A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at the time of application. After payment of the initial deposit of $100, the payment of the remaining balance of $9,900 (minus any scholarship or special discount or payment plan) must be received by February 8, 2019, to secure your space in the program


The Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research serves a growing need for the training of skilled therapist researchers who will ideally seek advanced training for future FDA-approved psychedelic-assisted and entactogen-assisted psychotherapy research.

Only professionals who hold the following specific advanced degrees, licensure, commissions, or ordinations may apply to the certificate program:

  • Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT with master's)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PhD/PsyD)
  • Physician and Psychiatrists (MD/DO)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Ordained Clergy and Commissioned Chaplains (with MDiv and 4 hours CPE)
  • Attorneys (JD in counseling specialties only)
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LAADC with master's)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners (TCM with master's)
  • Physical Therapists (PT with master's)

For these professionals, preference will be given to applicants with a substantial background in psychological treatment and spiritual direction in behavioral medicine, chronic trauma and PTSD, palliative care, hospice, end-of-life and estate counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, oncology, mediation, pain management, and/or psychiatry.

We especially encourage applications from individuals who are military veterans, identify as persons of color, identify as LGBTQQAI, and/or serve marginalized or underserved populations.


Criteria for Clergy and Chaplains:  Ordained clergy and commissioned/ordained chaplains are considered as applicants if they serve in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction within the well-known world religious traditions. The three requirements for this group are that they must: have earned an accredited M.Div. with study in psychology and therapeutic skills; be ordained or commissioned; and have completed 4 hours of CPE prior to application. We encourage applicants from these backgrounds. There are special tuition discounts available for clergy and chaplains who report a need for financial aid.

Criteria for Counseling Attorneys:  Only JD licensed attorneys with demonstrated supervised training and counseling work with families, couples and individuals in several specific areas are eligible to apply. These areas are limited to: divorce mediation, custody mediation and resolution, end-of-life counseling, family and elder law counseling, and community dispute resolution. A strong candidate will be an applicant who did this counseling work under supervision in non-profits or service agencies for the benefit of marginalized populations. Counseling attorneys must have passed the bar, been licensed prior to applying, and have earned certifications in one or more of these specific areas. 

Criteria for Eligible Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and Occupational Therapists: These professionals must have an accredited master's or doctoral degree in mental health, medicine, or behavioral health, as well as the applicable license. These specific credentials are required for these 2019 applicants. 

Criteria for Eligibility of Pre-licensed Professionals: Under certain circumstances, five types of eligible mental health or medical  professionals may be admitted prior to the completion of licensure  requirements. These five groups of therapists are Professional Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists. Unlicensed members of these five groups will be considered on an individual basis only if they: a) have  completed their degree coursework and b) have completed 1,000 or more supervised internship or residency clinical hours in which they conducted psychotherapy and counseling. In all cases where an applicant is not yet licensed, the coursework and 1,000 supervised hours of psychotherapy or counseling experience must be completed prior to the start of the certificate program on March 29, 2019. To document the completion of the coursework, pre-licensed applicants will need to include a copy of their degree's academic requirements from the university's catalog.


The deadline to submit your application materials and deposit payment is Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Early Application Discounts:
$500 off tuition for completed applications received before October 15, 2018
$250 off tuition for completed applications received before November 15, 2018

Students are admitted to the certificate program on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin as soon as applications are submitted. Our goal is to notify applicants regarding the outcome of their admission and scholarship or discount awards on or before January 15, 2019.


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