Building a Psychedelic Medicine Clinic, Workshop 1

Building a Psychedelic Medicine Clinic Workshop

Workshop One: Clinical Foundations, Systems, and Procedures

PRATI’s Building a Psychedelic Medicine Clinic Workshop 1 focuses on delivering practical skills to build and run a psychedelic medicine clinic. It was originally recorded on November 14th – 15th, 2020.

The numbers of those struggling with mental illness continues to escalate and our current model of psychological care has many failings. Psychedelic medicine represents a new paradigm in mental health care. The lay and professional interest in this new model of care has exploded in the last few years. A huge number of practitioners are eager to deliver services with MDMA, psilocybin and ketamine in a true psychedelic framework. Let us help you learn how to navigate this new space and gain the skills you need to open your own business.

Using psychedelics as a treatment option will require that providers of care be able to set-up and run a clinic designed specifically for psychedelic medicine. Once rescheduled, MDMA and psilocybin will require specifics in clinical format, setting, and professional training. In spite of a true passion for this work many practitioners do not feel they are ready or able to set up or manage such a clinic, which is why PRATI has designed a course specifically to teach practitioners what they need to know in order to prepare mental health providers to work in psychedelic medicine. We have gathered a diverse and experienced faculty that will prepare you to successfully open a psychedelic medicine clinic.

The second installment of this workshop, PRATI’s Building a Psychedelic Medicine Clinic Workshop 2, offers insight into the future of psychedelic medicine with a focus on core topics that include: clinical setting, practice management, legal considerations, ethical concerns, and marketing plans.


Presentations Overview

Day 1

  • Clinic Foundations focuses on the basic elements of business management.
    • Welcome, introductions and overview
    • Working in Complexity and Shifting Towards Relational Models
    • The New Workplace
    • The Challenges of Opening and Running a Clinic
    • The Four Pillars-Introduction
    • COVID – 19 considerations

Day 2

  • Clinic Systems and Procedures teaches practitioners methods to run and operate a clinic.
    • Operations
    • Budgets and Money
    • Administration
    • Marketing

Presentation Format

In order to help participants make the information relatable and actionable, PRATI combines a number of teaching approaches and delivers the content across multiple formats. Each class in the curriculum will be supported by a presentation from the presenter, a workbook with takeaways and activities that guide you towards each learning goal.

Building a Psychedelic Medicine Clinic, Workshop 1



What you will learn

This seminar is designed for health care professionals who wish to develop, open and manage a psychedelic medicine clinic. It is designed to be practical and cover basic fundamental skills needed to operate a successful business. You will learn basic essential skills that include how to:

1.    Discover your goals and action steps.

2.    Budget for set-up and operations.

3.    Hire the correct clinical staff members.

4.    Establish strong local community relationships.

5.    Evaluate how Psychedelic medicine culture relates to outreach and marketing.

6.    Identify the correct legal and tax structure for your goals.

7.    Create a green clinic and operate it in a sustainable manner.

8.    Formulate an operations manual that delivers value and to model what that looks like.

9.    Set up real leadership and what that looks like in a business of this size.

10.  Apply new team models that create effective connection and communication.

PRATI Faculty: Course Director Scott Shannon

Course Director: Scott Shannon, MD, has been a student of consciousness since his honor’s thesis on this topic in the 1970s. Following medical school, MDMA assisted psychotherapy became a facet of his practice before this medicine was scheduled in 1985. Scott has been a transformative agent in mental health and a visionary leader in integrative medicine for over two decades. He is a cannabidiol and MDMA researcher as well as a sought-after trainer and speaker. Currently, Scott works extensively with a broad range of ketamine services including ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in his large innovative clinic. He lectures all over the world to professionals interested in a deeper look at mental health issues, ketamine, psychedelics and a paradigm shifting perspective about transformative care.



Mary Rondeau ND, RH(AHG), is a naturopathic doctor and registered herbalist who has a deep interest in plants and their ability to alter the human body and mind. She previously conducted research at Colorado State University on Mycobacterium tuberculosis prior to her completion of naturopathic medical school. She brings together a balance of being a practitioner and drive to teach other providers how to be successful business owners.  She is driven to change the mental health field to be more holistically focused and this includes the use of traditional plant medicines to aid in healing transformations. Currently she has a private clinical practice and teaches nationally about integrative psychiatry, naturopathic medicine, nutrition, and botanical medicine.



