Psilocybin Training Program
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Our program is fully accredited by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)
Our psilocybin program qualifies graduates for licensure as psilocybin facilitators under Oregon’s Psilocybin Services Initiative (Measure 109). But our aim is to create a vibrant, conscious, and diverse community that optimizes not only the learning experience but creates healing and growth opportunities. We use the term 'entheogen' to recognize the spiritual dimension of working with altered states, presenting multiple worldviews from a variety of wisdom traditions in addition to Western science. Learn more in our About Us page.
Each cohort will consist of 32 trainees from a wide-variety of backgrounds.
The program is divided into Didactic and Experiential Learning modules.
The didactic portion consists of the following:
1 In-person retreat near Eagle Creek, Oregon August 30 - September 2, 2023.
28 hours of pre-recorded content completed at your own pace.
Weekly 90-minute classes on Zoom, Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8pm (PST) September 2023 through February 2024.
4 Saturdays on Zoom (9 hour days, but don't worry there will be breaks). These are the first Saturdays of October, November, January, and February.
14 total hours of Journal Club, offered weekly on Fridays, 12-1pm (alternative to write 12 source, 10 page paper).
Experiential Learning will consist of the following:
20 hours of personal growth work. This is completed outside the program (not included). This may include psychotherapy, professionally guided entheogenic work, meditation retreats, etc.
40 hours of practicum completed during one of our practicum offerings. These are training oriented retreats and may include alternating pairs of trainees facilitating ceremony for one another. Retreats may include trainees from other programs. Current offerings include:
Rastafari Indigenous Village, Jamaica, December 2-8 (10 spots available)
Uwishin (Amazonian) / Traditional Mexican Medicine Retreat, Mexico, October 23-31 (20 spots available)
Oregon Psilocybin Services, Hood River, (12 spots available)
40 hours of apprenticeship. This means finding a mentor to shadow and assist. These hours are essentially an unpaid internship. We will provide a list of pre-approved mentors.
What is Journal Club?
A journal club is a meeting of professionals wherein members take turns presenting summaries of peer-reviewed journal articles and facilitating some discussion. Trainees will be required to attend 16 sessions (1 hour each) and present one paper.
Students must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent to apply. We welcome both licensed and unlicensed professionals to apply, including those from out of state.
A one-page cover letter, resume/CV, and letter of recommendation are required to upload in the application.
The cost of didactic and experiential modules are charged separately. The cost of the didactic module is $6,000. Each experiential module has a different cost associated with it. Jamaica - $2,400; Mexico - avg. ~$2,500 depending on housing option; Oregon - $2,000. See the retreat page for more details. Other costs to consider: travel to retreats, personal growth costs, time off work, and books.
We understand this is a lot of money for some people. We will be offering a limited number of scholarships at a variety of tiers to ensure each cohort, and subsequently, the practitioners entering the field, represent diverse backgrounds including but not limited to veterans and BIPOC community members. Simply fill out the scholarship questions built into the application if interested. We also strongly encourage you to apply for a scholarship through the Sheri Eckert Foundation. Any scholarship awarded through SEF can be used at any accredited program in the state, including ours. We will also nominate eligible applicats for Healing Advocacy Fund scholarships.
There will be a $25 application fee. If accepted, there is an enrollment fee of $150. For a one-time fee of $200 students may opt to pay their tuition in three installments. Full tuition must be paid by the half-way point in the program. Credit card transaction fees (3%) are charged to students choosing to pay via that method. Checks or ACH are accepted at no charge.
If you are interested in taking a few individual courses first, some of them are available for individual purchase. If you join a later cohort, your tuition will be prorated for courses you have taken with us.
Waiver for Prior Experience
Trainees will have access to all training materials and will be encouraged to attend all training sessions regardless of prior experience. We will require documentation to justify waiving any such hours but will grant prior experience on a limited basis (for example, those with a degree in psychotherapy will not be required to take our 10-hour core counseling skills course). Program costs will not be prorated regardless of waived requirements at this time.
Cohort 002 Important Dates:
February 28, 2023 - Applications open*
April 3, 2023 - Interviews begin
May 1, 2023 - First enrollment offers sent out**
August 23, 2023 - Orientation
August 30, 2023 - Course begins
*There is no deadline when applications will be closed. We will accept applications until all seats are filled or the course begins.
**Prices and dates should be considered estimates and are subject to change until this date.
The full course catalog including all our policies and a complete description of our courses is available for download HERE.