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Become a Licensed Psilocybin Practitioner with Synaptic Institute
October Cohort Registration Is Now Open!

Psilocybin Facilitator Training Program

Our program is fully accredited by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)

 

Program Overview

Our psilocybin program qualifies graduates for licensure as psilocybin facilitators under Oregon’s Psilocybin Services Initiative (Measure 109). We have created a vibrant, conscious, and diverse community that optimizes not only the learning experience but creates healing and growth opportunities for all our students. 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.

Format

Each cohort will consist of 24 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 Portland, Oregon end of September 2024.

  • 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) October 2024 through April 2025.

  • 4 Saturdays on Zoom (8 hours with breaks). These are the first Saturdays of  November, January, February, and March.

  • 6 total hours of Journal Club, offered twice a month on Fridays, 12-1pm (alternative to write 6 source, 5 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 two training retreats. These training oriented retreats will be held at licensed a Oregon psilocybin service center in Portland, Oregon and real psilocybin will be used. All psychedelic work will be supervised by highly trained, licensed facilitator faculty members:

    • January 2025: The first weekend, students will break into dyads. Each pair will take turns facilitating for each other on back to back days. The first day one student will consume psilocybin, while the student other facilitates for them. The next day students will trade roles. 

    • March 2025: The second retreat, taking place 2 months later, will focus on facilitating group psilocybin experiences. The cohort will break into small groups. The first day one group will facilitate the psilocybin experience for the other group who consumes psilocybin. The second day, the groups will trade roles.

    • Chariot Psilocybin Services, Portland, Oregon

  • 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 but you are encouraged to find your own.​

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 6 sessions (1 hour each) and present once.

Admission

 

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.

Cost

The cost of didactic material, retreats, and practicum are included. The cost of the entire program is $9,000**. The cost of psilocybin for the training retreats is not included. 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 payment plan in which students can pay the program fee in two installments: half due at the time of enrollment and the other half due 3 months into the program. Currently scholarships are no longer available from the Sheri Eckert Foundation or the Healing Advocacy Fund.

There will be a $25 application fee. If accepted, there is an enrollment fee of $150. For a one-time fee of $100 students may opt to pay their tuition in two 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 003 Important Dates:

May 13, 2024 - Applications open*

May 27, 2024 - Interviews begin

June 10, 2024 - First enrollment offers sent out**

September 18th, 2024 - Orientation 6:30-8:00pm Online

October 9th - Oct 12th, 2024 - Opening retreat weekend.

October 16th- Courses begin, each Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm Online.

*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.

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