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Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy is a novel, breakthrough
approach to awakened mind and the healing of trauma
and depression.

The Ketamine Training Center is the premier organization in
the field having provided training to over 800 practitioners
in our 6-day residential retreat events.
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About our trainings

We have arranged with PeerPoint to provide a certificate of training, which will go out to each participant after the conclusion of each training. This will provide 30 AMA Category I credits, which apply to medical practitioners and therapists—acceptable to licensing boards in over 40 states. Do confirm this with your Board if you have a question about this. Embedded in our fee structure for CE is $150 and is included in your tuition.

We look forward to being with you in profound learning, experiential, and connecting events that continue to move KAP forward and support our developing practices.

You will learn and enjoy yourselves. We look forward to being with you. 

Upcoming trainings

KAP/IFS Trainings Are Formally Copyrighted Programs Originated By And Property Of The Ketamine Training Center And The Ketamine Research Foundation. Please contact Us In Advance If You Wish To Hold Such Training.

Upcoming Events—Scroll Down for the Specifics for each event

February 25-March 1 Fundamentals at Bishop Ranch, Northern California
April 2-7th Dharma K Menla New York
April 7th-12th BIPOC Fundamentals Menla New York
May 24-30th Fundamentals Menla  New York
June 3-7th Barcelona Training for Practitioners outside the US

Cultivating Intimacy/Enhancing Sexuality: A ketamine assisted workshop for couples wishing to awaken to their full possibilities for love and connection.

POSTPONED

The Basics:

Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon In the heart of the Hudson River Valley with Phil Wolfson MD, Eva Dillon LCSW CST, Gita Vaid MD and Monica Winsor

Cost:

$7500 per couple/10 great couples

Includes:

Great Food, Great Fun, Great Exploration

For information about application, please write us at: ketaminetrainingcenter@gmail.com

with the Subject Heading: Couples Retreat

 

KAP Fundamentals Training at Bishop's Ranch in the Splendor of the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma

February 25th - March 1st, 2024

The Basics:

The Fundamentals Program is a community experiential journey of learning what KAP is truly about both personally and didactically.

With Phil Wolfson, Julane Andries, Mark Braunstein, Heather Hart Kennedy Licia Sky, Bessel van der Kolk and more

The Bishop’s Ranch—Northern California—about 1 and ½ hours from SFO—for views: http://www.bishopsranch.org/

Limited participation for licensed health practitioners only.

CEs provided as part of Tuition.

Four BIPOC scholarships are available by application as above. Consideration for scholarships occurs with application after admission to the program.

 

Registration is now open, and we welcome your application and presence. The registration fee is $500 for all applicants, $400 of which is refundable depending on date of cancellation. We predict the training will fill up rapidly, so we suggest you apply soon.

 

Cost:

$4,500 Single Rooms—14 rooms available—first come, first serve.

$4,000 Double Rooms—11 rooms available

Includes:

Tuition, CEs, Room and Board

DHARMA K RETURNS TO MENLA - an exploration of Spirituality, Meditation, Yoga, and Consciousness

April 2nd - 7th, 2024

Presenting Our Second Dharma K Program—an exploration of
spirituality, meditation, yoga, and consciousness in concert with the ego
dissolution properties of the legal psychedelic medicine ketamine. Our aim is to share with each other and to experience the impact of ketamine on contemplative practice and realization, emptiness and fullness, silence and connection, community and compassion, tolerance and respect for differences, love, and empathy.

The ketamine experiences will be embedded in a program of meditation, presentations on contemplative and psychedelic practices, and community building. The event is held in the full confidentiality of personal disclosures. There are a limited number of opportunities to present at the event and we will consider proposals from those who wish to make offerings.

Dharma K will be held at the Menla Retreat Center in Phoenicia, New
York between 4 PM on April 2nd and noon on April 7 th . Participation is limited to forty participants. It is sponsored by the non-profit Ketamine Training Center of the Ketamine Research Foundation and by the Menla Retreat Center.

We are requesting that applicants have experience with both
mindfulness (in the broad sense of contemplative practices) and psychedelic medicine as a basis for participation, though not necessarily ketamine. This is designed to be a mutual exploration rather than a training program.

Clinicians are welcome and we will provide an intensive exploration of
ketamine’s effects, with attention to the different sensitivities we each have. This will inform clinical practice with ketamine but is not a substitute for learning about Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in one of our formal training programs.

Participants will have the opportunity to personally experience
ketamine at three different doses in the context of contemplative practice, as well as to sit for others experiencing a medicine session. Our plan is to administer ketamine via intramuscular injection, although other routes of administration may be considered depending on the needs of specific participants.

Organizers are Ron Siegel and Phil Wolfson in association with Gina
Arons, Will Hamilton, Gita Vaid, and others. The KRF BIPOC scholarship fund will offer scholarships, and there will be limited general scholarship support by application—consideration occurring after acceptance to the program. We are trying to make this as financially feasible as possible.

