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SoundMind Psychedelic Facilitator Training

A ketamine, psilocybin, and MDMA certificate program

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SUmmer Curriculum Starts April 2024, Core Program Starts September 2024
  • Lead instructor: Hannah C. McLane, MD, MA, MPH
  • 12 months of readings, lectures, interactive content, and practicum
  • Weekly live Zoom classes for 2 hours/week
  • Video and reading content  for you to keep
  • Weekly assignments and accountability groups
  • Different guest instructors  each week on live call
We accept and review applications year-round, on a rolling basis. All our classes are recorded and can be watched asynchronously in case you live in a time zone in which it is not possible to attend the classes live. 
Program overview:
SoundMind Institute is a psychedelic facilitator training and research initiative aimed at bringing ethics, equity, and innovation to the psychedelic ecosystem.

This is a 12-month training program for clinicians and other professionals that provides a foundational understanding of the literature and practice of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, including the use of ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin in therapeutic settings. This program is designed for clinicians—especially psychotherapists, physicians, and others, but being a clinician is not a requirement for acceptance.
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    ASYNCHRONOUS CONTENT ON FOUNDATIONS OF FACILITATION:
  • Creating the Therapeutic Container: Principles of Non-Directive Therapy for Psychedelic Facilitators (MARCH 2024)

  • 2 CORE SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING COMPONENTS:
  • Part 1: Foundations of Psychedelic Therapy (SEPT 2024)
  • Part 2: Psychedelic Therapy Skills and Practices (FEB 2025)

Classes are held on Tuesdays 4-6 PM PT / 7-9 PM EST, with the option of taking the course asynchronously if this time does not work for you. Please note that those seeking Oregon certification to provide psilocybin must attend the core classes live.

What Makes Us Unique

Course Details

SoundMind Psychedelic Facilitator Training Course
Structure & Details

Live Component

This is a training with 2-hour weekly online classes and 1-hour small group meetings from September - May. Prior to that, students can complete our asynchronous “Psychodynamic Techniques for Psychedelic Facilitators” prerequisite course and/or engage with our required-reading list.

Flexibility

If you are unable to attend live classes from 7-9 PM EST, we are offering an asynchronous learning option. Please apply through our normal application process for this option. Please note, asynchronous students cannot obtain Oregon certification. 

Homework

Reading and homework requirements take approximately 8 to 10 hours a week.

Start Date

Our prerequisite curriculum begins March 2024, and the core program begins September 2024. Students also have a required-reading list, which can be completed asynchronously any time before May 2025.

Bonus Programs

This program includes our popular Foundations of Psychedelic Therapies and our new Psychodynamic Techniques for Psychedelic Facilitators.

Mentorship

Individual mentorship by our leadership team.
Meet the instructor

Hannah C. McLane, MD, MA, MPH

Dr. Hannah McLane is a physician, psychoanalyst, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder of SoundMind, a facilitator training and research initiative aimed at bringing ethics, equity, and innovation to the psychedelic ecosystem. Dr. McLane identifies as queer, white, able-bodied, and neurodiverse. She grew up in rural New Hampshire and spent several years in South America and East Asia. Dr. McLane conducts research on cognitive diversity, psychedelic science, ethics, PTSD, and emerging alternative therapies for mental health issues. She is the clinical director of the SoundMind Center, the first psychedelic therapy center in the Philadelphia region, and training director for SoundMind Institute.

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Meet the guest teachers

Live Zoom Classes with Guest Experts 

Live classes are recorded for your access during and after the program. 

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Meet Some of Our Former Students!

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Who is this training for?

  • Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Bodyworkers
  • Chaplains
  • Medical students and Residents
  • Students in medical or therapy training
  • Professionals who desire facilitation training

Some of the topics we cover in
this course:

Breathwork for Psychedelic Preparation

Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Psychedelic Therapy and Inclusion: BIPOC and other Marginalized Communities

Meditation and Psychedelics

Psychedelics, Clinical Ethics, and Boundary Violations

Ceremonial Use of Psychedelics and Sacred Plants

Preparing Your Mind and Ceremonial Cleansing Rituals

This is a 235 course-hour online learning program, ideal for busy professionals, presented in an online learning format with live teaching, group learning, and in-person practicum as priorities.

