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Vital

A 12-month professional certificate training in the elements of psychedelic therapy and integration, beginning April 2023.

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Master the elements of psychedelic practice and join a community of professionals on their mission to provide safe, ethical, and effective treatment and integration.

Learn

We packaged everything you need to know into five core modules, each spanning 6-10 weeks of live lectures by expert researchers and practitioners, weekly tutor-led study groups, and specialized electives.

Experience

Deepen your understanding of psychedelics and reignite your transformation by attending one of the four experiential retreats conveniently offered throughout the year in the United States and abroad.

Grow

Plant the seeds of personal transformation, complete a final project to integrate the experience of the course into your future path, and learn the tools to set up your psychedelic practice from the ground up.

Serve

Learn the art of skillfully preparing and guiding a psychedelic journey by mastering the elements of set and setting, music, trauma-informed approaches, breathwork and bodywork, mystical experiences, and spiritual emergence.

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Vital training for future psychedelic practitioners

The movement to expand psychedelic therapy is in full swing and the world needs more dedicated practitioners to bring the vision for the new mental health paradigm to life. Practitioners like you.

Whether you’re a medical or mental health clinician, psychotherapist, coach, or wellness practitioner, this course was designed to support you in integrating psychedelics into your practice so you can serve the healing and evolution of your clients even more.

With 180 hours of live teaching, experience, and practice, Vital is one of the most comprehensive certificates in psychedelic-assisted therapy available. The training weaves the experiential and the academic, the clinical and the transpersonal, the medical and the indigenous, offering a powerful container for your personal and professional transformation.

Over the course of the year you will:

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Root your practice in a multidisciplinary approach covering medical, academic, transpersonal, indigenous, somatic, and trauma-informed models.

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Amplify your learning by experiencing the transformational power of psychedelics and non-ordinary states of consciousness at one of our residential retreats.

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Explore the intersectionality between western medicine, psychedelic therapy and holistic therapeutic modalities.

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Build your community of fellow psychedelic practitioners on a shared mission to support the world’s healing and evolution.

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Master the skills related to screening, preparing, navigating, holding space, and integrating a psychedelic journey in a safe and ethical container that honors each client’s needs.

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Personalize your learning journey by choosing the elective modules and masterclasses that suit your individual learning goals.

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Meet and learn from some of the world’s leading experts, researchers, and practitioners in the field.

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Course structure

Weekly live lectures

A live, 2-hour webinar taught by a special guest and followed up by Q&A. The lecture is offered live every Tuesday from 2pm EST and recorded on the platform.

Weekly study group

A 90-minute open class led by core faculty to deepen your understanding of the course material and integrate the learning.

Electives

to gain a deeper understanding and experience with different approaches to psychedelic therapy.

Experiential retreats

to amplify your transformation through personal experience with altered states using Breathwork, cannabis, and psilocybin (when in legal countries)

Peer study group (optional)

to connect with fellow students and practice skills after certification.

Monthly webinars

to cover more nuanced aspects of psychedelic therapy and panel discussions.

Online community platform

to meet like-minded practitioners, share resources, build your community and support your professional growth after you graduate.

Final project

to demonstrate how you integrate the elements of the course into your personal and professional practice.

In order to graduate, you need to attend all five core modules and two elective modules, take part in one experiential retreat, and complete a final certification project. At the end you will receive a Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Integration.

Continuing Education Credits are available (pending approval).

Vital Curriculum

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CORE 1: Air

Psychedelic Therapies: Historical and Current Approaches

Begin your journey with an overview of the rich historical and cultural landscape of psychedelics. Discover the philosophies and practices from indigenous traditions and ancient Greece all the way to the early research years and the current resurgence.

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CORE 2: Fire

Psychedelic Therapies: Legal, Clinical and Anthropological Applications

Understand the legal boundaries of psychedelic therapy whilst shedding light on the transformative potential of psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine, ayahuasca, DMT, and cannabis in treating depression, PTSD, trauma, addiction, and more.

