Critical mental healthcare for frontline workers

A new treatment program for healthcare workers with COVID-19 based stress & trauma led by Dr. Scott Shannon and Dr. Reid Robison

Wholeness Center and Cedar Psychiatry by Novamind are providing a psychedelic therapy protocol titled frontline ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (Frontline KAP) to 40 frontline healthcare workers impacted by COVID-19 related stress and trauma. This clinical offering is a protocol designed by Dr. Shannon and Dr. Robison, focusing on the mental health needs of frontline workers, combining both organizations’ depth of expertise in psychedelic medicine.

Prior to COVID-19, healthcare workers were already at a significant risk of developing mental health conditions. The pandemic added to the burden of a demanding profession through the combination of social isolation, added stress and extreme workload. In a recent Medscape survey of 7,500 physicians, 64% reported experiencing intense burnout while 46% reported feeling increased isolation and loneliness.

By providing a therapy platform for processing trauma with peers, our treatment protocol, Frontline KAP, can help to build community and reduce feelings of isolation. In conjunction with ketamine—a fast-acting antidepressant—this group-based therapy addresses the mental health issues of frontline workers.

Why ketamine-assisted psychotherapy?

Who is eligible?

When does treatment start?

Ketamine has been safely used as an FDA-approved anesthetic since 1970. In lower doses and psychiatric settings, ketamine can be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, including depression and PTSD, with few side effects.

We are looking for 40 healthcare workers in Colorado and Utah who are experiencing significant stress and trauma related to the demands of the pandemic.

Recruitment has already begun for the first cohort of 20 participants, with the treatment set to start in August 2021.

Why ketamine-assisted psychotherapy?

Ketamine has been safely used as an FDA-approved anesthetic since 1970. In lower doses and psychiatric settings, ketamine can be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, including depression and PTSD, with few side effects.

Who is eligible?

We are looking for 40 healthcare workers in Colorado and Utah who are experiencing significant stress and trauma related to the demands of the pandemic.

When does treatment start?

Recruitment has already begun for the first cohort of 20 participants, with the treatment set to start in August 2021.

Locations

Wholeness Center

Fort Collins, Colorado

+1 (970) 221-1106

www.wholeness.com

Cedar Psychiatry

Springville, Utah

+1 (801) 369-8989

www.cedarpsychiatry.com

Treatment

A total of 40 healthcare workers will be treated, in six sessions over three weeks. At the outset, prospective patients will be screened by a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner for medical clearance. The six-session treatment outline is as follows:

First session

An introductory group to get to know other participants and build rapport

Second session

Low dose of oral ketamine to build community, trust and ease defenses

Third session

An integration group to process the prior session and explore our work

Fourth session

A higher oral dose of ketamine allows participants to have a deeper personal experience that opens up insights and perspective

Fifth session

This high-dose of intramuscular ketamine with eyeshades and music helps participants foster an inner journey and begin forming a new perspective

Sixth session

An integration experience to help the group digest its stress and trauma, promoting resiliency and sustaining positive behavioral change in times of destabilization and uncertainty

Apply for the program