We believe in the importance of hands-on training with the medicine you’re working with, and we pride ourselves in offering our students rigorous training in this regard. For hands-on experiential training, we offer retreats with ketamine and psilocybin. The price of reterats is not included in the cost of the 12-month Facilitator Training Program. Each student is required to attend at least one experiential retreat, ranging from 3-6 days in length. Please note, attendance at a minimum of 4 days of retreat are required for students seeking Oregon certification as a psilocybin provider.

Frequently asked questions

How long is the class and how much is pre-recorded content?

The class begins with a required-reading list and 16 weeks of asynchronous curriculum that includes optional weekly office hours that complement prerecorded lecture modules, assigned content review, and homework released every two weeks. Starting in September, the class meets for 2 hours weekly for 8 months. These are live Zoom sessions with guest lecturers present, which allows you to ask questions directly. This is a special part of our curriculum and unique in the psychedelic education space. Each student also attends weekly, hour-long small groups where they can get to know their classmates, ask questions, and practice skills.

Are there small group meetings too?

Yes, we have accountability groups each week that are required. They are hour-long sessions with other members of your class, supervised by two teaching assistants, in which students can discuss course material, practice skills, and have an open forum for questions.

What is the time commitment per week outside of class (readings, homework, etc.)?

Readings and other activities typically take 8 to 10 hours outside of class each week. Each week, there are short-response homework questions assigned, as well as periodic short quizzes to assess comprehension of the material. If students get behind on readings, they can request an extension and be granted up to 6 months from the completion of the course to finish and turn in all assignments. To earn the class certificate, you need to have completed all readings, homework assignments, and quizzes, as well as pass a final written, comprehensive exam and attend an approved hands-on experiential retreat (required for those seeking Oregon certification, but strongly encourage for all others). All classes are recorded, and you have access to those videos after each class and also beyond completion of the course.

What if I miss one or two classes?

Not a problem! Classes will be recorded for you to catch up on what was covered that week. If you need to miss more than 5 lectures across the 8 months of the core curriculum, and wish to be certified in Oregon as a psilocybin provider, you may need to arrange for make-up classes to ensure you meet the curriculum requirements. Students are allowed five absences from lectures throughout the duration of the course, and must alert instructors via email in advance of missed class.

I’m not a clinician but I’m interested in the program. Can I still apply?

Yes! We open the application to everyone who is interested in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy facilitation. About 30% of the students in previous cohorts were not clinicians yet, but had interest in pursuing that path or learning what ways they could get involved even without graduate school. If you are not a clinician, please keep in mind this course is designed for people who have some background in psychotherapy or clinical work. If you are still interested and have none of this background, please apply and if accepted we have some preparation homework to get you up-to-speed. We've also recently added our prerequisite “Psychodynamic Techniques for Psychedelic Facilitators" curriculum, which will focus on providing all students with a strong foundation in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy skills.

We have always believed that an equitable and thriving psychedelic ecosystem is not one that limits its training programs to those with pre-existing medical or mental health licensure. We have always accepted a blend of licensed and unlicensed trainees and focus instead on students’ capacity for ethical practice and commitment to self-reflection and growth throughout the training journey. We prioritize accepting students with experience in non-ordinary states as well as daily meditation practices. We also look for curiosity around scientific literature and folks with additional skills to add to their facilitation offerings (such as bodywork, somatic training, herbalism, or other skills).

Can you tell me how you select your instructors?

We have an extensive roster of teachers who have taught in our program since its inception in 2019, who hold expertise across fields: psychedelic medicine, psychology, pharmacology, bioethics, and traditional medicine practice. We make a special effort to bring in providers who hold diverse expertise in therapeutic approaches, including somatic approaches, meditation, breathwork, hypnotherapy, internal family systems, and psychoanalytic methods. All our teachers must also be grounded in an anti-racist, anti-oppression framework.

Can I legally provide psychedelic therapy after this program? What does the certificate allow me to do?

The only psychedelic that is currently legal to use therapeutically in the United States is ketamine. In order to provide ketamine-assisted therapy, a facilitator must be affiliated with a physician who can prescribe ketamine. In the states of Oregon and Colorado, psilocybin has also been legalized for therapeutic use. Oregon’s Psilocybin Services program went live in January 2023, and Colorado is hard at work to formalize how and when this treatment will become available there. Our program has also been approved by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide state-sanctioned training to become a psilocybin facilitator in Oregon. We are also licensed as a private career school by Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). We are one of only a handful of training programs in the nation to receive approval to train Oregon psilocybin providers.

