Ketamine and Psychedelic Medicine Training: September 12 – 15, 2024

Ketamine and Psychedelic Medicine Training

September 12 – 15, 2024

 

Early Bird Sale: Save $250 off Standard tickets for this training date! Offer ends June 24

 

PRATI believes ketamine is the best tool to learn the practical and fundamental skills needed for psychedelic medicine. Join our experienced family of ketamine providers and educators to learn about ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), ketamine infusions, and sublingual outpatient therapy. Our KAP Training Program course is limited to 28 professionals to support an intimate and personal experience.

We use ketamine as a jumping-off point to explore the transformational power of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Our multi-faceted program emphasizes practical skills and information that empowers you to begin practicing in this emerging field. You will be immersed in a joyful collective of passionate, knowledgeable teachers and make connections with like-minded colleagues. We are confident that you will find this unique training both personally and professionally transformative.

You will be required to complete a pre-training virtual medical evaluation in order to participate in the experiential components of the training. Appointment slots for these evaluations will be available over the month leading up to the training start date. Please plan for this in your schedule before registering for this training.

 

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 ketamine medicine.

In addition to preparing you for the clinical application of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, this unique program provides a grounding in the foundations of psychedelic medicine. Participants will gain practical skills and hands-on knowledge including:

  • Two optional ketamine experiences (intramuscular and sublingual) supported by a fellow trainee and contingent upon medical approval.
  • KAP and psychedelic medicine preparation and integration
  • Guiding clients through non-ordinary states of consciousness
  • Tools for eliciting transformative sessions
  • Role of music and playlist creation in KAP
  • Clinical care of severely depressed and suicidal individuals
  • Best practices for dosing and routes of administration
  • Considerations of ethics and diversity within KAP and psychedelic medicine
  • Discussion of set and setting, ceremony, and ritual aspects of KAP
  • Nature-relatedness and systems change facilitated by psychedelic medicines
  • Community building and networking opportunities

 

Program Eligibility

PRATI’s Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Training Program is designed for mental health professionals or medical providers who are clinically licensed/registered and will be able to practice ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in their work. Candidates for the PRATI KAP Training Program must meet both of the following criteria:

  • Active licensure* or registration as a behavioral health or medical professional in good standing.
  • Demonstrate at least 1,000 hours of direct experience providing medical or behavioral health services.

*provisional licenses (e.g., PLPC, LPCC) are eligible

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, 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.

 

Tickets

Select your preferred ticket level (Standard or Scholarship) by clicking the link above on this page and complete the checkout process to secure your space. Please carefully review the Tuition tab below for registration fee and cancellation information.

 

Scholarships

 

PRATI is pleased to offer partial scholarships in five categories to support diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community:

  1. Person of the Global Majority; Historically/systemically excluded
  2. LGBTQIA2s+
  3. Person with a disability
  4. Veteran
  5. Person with financial need

We consider many contexts that impact socioeconomic accessibility in granting scholarship awards. This includes but is not limited to household size and number of dependents, expendable income, access to generational wealth, and debt-to-income ratio.

We offer a limited number of scholarships based on available resources across three tuition tiers. To apply for a scholarship, please purchase a Scholarship Ticket with a $500 deposit and you will be sent a link to fill out the application. You will indicate the tuition tier amount you are able to afford within the application. Please note that scholarships do not include food or lodging fees.

Applicants will be contacted once scholarship award decisions have been made. Scholarship applicants not chosen will receive a full refund for their deposit. Please only apply for one training scholarship opportunity at a time!

The Application

 

  • The scholarship application form is not a “test” of need.
  • Please do not consider application questions about personal identities, education, and licensure as definitive reflections of your lived or professional experience.
  • Within the application, you will select the total tuition amount you are able to afford from three tiers: $500, $1650, or $2475. Your deposit payment will be factored in to your scholarship award.

Decisions and Notifications

 

  • We currently have limited resources and a small team to review scholarship applications and ask for patience during the time of review.
  • We regret that we cannot approve all applications or provide status updates or individual feedback on applications or award decisions.
  • We consider a variety of factors and involve multiple people in the decision-making process.

 

Training Length of Stay

The training runs for four days from September 12 – 15, 2024. Check in at Sunrise Ranch begins on Wednesday, September 11 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. You may also arrive prior to the training start time of 8:45 a.m. on September 12. The course will wrap up around 3:00 p.m. on September 15. All times listed are in the Mountain Time zone. An optional post-training integration Zoom call (about 2 weeks after) rounds out the training with the opportunity to reflect on your experience.