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CORE 3: Water

Spaceholding & Navigating the Psychedelic Experience

Learn the art of skillfully preparing and guiding a psychedelic journey by mastering the elements of set and setting, music, trauma-informed approaches, breathwork and bodywork, mystical experiences, and spiritual emergence.

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CORE 4: Earth

Medical Overview of Psychedelics and Clinical Evaluation

Root your psychedelic practice in the latest clinical models for safe and effective treatments, including medical assessments and current neuroscience models.

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CORE 5: Ether

Psychedelic Integration & Therapy

Expand your understanding of integration and make space for transformation to unfold through complementary approaches like Jungian archetypes, somatics and embodiment, transpersonal psychology, Internal Family Systems, and more.

Summer & winter breaks: Experiential retreat and electives

Personalize your journey through the course by studying the elective modules that inspire you, attending one of the six in-person retreats offered by our team, and deepening your journey at an experiential retreat of your choice.

Final project and Certification

To graduate, you will be required to create and present a personal project that showcases how your learning resonates through your personal, professional and/or spiritual future.

Want to explore the curriculum in depth?

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About us

There are very few people who have been actively involved in the psychedelic space for as long as Kyle Buller and Joe Moore.

As co-founders of Psychedelics Today, Kyle and Joe have been at the forefront of psychedelic education. Alongside their personal and professional experience with psychedelics, Dreamshadow Transpersonal Breathwork, transpersonal psychology, trauma, and mental health, they have trained over 9,000 students and 400 clinicians into the art and science of psychedelic practice as co-founders of Psychedelics Today.

This certificate program is born out of their vast experience guiding, teaching, and leading the conversation on psychedelic therapy, as well as their mission to empower the future leaders of the psychedelic movement.

Testimonials

"Vital has gone above and beyond my expectations. Each week had a live lecture by leading psychedelic experts such as Michael & Annie Mithoefer, Rick Strassman, Bill Richards, Ben Sessa, and more. After the lecture, students can dig deeper by asking questions directly to the speaker in a 1-hour Q&A. An essential component to Vital is that you join an experiential retreat (or two) ranging from Psilocybin to Cannabis to Holotropic Breathwork all around the world. I loved their Ketamine elective which had 13 lectures covering how to treat trauma using ketamine in widely unique ways. And if you're not interested in ketamine, there are a plethora of other electives to choose from including Microdosing, How to Build a Psychedelic Career, Carl Jung & Shadow, and many more gems. What I liked most about Vital was that my classmates were from all disciplines, ranging from therapists, underground guides, physicians, coaches, and psychonauts wanting to make an impact. This was extremely refreshing to have this cross pollination and learn from everyone. This by far has been my favorite course in my journey to become a Psychedelic Psychiatrist!" - Taz

"The Vital Training has not only given me a good base of theoretical knowledge but also the possibility to connect with an incredible group of folks doing amazing work in the psychedelic ecosystem. The well-thought curriculum opened me to new ways of thinking; to the chance to experience a deeply transformational retreat, and to feel better prepared to continue to support my clients in understanding and navigating their inner landscapes." - Jessika Lagarde


"My experience with Vital has been incredible. The quality of the theoretical learning modules has been very high. I have attended classes with scholars, scientists, and therapists who focused exclusively on giving us an interdisciplinary approach to psychedelic science and therapy. Amongst the most memorable seminars stand out: The philosophy of psychedelics and their relation to consciousness by Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes, The Ethics of Caring by Kylea Taylor, the learning module 'Ketamine for trauma treatment' imparted by several doctors and therapists, and the specialized seminars on indigenous perspectives by Luis Eduardo Luna and Joe Tafur. Moreover, I was grateful to attend seminars by David Luke, Ben Sessa, Rick Strassman, William Richards, Erica Dyck and other excellent scholars. Additionally, through a complementary experiential module, Vital allowed us to partake in a retreat where we got the chance to experience a non-ordinary state of consciousness and learn how to hold space for a psychedelic experience. This stage of the training gave me valuable insights into how to create a safe container for a journey by allowing me to learn from experienced guides. We are entering a new era in the psychedelic sphere, and I believe Vital is playing a pioneering role by helping a new generation of facilitators, psychedelic guides, integration therapists, and researchers acquire valuable information and develop their careers in a promising field. " - Paloma David



Your teaching team - Core Instructors

Kyle Buller, M.S.