MDMA is slated to be available legally in the United States within 2-3 years with a prescription. Currently, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD is only legally provided through research studies and MAPS’ expanded access program. To provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in this context, additional training from MAPS is required. 

Our program teaches students how psychedelics, especially ketamine, psilocybin, and MDMA, are used in conjunction with psychotherapy. We also teach students how ceremony, ritual, and traditional medicine practice have contributed to our understanding of psychedelic medicine and provide hands-on learning on ways to integrate these practices into psychedelic-assisted therapy modalities. 

Outside of Oregon and Colorado’s psilocybin legislation, there is no standardization or credentialing board for psychedelic-assisted therapy at this time, which means no individual course or program can provide “accreditation” to practice with psychedelics. What this course will provide is the groundwork to build a career in psychedelics, including the ongoing community and support network of like-minded practitioners to help graduates succeed in this field as aboveground psychedelics emerge.  

Please note that this course provides the foundations of training in psychedelic facilitation. Continued hands-on learning and ongoing clinical supervision is strongly recommended before becoming an independently practicing psychedelic facilitator. As with many therapeutic modalities, it is a lifelong learning and growth process!  

Do I have to go to graduate school to become a psychedelic facilitator?

You don't actually! This is why we have opened our classes to non-therapists, but we do expect a certain amount of background knowledge about psychotherapy. Again, if you are not already a therapist, we can send you pre-readings to get you up to speed about psychotherapy basics. If you do decide to go to graduate school, or are already a physician or clinician, you will likely have more options of roles within the psychedelic ecosystem, but there will be plenty of other possible roles as well. Part of the purpose of this course is to get us all connected so we can form teams including all the different roles of people — prescribers, therapists, breathwork practitioners, music therapists, overnight sitters, designers to create the physical setting, mycologists and chemists, pharmacists, nurses, bodyworkers, and more. These classes are dynamic and the community-building is amazing! You will not be disappointed. 

How much is tuition?

The cost to take this program is $11,300, with an option to pay all at once or in 4 or 12 equal monthly installments. We also offer a range of scholarships for providers with financial need who are BIPOC, Neurodiverse, and/or LGBTQIA+. The in-person experiential is $4000-$6000, depending on which options is chosen.

Can I get a refund if I deposit and my finances change?

Yes, up until a week from the first lecture, you may receive a full refund, no questions asked. We respect that your life or choices may change and we want to make sure all students in the class have the time and space in their life to engage fully.

What makes SoundMind unique?

We pride ourselves in creating courses and trainings that have equity, social justice, and ethics as a centerpiece of all conversations. These therapies need to be made available to the most marginalized among us, and we need to start the conversation and any trainings there. We operate a Psychedelic Center in urban Philadelphia creating inclusive and innovative psychedelic protocols for populations in need, and your participation in our courses and trainings directly benefits our nonprofit. Many other trainings you find online are for-profit and not community driven - having investors mean they have to prioritize profit with huge classes, fewer access to live speakers, and less individualized mentorship. Profit is not our motive, and we are excited to include you in the psychedelic revolution that starts with our communities and inclusivity. Welcome aboard!

I hear you have been OHA approved, but what is HECC?

Oregon Health Authority has approved our curriculum to train facilitators in the Oregon Psilocybin Model. After this was approved, all programs and individuals involved with measure 109 learned programs would also need to be approved by a secondary branch of the Oregon Government, called HECC (the Higher Education Coordinating Committee). We received HECC approval to operate as a private career school in Oregon in October 2022.

Some of our lecturers include:

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR EACH COHORT THE LECTURERS MAY CHANGE SLIGHTLY

Belinda Eriacho, MPH

Belinda is a healer and leader from the Dine’ (Navajo) and Zuni lineage. She is certified in Integrated Energy Therapy and has advanced degrees in Health Sciences, Public & Occupational Health, and Technology. Through her personal practice and her leadership as a public speaker, Belinda supports the healing of Native Peoples and is helping to guide the Psychedelic Renaissance towards a more holistic perspective.

Dr. Kwasi Adusei

Dr. Kwasi Adusei is a service-oriented, curious Ghanaian native passionate about the intersections of community, wellbeing, and technology. He is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, co-founder of the Psychedelic Society of Western New York, and led the development of a grassroots psychedelic harm reduction organization called the Sanctuary Project. As an educator and community organizer, he is informed by his experience with the war on drugs and community mental health, both as a patient and a clinician. He serves on the boards of Reconsider, the Source Research Foundation, the Psychedelic Medicine Association, and the Psychedelic Research And Training Institute, and is part of the Diversity Working Group for MAPS and an adjunct at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Rick Doblin, PhD

Rick is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, dog, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.