There will be pre-and post-assessment measures to enable a view of
the impact of the program on each of us and our practices, and an evaluation form.

The Application fee of $500 is compulsory as with all our trainings,
$400 of which is refundable, and the Tuition Fee is $3500 for the week. On acceptance, you will be given a link to select your room and board at Menla which is a separate cost.

We are inviting a limited number of prior participants in the first
Dharma K program to return as there have been multiple expressions of
desire to do so, but we are also providing opportunities for new people to participate.

A link to Phil’s Tricycle paper on Buddhism and intoxication is posted
here: https://tricycle.org/article/was-buddha-atheist/
Other papers and training videos will be suggested as we move
towards April and we welcome your suggestions.

We want to welcome you to our unique and exciting program and to
the conscious and loving community we will form together.

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) training for BIPOC providers

April 7th - April 12th, 2024

The Fundamentals Program is a community experiential journey of learning what KAP is truly about both personally and didactically.

With Licia Sky, Erica Sandoval, Julissa Vasquez, Meera Garcia, Linda Thai, Julian Amaro, and Phil Wolfson.

Limited participation for licensed health practitioners only.

CEs provided as part of Tuition.

Tuition $3000  Application for Scholarship Support to be included along with application for admission to the program. Tuition to be paid on acceptance.  Please be aware that 75% of tuition will be refunded for cancellation up to two weeks prior to the program—March 22nd.

On acceptance, you will be given a link to select your room at Menla the cost of which includes your accompanying board. This is a separate cost arranged directly with Menla.

Application Fee of $100 is non-refundable.

The Fundamentals of the BIPOC KAP Training Initiative

Ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) training for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) providers is an essential step towards addressing disparities and promoting social justice within mental healthcare. This initiative recognizes the historical and ongoing injustices faced by BIPOC communities in accessing quality mental health services and aims to rectify these disparities.

From a social justice lens, the need for this training arises due to several interconnected factors:

1. Addressing systemic racism: BIPOC communities have long faced systemic racism that perpetuates disparities in access to mental healthcare. This training acknowledges the unique experiences, cultural nuances, and historical trauma that BIPOC individuals may bring to therapy. It seeks to empower BIPOC providers to better understand and address the specific mental health needs of their communities.

2. Culturally responsive care: Traditional mental health practices often fail to consider the cultural contexts and specific needs of BIPOC individuals, leading to inadequate or ineffective treatment. Ketamine-assisted therapy training for BIPOC providers emphasizes the importance of culturally responsive care, recognizing the diversity of experiences and tailoring treatment approaches accordingly. This approach fosters trust, safety, and understanding between the provider and the client.

3. Reducing mental health disparities: BIPOC communities continue to experience higher rates of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. By training BIPOC providers in ketamine-assisted therapy, we aim to bridge the gap in mental healthcare access and reduce disparities. This training equips providers with tools to effectively address mental health concerns within their communities, ultimately improving overall well-being and resilience.

4. Empowering BIPOC providers: Representation is crucial in mental healthcare. Training BIPOC providers in ketamine-assisted therapy not only increases access to quality care for BIPOC individuals but also empowers BIPOC professionals to play a significant role in their communities. It offers opportunities for BIPOC providers to become leaders and advocates in mental health, helping to shape policies, reduce stigma, and promote equitable access to care.

In summary, the implementation of ketamine-assisted therapy training for BIPOC providers aligns with social justice principles by addressing systemic racism, promoting culturally responsive care, reducing mental health disparities, and empowering BIPOC professionals. This initiative aims to create a more equitable mental healthcare system that recognizes and values the unique experiences and needs of BIPOC communities.

Fundamentals Training in the Spring Splendor of Our Inspirational Menla Retreat Center

May 24th - May 30th, 2024

The Fundamentals of KAP Is a community experiential journey of learning what KAP is truly about both personally and didactically.

With Phil Wolfson, Licia Sky, Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Corbett, Gita Vaid, Ben McCauley, and others.

The Menla Retreat Center—in the heart of the Catskills—near Woodstock
375 Pantherkill Rd, Phoenicia, New York

Limited participation– for licensed health practitioners only.

Four BIPOC scholarships are available by application. Registration is now open, and we welcome your application and presence. The registration fee is $500 for all applicants, $400 of which is refundable. We predict the training will fill up rapidly, so we suggest you apply soon.

Tuition:
$3,500 prescribing providers
$3,000 non-prescribing providers

Room and board separate at additional cost payable to Menla.
Room reservation is made directly through Menla after acceptance to the program. Link will be provided at that time.

KAP training in Barcelona with two European Organizations.

