Pricing options

CE Options

There are two pricing tiers for this bundle. One without CE and one with CE:

  • You must be present at all live-online events in this webinar series to claim CE at this time. CE is not available for video replays. If you miss more than 2 live online events you may not claim CE, and there is no partial CE or makeup sessions.

  • At this time we do not offer CEs for NY-based Social Workers or NY-based Psychologists.

  • View more information about the CE we offer for this webinar bundle by scrolling down to the "Accreditation" section at the bottom of this page.

Webinar Series Description

  • Psychedelic-assisted therapy is making its way through the established medical system’s approval process and moving towards becoming an available treatment for conditions such as PTSD and Depression. This comes after years of prohibition of psychedelics through international drug conventions and local laws often disproportionately enforced in marginalized communities.

  • As states and regulatory bodies consider making psychedelic-assisted therapy available, key social justice considerations come into focus, particularly around healthcare disparities and access to treatment, the medicalization of plants that certain communities consider sacred, oppressive psychiatric treatments, and stigma experienced by people who use drugs.

  • The webinar series will cover a range of topics about both the present challenges and future opportunities for addressing social injustice in the field of psychedelic medicine, focusing on the role of the clinician’s voice in context of the larger healthcare system. The instructors and panelists will contribute their own unique perspectives and insights into the social justice implications of psychedelic-assisted therapy, research, and treatment.

  • Throughout the series participants will be encouraged to bring curiosity and openness to their own experiences, with a focus on developing insight and understanding based therein. To encourage ongoing reflection and engagement with the material participants will be invited to complete various exercises to clarify their reaction to the material, what they have learned and how they desire to incorporate these insights into their lives going forward.

Learning Objectives for Entire Series

  • Critique the implications of drug policy that impact marginalized populations’ access to psychedelic-assisted therapy.

  • Describe the mental health and policy barriers that perpetuate stigma and inequitable access to psychedelic-assisted therapy.

  • Explain the ways in which bias against individuals with mental illness are used to invalidate their perspectives, and how this relates to psychedelic-assisted therapy.

  • Analyze the role of ethnic and racial identity in psychedelic-assisted therapy research.

  • Analyze Intersection between research, policy, corporatization of psychedelics and its impact

  • Describe current psychedelic decriminalization efforts in the US and their relationship to existing drug and religious use policies as well as its impact on indigenous communities

  • Demonstrate knowledge of unique aspects of PTSD in military populations that may impact their treatment with psychedelic-assisted therapy.

  • Explain the role and application of leading ethical guidelines for psychedelic-assisted therapy.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of controversies related to therapist training, as well as therapist self-disclosure of personal experience with psychedelics.

Instructors

Assistant Trainer

Kelly Sykes, PhD

Kelly Sykes, PhD is a child forensic psychologist and maintains a private practice in Brooklyn, New York. She works primarily with court referred families as a custody evaluator, parenting or family coordinator, or therapeutic supervisor. She also provides expert consultation and testimony in matters that concern parent-child contact problems, child sexual abuse evaluations, trauma & parenting, and adoption & termination of parental rights. Her work is heavily influenced by psychoanalysis and attachment theory. Kelly’s interest in psychedelic integration therapy evolved from years of working with court-referred parents with histories of complex trauma, persistent mood disorders, and substance abuse problems. Noting that for some, talk therapies helped with insight but failed to inhibit endangering behavior or led to meaningful change such that they could parent their children. This sparked her interest in learning more about the role the brain plays in the chronicity of certain psychological conditions and the research on psychedelic treatments.

Psychedelic Integration Therapy Certificate Program Director

Alexander Camargo, Psy.D

Dr. Alex Camargo is a psychologist based in New York City and maintains a private practice in Manhattan. His work is heavily influenced by psychoanalytic and attachment theories where he works with clients to address anxiety, depression, life transitions and spiritual crises. In addition, he provides psychedelic harm reduction and integration, helping clients prepare for psychedelic experiences, incorporate insights or cope with challenges post-experience. He has also been employed to be a study therapist on a clinical trial investigating the impact of psilocybin on the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder at New York Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Camargo’s clinical training focused on providing mental health services in low-fee clinics and hospitals to traditionally underserved communities the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Nassau County.

