A non-refundable application fee of $150 is due at the time of application. If you are invited to enroll, your enrollment deposit of at least $1,000 of tuition cost is due within three weeks of the offer of admission or by February 1, 2021, whichever comes first. If your enrollment deposit is not paid by the due date of February 1, 2021, someone on the wait-list will immediately be offered your place in the class. 


The Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research Certificate Program serves a growing need for the training of skilled therapist researchers who will ideally seek advanced training for future FDA-approved psychedelic-assisted and entactogen-assisted psychotherapy research.


Only professionals who hold the following specific advanced degrees and licensure, commissions, or ordinations may apply to the certificate program:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC/LPC)
  • Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychologists (PhD/PsyD)
  • Physicians and Psychiatrists (MD/DO)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners (TCM with MA/MS)
  • Registered Nurses (BSN or higher)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP with MS)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM with MS)
  • Ordained Clergy and Commissioned Chaplains (with M.Div. and 4 units of CPE)
  • Attorneys in counseling specialties (JD)
  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LAADC with MA)
  • Physical Therapists (PT with MA)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT with MA/MS)


These are strict criteria and only people with the above degrees and credentials are eligible to apply. For these professionals, preference will be given to applicants with a substantial background in psychological treatment and/or spiritual direction in: behavioral medicine, chronic trauma and PTSD, palliative care, hospice, psychiatry, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, oncology, mediation and resolution, and/or pain management.

The Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research especially encourages applications from eligible individuals within the above list who: identify as people of color; identify as LGBTQ+; are military veterans; are clinical CIIS and ACTCM faculty, students, alumni, supervisors, adjuncts, and staff; and/or serve marginalized and under-represented populations.

For medical professionals, clergy, chaplains, and counseling attorneys, those applicants with substantial experience in providing psychotherapy, counseling, pastoral care, mediation, and/or spiritual direction will be considered strong candidates for the certificate program.



Criteria for Clergy and Chaplains: Ordained clergy and commissioned/ordained chaplains are considered as applicants if they actively serve in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction within the well-known world religious traditions. The three requirements for this group are that they must: have earned an accredited M.Div. with study in psychology and therapeutic skills; be ordained or commissioned within a supervised traditional and established curriculum with multiple teachers; and have completed 4 units of CPE prior to application. We encourage submissions from these applicants. There is aid available for clergy and chaplains who demonstrate financial need.

Criteria for Counseling Attorneys: Only JD licensed attorneys with demonstrated supervised training and counseling work with families, couples, and individuals in several specific areas are eligible to apply. These areas are limited to: divorce mediation, child custody mediation and resolution, end-of-life counseling, estate plan counseling, family and elder law counseling, and community dispute resolution. A strong candidate will be an applicant who did this counseling work under clinical supervision in non-profit or service agencies for the benefit of marginalized populations. Counseling attorneys must have passed the bar, been licensed prior to applying, and have earned certifications in one or more of these specific areas.

Criteria for Eligible Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Certified Nurse-Midwives, and Occupational Therapists: These professionals must have an accredited master’s or doctoral degree in one of these specific disciplines, as well as the applicable license. These specific credentials are required for the above 2021 applicants.

Eligibility for Pre-licensed Professionals: Under certain circumstances, five types of eligible mental health or medical professionals may be admitted prior to the completion of licensure requirements. These five eligible groups of clinicians are: professional clinical counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Pre-licensed members of these five professions will be considered on an individual basis only if they: a) have completed their degree coursework, b) have completed 1,000 or more supervised internship or residency clinical hours in which they conducted psychotherapy and counseling and c) have two or more years of work experience in mental health fields. In all cases where an applicant is not yet licensed, the coursework and 1,000 supervised hours of psychotherapy or counseling experience must be completed prior to February 1st, 2021. To document the completion of the coursework, pre-licensed applicants will need to submit a copy of their degree's academic requirements from the university's catalog and their latest transcript.

With no exceptions, LAADCs, TCM practitioners, CNMs, counseling attorneys, clergy members, and occupational or physical therapists must have received their applicable M.Div., MA/MS, JD or PhD/PsyD degrees, CPE units, and professional licenses or ordinations prior to application.

International Licensed Medical and Mental Health Professionals: The Center welcomes and accepts applicants from outside the U.S. We review the licensing credentials from non-U.S. professional boards on a case-by-case basis. To date, we have had the pleasure of training 21 international physicians and licensed psychotherapists.


The deadline to submit your application materials and deposit payment is Monday, November 30, 2020.

Selected candidates will be invited to interview with an admissions committee member as a requirement as the next step in application for admission. Interviews are likely to take place between mid-November through the end of January. Our goal is that all invitations for admission, need-based aid, and scholarship awards will be given before or by February 15, 2021.

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