MAPS Health Equity Leadership Program for Practitioners

Goals of the MAPS Health Equity Leadership Program for Practitioners

Guided by our commitment to deliver on our public benefit promise that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to heal, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation is growing its MAPS Health Equity Leadership Program for Practitioners. Establishing a trusting relationship between practitioners and clients is essential to effective therapy. There is longstanding evidence supporting the alignment of the social identities between giver and receiver of therapy for improving treatment outcomes, safety, and trust. As such, the MAPS Health Equity Leadership Program for Practitioners aims to:

  • Increase training program access to ensure the MDMA-Assisted Therapy (MDMA-AT) practitioner network reflects the diversity of communities experiencing trauma
  • Grow a diverse and thriving network of MAPS-certified MDMA-AT practitioners who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) through equitable recruitment and retention efforts
  • Elevate the unique experiences of communities most impacted by social inequities and center learnings into the MDMA Therapy Training Program
  • Foster connection among practitioners serving diverse communities

What the 2022 MAPS Health Equity Leadership Program for Practitioners entails:

To achieve these objectives, the 2022 MAPS Health Equity Leadership Program for Practitioners adopts a multi-pronged approach:

  • Tuition support in the form of full ($5000) and partial ($2,500) scholarships made possible by the MAPS Health Equity Fund
  • Lodging/accommodation coverage for trainees who attend in-person training retreats in 2022
  • Pre-retreat: support for building relationships, grounding expectations, and engaging in shared goal setting among “MAPS Health Equity Leaders”
  • During-retreat: program affinity opportunities to leverage leaders’ lived experiences and perspectives as assets for reflective learning and co-creating an adaptive training program
  • Post-retreat: virtual meet up for integration and sustained community building
  • Alumni networking opportunities for strengthening relationships, continued learning, and curated resources to advance healing for all

MAPS PBC recognizes the enduring legacies of systemic racism in the United States affecting BIPOC individuals and communities. We are committed to learning new ways of thinking and being that address the impacts of social inequities. We will continue to lean into areas of needed growth. MAPS PBC is striving to develop a diverse and thriving MDMA practitioner network and is grateful to do this in authentic partnership with our MAPS Health Equity Leaders.

Who Should Apply:

We aim to expand our training program to center and empower practitioners, supervisors, and trainers who represent communities experiencing high rates of trauma and insufficient access to care. We value the lived experiences of those with multiple intersecting marginalized identities. The MAPS Health Equity Leadership Program for Practitioners invites qualified practitioners with one or more of the following identities to apply:

  • Black, Indigenous, and all practitioners of color
  • LGBTQ2IA+ practitioners – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, 2 Spirit, Intersex, and Asexual practitioners
  • Practitioners from refugee and immigrant communities

Eligible applicants who demonstrate financial need will be given priority in the scholarship selection process.

To be considered, applicants must submit two applications:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and only applicants who submit the training program application will be reviewed.

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