About Fluence

Fluence is the leading continuing education organization in the emerging field of psychedelic therapy, with certificate programs in ketamine-assisted therapy, psilocybin-assisted therapy, psychedelic harm reduction and integration, and more.

Founded by clinicians with deep expertise in psychedelic research, we offer professional training and workshops for licensed healthcare practitioners, including therapists, physicians, and nurses.

To learn more about Fluence, click here.

Fluence and BTR Partnership

As a leader in psychedelic-assisted therapy training and education, Fluence recognizes its responsibility to create safe, supportive, and diverse learning spaces where professionals of all backgrounds can learn and grow.

We are committed to diversifying the field of psychedelic-informed medical and mental health professionals through intentional collaborations. In honor of this commitment, we are excited to partner with Black Therapists Rock.

IFS Institute

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You must be a BTR member to apply.

Fluence is the leading continuing education organization in the emerging field of psychedelic therapy, with certificate programs in ketamine-assisted therapy, psilocybin-assisted therapy, psychedelic harm reduction and integration, and more.

Founded by clinicians with deep expertise in psychedelic research, we offer professional training and workshops for licensed healthcare practitioners, including therapists, physicians, and nurses.

To learn more about Fluence, click here.

New Program Announcement

 Certificate in Psychedelic Therapy and Integration 

The PTI certificate is a new core program meant to provide clinicians with a foundational education in psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration. It has been designed specifically to prepare therapists and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to begin a path towards practicing psychedelic therapy as approved avenues continue to expand. Learn more here. Please use the code 100pti to waive the application fee!

At their Fall Open House, Fluence co-founder Ingmar Gorman discussed the program and answered a number of questions from the audience about it. You can view thew full replay here and check out some FAQs.

Where can I start?

As part of the BTR community, this partnership gives you significantly discounted access to three of Fluence’s foundational on-demand courses, Psychedelic Integration: Premise & Promise, Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Theory and Methodology and Introduction to Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy. These can be accessed and completed at your own pace. Only 100 scholarships are available!

On Demand

Introduction to Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy

Introduction to Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy

Regular price: $395
BTR 40% Scholarship price: $237

Use scholarship code: BTR40

This program is a curated series of videos with key teachers and psilocybin researchers introducing you to fundamentals of psilocybin clinical research, pharmacology, therapeutic models, and ethical considerations surrounding the use of psilocybin in clinical treatment. The program consists of 5 mini-courses:

1. Psilocybin for Alcohol Use Disorder Research | Elizabeth Nielson, PhD
This course delves into the intriguing realm of psychedelic therapy for alcohol use, exploring its historical development, current research, and potential implications. Students will gain an understanding of how psilocybin has been used in alcohol treatment, enabling them to critically evaluate the role of psychedelics in alcohol treatment and make informed decisions based on current research.

2. Intoxication and Dissociation in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy | Jeffrey Guss, MD
This talk will examine and question the presumption that intoxication and dissociation are likely to be detrimental to mental health, and are unlikely to be part of a safe and enduring process of growth and positive change. We will look at both intoxication and dissociation from a number of perspectives, in an attempt to expand our understanding of how psychedelic therapy works and help it find its place in mainstream psychiatric and psychological discourse.

3. The Psychopharmacology of Psilocybin | Kelan Thomas, PharmD, MS, BCPP
This course introduces clinicians to psilocybin pharmacology, neuroscience, and clinical research that supports what we know about how psilocybin works in the human brain.

4. Psilocybin Research for Depression | Xiaojue Hu, MD
This course delves into the global issue of depression, its impact on individuals worldwide, and the limitations of conventional treatments–in the context of the opportunities associated with psilocybin treatment.

5. Ethics & Equity in Psilocybin Services | Candace Oglesby, LCPC
This course presents the ways in which BIPOC and other marginalized groups have historically been excluded from and harmed by the US medical establishment and in the context of medical research with psychedelic substances.

