Apply now! Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT)
Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) is a charity that seeks to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness in Australia through expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients. We are focused on the development of safe and effective psychedelic-assisted therapies to cure a range of mental illnesses.
To this end, MMA has developed the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT) in collaboration with leading PAT practitioners in the USA and UK.
The MMA CPAT will give qualified clinicians the additional skills and awareness they need in order to safely and successfully facilitate PAT. Instruction will focus on a standardized approach to PAT that can be integrated with clinicians’ existing psychotherapeutic experience and training. The CPAT will include a mix of face-to-face, self-study and online learning components.
The course has been developed specifically with the objective of providing the clinical training necessary for existing qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, GPs, physicians, mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, drug and addiction specialists to work with patients utilising psilocybin and MDMA therapeutically in clinical environments.
PAT is not yet legal in Australia. However, given the impressive early clinical evidence to date, and the near-term regulatory changes predicted in the US and EU subject to forthcoming data, this therapist training program will play a major part in responsibly preparing the Australia context for regulatory changes in the coming years. In the likely event that PAT is registered as a new treatment in Australia, there will be an immediate demand for clinicians trained in the safe and effective provision of PAT at that time. Graduates of our training program will be well positioned to meet this demand.
“Mind Medicine Australia continues to impress. I have completed various higher education qualifications, as well as the less formal experiential retreats and personal development courses, from the quirky, to the evidence based. The CPAT provides a holistic framework that encapsulates a strong academic approach and faculty with a truly authentic therapeutic model. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the CPAT is life changing.”
Kelly Rae, Psychotherapist, NSW
“The CPAT has exceeded all expectations I had when I applied. I highly recommend this course to anyone in the field. The expertise and networking are second to none. I feel part of something that will change the future of mental health in Australia.”
Vasileios Tsaikalis, Psychotherapist, NSW
“I just competed the CPAT course in Melbourne and it was one of the finest, well thought through, academically informative and robust programs I have had the pleasure of being a part of anywhere.” Dr Mary Lanier
“This weekend was the most rounded professional development I can remember doing – I felt nourished in mind, soul and body. Not usually a networker, I surprised myself by connecting with many people that I am sincerely looking forward to meeting again and hopefully working with in the future. Even though the programme was intense, I feel inspired not exhausted; I think this is because there was such a supportive and empathic group of facilitators and participants. My gratitude to Mind Medicine Australia – I’m wearing our T-shirt as I sit at the airport & type, just hoping for when someone asks me what this is all about!”
Dr Ria Leonard, Psychiatrist, NSW
“The most engaging, interesting and enjoyable course I have attended.”
Dr Eoin Wilson, Psychiatrist, NSW
“I had the most wonderful and profound weekend. Thank you for allowing us to experience Holotropic Breathwork. Please know by doing so you are allowing us to better support our clients by supporting ourselves.”
Chloe Panayiotou, Psychologist, VIC
“The course to date has been priceless and an invaluable opportunity to be a part of the medicine work moving into the future. I cannot recommend it highly enough!”
Jon Hart, Psychologist, QLD
“The holotropic breathwork weekend intensive was beautiful. It just feels like I belong here, in this group, in this work. Overall, I find this group and the breadth of content covered in this course immensely gratifying and reassuring.”
Vincent Clementine, Counsellor, VIC
“What a pleasure to be a part of the first cohort of MMA’s Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies. The quality and breadth of the material presented at our first weekend of in-house teaching was remarkable; as was the experience and diversity of the participants. I have increasing hope and optimism that as the rescheduling of psychedelics is considered and more practitioners seek training in this field, people living with treatment resistant mental illnesses in Australia may soon have safe access to these potentially transformative medicines. I’m excited to have met so many people passionately working to facilitate this.”
Dr Jo Howe, GP, TAS
“What an incredible course! I met so many incredible colleagues who are now friends and learnt so much- my brain is bursting! Amazing value- we were absolutely spoilt. What a wonderful thing to be part of.”
Ella Morter, Counsellor, QLD
“This course is clearly run by passionate and dedicated people. The MMA teaching team seem to have taken every step to make this course a truly top tier program. I can’t wait for the next weekend intensive: holotropic breathwork.”
James Steevenson, Mental Health Nurse, VIC
“In my 30 years of work as a psychologist, I have never attended such an engaging and informative course of this calibre. The lecturers are world class experts in the field providing not just theories but also practical teachings along with experiential training. This course broadens my mind and also my heart.”