Co-Founder & Vice President of Education and Training at Psychedelics Today, B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology, M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counselling & Somatic Psychology.

David Drapkin, LCSW

Director of Education at Psychedelics Today. Psychotherapist with Social Work Masters Degrees from UNSW and Nottingham University.

Johanna Hilla-Maria Sopanen, Ph.D. Candidate

Student at the University of Exeter in Philosophy, Psychology, and Religious Studies with a Masters degree from University of Groningen.

Michael Sapiro, Psy.D

Clinical psychologist, psychedelic-assisted therapist, Dharma teacher, meditation researcher, writer, workshop and retreat leader, and former Buddhist monk.

Melanie Pincus, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, and independent researcher studying the impact of psychedelics on neuroplasticity.

Lindsey Owens, Ph.D. Candidate

Four-time spontaneous mystical experiencer, PhD student in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and certified Spiritual Emergence Coach.

Angie Leek, LMFT, LPC-S, RY

Transpersonal and somatic psychotherapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, and a clinical supervisor.

Steve Rosonke, M.D.

Dr. Steven Rosonke, M.D. is an Emergency Medicine Specialist in The Dalles, OR and has over 21 years of experience in the medical field.

Matt Brown, D.O.

Dr. Brown is a double board certified psychiatrist and treats children, adolescents and adults.

Kwasi Adusei, DNP, PMHNP

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, co-founder of the Psychedelic Society of Western New York.

Jasmine Virdi

Freelance writer for Synergetic Press. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Spirituality, Consciousness, and Transpersonal Psychology at the Alef Trust.

Diego Pinzon, M.A

Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Canberra and a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, California.

Dominique Morisano, Ph.D., C. Psych

Clinical psychologist, professor, researcher, and Co-Founder of the non-profit conference, “From Research to Reality: Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicine.”

Eirini Argyri  Ph.D. Candidate

Doctorate Student and Research Assistant at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. She received her Masters of Science from University College London.

Your teaching team - Guest Presenters

Adele Lafrance, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Clinical psychologist, research scientist, author and co-developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities.

Devon Christie, M.D.

Medical Director At Numinus Wellness, certified Relational Somatic Therapist and Registered Therapeutic Counsellor.

William A. Richards, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist at Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and author of Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences.

Manesh Girn, Ph.D. Candidate

Chief Research Officer at EntheoTech Bioscience and a Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience at McGill University.

Kylea Taylor, M.S.

Marriage and Family Therapist, Consultant specializing in InnerEthics®, and author of "The Ethics of Caring."

Omar Thomas

Founding Advisor of Diaspora Psychedelic Society, member of the Jamaican Diaspora Task Force on Behavioral Health, and CEO of Jamaican Organics.

Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N.

Registered nurse, MAPS-sponsored researcher and trainer, Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner.

Michael Mithoefer, M.D.

Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training and Supervision at MAPS, Grof-Certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator.

Ben Sessa, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer at Awakn Life Sciences, MDMA & psilocybin therapist, academic writer, psychedelic psychopharmacology researcher.

Sam Gandy, Ph.D.

Ph.D. ecologist, writer, speaker, and collaborator with the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London.

Byron Metcalf, Ph.D.

Transpersonal guide and educator, shamanic practitioner, researcher, and professional musician.

Lenny Gibson, Ph.D.

50 years of experience working with non–ordinary states of consciousness. He is a past president of the Association of Holotropic Breathwork International.

Lynn Marie Morski, M.D., Esq.

Mayo Clinic-trained physician, attorney, former adjunct lawprofessor. President of the Psychedelic Medicine Association, Host of the Psychedelic Medicine Podcast, and Medical Director for Nue Life Health

Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D.

