How to Become a Psychedelic Guide

Becoming a psychedelic guide involves specialized training and education to ensure that you are equipped to provide safe and effective support to individuals during psychedelic experiences.

Some steps to become a psychedelic guide include the following:

Gain relevant education and experience: Many psychedelic guides have backgrounds in fields such as psychology, counseling, social work, or medicine. It is important to have a strong foundation in the principles of mental health and wellness, as well as an understanding of the potential risks and benefits of psychedelic substances. Consider pursuing relevant education and experience, such as a degree in a related field, or attending workshops and training on psychedelic therapy.

Seek out mentorship: Finding a mentor who is experienced in psychedelic therapy can be invaluable in gaining insight and guidance on how to provide effective support during psychedelic experiences. Look for individuals who have experience working with psychedelics in therapeutic settings, and seek out opportunities to learn from them.

Participate in supervised experiences: Many aspiring psychedelic guides participate in supervised psychedelic experiences themselves, as a way to gain firsthand experience and insight into what it feels like to undergo a psychedelic experience. This can help you develop empathy and understanding for what clients may be experiencing, and can provide valuable insights into how to support individuals during these experiences.

Consider additional training: There are a growing number of organizations and programs offering specialized training for psychedelic guides, such as the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and the Psychedelic Society’s Psychedelic Experience Facilitation Training. These programs can provide in-depth education and training on the principles and practices of psychedelic therapy.

Becoming a psychedelic guide is a process that requires dedication and ongoing learning. It is important to approach this work with humility and a commitment to ongoing growth and development, in order to provide the best possible support to individuals undergoing psychedelic experiences.

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