Psychedelic Assisted Therapies Certificate Frequently Asked Questions
This information pertains to our Psychedelic Assisted Therapies Certificate. Steeped in mindfulness and compassion training, Naropa’s new Certificate leverages the University’s contemplative and psychotherapeutic expertise to further expand the unprecedented transformative healing potential within this emerging field.
Naropa’s PAT certificate is contemplatively-based and experiential. Enrollees within the certificate will be led through training which prioritizes compassion, mindfulness, and contemplative practice. Through engaged practice and a series of experiential options trainees will have the opportunity to deeply examine themselves. Naropa approaches education from an explicitly feminist, anti-oppression, and social justice lens. We believe that this stance and type of self-work is essential for ethical psychedelic therapists.
The certificate will be delivered through a hybrid of in-person retreats, synchronous online presentations and groups, as well as asynchronous online content that will take place over ten months. To view the full schedule visit our webpage.
The Certificate begins with a 5-day opening retreat at Naropa from March 14-18, 2022. A 7-day residential clinical skills intensive, led by MAPS senior trainers will be held at Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, July 31-August 7, 2022. To view the full schedule visit our webpage.
The certificate's total duration is from March to December 2022. Live online lectures meet on the second or third Saturday of each month from 9 am-3 pm US Mountain Time, and Integration groups meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
The weekly time commitment averages about 3 hours per week. Additionally, there are required in-person retreats and a 10-hour non-ordinary states experiential component.
The certificate tuition is $10,000. Additional costs include travel and lodging for the in-person retreats. Trainees are responsible for arranging their own travel to and lodging in the Boulder area for the Opening Retreat as well as the Shambhala Mountain Center for the Intensive Retreat. Lodging pricing for the Intensive Retreat ranges from $91 - $279 per night at SMC depending on the option selected, which is offered at cost and reflects Naropa’s special discounted rate for the program. Certain experiential options such as Ketamine and Psilocybin experiential retreats will also carry additional costs.
After an initial deposit of $1000 due on January 21st, 2021, the remaining $9,000 tuition – less any scholarship or other awarded aid – can be paid in seven monthly payments.
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 helping 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.
To be considered for our limited scholarships and financial assistance, simply complete the relevant portions of the Program Application when applying for the Certificate. You’ll be asked to describe how your participation in this training will enhance the diversity of this emerging field. You may speak about your own identities or social locations, and/or any work you may be doing to disrupt harmful systems of oppression in your community.
In order to be eligible to apply for this certificate, applicants must hold an active license or registration in a counseling/psychotherapy field; a nursing or medical degree; or chaplaincy certification OR 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.
Eligible licenses or certifications include: LSW/LCSW, LPC/LPCC, PhD Psychologists, LMFT, MD, DO, ND, PA, RN, PsyD, BCCI, and others.
This certificate is designed for advanced professionals working in relevant therapeutic areas. We cannot offer in-depth application reviews outside of the formal process and applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria may not be considered. However, we do recognize the emerging and novel nature of this work, as well as the anticipated explosion in the need for competent and ethical practitioners of all kinds. If you feel that significant prior experience qualifies you, please submit an application for formal review.
This non-degree certificate is designed to prepare practitioners to work in collaboration with prescribers, clinics, and interdisciplinary health care teams if and when regulatory approval is achieved. In many instances, this certificate will serve as a prerequisite for more advanced training. The future trajectory and guidelines for practicing Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies are yet to be determined by regulatory bodies and will vary by region, regulatory agency, and protocol. Learn more about the current state of psychedelic-assisted therapies here (scroll to the bottom of the page).
We are actively pursuing CE accreditation across a number of disciplines. It is our expectation that we will be approved to offer CE’s to various mental health professionals by the time the certificate starts, but this process is as of yet still underway. Each State licensing body has its own requirements for what does and does not constitute CE credits. While we will do our best to compile quality information regarding the validity of program CE units across jurisdictions, it will be incumbent upon the license holder to ensure compatibility with their specific licensing entity.
No academic credit is available for this non-degree certificate program.
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.
The priority deadline is December 15th 2021. The application page will remain open for submission beyond this date, but those who applied prior to the deadline will have their applications reviewed first.
The application review process will begin December 15th and applicants can expect to hear back regarding a decision in mid-late January of 2022. Program admission will continue on a rolling, space-available basis until full.
Absolutely, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the full name used on your application and any previously excluded documents or info that you would like us to have.
The Certificate begins with a 5-day opening retreat at Naropa from March 14-18, 2022.
We are happy to consider child care needs on a case-by-case basis. Trainees will typically not be able to bring children into training spaces, but there may be possibilities for you to attend with small children provided they are accompanied by another adult caretaker. Naropa is not able to provide child care.
Family members are welcome to accompany you to Boulder during the retreat period, but guests will not be permitted access to the learning container during the retreat.
Guests will be allowed to join you for optional evening events that are tentatively being planned. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Please contact us to make arrangements or receive further details.
The 7-day residential intensive retreat will be held at Shambhala Mountain Center (SMC) in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, July 31-August 7, 2022.
We are happy to consider child care needs on a case by case basis. Trainees will typically not be able to bring children into training spaces, but there may be possibilities for you to attend with small children provided they are accompanied by another adult caretaker. Neither Naropa nor Shambhala Mountain Center is able to provide child care.
If a family member wishes to visit for the day without staying on site or participating in meals, they are welcome to do so at no cost.
Spouses and partners are typically welcome to be on site, stay with you during the retreat, and participate in meals. All guests will be required to remain outside of the learning container itself, and may not be present in the room during content delivery or group work. Spouses and Partners staying in your retreat accommodations will be subject to SMC’s standard rates. All overnight guests will be expected to follow all SMC/Naropa guidelines, and will be subject to SMC’s current COVID policies, including documented vaccination status if applicable.
Please contact us to make arrangements or receive further details. (Questions sent to SMC will typically be redirected to us, so please contact email@example.com directly.)
Because Extended Campus programming is structured differently than the University’s regular academic offerings, Extended Campus programming is generally not eligible for employee tuition remission benefits; this includes continuing education courses and certificates. However, Naropa recognizes the importance of including its employees in its organizational mission and values, and therefore does provide standard staff and faculty discounts for most Extended Campus programming.
For some offerings, particularly application-based programs of length (including the Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate), Naropa employee discounts, if any, will be determined on a case-by-case and space-available basis. Employees are still required to complete the application process and meet all eligibility requirements for the desired program, and admission is not guaranteed. Supervisor approval may be required as well. Unlike tuition remission benefits, employee discounts for Extended Campus programming will generally apply to the employee only, and not their family members. Interested employees are encouraged to first apply for the desired program and then contact Extended Campus regarding possible employee discounts.