The Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research

Training and Education

As research continues to deepen our understanding of psychedelic compounds, we are providing training to clinicians and education to professionals and the public.

Clinician Training

In anticipation of FDA approval of MDMA and other compounds, it is essential to begin training clinicians in this new modality of treatment.

In July 2020, our Center began the first training cohort of future MDMA psychotherapists that will be working on our approved projects. We will be expanding this training program to include a wider range of clinicians and providing supervised clinical experience to our therapists that will allow them to offer leadership throughout the broader mental health community.

Pending the success of our clinical trials, the Center will work with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to build a train-the-trainer program. This will enable large health care systems to scale this treatment quickly after FDA approval.

Public and Scientific Education

Given the relatively recent reemergence of the psychedelic field, high-quality information is not available in the broader scientific and mental health communities. To address this, the Center will issue ongoing programming on the latest scientific developments in the field. In addition, the Center will take an active role in collaborating with other psychedelic researchers around the world and help to organize the field to share research and resources.

Lecture series

The Center hosts a monthly lecture series for our internal academic community headlining top names in the field of psychedelics. Once the lectures have taken place, the links will be posted on this page for external audiences to view and share. The password for all recordings is ISMMS.

  • Nov. 19, 2020: Rick Doblin, PhD
    • MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD: The Road to FDA Approval
    • View the recording here
  • Dec. 10, 2020: Natalie Ginsberg, MSW
    • Ayahuasca and the Healing Potential of Psychedelics for Intergenerational Trauma in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
    • View the recording here 
  • Jan. 14, 2021: Michael and Annie Mithoefer
    • Integrating a Non-Directive Approach Towards Healing in Psychotherapy
    • View the recording here 
  • Jan. 28, 2021: Michael Pollan
    • Why Psychedelics Matter in Medicine
    • View the recording here 
  • Feb. 4, 2021: Roland Griffiths, PhD
    • Psilocybin: History, Neuropharmacology, and Therapeutics
    • View the recording here 
  • Feb. 25, 2021: Gita Vaid, MD
    • Paradigm Shift in the Use of Ketamine in Psychiatry
    • View the recording here 
  • March 18, 2021: Alan Davis, PhD
    • Psychedelics as a Means to Heal Racial Trauma
    • View the recording here 

MINDSET

MINDSET (Mount sINai psycheDelic Science EducaTion) is a student club within the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research. The club aims to build community among students, trainees, faculty, and staff in all clinical and research disciplines. We hope to create discourse about psychedelics to foster the next generation of clinicians and researchers. In the future, MINDSET will host social events, journal clubs, clinical symposia, and other unique educational opportunities. For now, in light of the ongoing pandemic, all events will be remote.