Founder & Executive Director of The Center for Optimal Living in NYC, creator of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP).

Ido Cohen Psy.D

Depth psychologist, co-founder of The Integration Circle, offering preparing or integration support for expanded states of consciousness.

Ayize Jama Everett, M.A. M.F.A.

Fiction writer, practicing therapist, and Master’s of Divinity teaching The Sacred and the Substance at the Graduate Theological Union.

Juliana Mulligan, LMSW

Owner/Recovery Coach at Inner Vision Ibogaine Psychedelic, Program Coordinator at The Center for Optimal Living.

David Luke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Greenwich and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College.

Peter Sjöstedt-H, Ph.D.

Philosopher of mind and metaphysician specializing in Whitehead and Nietzsche, and in fields pertaining to panpsychism and altered states of sentience.

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Developer of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, adjunct faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Joe Tafur, M.D.

Family physician and author trained in ayahuasca curanderismo at the Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual in Peru. Joe offers integrative medical services at the Ocotillo Center for Integrative Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bennet A. Zelner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer at the Helsinki Swedish School of Economics. Contributed to establishing the USKO-AYAR Amazonian School of Painting in Pucallpa, Peru.

Courtney Barnes, J.D.

Attorney in California and Colorado specializing in highly regulated natural compounds, founding partner at Barnes Caplan LLP, Counsel at Feldman Legal Advisors PLLC.

Veronika Gold, M.A., LMFT

Psychologist, co-founder and CEO of Polaris Insight Center. She provides Psychedelic Integration Therapy and serves as a consultant, trainer, and presenter on Psychedelic Assisted Therapies.

C.J. Spotswood, MSN, APRN, PMHNP

Aka “EntheoNurse”. Board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience.

Laura Mae Northrup, MFT

Educator, somatic psychotherapist, podcaster and author Radical Healership, a spiritually-informed guide for healing practitioners.

Michael Sapiro, Psy.D

Clinical psychologist, psychedelic-assisted therapist, Dharma teacher, meditation researcher, writer, workshop and retreat leader, and former Buddhist monk.

Rick Strassman, M.D.

Author of "DMT: The Spirit Molecule," and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Erika Dyck, Ph.D.

Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and author specializing in the history of psychedelics and their relation to the medical industry.

Ashleigh Murphy-Beiner, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Association for Psychedelic Therapies, and member of the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London.

Charles Nichols, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA.

*The teaching team is subject to change.

Ready to transform your practice?

This certificate program is for medical professionals, psychotherapists, coaches, nurses, and complementary health practitioners who are called to incorporate psychedelics safely and ethically into their existing practice, and to become part of a global community of leaders.

Tuition fee: $12,000

Includes 180 hours of live lectures, study groups, one four-week elective module, and one residential retreat* for firsthand experience with psilocybin, cannabis, or breathwork. 

*Course tuition does not include travel or lodging and each retreat will have varying prices between $1,500-$3,500. To make these as affordable as possible, we are doing our best to work with retreat centers and partners and offer you the best rates.

Payment plans

Please note that tuition payment needs to be submitted by Friday, April 7.

1 payment - $10,000 if paid in full before January 29 ($1,000 off, less $1,000 deposit), or $10,300 ($700 off) before March 3, 2023

3 installments -  $3,700

6 installments - $1,867

12 installments - $950

*Prices above are reflected after the initial $1,000 deposit. Total tuition (not including retreats) is $12,000. All base rates listed may be subject to national or regional sales tax, depending on applicable sales taxes (HST, VAT, etc.) in your area. Any applicable taxes will be calculated automatically on checkout. All prices listed are in USD. The monthly installment will be collected on the day of the month that students begin their payment plan (for instance, if you submit your first installment on the 12th of January, the next installment will be automatically withdrawn from your account on the 12th of February).

Did you know 20% of participants in any of our cohorts will be granted full or partial scholarships to support their mission. 

