Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapist

Job description

We are looking for individuals interested in delivering psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy 

within a research study using psilocybin to treat substance use disorders


Numinus is a company developing and delivering psychedelic therapies to transform health care. We are creating psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy protocols that integrate best-practice research models, psychedelic integration and harm reduction programs, individual psychotherapy programs, mindfulness programs, and other integrative mental health groups and individual programs. Specifically, Numinus is developing protocols focused on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for substance use disorders and depression, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, and emotion focused ketamine-assisted psychotherapy for depression and other indications.


Within the context of an integrative and holistic approach to mind-body wellness and, in accordance with the mission, vision and values of Numinus, the person promotes a safe and respectful working environment for research participants, clients, other visitors, and staff. Reporting to the Therapy Coordinator, and working closely with the Research Coordinator and study Principal Investigator, psychedelic-assisted therapists are contracted to provide psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in the context of a clinical study evaluating the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy as an intervention for substance use disorders.


WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Assists in the screening of prospective study participants to determine eligibility as per study inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • Works in a co-therapy dyad to provide psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to study participants in accordance with the study’s manualized treatment protocol.
  • Carries a caseload of study participants and is responsible for attending all preparation sessions, experimental sessions, and debriefing and integration sessions for designated study participants.
  • Coordinates schedule with Research Coordinator to ensure availability for all required therapeutic sessions for designated study participants.
  • Adheres to all study protocols and procedures according to good clinical practice (GCP), standard operating procedures (SOP), and Health Canada regulatory and industry sponsor requirements.
  • Maintains availability if research participants need to call for support outside of study sessions. At least one study therapist in the participant’s assigned dyad must be available on call after each experimental session in which psilocybin is administered.
  • Participates in individual and group supervision sessions to ensure adherence to psychotherapeutic model.
  • Collaborates with other Numinus staff to ensure cleanliness and maintenance of therapeutic space.
  • Other duties as required.


Job requirements

WHO YOU ARE

  • Training as a nurse, physician or master’s degree in psychology, counselling, social work, or related field required
  • Current registration with an approved professional regulatory body required
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working with and in the treatment of people with substance use disorders required
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working as a therapist in a private practice or clinical healthcare setting required
  • Previous training and experience with Motivational Interviewing or related therapeutic strategies is required
  • Previous training and experience with trauma informed practice and with therapeutic modalities that are recognized as effective for working with trauma is required
  • Previous training in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy theory and practice is an asset
  • Training in Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Health Canada Division 5 – Drugs for Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects, and Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2: CORE) is an asset
  • An understanding of and sensitivity to issues of social justice, as well as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of medical terminology, clinical documentation procedures, completing research documents and maintaining related records
  • Knowledge of randomized controlled trial, epidemiologic, and research principles
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience working in addiction, public health, health services
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills



At Numinus, we are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and accessible work environment. We welcome and celebrate differences because we believe a multitude of perspectives fosters innovation and will help us achieve our ultimate purpose of delivering the highest quality outcomes to the people we serve. Our culture is one of belonging in which each person is accepted and valued for their individuality. As such, if you require any accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know so we can work with you to meet your needs.