MDMA Therapy Training Program Update: December 2019

The MDMA Therapy Training Program has launched a series of trainings to prepare therapy providers to become eligible to work on an MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD protocol.

The MDMA Therapy Training Program organized five training retreats in 2019 and provided training to over 250 practitioners in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. These trainees completed the Part A online course and Part B training retreat. The training retreats took place in Israel, North Carolina, Colorado, and Kentucky. In addition to these five retreats, the MDMA Therapy Training Program offered one training for the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research 2019 cohort in Northern California and provided training to an additional 95 practitioners. The training team is taking time to build infrastructure to support the growth and evolution of the training program for 2020 and the years ahead. No dates have been set for 2020 trainings at this time. Dates and tuition fees for the 2020 training year will be announced through the Training Program Newsletter once they are scheduled.

Sites in the U.S. and U.S. territories interested in being considered to participate in an Expanded Access MDMA/PTSD protocol may now apply with MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) to assess eligibility and obtain the prerequisite training to administer MDMA-assisted psychotherapy.  The basic requirements of a qualified site are 1) treatment facility conducive to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, 2) therapy team, qualified and able to complete MDMA Therapy Training Program, and 3) prescribing physician who can obtain a DEA Schedule I license for MDMA.

Additional site and practitioner requirements are posted on the MAPS PBC website. Each site must submit one site questionnaire and all applicants interested in training need to complete a therapy training application for providers. Only applicants affiliated with a qualifying site can be considered for training at this time. MAPS PBC will review applications on an ongoing basis, as they are received. The MAPS PBC Therapy Provider Connect Portal is a community discussion forum for therapy providers, physicians and facilities to connect with one another to develop a site or treatment staff, in order to become eligible to participate in a MAPS PBC Expanded Access MDMA/PTSD protocol.

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