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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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


"I was well-informed through experience, personal research, and work experience prior to taking the courses and I have to say I completed the courses with a plethora of new knowledge. This course allows you to hear from therapists and clinicians already in the field doing the work. The value of that alone was priceless. The live zoom calls allowed me to dive deeper into some of the topics discussed in the course work and gain a holistic understanding of psychedelics. Kyle and Joe have a tremendous amount of expertise to share and I'd highly recommend taking their course no matter what step of the journey you are on with psychedelics!" — Bre Jenkins

"I am currently retraining as a psychedelic guide/therapist. Joe and Kyle know their stuff, and were always approachable and responsive to questions. And access to the graduate community is massively valuable in itself - I've made new connections and have had some great conversations. Highly recommended!" — Liam Farquhar

"Joe and Kyle have a talent for letting the class self-direct and explore what was most interesting to the group in each week's lessons while still providing structure, helping create theoretical and experiential connections, encouraging reflection, and cultivating a sense of community between classmates." — Nathaniel Robertson, MSW

"Psychedelics Today is a doorway into a welcoming community. I started by listening to their podcasts and recently completed their integration course for therapists and clinicians. It was packed full of information and included insightful conversations with like minded individuals. Kyle and Joe have an incredible depth of knowledge that is evident in any conversation around altered states of consciousness. A fantastic resource, I highly recommend following these guys!" — Jessica Colas PMHNP-BC

Your teaching team

Kyle Buller, MS, LAC

Co-Founder & Director of Training and Education, B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology, M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counselling & Somatic Psychology, Transpersonal Breathwork facilitator.

Joe Moore, BA

Co-Founder with twenty years of avid research and training in psychedelics, as well as being a leading expert in dreamshadow transpersonal breathwork.

Ben Sessa, MD

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

Devon Christie, MD

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

Rick Strassman, MD

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

William A. Richards, Ph.D.

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

Manesh Girn, Ph.D. Candidate

Chief Research Officer at EntheoTech Bioscience and a PhD 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"

Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N.

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

Michael Mithoefer, MD

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

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

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

Sam Gandy, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Adèle Lafrance, Ph.D. Candidate Psychology

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

Kwasi Adusei, DNP, PMHNP

Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, co-founder of the Psychedelic Society of Western New York, board member of the Psychedelic Medical Association, Source Research Foundation and Reconsider.

Reid Robison, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer at Novamind, former coordinating investigator for the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy study of Eating Disorders.

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.

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.

Juliana Mulligan, LMSW

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

Ayize Jama Everett, M.Div, MA, MFA

Fiction writer, practicing therapist, and board member of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation for psychedelics in the mental health of people of color and poor people.

Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D.

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

Byron Metcalf, Ph.D.

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

Melanie Pincus, Ph.D.

Neuroscientist, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, and co-founder of a psychedelics research institute based in Denver.

Jerry Brown, Ph.D.

Anthropologist, ethnomycologist and award-winning educator. He is Founding Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University (FIU).

Charles Nichols, Ph.D.

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

Omar Thomas, BS

Founding advisor of Diaspora Psychedelic Society (DPS), member of the Jamaican Diaspora Task Force on Behavioral Health, and CEO of Jamaican Organics.

Michael Sapiro, Psy.D

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

Angie Leek, LMFT, LPC-S, RYT

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

Bonnie Shanser, MA, LPC, SEP

Somatic Psychologist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist.

Ido Cohen, Psy.D

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

Lindsey Owens, Ph.D. Candidate

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

Johanna Hilla, Ph.D. Candidate

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

David Drapkin, LCSW

Psychotherapist. Social Work Masters Degrees from UNSW (Australia) and Nottingham University (UK).

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.

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.

Matt Brown, D.O.

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

*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 $1,000-$5,000. 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 full tuition or the first installment of your chosen payment plan must be submitted before class begins on April 18th. 

1 payment - $11,500 if paid in full before February 28, or $12,000 after February 28. 

