EOL and Existential Distress Ketamine and Psychedelic Medicine Training — July 27 – 30, 2023

End of Life and Existential Distress Ketamine and Psychedelic Medicine Training

July 27 – 30, 2023


The PRATI End-of-Life Care Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Training builds on our foundation KAP Training course by providing practitioners with the clinical skills they need to support end of life (EOL), existential distress and palliative care patients and their families. Our program incorporates practical skills, clinical research, and supported ketamine experiences to inform and empower you in this emerging field. This unique training provides a grounding in EOL and existential distress psychedelic medicine and a foundation for other psychedelics (specifically psilocybin once legally available).  Participants will gain practical skills and knowledge, as well as hands-on experience.


What You Will Learn

PRATI’s immersive KAP training approach combines didactic presentations with experiential components in a retreat-style setting. The training experience involves work in dyads as well as large and small groups, offering a variety of opportunities for connection and learning. Over the four days, we will co-create a container for deep personal and professional growth supported by PRATI’s expert faculty and catalyzed by your own exploration of death and existential distress. As group cohesion and safety is a vital component of the training, we require all participants to stay on-site at the venue throughout the duration of the course.

This unique program will build on and add to participants foundational knowledge of psychedelic medicine and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. Participants will gain practical skills and hands-on knowledge including:

  • Two optional ketamine experiences supported by a fellow trainee and faculty (contingent upon medical approva)l.
  • Existential and EOL concerns.
  • Theory and practice of working with grief and loss.
  • Guiding patients and their families through EOL
  • Preparation and integration in end of life work.
  • Personal and professional explorations of grief.
  • Curation of the death experience
  • Exploration of belief systems around loss and death.
  • Discussion of death rituals and ceremony.
  • Clinical care at EOL and the palliative care setting.
  • Understanding family support systems at EOL and in the palliative care context.
  • Spirituality and religion explorations of impermanence and non-attachment for caregivers, patients, families and clinicians.
  • Skills on facing death, broken relationships as a gateway to end of life planning.
  • Community building and networking opportunities.



The PRATI EOL and Existential Distress Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) Training Program is designed for mental health professionals or medical providers who are clinically licensed/registered practicing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in their work. Candidates for the PRATI KAP Training Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of one of the following experiential KAP training programs:
    • PRATI, MAPS, Polaris, Ketamine Training Center, or IPI
  • Clinical psychedelic assisted psychotherapy experience

PRATI recognizes that practitioners interested in KAP may come from a variety of backgrounds and orientations in medical and behavioral health care. Eligible fields of practice include: mental health professionals, nursing and medical professionals, social workers, counselors, chaplains, and hospice workers. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact us at kaptraining@pratigroup.org before registering. If it is determined that you do not meet eligibility requirements, your registration may be canceled and your deposit forfeited.



Select your preferred ticket level (Standard or Scholarship) by clicking the link, and completing your checkout / registration to secure your space. Please carefully review the Tuition tab below for registration fee and cancellation information.


Cancellation Policy

Full payment deadline: June 12, 2023

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. We are unable to transfer tuition payments to a subsequent training in the event of any cancellations. Please understand that cancellations impose a burden on our staff and the below policy covers us in the event we are unable to fill a canceled spot.

If you cancel more than 60 days prior to the training start date, you will receive a full refund of tuition fees, minus deposit.

  • If you cancel after the full payment deadline up to 2 weeks from the training start date, you will be refunded 50% of tuition fees, minus deposit.
  • Cancellations 2 weeks or less from the training start date forfeit all of the tuition fees.


Training Length of Stay

The training runs for four days, from July 27-30, 2023. Check in at Sunrise Ranch begins on Wednesday July 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. You may also arrive prior to the training start time of 8:45 A.M. on Thursday, July 27. The course will wrap up around 3 P.M. on Sunday, July 30. All times listed are in the Mountain time zone. Two optional Zoom calls (about 2 weeks prior and 1 week after) round out the training with opportunities to meet the faculty and reflect on your experience.



Each trainee must register with Sunrise separately, as they charge by the bed, not by the room, and this price also includes all of the meals you will be receiving during the training. Additionally, we do not allow family and friends to stay with you at Sunrise Ranch while you are in your training experience, as this is disruptive to the container.

EOL and Existential Distress Ketamine and Psychedelic Medicine Training — July 27 – 30, 2023

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Sunrise Ranch

Loveland, Colorado

Sunrise Ranch is located in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains about one hour from Denver. Besides being a resort and retreat center, it is also an intentional spiritual community and a working sustainable ranch. The farm-to-table food is delicious and inspiring in quality.

