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Join us for our next experiential
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy training Retreat
for licensed clinicians.
October 12-15, 2023
at Sanctuary in the Pines near Asheville, NC
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Uniquely Experiential Training Retreat
We combine quality instruction, two supported ketamine experiences, somatically focused trauma and resiliency frameworks, and nature connection activities to safely and powerfully support you as a participant.
The hands-on focus of the training includes set and setting exploration, discussion of preparation and integration, and other directly relevant applied aspects of facilitating psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy sessions with clients. We intentionally give you access to our introductory video-based didactic curriculum before you arrive, so that your focus during the training retreat can be dedicated to immersion in the experiential aspect and “dropping in” as a participant.
Our intent is that your personal experiences with the medicine will reinforce the learning in an experiential fashion to directly support your future work with clients. Past participants have described this training retreat as both professionally relevant and personally meaningful.
Two Ketamine Experiences
We provide a safe context for you to experience psychedelic doses of Ketamine with different routes of administration. For your individual sessions, you will be able to choose between intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) administration, a choice that is rarely available in training settings. You will also experience a group intranasal session, which allows the option to self-titrate your dose, increasing or decreasing during your session, according to your personal preference. Sessions are supervised by experienced physicians and therapists, and integration is taught and modeled in a group format.
Actual Therapy Skills
We believe that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is an active therapy intervention. Due to the restricted nature of the medicines, few mental health providers have been adequately trained in this speciality. Our training intends to meet that need and specific “how-to’s” will be taught and modeled to help you step into your role as a therapist.
Participants are taught the Level One therapy skills in the video series. During the training retreat, you will have the opportunity to act as a therapist sitter for a peer, with a trained therapist present as backup if needed during the session. Participants are encouraged to practice these skills within their pairs, allowing the training experience to move beyond simply “sitting” to become a practice of applied skills.
Our instructors are among the most experienced outpatient KAP providers in the burgeoning psychedelic medicine field. You will benefit from their in-depth understanding of the structure and skills utilized in facilitating effective KAP sessions for different types of clients, as well as their skill in modeling the experiential group container.
Signi Goldman, M.D.
Dr. Signi Goldman is a board certified Psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice. She is a certified provider for Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research through the California Institute of Integral Studies and has completed training through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Her extensive knowledge of research-based use of psychedelics in medicine informs Concierge Medicine and Psychiatry’s Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy program for Mental Health.
Dr. Goldman has been practicing outpatient Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy for many years and has more recently focused on teaching and training in this field through her video teaching series and certificate program. In addition to extensive psychedelic medicine experience, Dr. Goldman is a trained Rites of Passage guide through the Rites of Passage Council in Asheville, NC and has a profound respect for the intersection of psychedelic medicine, nature-connection, and indigenous, ceremonial ways of healing.
Sandra Newes, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandra Newes is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She specializes in anxiety, chronic stress, trauma and recovery. Dr. Newes is an experienced psychedelic-assisted psychotherapist and provides individualized protocols for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy through Concierge Medicine and Psychiatry. She brings a trauma informed and resiliency focused approach to the work and is certified through Concierge Medicine and Psychiatry’s Certificate program, where she is currently a co-facilitator. She has also participated in training through the Polaris Institute, Chacruna Institute, the PRATI institute and others, and is a member of the Boston Psychedelic Research Group.
Dr. Newes participates in speaking engagements, publications, training workshops, and educational training on the intersection of nature connection, trauma and mental health nationally and internationally. She is past Chair of the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and also offers training to staff at therapeutic programs.
Meidad Goldman, M.D.
Dr. Meidad Goldman is a board certified physician in both Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine who has worked in multiple hospital- and clinic-based settings. He is an experienced psychedelic medicine provider, with years of experience administering individualized dosing protocols for Ketamine as part of a psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy care team. He is a certified provider for Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research through the California Institute of Integral Studies and has completed training through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Dr. Goldmam has over 17 years of experience using Ketamine for multiple conditions and serves as Medical Director for Concierge Medicine and Psychiatry’s Asheville Ketamine Clinic. Dr. Goldman offers provider trainings in the prescribing and administering of Ketamine as a psychedelic and is a co-facilitator in our Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy Certificate Program. His extensive experience being in the room with clients has given him a deep understanding of working safely with clients in altered states, and he is dedicated to teaching this body of knowledge to our trainees.
This Training Is For You If...
Our belief is that the path to becoming an effective KAP clinician builds on a foundation of solid clinical skills. Given this, the training is for licensed clinicians with significant psychotherapy experience.
No prior psychedelic experience is required. However, applicants should feel comfortable with the idea of altered state experiences in a training group setting.
Due to the nature of this work, group size will capped at 12 participants, and an interview is required.
HOW DO I APPLY?
To apply, fill out the form here, with a brief description of:
1. Your professional experience.
2. Your learning goals for an introductory workshop.
3. Questions you would like answered.
We will then contact you to set up a 20-minute video interview.
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What People Are Saying
Check out how some of our past clients describe their sessions and what our therapist trainees are saying about their training experience.
"This training was transformative and impactful experiential learning. Very well done."
"It was exactly what I needed. It was super educational and personally transformative."
"Every member of the staff was extremely qualified and just overall awesome. I highly recommend this program."