Janis Phelps

Janis Phelps, PhD

California Institute of Integral Studies

Training future psychedelic therapists

Janis Phelps is a pivotal character in the psychedelic community. She is the first to compile psychedelic therapist competencies derived from psychedelic literature. She indicates that therapists need to be empathic, trustworthy, knowledgeable of the psychedelic states, and have a strong degree of spiritual intelligence.


Dr. Phelps will address her experience in setting up a licensed training program for people working in research and therapy with psychedelics. Definite abstract will follow soon.


Janis Phelps, PhD, is a full professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA. She served as the Dean of Faculty at CIIS for the graduate departments in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. A licensed clinical psychologist, she has held faculty positions in the East-West Psychology graduate program (founded by Alan Watts) and clinical psychology doctoral program. She is currently the founder and director of the CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research, which conducts the first academically accredited, professional certificate training program for psychedelic-assisted therapy and research, www.ciis.edu/psychedeliccenter.

Dr. Phelps is a board member of the Heffter Research Institute, which has conducted psilocybin research since the 1990’s. Her recent publications focus on the competencies and training of therapists in psychedelic-assisted therapies (article in Journal of Humanistic Psychology and chapter in Advances in Psychedelic Medicine, edited by Winkelman and Sessa). Dr. Phelps is contributing to the development of a national accreditation board for therapists and to methods of scaling effective training programs to meet the burgeoning need for well-trained mental healthand medical professionals in the field of psychedelic medicine. Dr. Phelps maintains a private practice in Mill Valley, CA.



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