Maurizio Romano, Psychotherapist
“I was amazed by Wade Davis’s talk Sunday. It was more of a work of art than a lecture. In 55 years of education I have rarely heard such mastery of a topic expressed so poetically.”
Dr Jack Springer, Emergency Physician
“The CPAT course is amazing. Never ever ever have I been so engrossed and hungry for knowledge. The calibre of the educators is exceptional. If you are thinking about doing this course do it without hesitation. It is the bomb.”
Gareth Wild, Coaching/Couselling Psychologist
“The highlight of 2022 has been learning about Psychedelic Assisted Therapy (PAT) from outstanding teachers, from William James (1890s) through to today’s leading PAT practitioners and professors, each with decades of relevant experience, in a brilliantly arranged curriculum put together by Mind Medicine Institute (MMI) for their Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. I found the course practicums (workshops) as enjoyable as the weekly webinars. The MMI faculty is led by PA therapists Nigel Denning and Traill Dowie, PhD (dual: Philosophy, Psychiatry), both with extensive experience with psychedelic work internationally. Any University wanting to incorporate PAT into a Masters programme will be very hard pressed to do any better than MMI, the training arm of Mind Medicine Australia. Without doubt PAT will become a major contributor to the Australian mental health profession this decade. Today’s MMI PAT students will be the pioneers and leaders in clinics, hospitals and growth centres of tomorrow, a tomorrow that is rapidly heading our way.”
Denis McCarthy, Clinical Psychologist, Fremantle, WA, AU
“As a psychotherapist I have undertaken many varied courses and trainings and am happy to say that the CPAT training has for me, been absolutely up there with the best. Nigel and Traill’s experience, presence, skill, and teachings stretched me both professionally and personally, and I am already seeing the results in my ‘everyday’ clinical practice and life. I am so grateful for this amazing training. Thank you.”
Pamela Pannifex , Psychotherapist, Couples Therapist, Naturopath M (Couns & App. Psychoth), N.D.
“The MMI CPAT course was the best researched and structured course I have ever enrolled in. Nigel, Trail and Dave were outstanding. Their wealth of knowledge was equalled and probably exceeded by their passion and belief in the whole CPAT process. They made the course feel like a really good TV series that just got better and better and pity it had to come to an end. Again, huge thanks to everyone involved.”
John Lee, QLD
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very worthwhile. The instructors are highly experienced, have deep knowledge and amazing teaching skills. The venues are great, food amazing. I had some great breakthroughs during the breathwork sessions. I have also made some great friends, there is a great spirit amongst us and I really appreciate this. I highly recommend the CPAT.”
Dr Matt Worthington, Clinical Psychologist, QLD
“The CPAT course totally surpassed all my expectations. The lecturers and guest speakers were outstanding and world class. I went into this course with a bit of hesitance due to the fact that this therapy isn’t legal yet outside of clinical trials. I am so glad that I followed my intuition and went ahead regardless. I have made lifelong connections and friendships with extraordinary like minded people. This course has not only changed the way I currently work with my psychotherapy clients but I would go as far as to say that it has changed the trajectory of my career and life. I am forever grateful.”
Nikki Lucas, Psychotherapist, SA
Mind Medicine Institute’s Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies is endorsed as professional development training by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, College of Mental Health Nurses, and is recognised as professional development and training for qualified members of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc, Psychotherapy and Counselling Institute of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian & New Zealand College of Cannabinoid Practitioners. It may also form the basis of individual professional development and training plans. All our training courses and events can also be used to claim ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points in Australia through professional colleges (e.g. through the Australian Psychological Society, RANZCP, RACGP…).
Please check with your professional membership body for the appropriate category and number of points.
Financial assistance is available for our Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT)!
The funding is available for outstanding practitioners in financial need and those from rural, regional areas and/or those from indigenous or other diverse groups to support part of the tuition fees for the course. Some financial assistance is available on a competitive basis.
Please note: financial assistance allocations are exhausted for intakes 3 & 4. Only applicants for intakes 5 & 6 will be considered for financial assistance at this point. Thank you.
The Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Mental Health
Mind Medicine Australia is delighted to announce the launch of a new online course, The Fundamentals of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Mental Health. This course will help people understand the foundations of psychedelic-assisted therapy and the application of their use in the treatment of chronic mental illness. This course is open to anyone with an interest in the topic.
You can see what the program will cover here: