Training In assisted therapy with ketamine (KAP)



I. Introduction to Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

In this introductory session, we will cover a broad range of topics aimed at helping clinicians understand the potential use and effectiveness of Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). We will present the current state-of-the-art clinical models for these treatments. Topics of discussion will include treatment paradigms, the history and properties of ketamine, different routes of administration, and the guiding principles for these models.

Understanding these principles is essential for effectively communicating important preparatory information to clients, and it is crucial for grounding the treatment in appropriate expectations and obtaining informed consent. We will also explore the aspects of providing ketamine administration within the context of psychotherapy, emphasizing the importance of working collaboratively with the treatment team. Typically, this team includes the therapist, prescriber, nurse, outside providers, and the client.


II. KAP Protocol

Building on the framework presented in Session 1, clinicians will learn the framework and protocol of practicing KAP, including the phases of treatment. First, participants will learn how to assess potential patients, conduct intake, and prepare clients for treatment.

We explore the protocol for preparing the client and the therapy space for the work and consider elements of set and setting specific to KAP. Important controversies in the field of ketamine- and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy will also be discussed. Clinicians will acquire skills to craft intervention strategies at both the psycholytic (trance, self-reflective) and psychedelic (transformational/transpersonal) levels of experience.


III. Challenging experiences and Integration Opportunities in KAP

Following up on Session 2, in this session challenging experiences and special considerations with various populations will be discussed. Integration opportunities and challenges will be articulated and highlighted. Additionally, strategies for facilitating integration and an exploration of the many ways in which obstacles can contain therapeutic “gold” when effectively stewarded.

Participants will gain a greater understanding of the complexities and nuances involved in the phases of KAP. We will discuss ethical considerations in ketamine assisted psychotherapy also related to transference, countertransference, and rapture/repair dynamics. KAP group work will be mentioned.



Veronika Gold

Veronika is a marriage and family therapist who specializes in the treatment of trauma. She is a Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified EMDR therapist, Consultant, and Facilitator, and Realization Process Teacher. She has undergone multiple trainings in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, including advanced training through the Ketamine Training Center and Kriya Institute, and MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training through MAPS, and is currently a Sub-Investigator and Co-therapist, a supervisor and a trainer on the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Clinical Trials for the treatment-resistant PTSD. She regularly presents at conferences and teaches on trauma and psychedelic-assisted therapies. Veronika is a lead trainer in the Polaris Insight Training Program.