Tina Trujillo, Professor

Closed (1) Research and Evaluation of UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics - Graduate Theological Union Guide Training Program

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

At the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP), researchers are using an interdisciplinary approach that combines basic science, training, and public education. In the 2021-22 academic year, the Center will begin training practitioners to safely facilitate psychedelic experiences in therapeutic and research settings.

I am seeking URAP students to work on a team that will study the BCSP’s professional preparation certificate program. The program is a first-of-its-kind, university-based experiential learning program for diverse, inclusive cohorts of students to train as psychedelic guides. The Center will offer trainees the opportunity to have legal psychedelic experiences in research settings, and serve as an educational model for best practices in training psychedelic-assisted professional caregivers. The training will make multiple theoretical and practical contributions to the fields of psychedelic science and to career development for mental health and spiritual care practitioners. The program’s ultimate goal is to prepare chaplains, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers to provide mental and spiritual care using psychedelic therapy. The program’s emphasis on training professionals in learning settings that are sensitive to considerations of equity offers the potential to significantly expand psychedelics' therapeutic benefits for marginalized communities in ways that current research, training, and public education do not.

Graduate School of Education Professor Tina Trujillo serves as a BCSP Executive Committee member and as the Principal Investigator for a longitudinal, ethnographic case study of the Center’s training program. She is seeking URAP applicants who are interested in gaining research experience working on a team that will study the social, cultural, political, and existential dimensions of the training, as well as the program’s overall effectiveness in preparing professionals to provide psychedelic-assisted care.

URAP students will work on an interdisciplinary team to review literature; design data collection instruments and procedures; set up and manage databases; coordinate data collection; analyze interview, observation, and log data for report-writing and publication; and write collaboratively with research team members. Learning outcomes will include first-hand experience supporting a research study from its initial stages, gaining qualitative research experience, and learning about the field of psychedelic science.


Qualifications: Required qualifications Experience reading qualitative research Experience working on a team Interests in psychedelic science; questions of consciousness and epistemology; spirituality; mysticism; social justice education and inclusive educational environments; and Indigenous knowledge systems Experience working with under-represented communities Preferred qualifications Experience collecting or analyzing qualitative data Experience setting up data management systems Familiarity with emerging psychedelic science Students from under-represented backgrounds, especially BIPOC students, are especially encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Related website: https://bcsp.berkeley.edu