**Tuition price does not include accommodations or meals.**

In addition to making tuition payment to PRATI, all participants must register with Sunrise Ranch separately, as they charge by the bed, not by the room. This payment will also includes all of the meals you will be receiving during the training.Accommodation options include shared and private rooms. We require all trainees to stay onsite for the duration of the training course to ensure safety and support group cohesion. Additionally, we do not allow family and friends to stay with trainees at Sunrise Ranch during the training experience, as this is disruptive to the container.


Medical Lead: German Ascani, MD, has a broad range of clinical experience having worked over a decade in public psychiatry, community mental health systems, and private practice in California. In his current Colorado practice he uses an integrative approach and uses Ketamine, including Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. He is a study physician and MAPS trained therapist working on the phase 3 study on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. German has particular interests in the potential for psychological, emotional and spiritual healing that new and emerging psychedelic medicines bring to the mental health field. He supports the clinical use of these powerful transformative tools to open up a process of deep exploration, self-reflection and lasting growth.


Course Director: Christine Pateros, MA, RN is a Shamanic Energy Medicine practitioner and ketamine therapist guiding and teaching private clients and groups to connect to their inner wisdom and essence. After “dying” in the Amazon jungle in 2011 in her own life affirming psychedelic journey, Christine’s course as a healer was transformed from nurse and clinical drug researcher to Cranio Sacral therapist, energy healing practitioner, and psychedelic therapist. Christine’s deep interest in research and the healing powers of psychedelics fuels her work so these medicines may be accessible to those they can help.


Jamie Harvie serves as the PRATI Executive Director and is an innovative systems thinker working at the leading edge of institutional and organizational change. Jamie offers a collaborative leadership style and practice which has resulted in highly successful national and local collaborations. He is nationally recognized for his extensive experience at the nexus of health, community, environment and healthcare and has been interviewed and cited in media including Time Magazine, USA Today, and National Public Radio.


Mary Cosimano, LMSW has been with the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research since 2000 when they began research with psilocybin. She is currently a Psychedelic Session Facilitator and has served as Director of Clinical Services and as a research coordinator. She has been involved with all the psilocybin studies and has conducted over 500 study sessions including Club Drug studies with Salvia Divinorum and Dextromethorphan. Mary has trained post doctorate fellows, faculty, clinicians, and research assistants as guides and taught individual and group meditation to breast cancer patients in a Johns Hopkins research study. She is a teacher and mentor at California Institute to Integral Studies for their Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) certificate program and conducts trainings for therapists in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. In 2003 she started a meditation group for employees in her department. She also has 15 years of experience with direct patient care as a hospice volunteer.


Darren Fisher, RN has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Buddhist psychology and a second Bachelor’s in Nursing. He has spent years studying and practicing meditation in Asia and has facilitated meditation groups in the US. A hospice nurse for the last 9 years, he attended the Fall 2021 PRATI training after learning about the positive role psychedelics have played in end of life care. Interested in the many benefits of group work, he has created and co-facilitated group KAT retreats focused on healing and spiritual deepening. Darren is a musician and enjoys curating and creating sound experiences to support clients in their psychedelic experience.


Catherine Beckett, LCSW, PhD has provided psychotherapy with a specialization in grief, loss and trauma since 1994, in a variety of settings including community agencies, addiction treatment centers, hospitals, and both adult and pediatric hospice. Her doctoral research focused on training mental health providers to work with grief, and she has designed and taught workshops and courses for professionals across the country. In addition to more mainstream counseling approaches, her practice draws from her training as an End of Life Doula and Reiki Master Practitioner. She completed her certification in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy at the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute in Colorado, and advanced KAP training with Polaris in San Francisco; she is grateful to be able to offer KAP as a treatment option in her private therapy practice in Portland, OR.


Charlotte Charfen, MD is a board-certified Emergency Physician with over 20 years of experience in the field of Life & Death, living on the Big Island of rural Hawaii. In addition to emergency medicine, she has a private practice focused on end-of-life and serious illness support and helped found the North Hawaii based nonprofit, Life & Death Wellness. Their mission is to educate and support on all of life matters, but especially the end as a method to embrace one's life fully. But it was her patients that taught her the power of psychedelics at end-of-life and prompted her training with PRATI in 2021. Dr. Charfen is convinced that addressing our own mortality in addition to mental, and spiritual poise, are the keys to thriving in our world at any phase of life.

$2,985 - Professionals (LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PhD, APN, NP, PA, RN, etc.)

$4,425 - Physicians (MD, DO)

**Price does not include accommodations or meals.

All participants are required to make a reservation at Sunrise Ranch in addition to making tuition payment to PRATI. We require all trainees to stay onsite for the duration of the training course to ensure safety and support group cohesion.

Upon registering and paying the deposit, your space is secured for this training. Full payment of the tuition balance is due by June 12, 2023 or you will lose your deposit. You will receive an email with a link to pay the balance.