PATA is dedicated to providing targeted and approachable resources designed for licensed mental health professionals (LMHPs). As stated in our Core Beliefs, we believe that your existing training, compassion, and knowledge are the most important aspects to help a consumer with integrating their psilocybin journey. The information we have and are developing is to help educate and empower you, the LMHP, to help your clients (consumers) reach their mental health goals using psilocybin-assisted therapy (PAT) if they made an informed decision to use it.
Our PAT model shows how LMHPs can legally be a part of a consumer's PAT experience without expensive training. While personal psychedelic experience is beneficial, it is not required.
Psilocybin-assisted therapy is centered around mental health therapy. While the psilocybin may be the "magic" and the medicine, true healing comes from trained professionals like you.
Our model describes how LMHPs can participate in PAT anywhere because most long-term change can be promoted in the post-psilocybin integr
One of the main challenges we hear from LMHPs is their concern about discussing PAT with clients/consumers because psilocybin is still a federally illegal substance. As our model shows, you don't need to be involved in the actual experience! You aren't a prescriber, so you aren't in a position to discuss dosage or anything involved with the sourcing or consumption of psilocybin.
By using a harm-reduction approach, you can discuss the mental health safety a client could take if they choose to use psilocybin. Openly promoting the use of psilocybin is different than providing mental health options for safety.
Mental health safety becomes the topic not the substance. Other professionals are available to answer questions about the actual experience and what occurs if your client uses a facilitator/guide/sitter.
We see often LMHPs are concerned about the terms preparation and set & setting, for example. These terms are used more traditionally in relation to the physical and logistical aspects of the experience to prevent a physically uncomfortable or "bad" experience. The same terms for LMHPs are centered on the consumer/client being mentally prepared for a mind-altering experience so their post-session integration with their therapist is the most beneficial for their mental health goals.
View our definitions page for more information.
We offer free resources to consumers that are available for you to give your clients. These are designed to take some of the burden off of you, the therapist, by allowing your clients to educate and empower themselves in deciding if PAT is right for them. Our consumer focused resources can help them determine if they should have a LMHP involved based on their goals and educate on the value therapists bring to achieving mental health goals and what roles everyone has in the PAT process.
This allows you to focus on the mental health goals.
Consumers can use this tool in determining if their goals are best reached using LMHPs
PATA has a MeetUp group where we offer online training specifically designed for LMHPs and for consumers to educate themselves about PAT.
This free and in-depth resource helps consumers understand PAT and all of the options available to reach their mental health goals.
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Our in-depth guide on how a consumer can use PAT to help with their mental health needs regardless of their location.