Lucid News Reports…..The continuing expansion of clinics and clinicians offering ketamine for mental health treatment is raising questions about standards of care and the qualifications of providers offering these services. Rigorous debates are taking place among ketamine providers about ethical guidelines, the inclusion of mental health specialists on treatment teams, and what kind of collaboration best serves patients.

A recent commentary on Ethical Guidelines for Ketamine Clinicians published in the Journal of Psychedelic Psychiatry by psychiatrist and psychotherapist Dr. Wesley Ryan, asserts that while a growing number of studies have established a clear benefit for the use of ketamine for depression, many clinicians providing therapeutic ketamine have little, if any, training to provide psychological or psychiatric care.

In support of this statement Ryan cites the directory of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners (ASKP3), a nonprofit professional association of therapeutic ketamine providers.

As covered in a story by Lucid News, Ryan writes in his commentary that “the majority of ketamine providers draw from limited, if any, formal psychiatric or psychological training or experience, and provide in-office ketamine without psychiatric treatment planning or psychotherapy.”

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Ketamine Providers Debate Standards of Care