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Working Groups

If you are interested in any of the open working groups below that are accepting applications, please email us with a letter of interest, resume, your experience related to that group, and what you feel you bring to that effort.

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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

​The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion working group will provide consulting and direction in the ongoing integration of anti-oppression/pro-liberation praxis and policy. This group will guide the association’s positions on psychedelic medicine policy, aligning with the values of equity in training and access to treatment. The JEDI working group will provide input to and review the Standards of Care, Standards of Training, and Ethics working group efforts, provide consultant recommendations, and assist in guiding value-based decisions.

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Status: WAIT LIST

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Ethics

The Ethics working group will conduct a review of the dispersed ethical considerations and guidelines for treatment already in existence. They will then assess, synthesize, and propose an ethical code to govern the practitioners of the professional association. In coordination with the Accountability working group, the Ethics group will assist in breathing life into the ethical guidelines, operationalizing how these guidelines will be upheld in the field, and designing the process for preventative action and intervention when ethical violations occur. This group will also function as a consultant group on guidelines for industrial/corporate relationships, organization function, and training. Internal to the working group ecosystem, they will provide oversight, review, and consultation regarding all other working group efforts.

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Status: WAIT LIST

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Accountability

Though The Board of Psychedelic Medicine and Therapies (BPMT) will primarily be responsible for the determination of certification status and the investigation of accusations of wrongdoing, APPA is hoping to provide active support around ethical practice to prevent violations and support regarding the interventions required when wrongdoing is confirmed. The Accountability group will focus on developing preventative structures for practitioners and interventions that provide support to all parties involved. This group will be supported by a transformative justice consultant and a patient advocate.

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Status: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Elder Council

This working group will be made up of established and respected elders in the field representing diverse lineages and practices that will serve many potential functions. This group can help ensure and broaden participation from the most experienced members of our community and ensure that wisdom from experience is reflected in policies and practices that APPA develops and supports including Standards, Treatment and Ethical Guidelines, and Accountability.

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Status: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Standards of Care

Though there is no consensus around terminology, for the sake of this task: Standards of Care are broad boundaries that apply to all medicine/therapy combinations while Treatment Guidelines are more specific methodologies for a particular medicine combined with a particular therapy for a particular indication (i.e., IFS with MDMA for PTSD). This process is for Standards of Care, with Treatment Guidelines coming later.

The Standards of Care working groups are tasked with gathering previous work, research, experience, and expertise to build a process and a consensus for Standards of Care. We are seeking to create two groups, one with representatives from major stakeholders (such as MAPS, USONA, COMPASS) and the other with respected practitioners from diverse lineages and methodologies. The process focus includes considerations on stakeholders, mechanisms for feedback and review, and the iterative nature of changing and improving upon the standards over time. The content of the standard will include elaborating on indications, consent, psychological and somatic screening, preparation, and integration. This will include building consensus around principles shared by all modalities within a medicine experience, and incorporating Ethical Guidelines via the APPA Ethics Working Group. Coordination will be with specialty consultants, Brain Futures, Standards of Training, Ethics, JEDI, Elders Working Groups, and The Board of Psychedelic Medicine and Therapies.

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Status: WAIT LIST

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Standards of Training

The Standards of Training working groups are tasked with gathering previous work, research, experience, and expertise to build a process and a consensus for Standards of Training. We are seeking to create two groups, one with representatives from major stakeholders (such as MAPS, USONA, COMPASS, CIIS, Sage) and the other with respected practitioners from diverse lineages and methodologies. The process focus includes considerations on stakeholders, mechanisms for feedback and review, and the iterative nature of changing and improving upon the standards over time. The content will involve elaborating on the components listed above. As the trainings for specific medicines and for specific therapy modalities may differ substantially, developing a core standard that applies to all trainees may be required, with special considerations for more specific or advanced training. Coordination will be with specialty consultants, Brain Futures, Standards of Care, Ethics, JEDI, Elders Working Groups, and The Board of Psychedelic Medicine and Therapies.
Standards of Training will lead to the later development of the Standards of Accreditation, which ensure that training programs have the capacity to prepare graduates with core competencies in line with the Standards of Care and traditionally serve as a qualification mechanism for practitioners to seek national certification. Shared standards of training guide training programs in both content and process. This goes well beyond curriculum content and competencies and can include: mission, governance, learning environment, faculty, resources and infrastructure, program evaluation/growth, student assessment, student support, and admissions. Accreditation involves a process by which APPA can evaluate training programs' capacity to meet the Standards of Training, hence, developing training standards is the first step.

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Status: WAIT LIST

Employment Opportunities

HOW TO APPLY


The APPA is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive work environment and to building a team that reflects the rich diversity of our community. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities are encouraged to apply.
 

To apply, please submit your resume, a letter of reference from a previous employer or colleague, and a cover letter. Your cover letter should express your specific interest in and qualifications for this role as well as respond to these questions:

 

  1. What interests you in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies?

  2. What aspects of APPA’s Mission are of particular importance to you and why? 

  3. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity and equity? Please elaborate on how you have demonstrated that commitment and how you would see yourself demonstrating it at APPA?

Please submit this information to info@thepsychedelicassociation.org. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. If the position is visible on our website, it remains open.

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