Roots to Thrive

Training: KAT Experiential Intensive

Roots to Thrive (RTT) Experiential Training is designed for experienced clinicians and therapists already trained in psychedelic theory and still require a lived experience with psychedelic medicine and want an opportunity to apply theoretical learning to the supervised practice environment by supporting another in non-ordinary states. This 45-hour training intensive is a blend of virtual and in-person sessions for an experience in medicine (ketamine) and supporting another in non-ordinary states.

Bridging lived experience and psychedelic theory to the supervised practice environment.

Psychedelic-assisted therapy is becoming increasingly accessed in Canada, and few providers have the depth of training, experience to safely provide it (see position statement below). This training is designed to fill the current training gap by providing:

– a lived experience of ketamine-assisted therapy (eligibility requirements apply),
– supervised practice experience: applying psychedelic-assisted therapy theory (prerequisites required) to the supervised practice environment.

For more details on the theoretical underpinnings of the program, please refer to our position statement.

For program schedule and topics covered, please refer to our schedule of events

If you are thinking of applying to be a participant in this Roots to Thrive training program, here are some questions to help you decide if this is a good fit for you.

  1. Have you completed psychedelic theory courses in the following: History of psychedelics and healing, Basics of psychedelic facilitation and psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration or equivalent?  This is a requirement.
  2. Do you have the time, energy, and interest to be an engaged and consistent participant in a small group of people who become a bonded community that requires a commitment to attend and be fully present at all sessions.
  3. If you are parenting, do you have solid child-care plans?
  4. If you have are experiencing acute mental health challenges and/or have self-medicated with alcohol and/or drugs, is your life stable enough now to allow you to commit to a group process that counts on your open-hearted, fully present  participation?
  5. Are two ketamine-assisted therapy sessions adequate for your unique mental health situation? This program provides two ketamine-assisted therapy session (for those eligible). While this is adequate for some conditions, a typical treatment series includes 3 or more sessions.  For information on how to access a treatment only arm or to access further treatment after this hybrid (treatment-training) offering, please email us at navigator@rootstothrive.com.

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This 45 hour experiential training program may qualify for practicum hours at academic institutions.

Program Highlights

This arm of Roots to Thrive (RTT) programming includes 45 hours of treatment and training in a supervised practice environment (In person weekend on Vancouver Island, BC).

The Curriculum is a blend of virtual and in person:

  • 2 Virtual KAT prep sessions.
  • In person:  offering of 2 KAT experiences as a participant and 2 KAT experiences as a supporter.
  • Virtual Integration session
  • RTT Facilitated sessions:  2 prep sessions and 1 integration session surrounding KAT experiences
  • Peer Facilitated sessions:  One 1:1 prep session and one 1:1 integration session

REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE: Physician referral form (will receive upon registration), verification of psychedelic medicine theory completion, verification of experience as a mental health practitioner.

MINIMUM PARTICIPATION:  Roots to Thrive is a non-profit organization and requires a certain number of participants to put the training on to ensure we are able to cover our costs.

READY TO REGISTER? go to the apply section and fill in your information.  For program select “RTT Training: Experiential Intensive” and for Cohort select “Training Experiential Intensive: Cohort 1”.  Once you register you will receive a follow up email with further directions.

Email krys@rootstothrive.com with any questions.

Program Cost: $4500 + tax

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Upcoming Cohorts

Training Experiential (KAT) Intensive Cohort 2

Prep Session 1 (virtual)

September 21, 2023

Prep Session 2 (virtual)​

September 28, 2023

Intergration Session (virtual)

October 9, 2023

Face-to-face KAT Sessions

October 5, 2023
October 6, 2023
October 7, 2023
October 8, 2023

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The program has provided a safe space to explore aspects of myself that many other mental health services did not touch. The group dynamic creates community, connection and a landing pad to process and build resiliency through the challenges of human nature. By seeing other’s strength and vulnerability, I can see my own with more clarity. The team is beyond open-hearted, knowledgable and supportive. If there is one take-home, having worked in the Western medical system for years, I am full of excitement and hope for the future of mental health with this program being offered and growing. When you have a doctor telling you to ‘listen to your heart’, you know you are in the right place!

Past participant,