The UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics has launched a nine-month, 175-hour training program for advanced professionals to learn how to safely guide patients’ psychedelic experiences in therapeutic and research settings. The program is in preparation for states like Oregon, which has passed Measure 109 to allow the supervised administration of psilocybin at licensed centers.
Recent clinical trials have shown that psychedelics can alleviate mental distress and addiction, leading to efforts to legalize their use. The new program will create a group of professionals skilled in dosing and managing psychedelics.
Tina Trujillo, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley, has helped launch and serves as faculty director of the Certificate Program in Psychedelic Facilitation. This program is designed to prepare individuals to work safely and ethically with psychedelics in legal spaces, such as in states where voters or legislatures have passed measures to allow the supervised administration of psilocybin, or in research studies and ketamine-assisted therapy clinics. The program is intended to provide the necessary training and education to those interested in working with psychedelics in a professional setting.
US Berkeley has an interview with Trujillo here. It looks like a surprisingly forward-thinking plan for a school famous for, well, psychedelics.