MDMA Therapy Training Program Update: July 2020

Best wishes from the Training and Supervision Department at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC)!

We hope that you, your loved ones, and communities are taking care of your nervous systems and of each other, as current events continue to unfold around the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial justice movement in the United States.

MAPS PBC Trainers Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N., and Michael Mithoefer, M.D., recently completed the first live online training for the MDMA Therapy Training Program with support from MDMA Therapy Training Program staff. They delivered the online training across two weekends in June to the seventy-student cohort in the CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) program. Michael Mithoefer and Annie Mithoefer provided a second online training to over twenty-five clinicians in July. MAPS PBC Trainers Marcela Ot’alora, G, L.P.C., and Bruce Poulter, M.P.H., plan to provide an online training for Naropa University in September and October.

The Training Team is excited to learn from our online trainings as we progress with training design and program development. The MDMA Therapy Training Program is carrying out an educational design project to further develop the training pedagogy and competency framework to support the growth and continued quality of the program over the coming years. Additionally, the training program continues to support clinical supervision of active MDMA-assisted psychotherapy studies, as many study sessions are continuing with safety practices in place for COVID-19.

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