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Frequently Asked Questions

Relational Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Prerequisites

Are there any prerequisites for enrollment?
All participants must be licensed mental health professionals, significantly through an accredited program that leads to licensure, or legally authorized ceremonial practitioners. Our curriculum is designed based on the assumption that all participants have had formal training on the therapeutic process. In some cases a special exception can be made, please feel free to email us at info@beckleyacademy.com to discuss your background and candidacy.

What technology do I need to participate?
Much of our curriculum is delivered online in live-sessions that require participants to have a computer, video camera, and internet connectivity sufficient to run typical video conferencing software (i.e.; zoom)

Enrollment & Tuition

How do I apply?
To ensure the best possible academic experience, we require that all prospective participants complete a short written application followed by a 20-30 minute Zoom interview with the course facilitator.

How do I register for the program and apply?
Once admitted, Beckley Academy will send you a link to pay and complete the registration process.

Is financial assistance available?
We offer limited need-based tuition reductions and limited scholarships for learners that share one or more of the following identities/backgrounds: LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, veteran or active duty service member. Please contact info@beckleyacademy.com to inquire about the process.

May I pay in installments?
We can help you set up a payment plan. Please contact info@beckleyacademy.com to learn more.

Are there any additional fees?
For the Relational Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy course, participants are required to read two texts: Therapy with Substance by Dr. Friederike Meckel Fischerand and The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor. If participants are unable to borrow these books, they can be purchased through many online retailers for ~$60 in total. Also, for the online 3-day immersion, participants will need to purchase up to $50 of materials from a retailer of their choice. Details will be provided.

What is the cancellation policy?
Beckley Academy wants each participant to be comfortable that this program is right for them. At any time during the initial two-week orientation module, participants may send a written request to withdraw from the program and will receive a full refund minus processing fees.

Do you have an enrollment agreement?
Yes, our enrollment agreement can be found here.

Curriculum

Does this course certify me to provide PAT?
Completion of Relational Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy does not guarantee certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy. As of now, there is no formally recognized accreditation body for psychedelic training programs outside of the Oregon Psilocybin Services program, which has an in-state residency requirement for prospective facilitators. Personal certification in this field is a highly individualized process that may require further work outside of the scheduled hours of the course.

Graduates of our in-depth Relational Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy course who are awarded the Beckley Academy “Certification of Completion” may use the phrase “Beckley Academy Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapist” to indicate their achievement. “Beckley Academy Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapist”” is a phrase used by Beckley Academy to identify graduates who have completed all of the course material following our terms of enrollment and who hold legally accepted credentials in the mental health field. This phrase does not in any way, real or implied, supersede laws governing the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional.

Beckley Academy is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional. Additionally, Beckley Academy is not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to administer, use, or distribute any illegal drugs.

Will I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or academic credit towards a degree?
We do not currently offer CEUs for our program.

What do I need to prepare in advance for the program?
We ask participants to purchase/borrow the required texts: Therapy with Substance by Dr. Friederike Meckel Fischerand and The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor and bring a journal.

What is the course format?
The 21-week curriculum is delivered over the course of seven, three-week modules that include a combination of self-paced and interactive live instruction. During module 5, participants attend three extended live sessions for an online immersion that includes industry-leading guest speakers.

What is the time commitment required for online coursework?
Most weeks participants should expect to spend a total of 3-5 hours per week on coursework and live online sessions. The week of the online immersion, participants will spend 4-6 hours per day over the course of three days.

Do I need to attend every live meeting?
We ask that you commit to attending each meeting. If unforeseen circumstances arise, please reach out to student services and your course facilitator.

Are Communitas Pod meetings optional?
No. We ask that you commit to attending each communitas pod meeting. If unforeseen circumstances arise, please reach out to student services and your course facilitator.

If I miss a live meeting, can I still receive my certificate of completion?
We ask participants to attend all the live meetings, however, we understand that life happens. Participants may miss the equivalent of one live full group session (3 hours) and one pod session (1.5 hours).

