If so, The Synthesis Institute’s Psychedelic Practitioner Training was designed for you.
Are you, like so many practitioners of health and wellbeing, frustrated by the minimal sustainable outcomes of conventional treatments, especially when working with clients who experience persistent challenges like addiction, depression, anxiety and trauma?
Are you excited by the research showing that psychedelics, when paired with professional guidance, offer enormous potential for deep transformation?
Perhaps you’ve considered facilitating psychedelic journeys for others, but you haven’t had access to the right training program for you. One that:
Honors and explores many ways of knowing and working within the psychedelic field
Offers experiential-based learning with a multidisciplinary approach that includes science, academics, personal embodiment, wisdom traditions, and practical hands-on experience
The Synthesis Institute invites you to The Psychedelic Practitioner Training: A 12-Month Professional Certification Program, a journey that is dedicated to honoring, exploring, and experiencing many ways of knowing and working within the psychedelic field. Our inaugural journey begins in April 2021.
Since 2018, The Synthesis Institute has guided more than 750 people in safe, legal psychedelic journeys. Our hands-on experience and successful track record speaks volumes about our methodology, which we’re excited to share with others who are ready to join us in this important work
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At The Synthesis Institute, we know that to have full integrity in this work and complete confidence in the safety and effectiveness of your process, your own practice and inner transformation has to be a priority.
What will differentiate you from graduates of other psychedelic training programs is that at The Synthesis Institute, you won’t just learn through a strictly cognitive and clinical approach. Your training will also be interdisciplinary and deeply experiential.
You will have the opportunity to experience the fullness of this medicine and continue your own transformational work.
And you will be held in the level of compassion, care, and courage that the world needs you, as a practitioner, to embody.
This is a journey of not just healing but awakening to the potential every person has within themselves.Graduates will emerge:
Trained in the fundamentals of an integrative approach to guiding a client safely and ethically through their psychedelic journey, drawing on relevant clinical research and best-practices as well as long-established and emerging wisdom.
With a personal clarity about your capacities to hold space or assist in holding space for the wide range of experiences that can present themselves, using best practices from psychotherapy and wisdom traditions.
With a basic understanding of and experience in a range of therapeutic modalities and personal self-care practices that support the preparation and integration of the psychedelic journey.
Deeply grounded in your own personal psychedelic or healing journey, including ongoing embodied practices that in turn support your clients.
Equipped with a foundational understanding of the complexity of the screening process, including how to discern when psychedelic therapy is not right for a client and how to navigate that terrain.
Connected to the living laboratory of The Synthesis Institute and its international community of scholars and practitioners committed to stewarding advancements in integrated psychedelic health care and wellbeing worldwide.
Eligible for additional training(s) and certifications offered by The Synthesis Institute.
"Building a psychedelic therapy training program is about more than just teaching. We are building a community, a family, to midwife this new paradigm into being, together. At the heart of the Psychedelic Practitioner Training is a commitment to self-practice and apprenticeship; it includes an intensive immersive experience where we will dive into our deepest places in ceremony together. This work requires us to bring all of ourselves forward: our purpose, dedication, authenticity and vulnerability. We can only do that work properly when we feel safely held by a structure that honours our values. The Synthesis Institute is a family with integrity and it's very exciting that it's about to get so much bigger. I can't wait to meet the next generation.”
"Psychedelic therapy has the potential to revolutionize mental healthcare, and the professional training offered by Synthesis promises to help realize this potential. In contrast to mainstream approaches Synthesis’s approach recognizes the critical role that connection plays in the production of well-being. The program also includes sessions on novel economic approaches to the delivery of care, which are critical to supporting the novel clinical approaches that Synthesis is helping to pioneer."
“Scientific investigation into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics is vital for combating the mental health crisis. Legal, professionally-organised retreats and trainings like Synthesis offers can be a safe way for people to experience the transformational potential of psychedelics, and they can also be a great source of data for research centres like our own, helping to further advance the field. I'm excited to continue working alongside Synthesis to provide high-quality services and meaningful scientific research for the psychedelic community.”
The Synthesis approach to understanding psychedelics and relating to the psychedelic journey consists of standing at the intersection of many ways of knowing. As such, our training is organized so that each monthly module consists of four tracks that reflect the four lenses or perspectives we are committed to training you within.
Perspective One: Scientific/Clinical. Through this perspective, you will explore and learn about the most up-to-date scientific research in the field of psychedelics and gain a thorough understanding of what is known about how psychedelics impact neurobiology and catalyze therapeutic outcomes.
Perspective Two: Wisdom. Through this perspective, you will journey into the lineage of wisdom traditions to honor traditions and the practices, and gain insight into the many ways of knowing regarding psychedelics that are embedded in a more-than-human landscape and learn how to synthesize these time tested traditions into a modern therapeutic context.
Perspective Three: Personal. Through this perspective you will come to understand that a solid commitment to personal growth and development is a prerequisite to doing this work as a professional. You will establish and/or enhance ongoing practices for self-reflection, examine your ethics, articulate your personal values, and deepen your appreciation for the many ways of learning and knowing.
Perspective Four: Professional. Through this perspective, you will become oriented to the best practices informed by both scientific and sacred approaches to holding space for a client’s journey. Through case study examples and experiential practices, you will shape your own unique professional mission statement synthesized from your exposure to the different frames and learn pragmatic tools and models to launch or grow your own psychedelic practice.
