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Events & Trainings

Thank you for your interest in educational events and trainings with The Pearl Psychedelic Institute. Below please find those currently offered.  

For more info, email with specific course name & date of interest. Payment plans available upon request.


Introduction to Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAP) Didactic Training

Introduction to Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. The Pearl Psychedelic Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4184.

Presenters: Dr Raymond Turpin, PsyD; Kim Skelton, LCMHCS, LCAS; Aimee Spencer, PA

When: October 5, 9:00am - 6:00pm; check in at 8:30am

Where: 55 Academy Street, Waynesville, NC 28786

Registration Fee: $300 w/CEs; $200 w/o CEs; Limited to 18 participants

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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy KAP 2-Day Experiential Training*

*Required Prerequisite: Introduction to KAP Didactic Training

Presenters:  Dr Raymond Turpin, PsyD; Kim Skelton, LCMHCS, LCAS; Aimee Spencer, PA

When: October 6-7, 9:00am - 6:00pm (lunch included); check in at 8:30am

Where: 55 Academy Street, Waynesville, NC 28786

Registration Fee: $1700; Limited to 12 participants (WAITLIST); Intended for mental health practitioners, healthcare providers, & wellness professionals.  Deadline to register is Sept 22.

For more information, please email with specific course name & date of interest.

Please see registration policies below:

Registration Policies

Tuition listed include administrative costs and educational materials. The Pearl has a pay-up-front policy for all programs. The only exceptions will be for pre-approved programs where an individual payment plan is appropriate. Registrations that are received without accompanying payment will not be processed and participants who have not paid the course fee will not be admitted into the program.  


Unless otherwise noted in course materials, the following cancellation policy applies to all programs:

  • Cancellations must be in writing (via email or mail)

  • Cancellations received more than 2 weeks prior to the event will receive 100% refund

  • Cancellations received between two weeks and two full business days prior to the first day of the event are refunded at 70% of the registration fee subject to a minimum $25 cancellation fee

  • No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received less than two full business days prior to the event

  • Refund exceptions due to medical or family emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis.

  • Partial credits for Continuing Education hours are not offered.


The Pearl assumes permission to use audio, video and still images from all programs for promotional and educational purposes.  Please contact us prior to registering if you have any concerns.


If you require learning or accessibility accommodations during the training or have any questions, please contact The Pearl Marketing & Communications Director, Kim Turpin, at, 828-507-1421.

The Pearl CE, Training, & Workshop Handbook can be found here .

Presenter Bios

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Raymond Turpin, PsyD

Dr Turpin holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He is the Executive & Clinical Director of The Pearl Psychedelic Institute, as well as operating his own private practice, Smoky Mountain Psychological Services, where he specializes in the treatment of PTSD and other conditions related to trauma. Raymond is certified in Psychedelic Therapy & Research from CIIS, MDMA Therapy Training from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and is trained in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) through Polaris Insight Center.

Raymond is one of the Co-Lead Investigators of the Expanded Access Program of MDMA-assisted therapy for treatment-resistant PTSD. He is also a provider of KAP & psychedelic integration services. He has presented nationally on a multitude of topics related to psychedelic-assisted medicine & therapy.

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Brandan Adcock, DO

Currently practicing as a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, Dr Adcock has devoted much of his professional career towards working with patients utilizing traditional approaches in conjunction with evidence based integrative therapies.

​In 2006 he obtained an Osteopathic Medical Degree from The Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and later graduated from UT Chattanooga’s Family Medicine Residency Program in 2010. ​He completed KAP training with The Ketamine Training Center NYC in 2019 and recently completed the MDMA-assisted therapy training sponsored by MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies).

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Kim Skelton, LCMHCS, LCAS

Kim holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from the University of Alabama and has experience working in a myriad of settings: universities; community mental health centers; school-based mental health; and a domestic violence shelter. She was a co-founder of Willow Wellness and Recovery and Widening Circles in Asheville, NC.

Kim has advanced training in evidence-based approaches including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP); Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI). Kim has volunteered as a faculty member with PRATI and is excited to be working with The Pearl Psychedelic Institute as the Training Director.


Aimee Spencer, PA

Aimee Spencer is a board certified Physician Assistant, functional medicine specialist and ketamine assisted psychotherapy practitioner. Aimee has worked in different arenas of medicine including integrative family practice, emergency medicine, urgent care, pediatrics as well as subspecialty in gynecologic oncology but found her passion and home in functional medicine. She is passionate about the transformative power of psychedelic therapies to treat mental health disorders. She has completed Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy training through The Pearl Psychedelic Institute as well as Polaris Insight Center Medical Module for Ketamine Therapy and has been a board member for The Pearl Psychedelic Institute.

"Healing from trauma can also mean strength and joy. The goal of healing is not a papering-over of changes in an effort to preserve or present things as normal. It is to acknowledge and wear your new life – warts, wisdom, and all – with courage."

Catherine Woodiwiss

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