Introductory Workshop on Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Webinar
Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) has recently emerged as one of the most innovative treatments for depression, particularly treatment-resistant depression (TRD), and shows promise as well in treating anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological conditions.
Integrating pharmacological, psychological, and archetypal/transpersonal elements, KAP represents a new synthesis (or hybrid model) of psychotherapy.
Empirical results, particularly during the past decade, demonstrate that ketamine and KAP may be able to assist clinical populations whose symptoms and psychological issues have not been responsive to treatment by other means. At the same time, KAP holds promise for effective treatment of individuals with end of life anxiety, existential distress and less severe diagnoses.
The practice of KAP, including diverse dosing strategies, allows clinicians to craft intervention strategies at both the psycholytic (trance, self-reflective) and psychedelic (transformational/transpersonal) levels of experience.
This short introductory course will cover a wide range of topics to help clinicians understand the potential use and efficacy of KAP as well as other psychedelic medicines and will present the current state of the art clinical models for these treatments. Recent promising lines of research in the field will also be briefly covered.
Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.
Harvey Schwartz, Ph.D., Veronika Gold, LMFT, and Eric Sienknecht, Psy.D. are co- founders of Polaris Training Program and co-lead intensive training workshops on KAP to help clinicians learn how to approach this work, integrating prior psychotherapy training, philosophies and style with this new medicine and new protocols of treatment. They have presented at national and international conferences on psychedelic assisted therapy and KAP.
- Understand difference between traditional psychotherapy and KAP
- Identify and attend to Set and Setting variables
- Work clinically with non ordinary states of consciousness
- Work within a Therapeutic Triangle (Therapist, Physician, Patient)
- Understand screening process, medical risks and contraindications
- Understand the usage of different Routes of Administration and Dosing Strategies
- Support and Facilitate the Integration Process
- Understand political and clinical controversies in the field