Discounts

Early Early Bird Discount
Pay in Full by January 29 - $1,000 off total price
Payment Plans by January 29 - $500 off total price

Early Bird Discount
Pay in Full by March 3 - $700 off total price
Payment Plans by March 3 - $300 off total price

Scholarships

Fair access to psychedelic medicine begins with fair access to the essential education that shapes future practitioners. In 2022, we awarded $211,000 in tuition scholarships to students (between 10-100% of tuition) to support their mission.

These scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis and are reserved for:
* Those in demonstrated financial need
* Those identified as BIPOC
* Those identified as LGBTQ+
* Those who are military service members/veterans
* Those who are serving marginalized communities.

To apply for a scholarship, make sure you include a statement with your application detailing your identification with any of the groups above and, if needed, your financial situation. Please feel free to let us know about any relevant organizations or groups you’re involved with.

Still have questions before you apply?

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application form

Your application will have to include:

  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Vital Certificate Application Form
  • Personal statement
  • Your credential documents
    (for degrees, license, ordination and/or commission)
  • Scholarship Application Statement

How it works

  • Submit your application in the 6-week window.
  • We review applications in order of submission.
  • Once your application is accepted you can reserve your place by paying the deposit before April 7, 2023. You can choose a payment plan or pay the tuition in lump-sum.
  • Participants who don’t make it in the first round join a waitlist and will be invited on the course as soon as a spot becomes available.
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FAQ

Course delivery:

Where are classes held? Will I need to travel to attend class? 

All classes are 100% digital! We’ve designed the course to be completely remote so that students can learn from anywhere in the world. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a device capable of streaming videos and videoconferencing – most laptops, tablets and even smartphones will work. While there is never any travel requirement to attend classes, students are required to travel to attend one of our in-person experiential retreats (at an additional cost).

What if I miss a class?

All lectures are recorded on the platform for review any time. There are minimum attendance requirements that students need to adhere to in order to remain in the program and successfully graduate. Weekly live study groups are especially important to attend in real time rather than simply watching the recordings due to their small-group format and interactive nature. Please refer to the curriculum for full detail about making up missed classes.

Will I work with other students in the program? 

Each week, Vital core faculty will hold 90-minute study groups to help deepen your understanding of course material and integrate learning. We believe openness and sharing is valuable to learning, especially in the realm of psychedelics. Vital offers students a safe space to be heard and to listen.

What will I learn that will prepare me for working with psychedelics? 

Vital is designed to equip participants with the knowledge they need to move their existing practice forward. Every student is different, and Vital will appropriately challenge you to reflect on your unique intentions, goals, and vision. Students will learn the art and skills of psychedelic therapy and integration as well as gaining a new insight into how to translate this into meaningful personal and professional growth. 

Do I need to purchase textbooks?

The majority of mandatory course materials are digital, and are included with tuition. Should additional reading mandatory materials be required, students will be notified by the teaching team. Each of our five online modules will have optional book lists to purchase additional study materials. We welcome you to invest in these special books but your learning will not be directly held back if you choose not to purchase them.

How long will the course materials be available to me?

We want you to have permanent access to answers and inspiration you need to inform your future practice. We provide students with access to all course materials and do not have an expiry date on this offering! As long as the internet still works, they’ll be there!

What type of mentorship is available to students?

Each week, students will participate in a two-hour live webinar-style lecture with one of Vital’s expert teaching team. An interactive Q&A discussion follows each lecture. Students will also attend weekly study groups with their particular home group. These peer interactions will also be supplemented by 24 months of free membership to the new Psychedelics Today online community platform. This virtual community enables students to find each other and find their own unique voice and idiosyncratic interests. Students are also encouraged to join together in peer-support groups, this has been very helpful in the past. Regular ongoing office hours are available with instructors for students to ask questions not covered in class time.

How long is the program?

Vital is a 12-month certificate program, made up of five core modules between 6-10 weeks duration. The program commitment is 180 hours, though additional electives and intensive lectures are available as add-ons (ask us for more details).

