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EpiphanyAcademy LA

Psychedelic Therapy Training
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Epiphany Academy offers the latest information, expert faculty, adult-specific teaching style and live patient training. We are your best choice for professional psychedelic therapy training.

Fundamentals of
Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapy

Take this 12 week - 48 hour certificate course

and prepare yourself for an inspiring new approach to mental health.

Course Full - Enrollment Closed

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Why Now?


The psychedelic-assisted therapy wave has been gaining momentum for more than 60 years. We're convinced it will be the next best thing. It is not an exaggeration to say that psychedelics are the biggest step forward in the treatment of mental health disorders in a generation:


  • The science is advancing exponentially every year.

  • Multiple centers of excellence are dedicating themselves to expanding clinician skills

  • The number of clinics offering psychedelic molecules is growing every month

  • Public education and acceptance have never been greater

  • Legal barriers continue to be thoughtful addressed


Not long from now, providers working in cross-disciplinary teams will be prescribing these molecule-assisted therapies for the most common indications including PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders to name a few. As such, there will be a dire need for trained therapists. Our mission is to prepare advanced learners to deliver these healing modalities, competently, humbly and ethically.

Why this course?

We've looked at many similar courses. There are good courses, taught by experts, no doubt about it. We still believe you'll find this course has advantages. It's more patient-oriented, it teaches more practical skills and it prepares you to manage any patient, with any disorder of any severity, with confidence. It won't just teach you about Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, it will make you a better clinician, whose patients have better outcomes. Isn't that really the bottom line?


The best way to improve outcomes post-treatment, is by knowing your patient pre-treatment. Most courses don't teach much in the way of assessment.


Most psychedelic-assisted therapy courses focus on treating people with depression or PTSD, but generally one diagnosis. In the real world, most people have more than one diagnosis. This course will teach you how to see the big  picture. 


What our Trainees say

I am super happy and satisfied having taken the comprehensive 12-week Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP) course. I learned about the different psychedelics and how to appropriately and safely use them in psychotherapy. I also learned a lot about assessment for suitability of PAP. It was reinforced that risk assessment is vital. As a counsellor, I was already aware of this but Dr. Ocana brings this to another level. Additionally, the format of the course was helpful. He brings a conversational style to teaching about complex content and there was a good use of experiential activities and case studies that supported our learning. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to use psychedelics in their therapy practice.

Chasidy Karpiuk, Registered Clinical Counsellor


This live virtual program, spans 12 weeks, and includes a certificate of completion, eligible for continuing education credits. There are 4 hours of live instruction per week. The curriculum consists of 48 modules, each of which includes an evidence-based quiz and practical skills.

  • Over 100 hours of live on-line training by experts in mental health, addiction, neurobiology, psychotherapy, art and dance integration

  • On-line syllabus with references and current video

  • Trainee-specific support group

  • Training using live-virtual volunteer patients

Educational Objectives


Appreciate the value of creating cross-disciplinary teams of clinicians 

Appreciate the similarities and differences of the major psychotherapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectic, Psychodynamic and Internal Family Systems

Appreciate the fundamentals of the Traditional, Medical and Financial forces that impact access to care

Appreciate the ethno-cultural differences of our patients and how to adjust care accordingly. 


Screen for signs and symptoms of all major mental conditions.


Execute psychedelic journey facilitation and be able to employ medical and psychological risk-mitigation strategies to prevent and manage adverse events.

Practice advanced psychedelic-assisted integration using Art, Movement and Music


Optimize client outcomes using behavior modification techniques

Monitor relevant mental health metrics and treatment outcomes remotely, using our proprietary mobile app, Epiphany360.


Understand the fundamentals of Informed Consent and Privacy Regulations that govern Personal Health Information

Understand the Fundamental of Clinical Psychometrics

Review the historic, cultural changes and research advances that have lead to the current psychedelic revolution

Understand how abnormalities in brain circuit function manifest as mental illness and how those can be restored to health using psychedelic molecules and psychotherapy

Understand the legal, chemical, psycho-neurobiological and therapeutic forces in play for all of the major psychedelic molecules, including Ketamine, Psilocybin, MDMA and Ayahuasca.

Know the diagnostic criteria for the full range of mental conditions

Research and Tech

Understand the fundamentals of statistics and data science as they pertain to psychedelic therapy.

Understand how wearables and devices can be used to optimize remote patient management.

Understand how data can be transformed by machine learning into therapeutic algorithms executed by intelligent virtual assistants to augment clinical skills

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Antonio Ocana MSc MD

Medical and Neuroscience

Antonio is a Canadian physician who practices in both Vancouver and Los Angeles. He brings 25 years of experience in medical psychotherapy, data science, psychopharmacology and psychometrics. He has a special interest in AI as way to augment clinical skills.


Barbara Heiman LMFT

Psychotherapy and Art Therapy

Barbara is a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles. She brings over 30 years of experience to her work at EpiphanyClinics.  She is the backbone the psychotherapy content of the course..


Tarun Gulati

Contemplation and Self-Care

Tarun is a master coach. He has a unique approach to the challenges of the mind. His course will dazzle you with its simplicity and efficacy, it is actually for the therapists as well as the clients.. 


Astrid Sherman MA

Dance Therapy

Astrid is a retired professional ballet dancer-teacher from South Africa. She is also a dance science researcher and mentor. She knows a few things psychological integration using dance. which will help you get the most of your psychedelic experience.

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Dr. Marco Giannecchini  MD


Dr. Marco hails from West Berlin. He's a physicians and Pharma consultant with over 30 years experience in the mental health and wellness space. We are thrilled to have him as part of the team. 

The fine print

The live virtual classes are every week. 

Next class starts May 22, 2024


Wed - 9-10 am

Thursday  9-10 am

Friday 9-11 am


Dr. Ocana MD teaches the first 2 classes every week; Barbara Heiman, psychotherapist teaches Friday 9-10 am and we usually have a volunteer patient or guest lecturer on Friday 10-11 am.


Everyone has access to the class group chat. You can do your quizzes by yourself or with a partner. 

If you miss a class, you can watch the video of the class from the previous iteration of the course.


There are 3 quizzes per week x 12 weeks. Each quiz has 5-6 questions. It's challenging, but pretty straightforward.


As mentioned above, on some of the Fridays, the guest is a patient who has volunteered to be assessed in class. That’s why you have to sign a confidentiality agreement.

There is an optional weekend at the end of the course. We will undertake a real Ketamine group session (There is a separate fee for the weekend, $700). If you want to attend, but not participate in the psychedelic experience, we will have a volunteer patient who you can observe experiencin the medicine.


Participants who attend 40 hours of sessions and complete all of the quizzes, will receive a certificate documenting their efforts.

The Fine Print


Fundamentals of Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapy 12 weeks - 48 hours of live virtual training


We understand this is a big commitment. To make the barrier as low as possible, you can attend the first week of class - May 22-23-24 2024

at no charge, no credit card required.

If you like what you see, you can sign up for the rest of the course.

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