Introduction to MDMA Therapy for Clinicians


The MDMA Therapy Training Program, run by MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, prepares clinicians to provide MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy in approved protocols.

As clinical trials progress in the United States, Canada, Israel, and the European Union, the potential for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD to become an approved prescription treatment looks more and more promising.

Clinicians interested in new treatment options for PTSD can learn about the treatment design and published study outcomes as they consider how MDMA-assisted psychotherapy might serve their patient populations.

This workshop will explore important considerations for clinicians interested in becoming an MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioner, including:

  • Qualifications and skillset

  • Training requirements

  • Building competency to work with non-ordinary states of consciousness

  • The co-therapy model

  • Ethical practice, and

  • Patient access to treatment.

Core elements of the therapeutic approach will be discussed as they relate to theoretical understanding and practice of the modality, including: inner healing intelligence, inner-directed process, trusting the process, beginner's mind, somatic manifestations, safety, support, therapeutic alliance, and trust.

The presenters bring case examples and first-hand experience from their work on the MAPS-sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy clinical trials to share in a lively day of presentation, discussion, and experiential activity.


Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT

Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT

Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT
Associate Director of Training and Supervision
MAPS Public Benefit Corporation

Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT, is the Associate Director of Training and Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), overseeing the development and implementation of programs that provide training and supervision to prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in approved clinical settings. Shannon started working with MAPS in 2011 before joining MAPS PBC in 2016.

In her dedication to supporting people through growth and healing, Shannon has served as a co-therapist on MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 trials researching MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD. Shannon’s direct clinical work continues to inform the development and implementation of the training programs she oversees.

Shannon received her master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An adventurer at heart, Shannon can be found in nature, backpacking, running, and dancing. She celebrates and cultivates relationship and community and is passionate about life, love, and thriving.

Marcela Ot'alora G., MFA, MA, LPC

Marcela Ot'alora G., MFA, MA, LPC

Marcela Ot'alora G., MFA, MA, LPC
Psychotherapist and Principal Investigator
MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Research Program

Marcela is dedicated to the treatment and research of trauma, through art and through the use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. She worked as a co-therapist in the first government approved MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study in Madrid, Spain and is the Principal Investigator of the Phase 2 and 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials in Boulder, Colorado. She received her MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University and MFA from University of Greensboro in North Carolina. She was born and raised in Colombia, South America and now lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Bruce Poulter. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She will be leading the MDMA therapy training.


Thursday, October 10th, 2019 (available)
Friday, October 11th, 2019 (sold out)


9:00am | Convene
9:30am | Morning session
1:00pm | Break for lunch
2:00pm | Reconvene
2:15pm | Afternoon session
5:15pm | Session concludes
6:00pm | Adjourn


Horizons is proud to present its first series of pre-conference classes offering detailed, technical information about psychedelic therapy, led by accomplished researchers and practitioners.

Classes will held in small groups at the historic Down Town Association in the Financial District, which also offers lodging for traveling participants.

American Psychological Association and NYS Social Worker Continuing Education (CE) credits are available. See here for more details about CE credits.



Down Town Association
60 Pine Street, New York, NY 10005

Since its founding in 1859, the Down Town Association remains an island of quiet civility in a bustling Lower Manhattan as a locus for nourishment, entertainment, relaxation or quiet discourse.


  • These classes are designed with medical and mental health professionals and students in mind, but others are also welcome. We will contact you after you register to confirm eligibility if there are any questions.

  • The venue’s dress code is business casual attire, without t-shirts, jeans, or sneakers.

  • Participant photography, videography, and audio recording is not permitted.

  • Registrations are non-refundable but are transferable.

  • Registration for classes is separate from conference registration, which must be purchased independently.

  • Please click here to read our Safer Space and Code of Conduct Policy, which applies to all persons in attendance.


  • The venue for classes is the Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street, New York, NY 10005.

  • Convenient transit includes the 4, 5, 2, 3 at Wall Street and J/Z at Broad Street, or East River Ferry at Wall Street/Pier 11.

  • On-site lodging is available at discount rates at the Down Town Association. Contact us for more information.

  • There is no on-site parking and street parking is unlikely. Commercial garages are located nearby.

  • Light refreshments in morning and mid-afternoon are provided.