How much time is required per week?

During the five Core modules there will be weekly classes and study groups. Every student will attend the live, 2-hour webinar taught by a special guest and followed up by Q&A. There will also be a weekly 90-minute study group where each student can choose the day/time that best suits their schedule. These are closed small groups of students led by two of the course’s core faculty. We also expect students to spend at least 2 hours a week reading articles/books, watching Masterclass videos, listening to podcast episodes and engaging in conscious reflection and integration of personal insights.

When does Vital begin? When does it end?

On April 17, 2023 we will host an introduction class to run through logistics and housekeeping, and to explain the rationale behind the creation of Vital. The first class starts on April 18. Vital classes wrap up on April 2, 2024, following submission and grading of Final Projects. During the final week, we will have breakout sessions for students to present their projects in their study groups. After students’ grades are assessed and hours are counted, they are awarded a Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Integration.

RETREATS:

Is the retreat mandatory?

Participation in one retreat is mandatory for program completion. We’ve structured our retreat options to accommodate students with varying needs and interests, and will be happy to help you find the best one for you!

When do the retreats take place?

Vital has five retreats planned for our students to choose from. Two retreats will be held in July/August/September 2023. Three retreats in December 2023/January 2024. Other retreat options are being planned and will be released soon. Retreat dates are subject to change. Updates will be provided throughout the course.

What if I can’t travel because of Covid or other restrictions? 

Restrictions on domestic/global travel are very difficult to predict. If a student is unable to attend a Vital retreat due to travel restrictions, the Vital team will review their situation and potentially authorize an independent retreat instead.

Is a health screening necessary to take part in the retreat?

It is highly likely that these retreats will require some kind of health screening prior to entering a communal in-person event. Full details will be provided closer to the date of each retreat, due to the unpredictability of current events.

Fees and Scholarships:

Are scholarships or other financial aid available?

Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis, and are reserved for people who: 
• Demonstrate financial need
• Identify as BIPOC
• Identify as LGBTQ+
• Are military service members or veterans
• Serve marginalized communities 
To be considered for a scholarship, complete a Scholarship Application Statement and include it with your application.*Please note: scholarship recipients are not eligible for Early Bird discounts.

What are the payment options available?

After being formally accepted for admission to the Vital course, students will have two weeks to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit, that will be deducted from the total amount of tuition. This secures their place in the program. After the deposit is paid, students will then need to either pay the full tuition amount or begin their payment plan. Please note that if you do so early, you are eligible for an Early Bird discount.
Payment in full — $10,000 if paid in full before January 29 ($1,000 off), or $10,300 ($700 off) before March 3 
3 Monthly installments — $3,734 (including processing fees)
6 Monthly installments — $1,867 (including processing fees) 
12 Monthly installments — $950 (including processing fees) 
*Prices above are reflected after the initial $1,000 deposit. Total tuition (not including retreats) is $12,000. All base rates listed may be subject to national or regional sales tax, depending on applicable sales taxes (HST, VAT, etc.) in your area. Any applicable taxes will be calculated automatically on checkout. All prices listed are in USD. The monthly installment will be collected on the day of the month that students begin their payment plan. (For instance, if you submit your first installment on the 12th of January, the next installment will be automatically withdrawn from your account on the 12th of February.)

Do you offer an early bird discount?

Yes! We offer two tiers of discounts, Early Early Bird, and Early Bird
Early Early Bird
• Pay in Full by January 29 - $1,000 off total price (applied to first payment)
• Payment Plans by January 29 - $500 off total price (applied to first payment)
• Enrollment in the Vital Book Club (from February to April 2023) 

Early Bird
• Pay in Full by March 3 - $700 off total price (applied to first payment)
• Payment Plans by March 3 - $300 off total price (applied to first payment)

*Please note: Your $1,000 deposit and your tuition payment (either in-full or the first payment in your payment plan) must be received in advance of these dates in order to qualify for any discounts. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for Early Bird discounts. All early admissions will automatically receive an email confirmation with coupon codes that give them access to the discounts.