What assignments am I required to complete?
Each module includes required assignments: readings, discussion prompts, visualizations, and journal activities. We expect participants to attend group meetings, communitas pod meetings, and complete a capstone project.

Essentials of Psychedelic Care

Prerequisites

Are there any prerequisites for enrollment?
This course is intended for professionals across the spectrum of care. There is no licensing requirement or application process for this course. Our team designed this course with doctors, nurses, therapists, coaches, ceremonial practitioners, and harm reduction specialists in mind.

What technology do I need to participate?
This course is delivered entirely online on our learning management platform. Participation in the course will require participants to have a computer and internet connectivity.

Enrollment & Tuition

How do I enroll?
You can enroll for the course here and gain access to the course materials immediately.

Is financial assistance available?
We do not offer scholarships for this course. Our limited scholarship fund is allocated towards our Relational Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy course. However, we do offer group pricing discounts, please contact info@beckleyacademy.com to learn more.

May I pay in installments?
We do not offer payment plans for this course. This course requires a one-time payment of the full price to gain access. 

Are there any additional fees?
There are no additional fees.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?
No refunds will be given after payment has been made. If you would like to schedule an informational call with one of our enrollment specialists before purchasing the course please contact info@beckleyacademy.com.

Curriculum

Does this course certify me to provide PAT?
Completion of Essentials of Psychedelic Care does not guarantee certification in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy. As of now, there is no formally recognized accreditation body for psychedelic training programs outside of the Oregon Psilocybin Services program, which has an in-state residency requirement for prospective facilitators. Personal certification in this field is a highly individualized process that may require further work outside of the scheduled hours of the course.

Graduates of our Essentials of Psychedelic Care course who are awarded the Beckley Academy “Certification of Completion” may use the phrase “Beckley Academy Certified Harm Reduction Specialist” to indicate their achievement. “Beckley Academy Certified Harm Reduction Specialist”” is a phrase used by Beckley Academy to identify graduates who have completed all of the course material. This phrase does not in any way, real or implied, supersede laws governing the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional.

Beckley Academy is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional. Additionally, Beckley Academy is not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to administer, use, or distribute any illegal drugs.

Will I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or academic credit towards a degree?
We do not currently offer CEUs for our program.

What do I need to prepare in advance for the program?
You do not need to prepare in advance, though we recommend that you have a physical journal for many of the activities in the course. 

What is the course format?
This course is an in-depth exploration of the core principles that underpin psychedelic care and how providers at any point on the spectrum of care can work with psychedelic experiences. The course is self-paced and fully asynchronous. The course is made up of six modules and an orientation.

Throughout the course, you will: 

  • Develop a meaningful working knowledge of the medical, therapeutic, and community-based roles, enhancing your ability to effectively support individuals.
  • Learn strategies for providing culturally-responsible and ethical psychedelic care, focusing on the importance of relationships in the therapeutic setting.
  • Engage in self-reflective practices to examine personal attitudes and biases, further enhancing your effectiveness and empathy as a caregiver.
  • Create a practical action plan for your psychedelic care practice, including safety planning, resource building, and frameworks for practice.

What is the time commitment required for online coursework?
This is a 34 hour course. We recommend that learners take at least 8 weeks to complete the course so that they have sufficient time to process each exercise. However, the course can be treated as an intensive and completed in a few weeks.

What assignments am I required to complete?
Each module includes required assignments: readings, discussion prompts, visualizations, and journal activities. You must complete all assignments in the course to receive the certificate of completion.

A Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Learning Framework

General Questions

How is the learning framework meant to be used?
This framework was developed with widespread adoption and adaptation within the psychedelic community front of mind. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to use this framework in their professional practice, training programs, research protocols, and policy decisions. 

How do I credit the Learning Framework under creative commons?
Please include: author’s names, title of work, Beckley Academy as the source, and any modifications you have made.