Francisca Santibanez

Francisca Santibanez is a mama, Plant lover & devotee. An herbalist, ritualist, wellness guide, medicine maker, educator, and artist. She also offers Wellness Consultations, Plant Spirit Initiations, and Whole Soul guidance through her private practice, currently out of Pomo and Miwok territory also known as Sebastopol, California.

Raised in South America, she was born in Brasil and spent her childhood there and in Chile, before moving to the United States as a pre-teen. Later in life she returned to study traditional Amazonian plant medicine in the jungles of Peru, with teachers of Mestizo, Quechua and Shipibo Conibo lineage.
Her interest for being in intimate connection with Plants began before she could speak as an infant. In fact these are her earliest childhood memories; Intrigued and fascinated by the vibrancy of the flowers, their textures and smells, she would spend most of her play time in the garden looking at and collecting blooms.

As she grew, so did her love for all the Plants. However it wasn’t until later in her thirties that she formalized her studies of Herbal Medicine through the Western Clinical Herbalism program at the Berkeley Herbal Center, and through her studies under Maestra Amelia Panduro de Sinuiri of Pucallpa, Peru.

Harvey Schwartz, PhD

Harvey is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, as well as patients with spiritual and therapy-related trauma. He has undergone advanced Ketamine-Assisted Therapy training through the Ketamine Training Center and the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training Program and is currently a Sub-Investigator and Co-therapist, a supervisor, and a trainer on the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Clinical Trials. In his clinical work and consultation, he synthesizes relational psychodynamic, archetypal, existential, and mindfulness perspectives. He has worked on advancing the theory and practice of integration in psychedelic therapies. Harvey is the training director and a lead trainer in the Polaris Insight Training Program.

Chris Stauffer, MD

Dr. Stauffer is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Physician-Scientist with the VA Portland Health Care System, and dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Stauffer is an OHSU medical school alum, completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and was an Advanced Neuroscience Research Fellow at the San Francisco VA prior to receiving a Veterans Affairs Clinical Science Career Development Award.

Dr. Stauffer serves as Supervisor for MAPS’ MDMA Therapy Training Program, mentor for the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research certificate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, core faculty for the Integrative Psychiatry Institute’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training, course contributor for Psychedelic.Support's "Foundations in MDMA and Psilocybin Safety, Therapeutic Applications & Research", member of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board’s research subcommittee, and is part of the training team with Polaris Insight Center.

Daniel Wikler, PhD

Professor Dan Wikler is the Director of the Harvard Program in Ethics and Health (PEH). His current research interests are ethical issues in population and international health, including the allocation of health resources. Prior to his time at Harvard, he served as the first Staff Ethicist for the World Health Organization. He also served on the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine in Washington, D.C., as Staff Philosopher for Biomedical and Behavioral Research. He has a particular interest in using simplified dilemmas to highlight the ethical issues involved in global health decision-making.

Pierre Bouchard, MA, LPC

Pierre Bouchard is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private ketamine practice in Boulder, CO. He specializes in blending somatics, embodiment, attachment theory, and trauma therapy with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. A graduate of Naropa University (in Contemplative Psychotherapy), he has trained in several somatic psychotherapy modalities, most recently the Hakomi Method under Melissa Grace, and currently, in Ido Portal’s movement system. He supervises therapists around ketamine work. He has maintained a meditation practice for 20 years, and in his spare time, works as a vinyl DJ.


Emma Knighton, MA, LMHC, RYT

Emma Knighton, MA, LMHC, is a white, queer, able-bodied femme. She is a somatic trauma therapist, psychedelic integration therapist, embodied organizer, and conscious leader. In their clinical work, Mx. Knighton works at the intersection of complex PTSD from childhood abuse, queer identity development, and consciousness exploration. Her clinical and leadership approach is grounded in queer, consent, feminist, and anti-oppression/pro-liberation theories. Mx. Knighton teaches courses on integrating trauma-informed consent practices into psychedelic-assisted therapy and strives to be in service to the psychedelic space with integrated mind, body, spirit, and community. Mx. Knighton holds a master's in counseling psychology from Bastyr University, a Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and Research from CIIS, and a master’s level Certificate in Holistic Health from St. Catherine University. A lifelong learner, she is in sacred relationship with their ancestors, tree elders, plant teachers, and the collective consciousness.