Please note that trainees must be present for all didactic and interactive course components to receive a completion certificate. Early departures from the training event prior to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday will not meet requirements for course completion. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Accommodations

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. 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 you at Sunrise Ranch while you are in your training experience, as this is disruptive to the container.

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.

 

Course Director: Stephen Thomas, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and KAP practitioner in Fort Collins, Colorado. Formerly, he worked in nonprofit development and has been involved in media, education, and events promoting psychedelic medicines for over a decade. He is a board member of the Nowak Society, a Colorado nonprofit that helps build community and advance critical discussions in the psychedelic movement. Stephen has a keen interest in the role that these powerful teacher plants and molecules can play in resolving psychospiritual distress and healing the wounds of disconnection behind our mounting ecological, social, and political crises. In his work with PRATI, Stephen serves as the Course Director of the Foundational KAP Training Program and curates KAP playlists with a passion for music's ability to facilitate growth and transformation.


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.


Dawn Fabian, PMHNP, RN, LICSW, is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). Dawn has over 15 years of experience as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the community health system and private practice in Washington State. She comes from a rich blend of training and knowledge of various psychotherapy modalities, working with adult survivors of abuse, trauma, and addiction. Dawn is currently enrolled in an intensive 3-year PhD, Psychedelic Studies program. Interweaving transpersonal psychotherapy, indigenous wisdoms, and modern consciousness research with on location indigenous medication experientials. She believes psychedelic medicines are the future to mental health and spiritual healing.


Christine Pateros, 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.


PRATI Faculty: Course Director Scott Shannon

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.


PRATI Faculty: Jason Sienknecht

Jason Sienknecht, LPC, CAC II, is a psychedelic psychotherapist with an interest in the potential for expanded states of consciousness to bring about healing and wholeness. He is a trained ketamine-assisted therapist and currently uses oral and intramuscular ketamine to help people heal from treatment-resistant depression and PTSD. He is also a MAPS trained MDMA-assisted psychotherapist.


Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW, is trained in KAP (Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy) through PRATI (Psychedelic Research and Training Institute) and MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. She is deeply committed to diversifying the psychedelic space and uplifting the voices, talents and work of the BIPOC community. Wilhelmina has conducted research and published in the areas of global human trafficking and trauma informed case management and teaches Masters level courses in Psychology, Human Behavior and Social Innovation. Wilhelmina provides a safe space for people to explore the root of their pain, the situations that perpetuate their challenges and solutions that will help them achieve their ultimate goals. Wilhelmina has worked with hundreds of people in California and all over the world in meeting their therapeutic goals. Her work specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma and life transitions. She has significant experience in working with women, the LGBTQI community and poly/non-monogamous people.


Gloria Monasmith (she/her), LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lakeland, FL and is the owner of Lee of the Stone Counseling and Fresh Wave Training and Retreats. She proudly identifies as a therapist for people who don't believe in therapy and focuses her work with those who have struggled with treatment resistant depression, anxiety and unresolved trauma. Gloria is committed to psychoeducation regarding mental health, believing that no one can make good decisions with bad information. She weaves profanity, stories and analogies through her explanations of misunderstood diagnosis in order to empower her clients to determine their own future. Since being trained in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, she has had the privilege of working with clients, in individual and group settings, witnessing transformative change for those who choose to engage in this therapy model.


Event Coordinator: Stephanie Thomas, PharmD, NTP, CGP, is a pharmacist, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and a certified GAPS practitioner focusing on the interplay between nutritional and mental health. In conjunction with the experience she has gained through her 400-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, she is well versed on the delicate and complex synergy between the gut, mind and body and is passionate about the healing potential these holistic treatment modalities can provide.

 

$3,300  - Professionals (LPC, LCSW, LMFT, PhD, APN, NP, PA, RN, etc.)

$4,750 - Physicians (MD, DO)

$500 - Scholarship Ticket Deposit (Professionals or Physicians)


A portion of the tuition fees will be directly paid to the medical provider who will conduct your evaluation and medical services for training experientials.

**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.

 

Accommodation prices range from $91 to $207 per night (roughly $360-$820 for a 4-night stay), with a variety of options from camping, dorm style arrangements, and private rooms in shared apartments. These fees also include all meals provided while onsite at the training.

