Feb. 6, 2023
Applications Priority Deadline: March 3, 2023
Program start: May 2023
Opening Retreat: May 17–21, 2023, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
Intensive Retreat (Option 1):
July 14–22, 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
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
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.
Members of historically underrepresented groups and those with related experience are welcome to apply for JEDI Scholarships:
People who 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.
People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) or other gender and/or sexual minority.
Active military service members, including Reserves, and military veterans.
People with Disabilities
People affected by or 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
People whose self-reported income is in the lowest income bracket and experience economic marginalization. We are aware that multiple considerations can impact socioeconomic accessibility, including household size and number of dependents, expendable income, access to generational wealth, and 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritual competencyacademy.com.
Payment & Withdrawal Policies
Certificate Program Tuition Cost: $11,500
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. These trainings begin with a group dinner followed by two full days of experiential training. Location in Colorado TBA.
Once an applicant is offered admission to the 2023 program, an initial deposit of at least $2,000 of tuition cost is due by April 5, 2023 (adjusted from March 31, due to the large volume of high-quality applications and our commitment to an equitable review and scholarship awards process, with decisions now expected to go out in mid- to late-March). This tuition deposit payment will secure registration in the program.
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).
Tuition – $11,500
Opening Retreat – budget $175/night for Boulder area lodging, plus travel and evening meals
Intensive Retreat – budget $85-217/night for DMC depending on lodging preference, plus travel to Colorado
Apprenticeship Retreat – budget $150/night, plus travel
This cost estimate is provided as a courtesy and may differ based on individual participant’s location, lodging preferences, etc. Participants will be fully responsible for costs not included in program tuition.
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, and may require a meeting with Faculty Directors or Program Administrators to ensure a mutually supportive transition. 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.) Because our program evolves each year in keeping with the rapidly changing nature of this field, Program Directors will request updated information from the applicant for admission the following year, which is not guaranteed.
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 April 19, 2023, all tuition paid to date will be refunded.
If a participant withdraws by June 23, 2023, 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 July 14, 2023, 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. Tuition fees, including deposits, cannot be applied toward other Naropa programs.
It is important to note that participants must complete the entire curriculum in order to earn the certificate.
Live Classes: Saturday virtual live classes are a critical aspect of the certificate program. For every live class missed, participants must write and submit a short reflection paper about the content in the corresponding module. If a participant misses more than two live sessions, they may be required to attend the closest equivalent live session the following year of the program. Please note that participants’ certificate of completion will be held until all make-up work has been addressed in full.
Integration Groups: Participants may miss one Integration Group meeting without penalty. After the first absence, participants are required to write and submit a short reflection paper about the topic of the missed session. If a participant misses more than three Integration Group meetings, they will need to return the following year to continue with the certificate unless an exception to policy is granted in writing.
Participants who miss substantial live class sessions in full or part may be asked to complete the relevant portion(s) 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. Participants assume full responsibility for ensuring timely program completion, including any necessary make-up work.
Special Circumstances for MAPS PBC Modules at Naropa University: We recommend an applicant carefully consider the cohort they are applying for and the dates of that cohort’s live retreat intensive(s). Participants need to attend the designated dates for all classes, as well as a full MDMA-assisted therapy education intensive, with their particular cohort year. If any days are missed, this will entail either joining the following year at Naropa University or making other arrangements with Naropa University, and may incur additional cost. It is ultimately the participant’s responsibility to determine and confirm make-up arrangements with Naropa.
We therefore strongly recommend that applicants carefully consider the dates of our program’s MAPS education events, including the MAPS retreat intensive(s), to ensure that full attendance at all MAPS components will be possible within the year of your admittance.
Governmental, University and vendor guidelines may continue to change in response to COVID variants. All 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 Program’s three residential retreats is mandatory. All participants must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative FDA-approved at-home test, rapid antigen, or PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to the start of each 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.
All 2023 retreats will be held in person. In order to mitigate risk of the spread of Covid-19, Naropa University strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. We strongly encourage all participants to mask and take other relevant precautions during transit to each retreat, especially when traveling by air, to help ensure a safe and healthy retreat container for all.
We will not be offering the residential portions of this program in a hybrid or online fashion at this time. All attendees are responsible for the costs of travel to the program retreats and Naropa is not responsible for refunding travel costs to participants who are unable to attend.
Participants who wish to seek any exception to the above-stated Withdrawal, Deferral, Payments and Refund policies due to a medical emergency or extenuating circumstances may present a formal written petition to the Program Administrators via email. 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, or within 30 calendar days of the relevant due date or deadline, whichever is first.
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 within ADA-accessible spaces at Naropa University’s Main Campus. The Intensive Retreats will be held at Drala Mountain Center, where most facilities are ADA accessible. Certificate program staff will notify DMC of any 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, Executive Director of Naropa Extended Campus: email@example.com.
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 2023 certificate program, there are two options available for Apprenticeship Training Retreats. Throughout the program, participants will be educated in the competencies required for Federally-approved medical treatment and psychedelic research. Participation in Apprenticeship Training Retreats or 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 at the federal level.
Naropa University acknowledges and condemns abuses of power in the psychedelic therapy community, including sexual exploitation of clients by therapists and researchers.
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 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.
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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: 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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