Courtney Hutchison, LSW, MPH

Courtney is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist working with adults and adolescents in the Philadelphia area. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, a Master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. She completed her clinical training at University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services. She specializes in the treatment and research of trauma-related disorders and relationship violence. Earlier in her career, she was a medical journalist and a racial equity policy advocate. A deep appreciation of the systemic forces that shape opportunities for health continue to drive her clinical and research endeavors today. Courtney has been with SoundMind since 2019 and has worked across the organization’s key areas of work—clinical care, facilitator training, and research.

Jon Dennis, Esq.

Jon Dennis is a lawyer, activist, and entrepreneur in the psychedelics ecosystem. He is the executive director of Vital Oregon, a psilocybin facilitator training program by Psychedelics Today, and the co-host of the “Eyes on Oregon” podcast from Psychedelics Today. Jon is a member of the Chacruna Institute’s Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants. He is a member of the Psychedelics Bar Association and sits on its Religious Use Committee. Jon serves on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Practice Section on Cannabis and Psychedelics and is a co-chair of its Psychedelics Subcommittee. He is a founding member of the Entheogenic Practitioners Council of Oregon.

Jon has been a lead voice in promoting equity and affordability under Oregon’s psilocybin program, known as Measure 109. He is the chief architect of the proposed regulatory framework for religious and community-based paradigms of psilocybin services under Measure 109 and has presented to multiple subcommittees of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, leading Business Insider to name Jon as among “the most influential people helping to shape Oregon's psilocybin industry.” He lives in Ontario, Oregon.

Michael Mithoefer, MD

Michael Mithoefer is a psychiatrist living in Asheville, NC, with a research office in Charleston, SC. In 2000, he began collaborating with MAPS on the first U.S. Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. He and his wife Annie have since conducted two of the six MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, as well a study providing MDMA-assisted sessions for therapists who have completed the MAPS-sponsored MDMA Therapy Training Program, and a pilot study treating couples with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy combined with Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy. He is now Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training and Supervision at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC). He is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator, is trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy, and has nearly 30 years of experience treating trauma patients. Before going into psychiatry in 1991, he practiced emergency medicine for ten years, served as medical director of the Charleston County and Georgetown County Emergency Departments, and has held clinical faculty positions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been board-certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine.

Claudia Cuentas, LMFT

Claudia Cuentas is a Peruvian immigrant, a bilingual and bicultural artist, a license marriage and family therapist, a researcher, and an educator, specializing in the intersectionality of art, healing trauma, trauma recovery, cultural identity, indigenous knowledge and decolonization of healing. She has an Master’s in Counseling Psychology and is trained in Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Trauma-Informed Care. She also has extensive studies in Indigenous healing, from her native Aymara and Quechua lineages of South America.

Claudia started her journey as an educator and advocate of art, as a tool for healing and liberation. In becoming a therapist, after her studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Claudia focused on serving immigrant communities, families, and children. She has worked with undocumented families, refugees, homeless population, and women survivors of violence, especially dealing with PTSD. Upon arriving to Portland, Oregon, Claudia joined the team at Conexiones, a Multicultural Center for Trauma Recovery. Claudia has completed parts A and B of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program. She continues to participate in ongoing training and education on the intersectionality of generational trauma, plant medicine science, eco-informed therapy, nervous system healing, and indigenous wisdom. 

Dr. Adele Lafrance, PhD

Dr. Adele Lafrance is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, author and co-developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities, including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. A frequent keynote speaker at professional conferences, Adele has published extensively in the field of emotion and health, including a clinical manual on EFFT published by the American Psychological Association. She is passionate about helping parents to support their kids in a way that is informed by the latest developments in neuroscience. The knowledge and tips in her book, What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work is an effort to do just that. With colleagues, she also makes a wealth of caregiving resources available at no cost at Mental Health Foundations.

Adele is also leader in the research and practice of psychedelic medicine, with a focus on ayahuasca, MDMA, psilocybin, and ketamine. Currently, she is the clinical investigator and strategy lead for the MAPS-sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study for eating disorders and a collaborator/clinical support on the Imperial College study for psilocybin and anorexia nervosa. She is a founding member of the Love Project. Adele has a particular interest in mechanisms and models of healing, including emotion processing, spirituality, and family-based psychedelic psychotherapy. She is a frequent contributor in the media relating to emotion, health, and the science of psychedelics. 

