About the Presenters

Reid Robison, MD MBA, is a board-certified psychiatrist and co-founder at Cedar Psychiatry and serves as Medical Director of Center for Change, a leading Eating Disorder program. He is the co-developer of the Emotion-Focused Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy model. Reid is currently the coordinating investigator for the MAPS-sponsored study MDMA assisted psychotherapy study of eating disorders. As an early adopter and researcher of Ketamine in psychiatry, Reid led a pivotal ketamine study leading up to the FDA-approval of Spravato. To date, Reid has guided thousands of ketamine therapy journeys and hundreds of Spravato dosing sessions and provides medical support and psychedelic therapy at plant medicine retreats abroad.

Adele Lafrance, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, and author. She is co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. Adele is a leader in the research and practice of psychedelic medicine, with a focus on ayahuasca, MDMA, and psilocybin. She is the clinical investigator and strategy lead for the MAPS-sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study for eating disorders and a collaborator on the Imperial College study for psilocybin and anorexia nervosa. She is also co-developer of Emotion-Focused Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy. Adele has a particular interest in mechanisms and models of healing, including spirituality, emotion processing, and couples and family therapy.

​​​​​Workshop Description

Ketamine is emerging as a powerful catalyst to accelerate the healing and recovery process in individuals suffering from a wide array of mental health symptoms.  Its use in psychotherapy has particularly been helpful with treatment resistant clients who have long-term, chronic and severe symptoms of mental illness – and who have been suffering for a very long time.  For many of these clients, where conventional medications and/or therapy approaches brought little to no relief, ketamine-assisted therapy has been effective, improving quality of life and - in some cases - leading to complete recovery.

Ketamine is legal for use in Canada and the United States and is typically delivered by a physician and therapist team. It is a dissociative anesthetic that can induce psychedelic effects and a window of increased neuroplasticity. Paired with psychotherapy, ketamine works to increase the client’s receptivity to treatment by interrupting the default mode network, quieting the stress response, helping to bypass the blocks to wellness and healing that are fear-based, and increasing clients’ optimism about and openness to the therapy process. Under the influence of ketamine, clients feel safer to explore past memories and experiences that previously felt intolerable to revisit.  In a way, ketamine helps to provide a safe container to “hold” the client so that they can do the necessary therapeutic work.  At the same time, new neural pathways are developed which lead to lasting changes including: 

  • Increased capacity for emotion processing and emotion regulation
  • Decrease/remission in symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety issues, and eating disorders
  • Greater insight and awareness
  • Greater self-acceptance

This workshop will introduce Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EF-KAP) - a therapeutic model to support the application of psychedelic medicine in general, and with ketamine specifically. In this model, informed by emotion-focused treatment approaches, clinicians support their clients before, during and after the ketamine-assisted sessions to facilitate an experience that becomes integrated into their lives well beyond their time in the therapy room. The model also emphasizes caregiver involvement to further help with this aim.

Vignettes and videos will be presented to illustrate the preparation, ketamine dosing and adjunctive-psychotherapy sessions that make up the model. 

You will learn:

  • The theory and research in support of EF-KAP, including foundations of emotion science and emotion-focused interventions.
  • Benefits and risks of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy
  • How to screen clients for appropriateness for EF-KAP
  • How to structure preparation sessions, dosing sessions and psychotherapeutic integration sessions
  • Strategies to increase supportive caregiver involvement including sample scripts and guidelines around dosing support and integration work
  • Next steps for those interested in applying EF-KAP in their own settings

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop -  so if you can’t join live, need to take a break or simply want to re-watch your favourite parts, we’ve got you covered!

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Emotion-Focused Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EF-KAP)


November 9, 2020, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm ET*

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​CEU's and Certificates of Attendance

​For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). Certificates will indicate the number of education hours (6). Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is recommended that you contact your college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's.

Cancellation Policy

​​An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only.

​​​​​​Instructors: Adele Lafrance, PhD & Reid Robison, MD, MBA
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $199 CAD + 13% HST (=$224.87) by Oct 8, 2020
Regular Cost: $225 CAD + 13% HST (=$254.25) after Oct 8, 2020

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