Jamie Harvie is the founder of the One Sacred Earth Project and serves as President of the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI) and the Duluth Whole Foods Co-op. Jamie is nationally recognized for his extensive experience at the nexus of health, community, environment and health care. Jamie led the successful coordination and passage of mercury product legislation. He is the recipient of the NRDC National Thought Leader award for his work on sustainable food systems and health care. His work is published widely for journals including the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and is a contributor to a textbooks including Integrative Medicine. Jamie offers organizational development, strategic planning and collaborative leadership training and serves as a racial healing circle facilitator.



PRATI Faculty: Jessica Breemen

Jessica Breemen, MSW, was awarded her Master of Social Work in May of 2020, has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology, and is a certified Scrum Master.  Her research has focused on organizational development, criminal justice and drug policy reform, full spectrum harm reduction, as well as MDMA and ketamine-assisted psychotherapies. Jessica is a Senior Project Leader for a social justice non-profit dedicated to incubating and supporting social ventures to build progressive political power and civic engagement with low income and BIPOC communities. Jessica serves on the board of directors of DanceSafe and completed her MSW advanced specialty field placement during her 2019-2020 school year at Wholeness Center in Fort Collins, CO.



Andy Belanger is a strategic business coach with Heros Business Solutions Inc. He has been coaching Health professionals nationally/internationally for 32 years and counting.  His passion is providing a strong Business of health foundation so that health professionals succeed and help more people. 




This training provides the necessary business fundamentals one needs to create a successful clinic that can scale. I would highly recommend this training for anyone seeking a comprehensive overview of everything that’s needed to build a solid foundation. You will have concrete take-aways. I guarantee!
- Dan Ronken, LPC - LAC, Inclusion Recovery, LLC

This workshop provided the fundamental structure into which we can pour our dreams and energy. I feel prepared to approach this Herculean task of breaking into an emergent field - via small, consistent, and committed steps.
- Karen Knight

The training provided by PRATI was comprehensive and in depth. There were tangible, logical, useful tools I gained about building a psychedelic medicine business geared for success.
- Laura Nash

This is a course that every new healthcare provider should attend. Even if you are already a business owner, the information you will be given is gold.
- Abid Nazeer, MD

A thoughtful and practical training on fundamentals of running a practice. One would have to try hard not to find this training useful.
- Tim Mills

I think this course is a must for anyone who is starting or building a wellness practice even if psychedelics are not totally on your radar. This was money well invested and the information provided invaluable.
- Charlotte Charfen

PRATI is doing an amazing job of preparing all the future generations of therapists, who are brave enough to support new psychotherapy revolution. These businesses principles and basis will make you grow not only as an entrepreneur, but as a therapist as well. Learn the basics so you get to be better at providing these new revolutionary services, it's the things you may don't want to know, but in a longer run you will.
- Ognjen Vukotić

This program is exactly what I have needed to help me progress from a mindset of employment/contact work in straight conventional care to that of a mindset of operating a private practice with a group that is focused on healing and not solely symptom suppression. The level of understanding that I now have about opening a private practice and growing understanding of financials has afforded a measure of confidence more valuable than the price of the weekend. Given the comprehensive nature of the program including a sustainable business philosophy in addition to the infectious passion of the presenters, particularly Andy, I'm confident that if I follow the principles and suggestions provided, I will be successful fulfilling my vision. Priceless!
- Teresa Cone

Building a psychedelic medicine clinic training was jam-packed with information and foundational skills for anyone looking to learn about the business of building a psychedelic medicine clinic.
- Avishai Afek

PRATI is comprised of a solid group of seasoned professionals and clinicians. This training left me feeling more knowledgeable about the business of opening a psychedelic medicine program and gave me pause to consider how to integrate this into my current practice. I will definitely be participating in the second weekend and want to attend their KAP training when available again.
- Kim Skelton

This was the most professionally relevant training I have attended in the last 15 years. It illuminated the path through the financial aspects of private practice which has continuously held me back. My confidence in my ability to run my nonprofit has increased exponentially. Every CEO can benefit from this training.
- Jacqueline Fisher

The information that PRATI provides is a good place to get this much-needed training for the future of psychedelic use in the therapeutic and mental health field.
- Brenda S. Burgard

This is a great course that provides tool, organization and structure for successful practice management.
- Melody Eloreal