Zach Skiles, PsyD

Zach is a former Marine and Iraq veteran, with over a decade of clinical experience serving veteran communities and providing trauma-related treatment to adults in individual and group, outpatient and inpatient settings. Starting in the US as a peer counselor for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, he also trained as a clinical psychologist within the Northern California VA and Northern Arizona VA Health Care Systems, serving veterans from 15 different tribal lands returning from their own traditional healing ceremonies. Zach facilitated psycholytic and psychedelic-assisted therapies for individuals and groups of US Special Forces communities at The Mission Within, while also holding group medicine ceremonies under the supervision Native American and Celtic shaman practitioners. These experiences, combined with his formal training in the CIIS CPTR and MAPS programs, furthered Zach’s interest in the outcomes of psychedelic interventions. After a postdoctoral fellowship with the Translational Psychedelic Research program at UCSF, Zach continues to provide facilitation and training development with the Social Neuroscience and Psychotherapy (SNaP) lab at the Portland VA Medical Center, while also working as a therapist w/ the Sequoia Center. He also acts as an educator with the psychedelic facilitators certificate program at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Science of Psychedelics and the CIIS CPTR program

Accountability Group Instructors:

Seth Fowler

Seth completed the SoundMind Psychedelic Facilitator Training in 2022. Before that he has been working within ceremonial psychedelic framework, and considers himself a self-trained queer mystic driven by a sense of devotional gratitude to the healing and enlightening powers of psychedelics. He explores this through ritualistic group ceremony. He is particularly excited about the Oregon Model being outside of the medical context and hopes to support others in training looking for more deep connection with group work.

Amber Badilla

Amber, born and raised in Costa Rica, completed the SoundMind Psychedelic Facilitator Training in 2023. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has studied different energy and ancestral healing modalities. She has been running a private coaching and teaching practice since 2020.

She has been working with plant medicine since 2018 and has been studying the spiritual and energetic dynamics of the ceremonial setting ever since. She is also a devoted student of ceremonial singing and dancing.

She is passionate about the bridging of the ancestral and the clinical in psychedelic work.

Angela Ybarra

Angela is a 2023 graduate of Soundmind Institute. She is actively pursuing Psychedelic Facilitator licensure in Oregon. With over 17 years of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Angela has worked in non-profit organizations and, in the last 7 years, in her private practice. Although she relocated to Oregon in 2022, Angela continues to offer Telehealth services to her California clients, maintaining dual licensure across both states.

In her present role within private practice, Angela's central mission is to support individuals in their recovery from C-PTSD. She also extends specialized assistance to women experiencing perinatal mental health symptoms. As a certified Perinatal Mental Health therapist and trauma-informed practitioner, Angela integrates a range of modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Awareness, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). These modalities form a cohesive framework guiding her clients through the intricate healing process from traumas, ancestral burdens, and unattached burdens. Angela has completed Level 1 IFS at the Internal Family Systems Institute, with plans to achieve Level 2 in the Netherlands in Fall 2023.

Angela is excited to be an active community member committed to redefining the traditional pharmaceutical approach to mental health treatment. Her vision resonates with a return to community-centered healing systems, harnessing individuals' inner healing intelligence and drawing upon the wisdom of our ancestors as powerful resources in improving mental health.

Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez was born and raised in Colombia. He later moved to New Jersey, where he finished school and joined the military. A Navy veteran that is passionate about ways of exploring the inner-self by following his heart and gaining different skills & traits along the way. After finishing his service, he became a reiki practitioner and a massage therapist. He traveled to Ecuador for a couple of years to heal and to learn from elders about different plant medicines and their wisdom. Following his heart, he moved to Kauai as a dive instructor and a research diver. He is also a permaculture consultant and the Co-founder of Nation Regeneration, an organization that focuses on creating experiences, education and a network of small landowners in different communities. He now works in various themes around rebuilding and regeneration, in conservation as a forest technician for carbon sequestration, a massage therapist bringing healing touch to the ones in need, and as a local carpenter. As the world is changing fast, he feels the importance of working together with various generations, teaching and learning from one another. Guiding ourselves to understand the importance of carrying hard & soft skills, how to listen to our inner guidance, face our fears to unlock doors of opportunity, removing self imposed limits to our spirit, & remembering the art of listening to & communicating with Mother Nature.

