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Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Naropa University’s 2023 Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate program? Browse the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about our unique training experience, program eligibility, and more.

Steeped in mindfulness and compassion training, our Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate Program leverages Naropa University’s contemplative and psychotherapeutic expertise to further expand the unprecedented transformative healing potential within this emerging field. More information can also be found on the Certificate’s Application Process & Policies page.

The Certificate Experience

As North America’s leading institution of contemplative education, Naropa University is uniquely positioned to offer an innovative, experiential learning approach that is community-based, mindfulness-infused, and socially engaged. Like all education at Naropa, our certificate program is grounded in integrated mindfulness and compassion practices—a contemplative training approach we believe to be essential for ethical and engaged psychedelic therapists. Certificate trainees also gain a deep grounding in principles of social justice, the historic roots of Indigenous plant medicine practices, and the powerful relationship between healing and spirituality. Naropa is one of the first fully-accredited universities to train the new vanguard of psychedelic therapists. Read the Tricycle Magazine feature on our program’s inaugural year.

Program Eligibility & Costs

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.

The Education

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, because 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. 

To learn more about how this certificate can support your understanding and practice in the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted therapies, please visit this page and see the section on How This Certificate Prepares Practitioners.

Application Process

Applications for the 2023 certificate program will be accepted through an online form beginning February 6, 2023. See this page for complete details.

The priority deadline for applications is March 3, 2023. 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. Program admission will continue on a rolling, space-available basis until full.

Still have Questions? Visit the Certificate Page, Eligibility Page, or email us at psychedelicstudies@naropa.edu

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