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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

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

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

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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.

Current Offerings

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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.

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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.

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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.

Past Offerings

What is the Role of "Therapy" in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

There has been great enthusiasm surrounding the therapeutic potentials of psychedelic-assisted therapies. However, there is very little conversation about the therapy dimension. What does this therapy consist of? The collaborative forum between Chacruna Institute and the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies strove to answer this question and more, covering topics such as psychological approaches and frameworks, mindfulness, trauma-specific skills, trauma healing, and neurobiological aspects.

Course in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy 

In 2020, Naropa University was pleased to offer its first trailblazing course in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. With training in contemplative psychotherapy led by Naropa’s Counseling Psychology faculty, this course was one of the first and few to be selected by MAPS PBC (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation) to include their nationally recognized MDMA-​assisted ​psychotherapy curriculum.

Past Offerings

What is the Role of "Therapy" in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy

There has been great enthusiasm surrounding the therapeutic potentials of psychedelic-assisted therapies. However, there is very little conversation about the therapy dimension. What does this therapy consist of? The collaborative forum between Chacruna Institute and the Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies strove to answer this question and more, covering topics such as psychological approaches and frameworks, mindfulness, trauma-specific skills, trauma healing, and neurobiological aspects.

Course in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy 

In 2020, Naropa University was pleased to offer its first trailblazing course in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. With training in contemplative psychotherapy led by Naropa’s Counseling Psychology faculty, this course was one of the first and few to be selected by MAPS PBC (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation) to include their nationally recognized MDMA-​assisted ​psychotherapy curriculum.

Past Offerings

What is the Role of "Therapy" in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy?

2020 Course in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy

Sponsored Programs & Partner Offerings

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Sponsored Programs & Partner Offerings

The Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies is a proud Community Ally for the 2022 Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in New York!

Use our discount code: NAROPA-NY-15 for a 15% discount on conference attendance.

The Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies is a proud Community Ally for the 2022 Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in Oregon!

Use Discount Code: NAROPA-NW-10 for a 10% discount on attendance.

The Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies is a proud Community Partner for the 2023 Psychedelic Science conference in Denver!

Use Discount Code:  NAU15 for a 15% discount on attendance.

The Naropa Center for Psychedelic Studies is a proud sponsor of the 2022 Emergence Psychedelic Education Festival.

Emergence invites the public into a dialogue around psychedelic reform through education and community. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with a diverse group of psychedelic advocates, ranging from legal experts to social artists.

Topics will include psychedelic-assisted therapies, spiritual exploration, plant medicine and ceremony, current policy initiatives, ethics and safety, equity and access, and evolving research and advocacy efforts. Presented by the Nowak Society, this festival combines educational booths, interactive workshops, speakers, vendors, music, and more.

Naropa is a proud sponsor of a new ethnographic project to preserve the legacy and archives of Maria Sabina and other Mazatec curanderas. The Mazatec people of Mexico shared their knowledge of the use of psilocybin mushrooms with the world.

Historias y Memorias Mazatecas is a project born from the dedication of a Mazatec family to preserve and celebrate their traditions and cultural heritage. Presented by Alma Institute and the Fungi Foundation, this new project launched this year with a special online event on Maria Sabina’s birthday, July 22.