On Demand

Psychedelic Integration: Premise & Promise

Regular price: $395
BTR 40% Scholarship price: $237

Use scholarship code: BTR40

Psychedelic compounds have a rich and fascinating history of use in spiritual and healthcare settings. After a nearly 60-year hiatus, recent advances in clinical research indicate that these medicines may soon be available to the public as treatments for some of humanity’s most profound forms of suffering: alcoholism, drug addiction, PTSD, and depression. Psychotherapists and other healthcare providers are increasingly called upon to help clients integrate profoundly meaningful psychedelic experiences into the fabric of their daily lives, resulting in long-term positive changes.

This entirely on-demand training is designed for clinicians and healthcare providers who want to learn more about current psychedelic research and clinical practice, including how to work with patients who have a history of psychedelic use or have expressed an interest in using psychedelics. This interactive training includes experiential learning, demonstrations, self-reflection, and role-play exercises. The themes of spirituality, ethics, and critical discussion will be woven throughout the program with opportunities for connection, collaboration, and building community.

We start with the premise that your patients are curious about psychedelic research, and so are you! The early part of our program gives some background on psychedelic compounds, their history, and current research with MDMA and Psilocybin-assisted therapy. We then discuss recent and current clinical trials, outcomes, legal status, and what it all means for the future of addiction and trauma treatment. We then move to the practicalities of defining integration and how it can occur in a clinical setting. We focus on translating research findings into clinical practice, including working with patients who are considering using psychedelics, actually using psychedelics, or have used them in the past. This program includes discussion of assessment and integration techniques, resources, and legal and ethical issues. Program participant clinicians will complete the course with a conceptual and practical understanding of how to engage clients in discussions about psychedelics that are balanced, reduce potential for harm, and increase the potential for benefit from these experiences.

On demand

Introduction to Ketamine

Regular price: $375
BTR 40% Scholarship price: $225

Use scholarship code: BTR40

This program includes two courses: Introduction to Ketamine for Mental Health and Introduction to Ketamine-assisted Therapy. These courses feature Fluence Trainers Dr. Ingmar Gorman, Dr. Elizabeth Nielson, Jeffrey Guss, MD, and Casey Paleos, MD. Between them, these researchers and clinicians have extensive experience in clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted therapy and private practice KAP, clinical work in preparation and integration of ketamine experiences, and training clinicians in psychedelic therapy–both for research trials and private practice settings.

Want to go deeper?

Explore Fluence’s Certificate Programs
Fluence offers industry-leading certificate programs in a number of important emerging modalities in psychedelic therapy and integration. These are post-graduate training programs of 150-hours or more.

Other Resources to check out:

Emergent Pathways: Rick Doblin

Watch Fluence’s new show, Emergent Pathways, with host Victor Cabral as he sits down with other leaders and innovators in the field to wrestle with the critical questions surrounding psychedelic assisted therapy.

Revolution Health Radio

Research paper

Carl Hart, PhD

Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. He is also the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Professor Hart has published numerous scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior (with Charles Ksir). His most recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Professor Hart has appeared on multiple podcasts, radio and television shows including Real Time with Bill Maher and The O’Reilly Factor. He has also appeared in several documentary films including the award-winning “The House I Live In.” His essays have been published in several popular publications including The New York Times, Scientific American, The Nation, Ebony, The Root, and O Globo (Brazil’s leading newspaper).

Paulette Simone Smith, LCSW

Paulette Simone Smith

Paulette Smith, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical therapist specializing in cannabis therapeutics, adolescent development, and the establishment of productive, results-oriented teams in support of culturally competent treatment. Paulette has used creativity and innovation to build a knowledge base that offers her clients first-class care and consulting services. She also applies that knowledge and creativity in training and educational settings providing authentic, realistic, and easily applicable guidance on various topics. Her expertise has been cultivated over 15+ years in school-based, clinical, private practice, and dispensary settings to acquire a range of skills in traditional and non-traditional counseling practices that scientifically incorporate the integration of cannabis products. A trailblazer in her own right, Paulette is highly sought after to share her knowledge in the growing cannabis therapy field. She possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and has launched a platform for exploring cannabis therapeutics called Canna Heals, LLC, in addition to her counseling practice, Paulette Simone & Associates, Inc. In addition to the real-world experiences that refined her talents, Paulette obtained her bachelor’s in broadcast journalism from Bowie State University, a master’s in Social Work from Morgan State University, and a Master’s in Medical Cannabis Science Therapeutics from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Ms. Smith is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work at Simmons University.

