APT – Augmented Psychotherapy Training
Do you want to train as a psychedelic therapist or co-therapist? This three-year training provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to practice in a legal, safe, and evidence-based framework.
The APT – Augmented Psychotherapy Training is an advanced training course for medical doctors, psychotherapists, and complementary mental health professionals. Renowned therapists and researchers from European and international institutions have joined up with the MIND/OVID team to create this high-quality curriculum.
The training provides you with knowledge and skills you can apply in your therapeutic work immediately. Even before the future approval of psilocybin, MDMA, and other psychedelics as medication for augmented psychotherapy.
The APT curriculum builds on a cross-school approach. It is grounded in six layers of theoretical foundation:
(1) GENERAL PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC MODES OF ACTION
(2) THEORIES & METHODS OF PSYCHEDELIC-AUGMENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
(3) RELEVANT ASPECTS OF SPECIFIC MENTAL DISORDERS FOR PSYCHEDELIC-AUGMENTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
(4) EXISTENTIAL DIMENSIONS OF PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCES (PHILOSOPHY AND SPIRITUALITIES)
(5) THERAPIST PERSONALITY, SELF-DEVELOPMENT, AND ETHICS
(6) WORKING IN THERAPEUTIC TEAMS AND NETWORKS
The program includes a profound self-experience component. Non-pharmacological and pharmacological methods like breathwork and medically supervised ketamine sessions are provided. Furthermore, we work towards permission to offer legal psilocybin experiences in the framework of a training study.
Part of the APT approach is continuous mentoring by experienced clinicians and interactive learning through the involvement of patient actors and role play in the context of case work. We equip participants with the required scientific knowledge and insights into relevant current clinical and scientific developments. Some of the leading experts in psychedelic research and therapy are involved in providing this training program (in the advisory board, as external speakers, and as mentors).
With the APT program, you become a registered member of a large developing peer network, facilitating patient referral, organizing supervision, peer-to-peer intervision, practice in therapeutic teams, and further education. This network will play a part in the creation of international standards for psychedelic-augmented therapies. Over the years, we expect a growing number of organizations and authorities to support and further co-develop the APT program’s high standards.
Becoming APT certified is an excellent opportunity to be part of a global transformation in the way we look at mental health care, healing, and human flourishing.
After the first year, participants will obtain a Certificate in Psychedelic Integration Therapy/Psychedelic Integration Coaching. After completing the full training, participants will receive a Certificate in Augmented Psychotherapy. You will be certified to practice ketamine-assisted, breathwork-assisted, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy on a state-of-the-art level. Depending on your prior qualification, you will be qualified to either work in a therapeutic team or individually.
CME/CE accreditation is pending. We expect to be awarded 50+ CME/CE credits per year, awarded by the physicians’ chamber of Berlin, Germany.
Admission Deadline: September 30th, 2021
The intensive on-site training weeks will take place in Berlin, Germany.
We will substantiate and expand these learning objectives in the course of future curriculum developments and improvements.
- Understand general and cross-school factors of successful psychotherapy
- Know, identify and apply concepts and methods of Integration Therapy
- Approach patients in need of integration therapy with the necessary tools for assessment and treatment with a confident, sincere, and determined attitude
- Recognize and apply best practice in building set-and-setting: preparation, navigation and integration
- Accept, comply with and advocate professional attitude and ethics in augmented psychotherapies
- Know and distinguish the use of language in augmented psychotherapies with a special focus on discussing experiences in altered states of consciousness
- Apply and further develop case planning, case assessment and goal setting in Integration Therapy, ketamine-. breathwork- and psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy
- Integrate previously learned knowledge and skills with the newly acquired methods to treat patients and discuss cases professionally
- Know, explain and distinguish historic and current concepts in integration therapy and psychedelic-assisted therapies
- Get to know and apply a common professional terminology for planning, conducting, and assessing treatments
with augmenting methods like breathwork, ketamine, or psychedelics
- Recognize the value of mindfulness practice and non-pharmacological forms of induction for patient treatment and therapists' health
- Practice mindfulness and meditation methods and assess their value for the therapeutic practice
- Build awareness for, identify and explain existential dimensions of psychedelic states
- Know and be able to use a toolbox for integration therapy
- Understand the positive and negative effects, functions, side-effects, and limits of methods to augment psychotherapy (particularly breathwork, ketamine, different psychedelics)
- Know and comply with the legal framework of treating mental health patients in your country of residence
- Be able to apply ketamine, breathwork, and psychedelics within a psychotherapeutic framework (if you are a medical doctor) and/or work together with those who are able to apply pharmaceuticals to mental health patients
- Cooperate and discuss your cases with other mental health professionals in a common language that allows for cross-school discourse
- Know, practice, apply and assess strategies for screening, preparing, supporting and after-care of patients in augmented psychotherapies
Know and apply the latest neuroscience and pharmacology of psychoactive substances
Know and evaluate the history of psychoactive substances for current medical and non-medical practice
Know and evaluate traditional uses of altered states of consciousness in their relevance and difference to modern treatments with altered states of consciousness
- Understand current models of substance use and misuse, and the role of context in altered states of consciousness
- Train and apply professional behaviors in drug emergencies
- Know effects and side-effects of classical psychedelics and the most important new psychoactive substances (and their interaction)
- Know and understand the history and present of the legal regulation of psychoactive substances
Understand the value of a transdisciplinary approach in psychotherapy, in the application of psychoactive substances and the assessment of their positive and negative effects
Understand and apply professional ethics in the use of pharmaceuticals and altered states of consciousness for psychotherapies
- Experience, distinguish and communicate the phenomenology of (various) altered states of consciousness
- Distinguish first-person from third-person perspectives
- Know and assess the relevance of acceptance and avoidance in the phenomenology of non-pharmacological, ketamine- and psychedelic self-experience
- Know, explain and practice personal mindfulness and neuromeditation and apply these methods in treatment processes if applicable
- Know different typologies of patient spiritualities and understand their relevance for patient treatment
- Define and communicate the difference between traditional and modern spiritualities, between spiritualities and religion
- Develop and comply with a cautious and critical attitude towards psychedelic identity politics
Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board
Further experienced clinicians and researchers will be added as mentors over the next months.