Please join us at this very special

PRIVATE CEU IMMERSION RETREAT IN COSTA RICA

Up to 25 Board-Approved CEUs


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Our Topic

Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy:



 FDA Designated Breakthrough Therapies, Emerging Trends, and Revolutionary Clinical Implications


About the Event


Join veteran CEU provider Susan McMillan, LMHC, CAP for an amazing week-long private continuing education retreat focused on the revolutionary science of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy in spectacular Montezuma, Costa Rica.


We have rented an entire 14 room luxury resort to ensure the utmost privacy, the chance to connect with colleagues, and the optimal learning environment for this unique experiential and educational event. This is truly a therapist's once in a lifetime opportunity.


About the Venue



This event will take place at Anamaya Boutique Hotel and Health Resort. While perched in the jungle overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is still only a short walk up from the beach and the quaint downtown, on the southern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Located in a National Geographic "Blue Zone" (where people normally live to be over 100 years old), Anamaya sits only 900 steps away from the world famous Montezuma waterfalls.



Dates Times


8 days, 7 nights

Sept. 17, 2022, 3:00PM thru Sept. 24, 2022, 11:00AM




Room Accommodations

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All rooms/cabinas are elegantly designed with every detail focusing on protecting the environment, including organic cotton or bamboo sheets. All rooms have ceiling fans, air conditioning and wifi. Most have ocean views. Gourmet, locally sourced, mostly organic meals are included. Click here to view accommodations and here to view cuisine.

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What's included:


  • Up to 25 CEUs taught live and in-person by nationally recognized speaker Susan McMillan, veteran Board-approved provider for mental health professionals, domestic violence advocates and addiction professionals for almost 30 years.
  • Luxury Accommodations at a world-famous magnificent resort 
  • Amazing Gourmet Meals prepared by a world-class chef: breakfast, lunch, and dinner with locally sourced, mostly organic food. Able to accommodate special diets, vegan and gluten-free options
  • Salt Water Infinity Pool and Ocean views
  • Ground Transportation to and from local Tambor airport
  • Private Access to spectacular Waterfalls on the edge of the premises
  • Walk to secret tide pools known only to locals
  • Walk to Piedra Colorado, the legendary colored stone beach said to be blessed by Indian spirits
  • Sustainable living Permaculture farm tour and farm-to-table dinner
  • Gourmet cooking lesson with Anamaya chef
  • Fire dancing and aerial silks performances presented by local artisans 
  • Free morning exercise classes taught by Platinum recording artist Ken Jordan of the Crystal Method
  • Healing Sound Journey on beachfront shalah, overlooking the ocean
  • Morning Yoga on a mountain top with 180-degree ocean view
  • Wildlife encounters, including awakening to the sounds of howler monkeys
  • Sacred Cacao ceremony
  • Special Opportunity to participate in advanced experiential 5 CEU course entitled The Psychedelic Experience and the Role of the Therapist: Ancient Healing Plant Medicine Ceremony from a Psychotherapeutic Perspective Learn more...
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Extras


Option to participate in excursions such as

  • Jungle Zip-lining
  • Horseback riding on the beach/waterfall visit
  • Surfing/surf lessons
  • Fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling
  • Guided glass-walking
  • Relaxation and hot stone massages
  • Tortuga Island snorkeling and boat tour
  • Onsite Spa with hot stone massages and full range of health and beauty services Learn more here.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

"I'm leaving profoundly changed..."

"Amazing! Pioneering work, exciting and wonderful  presentation! This class has been far more than we could have hoped for.

' ~Hollis Wenzel, LMFT

"I'm leaving profoundly changed - physically, spiritually, psychologically, with a network of life-long friends to continue dialogue. It was priceless, honestly.~Christopher Garcia, LMFT, MAC

"I learned tons coming here...it's been a really great, connecting, eye-opening experience. I literally have chills right now as I'm saying it..."Leanne Dyche, LCSW, LPC

 "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be on the cutting edge."

Dr. Diane Rogers, PhD, LPC


If you're wondering whether to invest in this class...It's totally worth it!"  

Hollis Wenzel, LMFT

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Connect with us in an awe-inspiring setting that will have the power to change the nature of your practice.

Why Learn About Psychedelics

It is no understatement to say that we are at the precipice of a revolution in psychotherapy. Not since the introduction of SSRIs in 1987 has our profession been presented with a such game-changer for clients suffering from mental health conditions, and the timing could not be more crucial. Anxiety, depression, suicide and opiate deaths continue to climb, despite our best efforts as therapists.


Could ancient healing medicines used by indigenous cultures for thousands of years find their way to prominence in today’s mental health profession?

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This summary graphic image depicts the neural connections in the brain without (left) and with the psychedelic substance Psilocybin (right). The image demonstates “neural sprouting,” similar to what happens to a developing fetal brain, or neuroplasticty. New connections are formed, translating to new perceptions, and in the proper context with a trained therapist, new insights, and a even a new world view. Imagine the psychotherapeutic (and even societal) implications!

It is happening now, both underground and with the sanctioning of the FDA, with the class of substances commonly referred to as PSYCHEDELICS.



Click here to read full Course Description and Objectives
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Relax with us in Montezuma, Costa Rica as we dive into a new era of psychotherapeutic challenges and transformational solutions.


Be ready with the knowledge and skill to assist clients and diversify your practice as these breakthrough therapies come to market.

 

CHECK OUT THIS INCREDIBLE DATA!

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MDMA, a psychedelic “party drug” outlawed in 1985, has recently been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA for its use as an adjunct to psychotherapy in treating PTSD. Now in Phase 3 clinical trials, 83% of clients who underwent MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy no longer meet criteria for PTSD compared with 25% of the placebo.

