MDMA Therapy Training Program Update: October 2020

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

Marcela Ot’alora, G, L.P.C., and Bruce Poulter, M.P.H., delivered the first and second weekends of a three weekend course on MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in collaboration with Naropa University on September 25-27 and October 23-25. The remaining weekend will take place October 30-November 1. The 9-day course includes training in contemplative psychotherapy from Naropa faculty.

Annie Mithoefer, B.S.N., and Michael Mithoefer, M.D., will be providing an online training November 5-6 and November 9-12 to prepare additional therapists in Europe for MP18, the open-label lead-in study for the European segment of Phase 3, which is also researching MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for PTSD. The training will also include therapists from Somaliland and South Africa. In October, therapists preparing to work on MP18 in Europe will also participate in virtual training calls focused on culturally-informed care for refugee participants, led by Adele Meyer and Nooria Mehraby.

Over the summer, the training program launched the first of a series of Phase 3 Quarterly Consultation groups. These virtual group supervision calls are facilitated by trainers Marcela Ot’Alora, Bruce Poulter, Annie Mithoefer, and Michael Mithoefer, and cover therapeutic topics, peer discussion, case presentations, and consultation. Therapists have appreciated gathering in this community of their peers to learn from each other’s insights and challenges delivering MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. These are the MDMA Therapy Training Program’s first experiment with group supervision; we look forward to offering group supervision on the upcoming Expanded Access protocol as well, which will be facilitated by Associate Supervisors who have recently completed supervision training. 

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