2021 Virtual Program Format

14-week online program includes:

  • Welcome Presentation (1.5 hours)
  • 3 Virtual Weekend Retreats (Saturday and Sunday, 5 hours each day)
  • Coursework, reading, and activities to complete before each retreat (60 hours)
  • 7 Small Group meetings for discussion and practice (1.5 hours each)
  • Experiential Elective, which may be satisfied by enrolling in the Breathwork Workshop or applying credit from an approved external elective (approx. 10 hours)

2021 Training Schedule

All 2021 trainings will be held virtually; the program plans to host in-person gatherings again in the future

Time Zones:

  • Trainees in the MDMA Therapy Training Program represent an international group joining from various time zones. Training times are set to accommodate as many regions as possible, though the Summer and Fall 2021 cohort times will be most convenient for people across the Americas (regions such as Hawaii would have a very early morning start time). MAPS Trainers and trainees will also be joining from the Middle East and Western Europe.
  • Trainees will submit their preferences for Small Group meeting times, with options throughout the day and on weekends. Each trainee will be assigned to one Small Group that meets seven times throughout the course. Attendance at all seven Small Group meetings is required for graduation.

Summer 2021 Cohort: May 14 – August 15

Tuition: $5,000

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  • May 14: Welcome Presentation 1.5 hours
  • 1st and 3rd week of the month (May 15 – August 15): Small Group meetings 1.5 hours each (seven total)
  • Three Virtual Retreats meet from 8:00 am – 1:30 pm Pacific Time with a half hour break each day on Saturday and Sunday of the weekend retreat:
    • June 12-13
    • July 10-11
    • August 7-8
  • 60 hours of coursework assigned in two-week segments throughout the course
  • June 25-27: Experiential Elective option- Breathwork Workshop 10 hours

Fall 2021 Cohort: September 10 – December 21

Tuition: $5,000

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(dates subject to change)

  • September 10: Welcome Presentation 1.5 hours
  • 1st and 3rd week of the month (September 15 – December 21): Small Group meetings 1.5 hours each (seven total)
  • Three Virtual Retreats (tentative time: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm Pacific Time with a half hour break each day):
    • October 9-10
    • November 13-14
    • December 11-12
  • 60 hours of coursework assigned in two-week segments throughout the course
  • October 29-31: Experiential Elective option- Breathwork Workshop 10 hours

Time Commitment

The MDMA Therapy Training Program is a clinical training program that provides an opportunity for clinicians and counselors to reach competency in the practice of MDMA-assisted therapy. With a focus on clinical skills building, practice, and development, Mithoefer et al, 2019 trainees can expect to be engaged in the coursework before, during, and after retreat weekends and small groups.

  • Time commitment for trainees: 100 hours plus experiential elective
    • Attending retreats, presentations, and small groups (making up 40 hours of the program)
    • Completing assigned coursework (60 hours)
    • Trainees should commit an average of 6-8 hours a week towards the program
      • Retreat weeks will require more than other weeks
    • Attendance is required for every retreat and Small Group meeting
    • Coursework is required to satisfy graduation requirements
    • Coursework is assigned in two-week segments and must be completed before the due date
    • Experiential elective may be satisfied through 10-hour Breathwork Workshop or by applying credit from an approved external elective

Trainees are assessed on their participation in the course and demonstration of competencies. Assessments are made in the spirit of authentic learning, where practice is emphasized and constructive feedback and resources are provided to support trainees in reaching competence.

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