Introduction to Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP) for Mental Health Practitioners

ID: 5835WEB

This webinar seeks to provide mental health practitioners with an overview of Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP) as it stands today, including the use of ketamine, MDMA and psilocybin. The field of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy is changing and evolving, with new laws being introduced across the country at a rapid pace. This webinar will include a brief history of psychedelics and the field of psychology in the US, as well as ethical considerations and an overview of current legal limitations and laws. Our presenters will discuss the anatomy of a PAP session, harm reduction in the field of psychedelic work, cultural concerns and considerations, as well as increasing accessibility for under-served populations. Special consideration will be paid to the importance of preparation and integration work for all clients, which providers qualify to provide PAP, the role of “sitters” or non-licensed practitioners, clients who make good PAP referrals, and mental health challenges and issues which may be helped or improved by PAP. Finally this webinar will explore PAP clinics and retreats, both domestic and abroad.

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.0 Clinical

Instructor: Denise Rue, LCSW
Elizabeth Flores Farrell, LCSW
Leland Newman, LCSW
Rena Beyer, LCSW
Stephanie Field, LCSW, LCADC
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Live Interactive Online Webinar

Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the history of psychedelic work in the field of mental health, and what a PAT session consists of, including the importance of preparation and integration work. Additionally each participant will be able to articulate at least three mental health issues which may be improved by psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
  • Explain and discuss the legal limitations of which psychedelic substances are available for use in the mental health field, which substances are currently being reviewed and are not yet legal in various parts of the country. The focus of this learning objective is to identify the different laws surrounding the use of ketamine, psilocybin and MDMA for mental health.
  • Describe and articulate the importance of increasing accessibility to populations in need, and state three ways the use of PAT can benefit the BIPOC and other marginalized communities.

    Webinar Outline

    This is to be a three-hour webinar course offering:

  • Introductions and brief history of psychedelic studies in the US - 15 min.
  • Current laws and limitations of PAT in the US - 30 Min.
  • Introduction to ketamine assisted therapy, including what a ketamine session entails, preparation and integration work - 30 Min.
  • Introduction to psilocybin assisted therapy, including laws and limitations in the US, as well as potential benefits of the use of psilocybin as well as information about microdosing, safety and efficacy - 30 Min.
  • An introduction to MDMA assisted therapy, including current laws and limitations in the US, as well as potential benefits to the use of MDMA - 30 Min.
  • Review of mental health issues which may be helped or improved by the use of PAT and which clients make good PAT referrals - 15 Min.
  • Exploration on how to increase accessibility to populations in need - 15 Min.
  • Q & A, discussion, information for further learning, links to join various groups and how to become involved in the field, etc - 15 Min..

    Target Audience

    Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

    Content Level

    Beginner - Advanced

    Webinar Completion Requirements

    To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

    System Requirements

    • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
    • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

    About the Instructors

    Denise Rue, LCSW is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Hypnotherapist. After receiving her master’s degree in clinical social work from Rutgers University in 2012, Denise worked for seven years at a county mental health agency in New Jersey. Her therapeutic work focused on survivors of complex trauma, especially adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In 2019, Denise moved to Jamaica to work as a retreat leader & lead therapist at a legal psilocybin retreat. In her three years at the retreat, Denise had the privilege of guiding over 1,500 psilocybin sessions and as many group integration sessions, working with individuals with a variety of mental health challenges. Denise was also instrumental in developing protocols and policies for psilocybin-assisted therapy at the retreat. Currently, Denise has a private practice in New Jersey. In the spring of 2024 she will begin teaching at Fluence Training.

    Elizabeth (Liz) Flores Farrell, LCSW is Trauma Therapist based in Bloomfield, NJ offering Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Liz earned a Masters of Social Work from New York University, and currently works predominantly with the first generation Latinx community. She completed the two year Certificate Program in Trauma Studies (CPTS) at the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis. Liz received Certification in Psychedelic Therapies and Research (CPTR) with California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) , trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Polaris Insight, and completed parts A-D of the MAPS MDMA Therapy Certification. Additionally, Liz has trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and is now training in IFS. Liz has a holistic and relational approach. Her ultimate goal is to co-create a safe space for individuals to develop self-compassion, build insight for mind/body/ spirit integration while tapping into the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Liz serves on the Council of Therapists for Journey Clinical, and is as a facilitator for the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) Year Long Psychedelic Training Program.

    Leland Newman, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adjunct Professor at Ramapo College, and a generally happy and friendly person, Leland Newman brings years of therapeutic training, clinical expertise, and a client focused approach to his practice. Leland graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2018 with his Masters in Social work, University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a bachelors in Psychology and a bachelors Philosophy. Leland is a student of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, currently studying Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy.

    Rena Beyer, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist working in her solo private practice, Fostering Greatness, located in Cherry Hill, NJ. Rena works with clients throughout the states of New Jersey and Delaware. In her private practice Rena offers traditional therapy sessions and Ketamine-Assisted therapy sessions (KAP). Rena provides KAP utilizing IV administration in collaboration with the doctors of Initia Nova, with offices in both Cherry Hill, NJ and Wilmington, DE. Rena specializes in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, life stressors, and fertility concerns. In addition to her clinical work, Rena was a member of the board of directors for the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners (ASKP3) for three years and founded the Therapist Advisory Panel within ASKP3 to further represent the needs and interests of psychotherapists within the psychedelic therapy space. Rena will also soon be co-facilitating consultation groups for KAP therapists in the NJ, PA, and DE regions in late 2023. To learn more about Rena and Fostering Greatness, visit her website at

    Stephanie Field (she/her), LCSW, LCADC, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Stephanie has worked in numerous settings, such as inpatient and outpatient hospitals with adolescents and adults, as well as in home therapy with adolescents and their families. Stephanie has five years of experience as a provider for Talkspace, an app based therapy site, where she is grateful to have been familiar with video calls way before COVID hit. In her private practice Stephanie works with families and individuals and has a special interest in providing a safe space for couples to enter the therapeutic setting. She is currently enrolled in the certificate program for Imago Relational Therapy training. Additionally, Stephanie has a passion for researching and learning about psychedelic medicines, and offers ketamine assisted therapy in conjunction with the medical providers Journey Clinical. Her mission is to provide a supportive and welcoming environment where people are free to explore the magic of psychedelic medicines.

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