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Course # 66982 • Hallucinogens


The consumption of hallucinogenic drugs has the potential to result in short-term and long-term negative outcomes, though the effects vary greatly among the available compounds. A negative reaction to the hallucinations that result upon ingestion of these drugs (a "bad trip") can present with similar signs and symptoms of mental illness, particularly psychosis and schizophrenia. Therefore, careful patient history and knowledge of the signs of hallucinogen intoxication can facilitate appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

Education Category: Psychiatric / Mental Health

Release Date: 10/01/2018

Expiration Date: 09/30/2021


This advanced course is designed for psychologists who are involved in the evaluation or treatment of persons who use hallucinogens.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 4 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to allow psychologists to effectively identify, diagnose, treat, and provide appropriate referrals for patients who use hallucinogens to avoid adverse mental health outcomes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the history of hallucinogen use, including research regarding the role of these compounds in clinical treatment.
  2. Discuss the epidemiology of hallucinogen use in the United States.
  3. Describe the classification of various types of hallucinogens available today.
  4. Compare and contrast the pharmacology and clinical effects of hallucinogens and their impact on healthcare utilization.
  5. Identify both the short-term and the long-term psychologic effects of hallucinogen use.
  6. Outline the effective treatment of hallucinogen toxicity.


Mark Rose, BS, MA, is a licensed psychologist and researcher in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction based in Minnesota. He has written or contributed to the authorship of numerous papers on addiction and other medical disorders and has written books on prescription opioids and alcoholism published by the Hazelden Foundation. He also serves as an Expert Advisor and Expert Witness to various law firms on matters related to substance abuse, is on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based International Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark Rose, BS, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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