When are fees due?

After paying the $1,000 deposit, students must submit their first tuition payment latest by March 31. Students who submit their first tuition payment by January 29 will be accepted into the Vital Winter Book Club, and may be eligible for the Early bird discounts (described above). Students must be in good standing regarding academic and tuition requirements in order to successfully graduate and receive their certificate.

Applying and admissions:

What are the admission requirements? Do I need to be licensed to apply?

While no license or other prerequisites are required to apply, Vital was designed for practicing professionals who are looking to incorporate psychedelic knowledge and integration modalities into their therapeutic practice. We welcome a wide variety of medical and mental health specialists, therapists, and wellness practitioners. And while the material will be geared towards clinical professionals who serve clients, the program is not limited to licensed mental health professionals. For the full list of eligibility criteria, please see our brochure. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us via email.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. The application fee is $75 USD (non-refundable), and is due at the time of application. Please submit your payment after you have submitted your application form. Applications without payment will not be accepted for review.

How do I get accepted to the Vital Winter Book Club?

Students who are accepted to Vital, submit their deposit and make their first tuition payment by January 29 will be invited to the Vital Winter Book Club, which runs during February and March before class commences. During these meetings, the students will discuss a wide range of carefully selected material that will act as a preparatory reading for the actual course.

What happens after I apply?

Our team will review your application once submitted. You may be asked to formally interview with a Vital team member over Zoom. If you are accepted into the program, we will contact you to let you know that you have been accepted. You will then have two weeks to pay your $1,000 deposit to confirm your offer. After paying the deposit, you will need to secure your spot latest before March 31, either by paying your tuition in full or by paying your first installment of a payment plan. As spaces are limited, we expect that some applicants will not be offered a place in Vital during this cohort - these applicants are encouraged to apply for future cohorts. All applicants will be informed about their admission by email.

Will there be a waitlist system used for applications?

Applications will be given preference based on experience, credentials, date of application being received and JEDI status. Students that are not automatically accepted into Vital will be added to a waitlist. Students on this waitlist will still be considered for a space once more applications have been reviewed.

Is prior experience with psychedelics mandatory?

No. However, we do encourage our students to have completed some previous psychedelic education and have a basic understanding of psychedelics.

When is the application deadline?

Registrations for Vital close midnight EST February 28, 2023. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis which means that preference is given to students applying early. If you consider delaying your application, please note that it is possible that all the available spaces may have been filled by February 28. As soon as all places have been filled we will close the application process and no longer accept applications for the 2023/24 cohort.

I forgot something in my application. Can I still submit it?

While we may have already processed your application, please send us any outstanding documents as soon as you can. You can reach our team at vital@psychedelicstoday.com.

Certification:

What will I receive when I complete the program?

Successful Vital students will be awarded a Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Integration following completion of all required assignments, electives, final project, one retreat and required in-class time.

Does certification mean I am legally authorized to work with psychedelics?

This certification does not give you additional legal ability to do anything with psychedelics that you are not currently allowed to do. Currently, there are no government sanctioned training programs that qualify practitioners to work with psychedelics.

What can I do with this certification?

Students who complete the program can apply their certification to their work in various ways. Students will develop competencies to offer psychedelic harm reduction and integration services. Students will gain the skills, knowledge, confidence and community to create their own niche within the psychedelic landscape of their choosing. Whether this is in private practice, R&D, training, retreat centers, ketamine clinics, or MAPS - you will be supremely positioned to take the right steps forward in this rapidly growing field!

Is this certificate applicable to Continuing Education credits?

Upon completion, students may be eligible to receive up to 68 Continuing Education credits (check with your licensing authority). CE credits and number of hours are pending approval. CE credits will be available at an additional cost.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

*CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

*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.

*LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

*SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.

For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, visit Psychedelics Today or email Johanna Hilla: johanna@psychedelicstoday.com.

For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at info@spiritualcompetencyacademy.com.

Further inquires please contact vital@psychedelicstoday.com

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