June 3rd - June 7th 1st, 2024

KTC and Phil Wolfson are in collaboration to present KAP in an experiential training program with two European organizations. Enrollment is through this link. Looking forward to this expansion of the understanding of ketamine and psychedelic psychotherapy to other realms—and in support of its application in the Ukraine

https://ketaminplus.com/en/training-ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy-2024

Covid precautions

With the recent upsurge of COVID-19, we had our own experience of two participants, unknowingly harboring the virus, attending our August training. They tested COVID-19 positive on the training’s first and second full days and had to leave.

Learning from this disruptive and fearful experience, we are mandating new testing for you and our health. The program continued after four additional participants voluntarily departed due to concern for their protection. 

Fortunately, with daily testing, no one else tested positive, and the training concluded with a sense of great community and great learning. To be clear, it was tough going.

The incubation period appears to be 2-3 days from exposure, though it may be even longer—up to 5 days. The current strains seem quicker to become symptomatic.

We wish to take the necessary precautions. These are as follows:

  • COVID-19 VACCINATION IS A REQUIREMENT FOR ATTENDANCE.
  • Please test two days before attending the program.
  • Please test the morning of the program before leaving your abode.
  • We will test on arrival so long as the Covid risk is present. We follow CDC guidelines.
  • We may test subsequently during the training.
  • If training is canceled due to COVID-19, we will refund fees minus $100 if the cancellation precedes the commencement of the training, with consideration for any non-refundable expenses we have made.
  • If training is canceled during its course, refunds will be prorated to the length of the training and expenses incurred.
  • If an individual contracts COVID-19 and cannot attend the training, a refund will be made according to expenses expended by KTC.
  • If an individual contracts COVID-19 during the training, they will be asked to leave the training, and a refund will be made according to the duration of their presence in the training and expenses incurred.
  • If a person becomes COVID-19-positive during the training and leaves, it is up to the other participants to decide to stay or leave. Testing will be conducted daily. Suppose a participant makes a voluntary decision to leave the training. In that case, they will have their remaining fees (after deduction for expenses incurred to the time of their departure) put forward towards another training. KTC will hold the remaining credit for up to 12 months from the time of the training. KTC will do its best to provide training during that period.

 

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

Phil Wolfson MD

 

Testimonials

“I saw into the heart of my soul and connected with the universe and its inhabitants as one. I came away knowing I could release myself and others from trauma and suffering and contribute to a healing of the world”
- Anonymous
“With all my experience of psychedelic medicines, ketamine’s release from my body and the welcome absence of my ego enabled me to know myself as the pure energy I truly am. I returned to a sense of liberation from my usual formats and obsessions. This interruption of my ordinary mind liberated me to begin anew, to original being.”
- Anonymous
“Thank you so much for a truly wonderful workshop. You both impart such compassionate wisdom and maturity to the multiple aspects of psychedelic medicine, from biochemistry to ethics. Apart from it being an amazingly enjoyable experience, I can’t remember the last time I learned so much on so many levels in just 4 days.”
- Past Participant David Dansky, MD

About us

The Ketamine Training Center (KTC) has been presenting our Fundamentals Training for over 4 years with more than 800 participants in our 5–6-day experiential programs. Practitioners represent the spectrum of licensed prescribers, psychotherapists, and clergy—with an international presence.

Our programs begin with on-line sessions preceding the in-person presence at our extraordinary residential retreat centers east, west, and abroad. Non-denominational ritual, yoga and meditation are voluntary component parts of our sessions in conformity with the use of ketamine as an alternative and psychedelic medicine. We are the evolving methodological ground for the expanding therapeutic use of alternative medicines–alternative to conventional Pharma and psychiatry.
Essential to the provision of mind-altering medicines is personal experience with them.

In the context of our 30-40 participant trainings, practitioners are exposed to a broad range of experiences facilitating awareness both personally and in the evolving communities of our trainings— and then in the follow-up sessions that continue cohesion and communication. Our Ketamine Psychotherapy Associates membership program furthers the development of practitioners, practices, and therapeutics with consistent input, support and benefits that build competency, cohesion, awareness, and program.

The Fundamentals Training is rich in awakening movement and emotion in each of us with our Expanded Awareness and Sharing. Low dose psycholytic small groups, presentations on ketamine neuroscience by the renowned Jason Wallach, therapeutic strategies, mindfulness, trauma often with Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky, psychodynamics, IFS, gestalt, psychedelic medicine therapeutics, and much more are woven into our programs.

Our Leadership Group will vary in composition and will include Phil Wolfson, author of The Ketamine Papers. Group experiences of our methods for administering sublingual lozenges and intramuscular injections of ketamine are a fundamental part of the experience, with early competency development in these forms of administration—in the two roles or sitter/therapist and recipient.

We welcome your interest, applications, and presence!

I would do it all over again:
Be the harbor and set the sail,
Loose the breeze and harness the gale,
Cherish the harvest of what I have been.
Better the summit to scale.
Better the summit to be.

– Toni Morrison