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Center For Psychedelic Studies

The Center for Psychedelic Studies supports the development and integration of psychedelic studies at Naropa University and offers a range of public education opportunities focused on the unprecedented transformative healing potential within this emerging field.

After 50 Years of intellectual prohibition, a recent resurgence in science and research has demonstrated remarkably promising results for the use of psychedelic substances in the treatment of depression, end-of-life anxiety, addiction, and other mental health conditions. As a pioneer in the integration of contemplative training with counseling psychology, chaplaincy, eco-psychology and other therapeutic disciplines, Naropa is uniquely positioned to expand the unprecedented healing potential within this emerging field. 

The work of the Center for Psychedelic Studies is supported in close collaboration with Naropa Extended Campus.

Current Offerings


Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Certificate​

The Naropa University Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies is a 10-month, 200-hour post-graduate training featuring a hybrid delivery of online and intensive retreat-based learning. In collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), this non-degree Certificate provides advanced professionals working in relevant therapeutic areas with an in-depth education in essential aspects of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy, trauma-informed care and spiritual integration.

Steeped in mindfulness and compassion training, this Certificate program  leverages Naropa University’s contemplative and psychotherapeutic expertise, further expanding the unprecedented transformative healing potential within this emerging field.


Psychedelic Alchemy Speaker Series​

Psychedelic Alchemy is a speaker series dedicated to exploring the modern psychedelic landscape. Featuring prominent and emerging leaders in the field, these free public events investigate salient topics in the psychedelic space such as psychedelic-assisted therapy, science, social action, spirituality, healing integration and more.

Whether you’re a novice or well-researched expert, join us for this curated series of inspiring à la carte discussion panels, lectures, and interviews with galvanizing psychedelic luminaries.


Introduction to Psychedelic Therapies​

This course is only for current Naropa graduate students, it is not open to the public. Contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

CNSG-799 Special Topics: Introduction to Psychedelic Therapies provides current Naropa graduate students with a foundational understanding of psychedelic medicines and their use in healing modalities. This course centers on harm reduction, safety concerns, ethical implications, and the benefits of psychedelic use in a variety of settings, and offers an overview of current psychedelic therapies in such areas as palliative care and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Students will approach the topic of psychedelic therapies from an interdisciplinary perspective, blending teachings from counseling psychology, religious studies, chaplaincy, and ecopsychology.

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