Roots to Thrive

Training: KAT Experiential Intensive

This 25-27 hour training intensive (~2 day in-person) is designed for experienced clinicians and therapists who already have training in psychedelic theory, but still require a lived experience, and an opportunity to apply theoretical learning to the supervised practice environment.

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.

This arm of programing includes 25-27 hours of training in a supervised practice environment (including ~2 days in person on Vancouver Island, BC. For more details about the specific topics and hours, please refer to the Training Agenda.

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 weekly participation?
  5. If one ketamine-assisted therapy session adequate for your unique mental health situation? This program provides one 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

Program Highlights

This 25-27 hours of experiential training intensive is designed to fill a gap in the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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


Program Cost: $1,950 or $2,350 if practice evaluation/credits are required + tax

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I entered this program feeling lost, alone, weak, and wrong in all of my emotions, thoughts and feelings. I was given a safe, accepting environment to express myself free of judgement and expectation within a group of individuals, exploring their own struggles. I was amazed with how quickly I was able to pull myself “out of the water” and breathe in the air. I began to settle into a state of calmness and finally was able to evaluate the trauma of the past year and the healing and recovery that was required in my life. Roots to Thrive did not fix me; it presented skills and a compassionate environment to find my voice and begin to speak my truth within my physical professional and personal world. This has made me stronger. I have continued to heal from my PTSD, learning to navigate my distrust and safety struggles within my professional environment. I have found my voice and worth in an environment that had forced me to be small and compromised my core beliefs in myself…I feel ready to finally be the nurse, mother, wife and leader I was always meant to be. My life is now reclaimed.”

Past participant,