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Intro to Ketamine Assisted Therapy

Marin County Psychological Association Presents:

Eric Sienknecht, PsyD & Veronika Gold, LMFT

Intro to Ketamine Assisted Therapy


Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) has recently emerged as one of the most innovative treatments for depression (particularly treatment resistant depression (TRD), anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder as well as a host of other psychological conditions. Integrating pharmacological, psychological, and archetypal/transpersonal elements, KAP represents a new synthesis (or hybrid model) of psychotherapy. Empirical results, particularly during the past decade, demonstrate that ketamine and KAP may be able to assist clinical populations whose symptoms and psychological issues have not been responsive to treatment by other means. At the same time, KAP holds promise for effective treatment of individuals with end-of-life anxiety, existential distress and less severe diagnoses. The practice of KAP, including diverse dosing strategies, allows clinicians to craft intervention strategies at both the psycholytic (trance, self-reflective) and psychedelic (transformational/transpersonal) levels of experience. 

This short introductory course will cover a wide range of topics to help clinicians understand the potential use and efficacy of KAP as well as other psychedelic medicines and will present the current state of the art clinical models for these treatments. Recent promising lines of research in the field will also be briefly covered. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the theory and practice of ketamine assisted (and psychedelic-assisted) psychotherapy, including dosing strategies, and the difference between psycholytic and psychedelic treatment processes and common transference and countertransference issues and challenges. 
  2. Understand screening for patients who may likely not be appropriate for KAP and the differences between ketamine infusion therapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. 
  3. Describe the three components of the KAP protocol and their place and value in the treatment process: Set and Setting, Preparation, Experimental Session, Integration. 


Saturday, January 22nd

10:00 am to 12:00 pm   2 CE credits


MCPA Members: Free      Non-Members: $50      Students $10.



Login: 9:45-10:00 

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online to zoom platform - laptop or desktop with webcam and internet connection required. Smart phone can also be used.  Zoom program download or app required. Your camera must be on to get CE credits.



Mary Faucette at

Rick Pomfret at 


The California Psychological Association (CPA) is co-sponsoring with the Marin County Psychological Association.  CPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and recognized by the BBS to offer CE credit for its licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Zoom Online Platform - zoom meeting location details in lower part of confirmation email sent automa
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Mary R Faucette
Rick Pomfret
Continuing Education
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