 

Upon registering and paying the deposit (for Standard Tickets), your space is secured for this training. Scholarship applicants not selected will receive a full refund for their deposit. We look forward to connecting with you!

 

Full payment of the tuition balance is due by August 5, 2024 or you will lose your deposit. You will receive an email with a link to pay the balance.

 

Cancellation Policy

Full payment deadline: August 5, 2024

 

Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable (with exceptions for Scholarship ticket holders). 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 cancelled 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.

This training expanded my understanding of the potential for psychedelic medicines to be integrated into mental health care. The group learning, experiential, and integration sessions were powerful and illuminated the wide range of possibilities with this medicine while reinforcing that this can be all be centered around self-awakening and growth. My group was profound and healing for me, and I would encourage anyone who has an interest in ketamine and/or psychedelic medicines to join PRATI on their journey to help restore connection to the sacred: self, community, nature, and spirit.
- Anuj Khattar, MD

The most valuable training experience I have ever known. All levels were addressed. I was affected both personally and professionally in an extremely profound way. Unforgettable. Thank you so much!
- Evonne Halligan, LMFT

After having several experiences where I felt ignored and/or harmed in psychedelic training spaces as a Black woman, coming to PRATI was a healing and corrective experience I am so happy to have had. The only program I plan on doing psychedelic trainings with going forward. Thank you!
- Mercedes Hightower, MSW, LCSW-C

The PRATI KAP Training was excellent. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to train with them, and learn from their experience and their example.
- Joe Tafur, MD

Words of gratitude don't do justice for the appreciation and respect I have for the PRATI KAP training. The staff were able to create a safe, welcoming, environment, where I was able to explore my joy, sorrow, and darkness. I felt completely safe and in good hands throughout the entire training. PRATI helped us to come together as a group. I came to this thinking I would leave with some KAP skills, but I left having found a new community in KAP. Thanks PRATI!
- Eric Pierce, LCSW

This experience created a turning point in my life, both personally and professionally. The training itself is one of the most thoughtfully prepared and masterfully implemented I've attended, and the staff/presenters of PRATI are kind, fun, and experts in their fields. What I didn't know to expect was the deep, lasting, and very real impact the work would have in my own life. This will change how I work with clients forever, and has reignited a love for myself, my community and this beautiful world in which we live.
- Jason Gruhl, MA, Psychotherapist

The PRATI group of professionals helped to bring the spirit of this work to life over the course of the training. They approached this work through a multi-faceted lens, offering a clinical, medical, experiential, natural, and spiritual experience which helped integrate the training in a very meaningful and impactful way. This training has helped me feel confident about entering into this area of my field as a clinician, and for me it also regenerated vitality towards this very important work. I feel grateful for this group of professionals, who more than anything showed their humanity and compassion towards the trainees, and made this feel like a family focused on the goal of healing and hope. I would highly recommend this training to anyone interested in working with psychedelic medicine in any capacity.
- Ibrahim Choudhary, LCSW

PRATI’s KAP training gave me the knowledge, skills, and experience I needed to competently and confidently offer this potentially life-saving and life-changing therapy right away to my clients in only a few days! Every staff member was clearly passionate and excited about sharing and offering this powerful, transformative medicine as a tool with the mental health community. They each had unique offerings and contributions which blended and overlapped in a comprehensive, professional, fun, and exciting way. I feel grateful and hopeful to bring this holistic, integrative, and innovative therapy to my community.
- Darlene Egelhoff, LPC, LAC

PRATI offers an excellent training that is truly holistic considering the whole person. I am leaving the training feeling inspired and knowledgeable to start offering KAP. But even more important, I feel transformed on a personal level by the experientials and the deep connections I made. I am very grateful for this sacred experience in community.
- Lauren Going, LCSW-C

The PRATI team and their foundational Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy training is a phenomenal experience for learning and growing my potential as a future KAP therapist, and simultaneously is a wonderfully impactful personal growth exploration. The setting, curriculum, experiential component, and the people who gather for this training make for a particularly unique and special collective journey. I would call it a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience, except for the fact that I'll probably return for another PRATI training in the future – after I've been able to implement the many skills and experiences I now feel confident in delivering to/with my clients. 10/10 recommend!
- Amy Bingham, CMHC, EdD