Sa'ed Al Olimat

Sa'ed Al-Olimat

Dr. Sa’ed Al-Olimat, PharmD is a Taiwanese-Jordanian first generation American immigrant. He is a licensed pharmacist, community pharmacy manager, and educator of psychedelic medicine. He has worked with pharmaceutical companies, prescriber clinics, hospice and palliative care organizations, insurance groups, and other settings to enhance patient care. Dr. Sa’ed’s passion in advancing mental health outcomes led him to investigatie psilocybin and other classical psychedelic compounds as tools for mental, spiritual, and emotional support.

Dr. Sa’ed currently serves as a Co-Founder of the Psychedelic Pharmacists Association, Founder of PsiloHealth, advisor to a few psychedelic companies and organizations, as well as a Board Director for his local county pharmacists association. In his free time, he enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mischa Dansby, RN

Mischa Dansby

Mischa Dansby, is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in Women’s Health who was raised in Huber Heights, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Wright State University. After her graduation, she joined the Air Force and has continued to serve for 22 years. During her Air Force career, she completed her Master’s in Nursing and became certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at The Ohio State University. She is currently studying at the University of Cincinnati pursuing certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, she is completing her training as an Internal Family Systems Therapist. Mischa is passionate about supporting women on their journey towards healing and wholeness.

Hanifa Nayo Washington

Hanifa Nayo Washington

Hanifa Nayo Washington, she/her/hers, is a social entrepreneur, sacred activist, digital designer, and healing justice practitioner. Hanifa is the co-founder and the Chief of Strategy of Fireside Project, the San Francisco based non-profit that operates the first national Psychedelic Peer Support Line with a mission to help people minimize the risks and fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences. The support line, featured in the Rolling Stone, Forbes, Esquire, and Tech Crunch, launched in April of 2021 and has already supported thousands of community members. Hanifa Nayo is also the Co-founder and Organizing Principal of One Village Healing, an online BIPOC centered healing, resilience, and psychedelic wellness space.

Victor Cabral, MSW

Victor Cabral

Victor Cabral, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I, (He/Him/His) is a collaborative and strategic leader who is making an impact on historical inequalities in his community and across the United States. Victor is the Founder of Dreamers of the Day, LLC, and serves as the Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Fluence International Inc., a company that provides evidence-based training in psychedelic therapy and integration services to clinicians across the globe. Before joining Fluence, Victor served as Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform where he co-led the implementation of the Trauma-Informed PA Plan, helped establish the first Racial Day of Healing in Pennsylvania history, and developed free trauma trainings for Pennsylvanians in collaboration with BIPOC mental health and trauma, and psychedelic medicine. He is a Licensed Social Worker and practicing psychotherapist in Pennsylvania with training in Internal Family Systems, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelic Integration.

Deran Young

Deran Young,

Deran Young is a licensed therapist, CDWF, CDTL, co-author of New York Times Best Seller, You Are Your Best Thing, retired military officer, and the founder of Black Therapists Rock. Black Therapists Rock is a non profit organization that mobilizes over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma. She obtained her social work degree from University of Texas, where she studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa for two semesters creating a high school counseling center for under-resourced students.

Deran’s passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought after diversity and inclusion consultant working with companies like BBERG, Facebook, Linked In, Field Trip Health, and YWCA. Deran’s advocacy expands over several online and offline platforms. With a current social media audience of over 100,000 followers on IG and Facebook, Deran has become a leading influencer and public figure committed to spreading mental health awareness and improving health equity.