Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: The Psychotherapy Whose Time Has Come

The need for more effective treatments of mental health issues is a nationally recognized challenge in psychiatry and psychology. Research findings strongly support the efficacy of psychedelic medicines for several clinical symptomologies and clinical trials are underway in the US, UK and EU that will likely result in the availability of MDMA and psilocybin for legal use in US medical clinics for PTSD and depression, respectively, within 2 to 4 years. Within the next several years there is a national need to train medical and mental health professionals who wish to be ready to conduct psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. 

This recording will begin with a review of the clinical research outcomes on psychedelic-assisted therapy for depression, anxiety, PTSD, end-of-life distress, and substance abuse.  We will discuss the professional training being done by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  The recording will offer some of the teachings from the CIIS professional training program, which includes neuropharmacology and research foundations, global transformational traditions, mindfulness practices, therapist competencies, and en vivo instruction. An engaging discussion will follow the presentation on questions about the place for such training for licensed psychotherapists and medical professionals, the future of the research, and where psychedelics fit within the newest innovations in the mental health field. 


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Janis Phelps, PhD
1 Hour 16 Minutes
Dec 04, 2020
PESI, Inc.
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Janis Phelps, PhD, is a leader in the field of psychedelic therapy training as the Director of the Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies Center. As the Center’s founder, Dr. Phelps developed and launched the first university accredited, post-graduate training program for psychedelic therapy and research. She has held the position of the Dean of Faculty of the six doctoral departments in the CIIS School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her 2018 journal publication, Developing Guidelines and Competencies for the Training of Psychedelic Therapists, describes best practices in the academic training of medical and mental health professionals in this field. These ideas are further developed in a 2019 chapter on “Training Psychedelic Therapists” in Advances in Psychedelic Medicine, edited by Michael Winkelman and Ben Sessa. Dr. Phelps is a board member of the Heffter Research Institute, which has conducted highly influential psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy research since the 1990’s. A licensed clinical psychologist, she is a key contributor to the creation of a national accreditation board for psychedelic therapists and to methods of scaling effective training programs to meet the burgeoning need for well-trained mental health and medical professionals in the field of psychedelic medicine. Dr. Phelps maintains a private clinical practice in Mill Valley, CA.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Janis Phelps maintains a private practice. She is the director of the Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Janis Phelps has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Appraise research related to psychedelic-assisted therapy and efficacy across diagnostic categories.
  2. Evaluate the growing utilization of mental health professionals in the use of psychedelic-assisted therapies.
  3. Investigate the neurobiological underpinnings of psychedelic facilitation of psychotherapy.


  • Review of clinical research and outcomes 
  • Review of neurobiological underpinnings and mechanisms of action 
  • Review of training and utilization of mental health professionals in treatment

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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