Lead Trainer

Elizabeth Nielson, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Nielson is a co-founder of Fluence and a psychologist with a focus on developing psychedelic medicines as empirically supported treatments for PTSD, substance use problems, and mood disorders. Dr. Nielson is a therapist on FDA approved clinical trials of psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder, MDMA-assisted treatment PTSD, and psilocybin-assisted treatment of treatment resistant depression. Through Fluence, she provides continuing education and training programs for therapists who wish to engage in integration of psychedelic experiences in clinical settings. Her program of research includes qualitative and mixed-methods projects designed to further understand the phenomenology and mechanisms of change in psychedelic-assisted therapy, including the experiences of trial participants and of the therapists themselves. Having completed an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at NYU, she has published and presented on topics of psychedelic therapist training, therapists’ personal experience with psychedelics, and including psychedelic integration in group and individual psychotherapy.

Guest Speakers

Guest Teacher

Tehseen Noorani, PhD

Tehseen Noorani is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in sociology, anthropology and science studies. His interests lie in the phenomenological, epistemic and sociopolitical character of extreme experiences, and how these are made sense of across different 'consciousness cultures'. His current research traces the renewed scientific and therapeutic interest in psychedelic experiences in the global North, exploring implications for theories of psychopathology and approaches to mental health care. Weaving together scientific, medical, spiritual and aesthetic registers, this research is situated in the context of medicalisation and the ongoing 'war on drugs'. Tehseen spearheaded qualitative research for the Johns Hopkins psychedelic research team from 2013-2015, and has written on psychedelic science and therapeutics, expertise-by-experience in mental healthcare and participatory research methodologies. His PhD (2007-2011) was an ethnographic study of the knowledge-making practices of the mental health self-help and mutual aid movement, with a particular focus on the Hearing Voices Network.

Assistant Trainer

Joseph McCowan, PsyD

Joseph McCowan, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working in Los Angeles as a co-therapist in the MAPS sponsored Phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. He is an alumni of MAPS’ MDMA Therapy Training for Communities of Color, held in August 2019. Additionally, Joseph works with the California Center for Psychedelic Therapy where he provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and Psychedelic Integration Therapy. Joseph is deeply passionate about furthering education and awareness of the healing benefits of psychedelics for communities of color and in working to improve mental health outcomes for historically underserved communities. Joseph received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Assistant Trainer

Cristie Strongman, Ed.M.

Cristie Strongman is a graduate of Columbia University’s Counseling Psychology, bilingual track. Before embarking on clinical study, she dedicated her studies at Columbia to better understand the phenomena of urban shamanism. Cristie is the former Director of Racial and Equity Access Committee for Chacruna’s Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicine, a non-profit dedicated to providing public education and cultural understanding about psychedelic plant medicines where she advocated for gender and racial diversity in the field of psychedelics. Cristie is a trainee of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with a passion for helping historically underserved communities of color. She is a classically trained opera singer who enjoys performing new music in such spaces as Carnegie Hall. Cristie is originally from Colón, Panamá, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NYC.

Assistant Trainer

Rebecca Kronman, LCSW

Rebecca is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of Plant Parenthood, a digital and in-person community of parents who use psychedelics. At her private practice in Brooklyn, NY she works with creative professionals using mindfulness and experiential techniques to address depression, anxiety and life transitions. In addition, she works in the re-emerging clinical space of psychedelic harm reduction and integration, helping clients prepare for psychedelic experiences, incorporate insights or cope with challenges post-experience. Her experience includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness for Clinicians, Psychedelics 101 & 102, and Beyond Experience Psychedelic Integration Workshop.

Accreditation

Continuing Education Credits for Health Professionals (CE)

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

  • SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196)

  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact David Gumpel, david@fluence8.com. For questions about CE, contact David Gumpel at david@fluence8.com