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.
“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 MindMedicine 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!” Ria Leonard, Psychiatrist, NSW
“What a thrill and privilege to be part of this first cohort of practitioners undergoing Mind Medicine Australia’s Certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies. The quality of the material and the presenters at our first weekend of in-house teaching was astounding; as well as the experience and diversity of the participants – we are building an extraordinarily skilled team to work in this space. We all have such different strengths and complementary skill sets, I am confident that together we can provide safe assessment, psychedelic assisted sessions and meaningful integration for patients seeking this therapy. I was impressed at the breadth of the material presented and the different presenters’ acknowledgement of the long human history of use of psychedelic substances. We are occupying a unique space, offering these medicines once again within the western biomedical model now that the science of their mechanism is better understood, whilst respecting and acknowledging traditional uses; and accepting that the ‘ineffable’ simply cannot be fully explained! I have increasing hope and optimism that as we continue in our skill development, people struggling with treatment resistant mental illnesses in Australia may soon have safe access to medicines that can be truly transformative, and I’m so excited to have met so many people passionately working to facilitate this.” 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
“I was blown away by the generosity of Peter and Tania and their passion to make this a reality. They have onboarded some of the world’s best leaders in this field. Extremely grateful to be part of this movement and very excited about what the future will look like when these medicines become part of the therapeutic process.” Vasileios Tsaikalis, Psychotherapist, NSW
“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 Stevenson, Mental Health Nurse, VIC
“In January 2021, two years after Mind Medicine Australia was founded by Peter and Tania the first training for psychedelic assisted therapists in the Southern Hemisphere began. 50 participants gathered at the headquarters in Melbourne. Each person present uniquely different and all unified in their desire to play their role in this essential evolution of medical practice in our society.
The various topics weaved into the first weekend intensive covered, in part, the neuropharmacology of psychedelic medicines, the nature of mind and metacognition and the phenomenology of non-ordinary states of consciousness through to past life regression, rites of passage and the scientific basis for music’s impact in the psychedelic journey.
The group has come together under the facilitation of the Ikon founders alongside teachers from numerous disciplines. All involved are committed to these medicines and working within the alchemic processes of imagination and passion. A new type of medical professional is being birthed into a post speciality discipline. In the next few months and years this group, and many after, will earn the right to call themselves Psychedelic Therapists.
The global psychedelic renaissance has reached maturity and in the Australian evolution another mountain has been summited as the training for practitioners to carry out this work begins around the nation. We are one step closer to a reality where psychedelic medicines can be used to treat those who are suffering from intractable mental illnesses.” Dr Jamie Rickcord, GP Ananda Clinics, Byron Bay NSW