Kim Stravers

Kim Stravers is a certified death midwife and after-death care educator, a certified celebrant, a funeral attendant, a writer, and a psychedelic guide serving the dying and death-curious across Phoenix’s Valley of the Sun. She holds a strong vision for psychedelics as an expansion of palliative care for the dying and processing for the bereaved and is wildly fascinated by the mirrors between traveling to one’s earthly end and journeying to one’s interior self. Kim works both in private practice and as a hospice volunteer, and is as much an organizer, companion, and educator for her community as she is an eternal student of her community. She is a member of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath & Death, the Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the International End-of-Life Doula Association, the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance, the National Home Funeral Alliance, and the Patiloni Collective, among other precious relationships. Kim completed SoundMind Institute’s Psychedelic Facilitator Program in 2023.

Elana Kananykhina

Elana Kananykhina is a psychedelic breathwork facilitator of 9 years from Portland, Oregon. She graduated in 2022 with B.Sc degrees in psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience, and completed the SoundMind psychedelic facilitator training program in 2023. Elana is a queer woman, a second generation immigrant with Siberian roots, and a lover of exploring the dusty corners and corridors of our inner landscapes. 

Merryn Spence

Merryn is an educator, guide, space holder, and medicine maker. She works and plays as a trauma-responsive and somatic-based integration therapist, assisting people in preparing for, experiencing, and integrating altered states of consciousness. She helps to guide people back to their innate wisdom and intuition through ancestral work/play, shadow work/play, energy medicine, yoga and dance, sound healing, alchemy, cyclical living, ceremony, and eco-sexuality. Her path has taken her across 6 continents to live, to teach, and to connect to the spirits of the lands. She also dances, sings, and plays the Hang Pan as a form of worship to the earth and cosmos. Her study in Global Health and Community and Justice studies has brought to the intersection of trauma, psychedelics, and embodiment.

Cené Salsedo Bryant

Cené (she/her) is a cis, straight, femme woman of Taino descent, a scientist, herbalist and an advocate for community members seeking to engage with Earth Medicines for healing, discovery, wellness, and joy. She envisions a world where all people have equal access to plant medicine as their birthright. She is committed to the ceremonial, ritual and community use of Earth Medicines. Cené loves whales, her dogs, the ocean, and nurturing plants.

Tennessee Scanio

Tennessee is a US Navy Veteran, Master Reiki Teacher and Quantum Reiki Practitioner certified in Energy Medicine. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Trauma Informed Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (RCYT) and a Psychedelic Integration Practitioner.

After her service in the Navy, Tennessee saw firsthand the effects of trauma on the human body and mind. After leaving the Navy, she began studying Reiki and other energy healing modalities as a way to help others heal from trauma.

She is a passionate advocate for the healing power of energy and plant medicine. She has helped countless people to heal from physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. She believes that energy healing and psychedelic therapy are powerful tools for transformation, and is dedicated to sharing it with others. She believes that everyone has the potential to heal, and is honored to be a part of that journey.

Taylor Bratches

Taylor Bratches (she/they) is a psychedelic facilitator, energy worker, DJ and writer based in Boulder, CO. She has 18 years of direct experience with psychedelics in a range of settings. In 2023, she completed SoundMind Institute’s psychedelic facilitator training program, and was a speaker at the MAPS conference, Psychedelic Science in Denver. She also is an energy worker specializing in a channeled modality at an integrative healing center in Denver, Agni & Soma. Moreover, she is a touring DJ who has opened for a variety of electronic artists in Colorado and beyond, playing underground raves as well as major festivals. It is her passion for movement and embodiment that led her into rave culture, and it was her passion for rave culture that led her into energy work. Her spiritual practices, and her intention to heal herself and others, is the core of her work as a musician, healer, psychedelic facilitator, and writer. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine.

PROGRAM TUITION:

  • The cost to take this program is $11,300, with an option to pay all at once or in 4 or 12 equal monthly installments.
  • After successful enrollment in our program, you may choose one of our currently available clinical tracks for further specialization and education: psilocybin, ketamine, or plant medicine. Retreats may be completed concurrent with or upon completion of our programming. All of these include a hands-on experiential. This is not included in the price of the program. Please note that attendance at a psilocybin or ketamine experiential retreat is required to receive Oregon certification.
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Hear from our Past Participants!