6 installments - $2,062 (including processing fees) 

12 installments - $1,042 (including processing fees)

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


Crypto Payment (ETH, BTC, USDC, and USDT) - 6% discount 


At this time, we have reached capacity for scholarship applications. The number of scholarship applications that we received far exceeds the limited number of scholarships available.

General applications for Vital remain open until April 3. Whilst you are still welcome to submit a scholarship statement alongside your application, please know that it is very unlikely that you will be awarded a scholarship.
If you submit your application with a scholarship statement, your application will be reviewed as normal but your scholarship eligibility will be added to the waitlist.

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Become a vital part of the new mental health paradigm

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 (scholarship capacity reached)

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 February 28, 2022. You can choose a payment plan or pay the tuition in lump-sum to save $500 off the full price.
  • 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.

Applications and scholarships are no longer being accepted for Vital psychedelic training

sign up for our vital psychedelic training 2023 wait list


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.

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. Please refer to the curriculum for full details.

Will I work with other students in the program? 

Each week, Vital core faculty will hold 90-minute open 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?

No. All mandatory course materials are digital, and therefore included with tuition. Each of our four 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. Also, the first 20 students accepted to Vital will receive free invitations to four group coaching sessions with Joe Moore and Kyle Buller.


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 six retreats planned for ours students to choose from. Three retreats will be held in the Summer of 2022 (July 27-Aug 1; August 17-22; August 31-September 5); three retreats will be held in the Winter of 2022/23 (Dec 1- 6, 2022; Dec 8-13, 2022; Jan 4-9, 2023.) Retreat dates are subject to change. Updates will be provided throughout the course.

What if I can’t travel because of Covid? 

Restrictions on domestic and international travel are very hard to predict at present. If in-person retreats are cancelled or postponed due to potential Covid-19 restrictions, the Core 3 curriculum will be delivered online. With breathwork being used as the method for experiencing non-ordinary states of consciousness.

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.

When is the application deadline?

Registrations for Vital close on April 3, 2022. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis which means that preference is given to students applying early and that all the available spaces may have been filled by April 3. As soon as all places have been filled we will close the application process and no longer accept applications for the 2022/23 cohort.

Do you offer an early bird discount?

Students that submit their completed applications by February 21 will receive a $500 tuition discount and free access to two additional Psychedelics Today pre-recorded courses. Students that submit their completed applications by March 7 will receive free access to two additional Psychedelics Today pre-recorded courses. The first twenty students accepted to Vital will be offered free access to a live four-session coaching program with Psychedelics Today Founders Joe Moore and Kyle Buller.

How long is the program?

Vital is a 12-month program, made up of five core modules, each eight weeks in length. 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 four 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 18, 2022 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 19 (coinciding with Bicycle Day, which honors Albert Hofmann’s fateful experimentation with LSD-25). Vital classes wrap up on March 28, 2023, following submission and grading of Final Projects. Between April 10-1, 2023 we will have breakout sessions throughout the week 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.

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.

What are the payment options available?

Upon being formally accepted for admission to the Vital course, students will then have a further two weeks to submit payment toward tuition. Payment can either be for the full tuition amount or the first installment of an approved payment plan. Once payment has been received the student’s place in the course will be confirmed.

• 1 payment — $11,500 if paid in full before February 28, or $12,000 after February 28
• 6 installments — $2,062 (including processing fees) 
• 12 installments — $1,042 (including processing fees)

When are fees due?

After their application has been officially accepted students will then have a further two weeks to submit their first payment toward tuition. Students must have submitted their first payment in order to begin Vital and 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 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.

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.

What happens after I apply?

Our team will review your application once submitted. If you are accepted into the program, we will contact you to let you know that you have been accepted. After being accepted into the program, you must secure your spot by paying for the program, either in full or pay one installment from the payment options. As spaces are limited we expect that some applicants will not be offered a place on Vital during this cohort but are still welcome to apply for future years. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed 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.

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


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. Students must also be in good financial standing to successfully graduate Vital.

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

No. Currently, there is no government-sanctioned training program that qualifies 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:

For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at

Further inquires please contact