Lifetime access to all training materials which include audio and video recordings of all training sessions, downloadable handouts per module, transcripts, assignments and other resources
An exclusive invitation to join the Practitioner Training Professional Community on our private and secure Practitioner Training Inner Circle inside the Synthesis Global Online Community
The Complete Psychedelic Practitioner Training Manual
Experience with The Synthesis Institute’s state of the art screening process, both as a client and facilitator
An invitation to the professional certification ceremony upon successful completion of the entire program including professional assessment
Training on and access to our gold-standard prep and integration processes
Our commitment is to offer CEs to participants in their field of expertise. As that is varied and broad, we are actively engaged in gaining accreditation and anticipate offering CEs in conjunction with this training.
The Synthesis Institute is committed to making this training accessible to and inclusive of both licensed medical professionals and therapists and also practitioners of health and wellness in other modalities.
No. Our training is designed for both licensed and non-licensed practitioners. Our application process is open to and inclusive of all backgrounds and experiences.
The Synthesis approach to understanding psychedelics and relating to the psychedelic journey honors many ways of knowing. As such, we’ve curated a full array of viewpoints, including outside guest faculty and our in-house team to support your comprehensive learning experience. Current faculty are:
Rosalind Watts, Ph.D.
Clinical Director of the Synthesis Institute and Former Clinical Lead of the Psilocybin for Depression Study at Imperial College London
Alex Belser, Ph.D.
Psychedelic Researcher and Licensed Psychologist at Yale University
Malynn Utzinger, M.D.
Director of Integrative Medicine and Co-Founder of Usona Institute
Bennet Zelner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the University of Maryland
Zen Teacher and Priest
Director of the Collective Liberation Project and Somatics Educator
Lead Facilitator and Director of Ethics and Advocacy at The Synthesis Institute
Integral Psychotherapist and Lead Facilitator at The Synthesis Institute
Rachel Aidan, Ph.D.
CEO at The Synthesis Institute
Wellness Retreat Director at The Synthesis Institute
Co-Lead Facilitator & Breathwork Coach at The Synthesis Institute
Rachel Lovie Ph.D.
Nature-based rites-of-passage guide; Director of Education at The Synthesis Institute
Norma Nakai Burton Ph.D.
Shadow integration expert; Wisdom Track Guide at The Synthesis Institute
Author and Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London.
In addition, we’re actively collaborating with the most diverse and
impactful voices in the psychedelic space to round out the experience on our team. So you will see more guest faculty added to the list we’ve already shared.
We anticipate you will need to dedicate 10-12 hours a week/40-48 hours a month for class time and assignments. Ideally, you will also spend one hour a day in personal practices that are meaningful to you.
Once you’ve completed the requirements of the program and demonstrate consistent ethical and professional integrity, including a final assessment, you will be awarded your certificate in a virtual completion ceremony circle.
Tuition for the Psychedelic Practitioner Training inclusive of the 10-day immersive experience is $18,000.
The immersive experience is nestled in nature in the heart of the Netherlands where we’ll spend 10 days immersed in practices, preparation, group sessions, and integration circles. We will build on the best Synthesis Wellness and Therapy practices to guide you through a transformational journey in the context of becoming a facilitator.
Vegetarian meals tailored to your personal dietary requirements will be prepared by our in-house chefs.
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Ceremony
Day 3: Integration
Day 4: Ceremony
Day 5: Integration
Day 6: Ceremony
Day 7: Integration
Day 8: Ceremony
Day 9: Integration
Day 10: Closing
Sample Daily Schedule:
Workshop 1: 9-10:30 a.m.
Body Break: 10:30 a.m. - 10:45
Workshop 1: 10:45 a.m. - Noon
Lunch: Noon - 1 p.m.
Free Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Workshop 2: 3:30
Body Break: 3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Workshop 3: 3:45 - 5 p.m.
Free Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6 p.m.
Synthesis is committed to providing the proper conditions for participation in the truffles containing psilocybin ceremonies. You will be required to pass a health screening to participate in the psychedelic ceremonies.
No. Given the Psychedelic Practitioner Training 10-day immersion experience is such an integral part of our training, if you do not pass the health screener, you’ll be unable to participate in the training.
Your credit card can only be used to pay for the digital education component of this training. ($9,000 payable to Synthesis Digital, LLC.) The immersion portion of this training (held in the Netherlands), requires a separate payment (of $9,000) and will need to be made to Synthesis Institute B.V.
During your Psychedelic Practitioner Training Assessment, your Education Coordinator will be able to answer any additional questions you have about this payment process.
Yes, scholarships are available based on financial need. Please complete your application and where indicated on the form, denote your need for scholarship support. We'll review scholarship requests as part of the application screening process and a Synthesis Education Coordinator will gather additional details relating to your scholarship request during your Psychedelic Practitioner Training Assessment that will be scheduled after you submit your application.
Our commitment is to offer CEs to participants in their field of expertise. As that is varied and broad, we are actively engaged in gaining accreditation and anticipate offering CEs in association with this training.
Audio and written transcripts are available for persons with sight or hearing disabilities. The Synthesis Institute is committed to accessibility and inclusivity. If you have a specific concern, please contact us at Support@SynthesisInstitute.com so that we may make every effort to make accommodations to support you.
Our training is not intended to give you everything you need to practice independently. Instead, it offers a foundational training to prepare you for a place in the emerging field of psychedelic care.