Embodying Values: Training Culturally Competent Psilocybin Services Providers (TRIPS)

June 10, 2022 | 12pm-1pm PST

w/ Claudia Cuentas, LMFT & Diana Quinn, ND

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About The Workshop

This session will explore principles that have become central to the conversation around psychedelic mainstreaming: equity, access, and cultural competency. In order for the psychedelic field to fulfill its potential for collective healing, it is essential that we begin by equipping providers with the foundational skills. By training providers to embody cultural humility, historical awareness, and anti-racism, we can shape a more just and equitable psychedelic future. During our time, we will cover how we are embodying these values at Alma Institute, with a focus on:

  • Decolonizing therapeutic approaches
  • Non-extractive approaches to working psychedelic medicine
  • Ethics and practical aspects of creating access
  • The role of ancestral and generational healing.

Meet Your Instructors

Claudia Cuentas, LMFT

Claudia Cuentas, LMFT (she/her) is a Peruvian artist, a researcher, an educator, and a therapist (LMFT), specializing in the treatment of healing trauma, cultural identity, and decolonization of healing. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology. She also has extensive studies in Indigenous healing practices from her native Aymara and Quechua lineages of South America. Claudia started her journey as an educator and advocate of art as a tool for healing and liberation. In becoming a therapist at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she focused on serving immigrant communities, families, and children. She has worked with undocumented families, refugees, the homeless population, and women survivors of violence, especially dealing with PTSD. She has completed parts A and B of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program and is also trained in the use of Ketamine for trauma recovery. She continues to participate in ongoing training and education on the intersectionality of generational trauma, plant medicine science, eco-informed therapy, somatic/nervous system healing and indigenous knowledge. Claudia currently has a private practice in Portland, Oregon, and is the Cultural Director of Alma Institute, focusing on providing Psilocybin assisted therapy training programs to underserved and underrepresented communities in the field ( www.AlmaTraining.org ). She is also guest faculty at Lewis & Clark University. Claudia is committed to continue providing ethical, educational, and integrated work to support indigenous, black, brown, and immigrant communities to heal and thrive. She is also a recording musician, a singer-songwriter, and the founder of the Canta Colibrí Project.

Diana Quinn, ND

Diana Quinn, ND (she/her) is a naturopathic doctor with a focus on integrative mental health, somatics, and mind-body medicine. Her work is grounded in healing justice, a framework that aims to intervene on generational trauma and bring collective healing practices to transform the consequences of oppression. Her clinical work has centered care of marginalized communities, including people of color, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and low-income populations, for over 15 years. Dr. Quinn is the Training Director at Alma Institute, a psilocybin facilitator training and mentorship program in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Board of Psychedelic Medicine and Therapies where she serves as co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee. She is a former recipient of the Source Research Foundation Community Grant and BIPOC Award, and now chairs the Community Grant program as a member of the SRF Board. She serves on the Chacruna Institute Racial Equity and Access Committee, teaching in the Diversity, Culture and Social Justice in Psychedelics course. Dr. Quinn is a graduate of the CIIS Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research certification program and provides support to psychedelic-assisted therapy training programs at CIIS and Naropa University. She serves on multiple advisory boards dedicated to building ethical integrity, equity, accessibility, and structural competency in the field of psychedelics.

Join us!

General Admission


Support our clinical trials!

  • Access to exclusive webinar setting with Claudia Cuentas, LMFT and Diana Quinn, ND
  • Free Access to Portland Psychotherapy Community Resources

About Therapy & Research in Psychedelic Science (TRIPS)

TRIPS seminar series hosts speakers discussing scientifically-oriented presentations and discussions about psychedelics to educate healthcare professionals. This series was created to guide healthcare providers and students preparing to be professionals towards the most relevant, pragmatic, and essential information about psychedelic-assisted therapy, changing legal statuses, and harm reduction approaches in order to better serve clients and communities.

This seminar series is a fundraiser for our clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder that Portland Psychotherapy investigators plan to begin in the Fall of 2021. All proceeds after presenter remuneration will go to fund this clinical trial.

These presentations are hosted through Zoom. Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes with a 30-minute discussion afterward. Presentations will be recorded and sent to anyone who registers for the event. The recording will be available for 30 days after it has been sent to registered attendees.

Cancellation Policy: We charge a $10 administration fee for cancellations made by participants more than two weeks before the training event. For cancellations within two weeks of the training event, we will refund 50% of the tuition after subtracting the administration fee. Alternately, participants may elect to apply 100% of their tuition to a future TRIPS training event. No refunds will be given after training events.

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