ACE Foundation Programs

Saturday, June 3, 2023

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter with the Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

For centuries psychedelic substances have been used by indigenous cultures for medicinal and as part of sacred ceremonies. Beginning in the 1950s, psychedelics gained popularity in the West and were subject to numerous scientific studies examining their therapeutic potential. In the U.S., clinical viability came to a halt in the 1970s with the Controlled Substances Act.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of research into the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics for a variety of mental health conditions. Based on research findings, one legal psychedelic substance being used for treatment resistant depression is Ketamine, when used as part of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) in a controlled clinical setting by a practitioner who is certified to practice KAP.

In this discussion, we will explore the history of psychedelics, examine the unique pharmacology of Ketamine and explore Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. An experiential exercise will help to highlight the important role music plays during a Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Exploration session. Through a review of the recent literature and case studies, we will examine the inclusion and exclusion criteria for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, along with ethical and safety guidelines.

Please Note: This presentation does not certify any licensed mental health professional to practice Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP); the purpose of this presentation is to provide licensed mental health professionals with a basic understanding of the history of KAP – its pros vs. cons and how the KAP process works when a certified KAP practitioner follows safety and ethical guidelines for screening, treatment and maintenance.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.


Saturday, June 3, 2023

10:00am - 1:00pm

Course Number



David Powers, LCSW

Program Originator:



Live Online via Zoom

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

NYS CE Accreditation for:


The Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.


Please register by Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 5pm

Program Details

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:

  1. Define psychedelics, Ketamine and “non-ordinary states of being”
  2. Articulate the history of Ketamine pharmacology and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
  3. Identify four ways KAP is currently being utilized
  4. Identify the pros vs. cons of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
  5. Articulate the process of KAP from screening to procedures and maintenance, including ethical and safety guidelines
  6. Discuss possible adverse reactions to Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Dave Powers, LCSW graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a degree in Religious Studies and Social Welfare. Dave has spent over 10 years working within community mental health settings including outpatient mental health clinics, as a member of an ACT team and in private practice. Dave joined Field Trip Health 2021, where he provides Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Dave utilizes trauma informed treatment modalities including EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dave is certified in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and is working toward certification in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy with Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Dave has a deep interest in the history of psychedelics, a respect for indigenous cultures that have used these techniques for millennia and interest in non-ordinary states of being.

Bibliography/References – DOWNLOAD PDF
Zoom webinar with Q & A

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Debbie at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
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