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Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, also has Breakthrough Therapy designation. Studies show that, combined with specialized therapy, psilocybin is effective at relieving emotional and existential distress at end of life for 65-85% of terminally ill people.

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Ketamine, now legal in all 50 states, is a psychedelic medication which is being used successfully for treatment-resistant depression when all other forms of treatment have failed. Depression and suicidal ideation resolve rapidly and dramatically, with results more likely to be retained when combined with psychotherapy from a knowledgeable and informed therapist.

These are just a few of the breakthrough therapies that will be evaluated in this fascinating course.

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Psychedelics are now being tested in clinical trials as a treatment for:

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  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Cluster and migraine headaches, Chronic pain
  • Autism
  • Anxiety disorders including those 
  • related to life-threatening illnesses.
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LEARN HOW THE BRAIN IS CHANGED

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LSD - This brain scan, with eyes closed, shows the areas of the brain lit up where sight is registered. LSD allows for an increase in communication between brain networks that normally do not commnicate. In essence test subjects can "see" with their eyes shut. Subjects report lasting changes in well-being as a result of seeing things, including traumatic events and unhealthy behavioral patterns, in a whole new way.

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Ayahuasca - The plant medicine used by cultures in the Amazon for thousands of years is now being studied by modern scientists who are finding that not only is ayahuasca safe, but it is remarkably effective at improving quality of life and reducing psychopathology scores. One mechanism of action is the creation of new brain cells, as demonstrated by this in vitro study. The green shows the creation of new neurons when components of ayauasca are applied in a cell culture. Think of the implications for traumatic brain injury and Alzheimers.



Students who take this course will stand ahead of the curve as the next wave of scientific discoveries regarding

the brain and human behavior emerges.

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Join us in paradise

for the dawning of

a new era of psychotherapeutic challenges and transformational solutions.

Why Earn Your CEUs with Matt and Susan McMillan

As part of

Florida Continuing Education, Matt and Susan McMillan are 5 Star CE Broker providers and have been helping licensees with required courses and interesting seminars, both live and online, for almost 30 years. Riveting, entertaining, and incredibly knowledgeable, see why over 20,000 therapists have trusted Matt and Susan McMillan with their initial licensure and renewal CEU requirements.

You can read reviews here.

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Matt McMillan, JD, CCJAS Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist; Former County Judge, Co-Founder Domestic Abuse Intervention Project; Clinical Director Men's Work; Board Approved Provider since 1993

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Susan McMillan, LMHC, CAP Executive Director Affordable Counseling and Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Co-Founder Florida Psych Laws and Rules Consortium; Jury Trial Consultant, Board Approved Provider since 1993

WHAT YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING

"What an incredible lecture. You are amazing." Sarah Vanderbilt, IMH, Broward County, FL


“This course was ground-breaking. It deserves national consideration. Incredible, risky, brave and informative.” Joseph Bolduc, LMHC, Miami Dade, FL


"Every moment of this presentation was awesome." Andrea Dawkins, RMHCI, Miami Dade


"Keep up your great presentations! I always learn so much in a fun, relaxed and entertaining way." Mary Lou Johnson, LMHC, Manatee County, FL


"I'm leaving profoundly changed...  It was priceless, honestly.  Chris Garcia, LMFT, MAC, Cooper City, FL


“This course is an incredible experience! Take it!” Jacqueline McCollum-Bridges, LMHC, Lake, FL

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All Inclusive VIP Pass

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Space is extremely limited for this private event.


You are part of a select group

that has the opportunity to register now before our price increase



Rooms assignments are first come first serve.



*Special opportunity to participate in experiential event:

The Psychedelic Experience and the Role of the Therapist: Ancient Healing Plant Medicine Ceremony

from a Psychotherapeutic Perspective





Questions?

Call or email any time.

We are happy to help with your reservation.

Susan@CounselingHelps.org

941-462-4908

VIP Prices

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Prices are per person and include:


  • Luxury accomodations
  • 3 gourmet meals per day
  • Ground transportation
  • 20 CEUs plus access to additional 5 CEU experiential course
  • Live entertainment
  • Optional daily excursions and adventures
  • A few surprises...
  • and much more.



Triple Occupancy

Early: $3995; Late: $4995



Double Occupancy

Early: $4995; Late: $5995  



Private Luxury Casita

Early: $5995; Late: $6995

If you would like to bring your friend/family members, each nonstudent guest will cost an additional $2995 


Private Luxury Villa

Early: $6995; Late: $7995

If you would like to bring your friend/family members, each nonstudent guest will cost an additional $2995 

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Your immersion adventure awaits you.

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Covid-19 Information

As of April 1, 2022, the Government of Costa Rica has lifted all Covid-19 related entry requirements. Click here to learn more. As of June 12, 2022, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is no longer required to re-enter the US.  Check with your airline or here for updated re-entry information.


Cancellation Policy

Please understand that we are pre-paying to rent this entire resort for our event, therefore we must have an accurate count well in advance. If you cancel with at least 90 day' notice, we will issue a 50% refund. Credit may be applied to any future seminar, live, readable, by zoom or online without expiration. In the event COVID causes international borders to shut down, you will receive a full refund. These 14 rooms are based on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Reserve your spot today.

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CE Board Approvals

This course has also been approved by

FL Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker #50-539

Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker #50-539

Complimentary Board Approval granted by:

FL Council of Midwifery

FL Council of Dietetics and Nutrition

Approved Provider through the Florida Certification Board,

a member board of International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium which is accepted by the State of NJ

Complimentary Approval by Oregon's Board or Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists

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We are a proud Tree-Nation partner and a carbon neutral company. For every course you buy, we plant a tree in your name.

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