Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research


Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies & Research

The application deadline for 2024 has been extended to August 1st.

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Below you will find some of our most frequently asked questions about our psychedelic certificate program and the various benefits it confers.

About the Certificate

  • Founded in 2015, CIIS’ Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research was the first-ever university-affiliated psychedelics certificate program, and after nearly a decade, it is firmly established as the gold standard for post-graduate professional training in psychedelics. Helmed by leading experts, grounded in rigorous study, and committed to safe and legal standards, this program offers cutting-edge education training in an environment focused on belonging.

  • Trainees learn a wide variety of skills, ranging from pharmacology of psychedelics to research design. Coursework also covers clinical, counseling, and ethical  competencies, psychedelic research protocols, and the history of use of psychoactive plants across the globe, emphasizing cultural competencies for working with diverse clients. The program thoroughly covers clinical work with MDMA and psilocybin (the two medicines furthest along in the FDA drug development process), with additional coursework on ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (FDA-approved for specific clinical syndromes).

  • The Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research serves the growing need for the training of licensed or ordained therapists and researchers for future psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, and European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Certificate can also help you enhance your own personal journey of transformation and well-being.

  • Cohorts – Whether in-person or online, our cohorts support in-depth learning and community. Cohorts build additional connections by establishing Home Groups, which are made up of 7-9 trainees who learn and work together for the entire certificate training. Trainees are also welcomed into affinity and special interest groups among their peers.

    Innovative Learning Models – The learning environment is in the form of lectures, small group discussions, review of therapy sessions recordings, and experiential learning. Also utilized is the “flip class,” in which trainees pre-watch lectures and then use class time for discussion or instruction on deeper issues or finer points.

    Culture of Belonging – The Center has partnered with CIIS’ Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is committed to working towards the co-creation of a culture of belonging throughout the program for all trainees to foster safety, empathy, connection, and risk-taking. Faculty, staff, trainees, and community members collaborate to increase learning about BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous scholarship, worldviews, and cultures. Trainees learn to apply cultural competency and cultural humility in their own work.

    Mentorship – Each trainee works with an expert mentor individually and in a group. The mentor assists them with professional development, assessments, and more. Our mentors are licensed clinicians and well-known researchers within psychedelic studies. Approximately one third of our mentors identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+.

    Alumni Network – As the longest-running university-affiliated psychedelics certificate program, we have an extensive alumni network. Once accepted, you will be able to connect with professionals with a wide variety of specializations and interests and be part of a global community advancing the safe and ethical use of psychedelics for health and well-being.

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Application Details

    • Licensed medical and mental health professionals
    • Counseling attorneys
    • Ordained clergy and commissioned chaplains

    The Online cohort is limited to licensed psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses.  

    Some states limit eligibility; see our Eligibility Criteria for further details on state requirements and the full list of accepted degree types.

    We evaluate the licensing credentials from international professionals on a case-by-case basis.

  • We offer scholarships to trainees which demonstrate financial need, as well as membership in one or more of these five groups: BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, military service members or veterans, clergy or chaplains, and those who are serving under-resourced communities. Need-based scholarships are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for applicants offered enrollment.

  • This is a 10-month program that meets one weekend per month. For the hybrid cohorts, there are approximately 150 hours of instruction. The online cohort entails approximately 140 hours of instruction. All cohorts receive 30 hours of individualized learning and mentor consultation.

    We estimate there will also be 120 hours of reading in preparation for the weekend courses, plus additional time for papers, and a final capstone project that will take approximately 20 hours. This breaks down to 6-8 hours of work per week for the duration of the program.

    The program runs annually, with classes beginning in October.

  • We have hybrid programs in San Francisco and Boston, with on-site, in person instruction, as well as online classes. We also offer a fully online cohort.

  • The Oregon subcohort is for those interested in becoming a legal psilocybin facilitator in the state of Oregon. Regardless of cohort, any applicant may participate in our training program in Portland, Oregon. As of January 1st, 2025, Oregon will allow people who are not residents of Oregon to be licensed as psilocybin facilitators.

  • You can find the application portal here. If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties, please let us know at

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If you have additional questions about the certificate program, we would be glad to assist you. 

Contact information
Phone: 415.575.6261

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