Jillan Sackett, MD, MS

PSYCHIATRIST

This class was an important comprehensive introduction to the necessity of psychedelics in mental health. It provided groundwork for the many different psychedelic compounds and how they can be utilized to help a person heal in a safe, therapeutic setting. Dr. McLane provided ample resources ranging from strictly academic to easy fun reads that helped me get a fuller understanding of the effect of these medications. The instructors are each experts in their fields, who managed to be open to all questions and dialogue, while still maintaining enough framework for learning. The classes were simultaneously incredibly informative and fun/relaxed. My only issue with this class is that it ended. I would have loved to continue my learning and interactions with this amazing community of people. I am not sure how Dr. McLane managed to put this together, but I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this field, which, as mental health workers, we all should be. I still have much to learn about psychedelics before I feel capable of using them in my practice, and I look towards Dr. McLane to have another learning series for this very reason.

Deborahlise Mota, LAc, PhD(c)

HERBALIST, BOTANIST, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER

SoundMind has been a phenomenal fit for me. As an herbalist, botanist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and an immigrant from South America, I have been both an advocate and protector of ceremonial plant medicine. Dr. Hannah created a safe and supportive space for those who practice on the fringe of conventional medicine, while weaving in her passion for ethics, social justice, and regard for Indigenous and ancestral medicine. The course curriculum and digital membership site are thoughtfully organized, packed with extensive resources and a fantastic lineup of guest teachers and facilitators. Without any doubt, I would highly recommend the SoundMind certification course to Western- or Eastern-trained practitioners, healers, and mental health advocates who want to work with these sacred and extraordinary medicines.

David J. Stern, PsyD

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

This was a great organized presentation of information on various aspects of the blossoming psychedelic world. From cutting-edge research to clinical applications to conversations with experts in many areas of psychedelic research and practice, this was a rich opportunity for learning. Dr. McLane helped create a safe learning environment with plenty of opportunity for small group exploring and sharing. It provided me with an opportunity to see what role I might want to play in this psychedelic renaissance, and the role psychedelics can play for my clients and for our wounded and beautiful world.



Emily Hollerbach

ADVERTISING CONSULTANT

I'm not a therapist, but ever since I learned about psychedelic therapy, I've just felt incredibly drawn to it. I signed up for this class, and a few others from different organizations, to learn as much as I could as quickly as possible. I enjoyed this class so much! This class was definitely the most professional, extensively researched, and backed by legitimate research studies out of all the classes that I took. Every week, we would have interesting discussions about all kinds of topics regarding psychedelic therapy. We got to hear from numerous different experts in the field and learned so much from hearing about their professional experience. I really looked forward to attending this class every week and I'm sad it's over. Can't wait to sign up for the next one!!!


Favianna Rodriguez, PhD

ARTIST. ACTIVIST. CULTURAL ORGANIZER

T
aking the course with SoundMind was a tremendously powerful and transformative experience for me as an artist activist who is working to shift the culture around psychedelics. I was thrilled that the curriculum included conversations on racial justice and access to plant medicines. The diversity of attendees in the class was also a big plus for me, I am not a licensed therapist; I am an artist working towards social change and I was happy to be welcomed as such to the class. My goal is to promote more inclusive narratives about psychedelics, and SoundMind helped me get closer to that goal. I highly recommend this class for people who are committed to healing communities that have been most impacted by oppression, white supremacy, and racial violence. I believe we urgently need more courses like this in order to accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion in the space of psychedelics.

Madelaine Wolf Bukiet

MSW Student

Dr. McLane's training course was a remarkable experience for me as a new therapist. Hannah introduced us to experts from all over the field and gave us the opportunity to engage with them about the most exciting and worrying aspects of the psychedelic therapy movement.

Hannah's teaching style is especially sensitive to non-neurotypical folks — there were always a variety of ways to learn and engage with the material. In addition to the material itself, which was always both cutting edge and fascinating, Hannah also introduced us to meditative states which would be extremely helpful to us as psychedelic practitioners.

I see Hannah as a community builder! The future of psychedelic medicine is going to require a lot of us to work together. In addition to the knowledge and information presented in this course, Hannah's Introduction to Psychedelic Therapies Course also helps encourage and expand the group of humans who are dedicated to helping people heal with psychedelic medicine.
SoundMind’s curriculum has been approved by the Oregon Health Authority to prepare students for licensure as Psilocybin Service Facilitators in the state of Oregon. We are also licensed by the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), which is required for us to train students in the state of Oregon.
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