Raising Awareness and Reducing Risks of Psychedelics through Education, Psychotherapy, and Community


Why Us?

 Photo by Steve Duncan

Photo by Steve Duncan

The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program is designed to assist people who have had psychedelic experiences and are seeking support in connection with those experiences, as well as people who would like to learn more about psychedelics. Our overarching intention for the program is to increase awareness and reduce risks of psychedelic use. We see this as a natural extension of the harm reduction approach that the Center for Optimal Living is known for.

Individuals who have had difficult experiences can benefit from a better understanding of the often-challenging feelings stirred up by psychedelics. Those who have had positive experiences can use supportive therapy to bolster and integrate these insights into their daily lives.





While the use of psychedelic substances remains tightly controlled in the United States, the reality is that many individuals continue to make use of these substances in a variety of settings and contexts; many of them less than optimal. Despite the potential benefits psychedelics have to offer, there are real risks associated with their unsupervised use. For some users, the effect of psychedelics can make even ordinary, familiar experiences overwhelming, particularly when experienced alone or in less controlled settings like music festivals. Other users remain confused or anxious long after their experience is over or have difficulty processing the conflicting thoughts and feelings that such experiences often bring to the surface.

Previously, individuals seeking support for psychedelic experiences, or simply looking to better understand and make use of the insights they had gained had few options for professional support. The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program is tailored to meet people with full engagement and open curiosity, and to aid those who seek support in navigating their relationship with these substances.



*DISCLAIMER: The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program does not provide psychoactive or illicit substances. We do not conduct or promote psychedelic psychotherapy outside of approved clinical trials and we do not provide referrals to “underground” (illegal) psychedelic services.


Individual Psychotherapy

Are you looking for a psychotherapist who has a professional understanding of psychedelics and their use? We provide individual treatment tailored to your needs. This can include support in integrating psychedelic experiences, but may also extend to other areas of a person’s life. We will also help individuals explore and clarify their desire and motivation to continue to use psychedelics, or reduce their use.


Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy sessions utilize interpersonal connections with other group members who have a relationship to psychedelics. Some group members have had their own experiences, while others are learning about whether psychedelics will play a role in their lives. Group discussions focus on integrating insights, lessons, and even challenging experiences with psychedelics into one's broader life. 


Evaluation and Consultation

Have you wondered whether they may be risks associated with using psychedelics? We can conduct comprehensive evaluations, to assess for potential risk factors and assessment of individuals who are having difficult experiences related to psychedelic use.



Please contact for information on our 2019 trainings.

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Please contact for information on our 2019 trainings.

2018 Fall Program Dates (Thursdays, 12:00-1:15PM):

September 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13 (Snow date December 20)

*date adjustments have been made since original posting 

The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program provides education and training for clinicians who are interested in learning about psychedelic clinical research and providing harm reduction and integration psychotherapy for people who use, or are thinking about using psychedelics. Our Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Psychotherapy (PHRIP) Consultation group is a 12-session weekly group meeting for clinicians who have taken our Psychedelics 101 & 102 for Clinicians intensive training or have similar background knowledge.

All participants should be independently licensed psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, or other mental health care providers. This program does not provide supervised hours towards licensure of any kind. Graduate students, trainees, and those working towards licensure under another supervisor will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission to the program is rolling and will continue until the group is filled. INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS SHOULD FILL OUT THIS APPLICATION. Applicants will be notified of admission status within 14 days of applying, and have 14 days after notification to remit payment to secure a spot in the program. Space is limited to 10 participants. Group sessions will be lead by either Elizabeth Nielson or Ingmar Gorman on alternating weeks, with both leaders present at the first and last sessions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the rational for and recent research on treatment of mood disorders with psychedelic-assisted therapy

  • Discuss the rational for and recent research on treatment of addictive disorders with psychedelic-assisted therapy

  • Discuss the rational for and recent research on treatment of PTSD with psychedelic-assisted therapy

  • Identify and discuss the role of spiritual/mystical experiences occasioned by psychedelics

  • Compare and contrast psychedelic-assisted therapy theories and approaches including the role of spiritual/mystical experiences

  • Describe key components of harm reduction in peer-group settings (festivals, etc)

  • Differentiate use of psychedelics in shamanic/ceremonial settings from peer-group or psychotherapy settings

  • Assess and assist clients who have had difficult experiences during psychedelic use

  • Cite resources available to clients to help them reduce the harms of stigma and isolation around psychedelic use

  • Describe the elements required in providing long-term support for psychedelic integration through individual and/or group psychotherapy

Program Cost: $1200

Attendance Policy: All participants are asked to ensure they are available to attend all sessions and will have no more than 1 planned absence. Participants who apply for CE Credits who miss more than 1 session will be required to make up the misses session during an individually scheduled face-to-face meeting with one of the group leaders at an additional cost. Partial CE Credit will not be offered.

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact The Center for Optimal Living at For questions about CE, visit  or contact David Lukoff, PhD at