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 are now expanding this training program to any VA clinicians or other providers who work with veterans or active-duty military personnel. This online program consists of live presentations, live small group meetings, and eLearning modules that will include a variety of activities to support learning. The curriculum includes video case presentations from real MAPS MDMA-assisted therapy sessions, role-play activities, self-reflection activities, group and dyad activities, and other coursework. This is being offered at no cost to trainees—learn more about the training program here.

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 to our YouTube playlist for external audiences to view and share. Our lineup for the next few months is below. 

  • Feb 10, 2022: Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD
  • Mar. 3rd, 2022: Gul Dolen, MD, PhD
  • Mar. 10, 2022: Anthony Bossis, PhD
  • Mar. 24, 2022: James Fadiman, PhD
  • April 7, 2022: Gabor Mate, MD

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.