Description

Learn About Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

This course will give you an overview of KAP for individuals and small groups. Learn who it benefits, who is eligible, and what one experiences in a session. the primary studies demonstrating successful outcomes have been with major depressive disorder, bipolar depression, and substance use disorders. It has also been used to treat post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and complex regional pain syndrome. Contact for sessions in central Vermont.

Pricing

Instructor(s)

Benjamin Asher, MD & Emma Bragdon, PhD

Guest Presenter

Dr. Asher is currently working as a team with Emma Bragdon, PhD to give Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy in central Vermont. Dr. Asher is a board-certified Otolaryngologist (Head and Neck Surgeon) renowned for his innovative, non-surgical approaches. In addition to being a highly-regarded conventional physician and exceptional diagnostician, he has been at the forefront of applying alternative methods to ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) disorders since the beginning of his medical career over thirty years ago . Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Asher worked as a full-time meditation teacher. His four decades of meditation practice and spiritual inquiry have informed his perspectives on health and wholeness. His quest to identify the root cause of symptoms led him into the field of chronic systemic illness, particularly in the area of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. Supporting patients with complex ailments was the impetus for investigating how health challenges can serve as a portal way to positive personal transformation. Dr. Asher’s conventional training includes Harvard Medical School. He has served on the faculty of Harvard, Washington University, and Dartmouth medical schools. His study of complementary healing modalities includes: cranial osteopathy, hypnosis, myofascial therapy, the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, and various energy medicine modalities. He has served on the board of the American Holistic Medical Association. Dr. Asher was selected as One of America’s Top Physicians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Asher has published numerous professional articles and book chapters. He has been quoted as an expert in national consumer periodicals, featured on radio programs, and has been frequently invited to lecture to healthcare practitioners and the public, nationally and internationally.

Senior Instructor

Emma is the Founder and Executive Director of Integrative Mental Health for You, IMHU.org. She is also in private practice--including offering Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy along with Dr. Benjamin Asher in central Vermont. Dr Bragdon earned her PhD in Transpersonal Psychology in 1987 and was licensed in California as a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist in 1988. She was a volunteer for the Spiritual Emergence Network for 7 years and has been immersed in supporting people in spiritual awakening/ spiritual emergence since 1985. Emma has a private, online zoom practice out of her office in Vermont. https://EmmaBragdon.com/services Emma has published 7 books and co-produced 2 documentary films. See https://imhu.org/store for more info.

Guest Presenter

Sandra Fortson, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Northern Colorado. Ms. Fortson has a wide range of clinical experience to include performing mental health evaluations and assessments and participating in team-based collaborative care in a variety of settings. She currently works at the Wholeness Center in Fort Collins, CO, where she provides ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) services for individuals, couples, and groups. In addition to her work as a therapist, Ms. Fortson's job duties include the continued development of the KAP program at the Wholeness Center as well as the teaching/oversight of practicum students. Ms. Fortson is also a co-founding member of the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI), which is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting clinically relevant research as well as offering professional training programs which prepare psychiatrist and psychotherapists in the administration of investigational psychotherapy-assisting agents that are either in the current pharmacopeia or are within FDA approval guidelines. As of May, 2021 Ms. Fortson has completed two KAP trainings through PRATI, as well as an additional KAP training as part of her preparation to work as a therapist at the Fort Collins site for research study exploring the efficacy of KAP for patients with life-threatening illnesses in collaboration with the Ketamine Research Foundation. She is also in the process of facilitating a grant program which has recently received funding for providing a series of KAP group services to healthcare workers and first responders who have been negatively impacted by Covid-19.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • (2 min vid) Introduction to Course and Facilitator

    • (1 min read) Acknowledgements, Request, Disclaimer

  • 2

    Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy in a Nutshell

    • (9 min Vid) KAP in a Nutshell with Benjamin Asher, MD

    • Contact Information for KAP Sessions: Benjamin Asher, MD & Emma Bragdon, PhD

  • 3

    Individual Sessions of KAP

    • (30 min. vid) Dr. Asher re: Details About Individual KAP Sessions

  • 4

    Group Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

    • (3 min read) Article on Benefits of Group KAP

    • (20 min vid) Sandra Fortson, LCSW, on Group KAP & Provider Training

    • Contact Info: Sandra Fortson, The Wholeness Center & PRATI

  • 5

    Next Steps

    • Resources to Expand Your Knowledge & Integration