“The preparation before, and the support after, psilocybin sessions are believed by many, including me, to be vital complements to maximizing enduring positive outcomes. And it is precisely this focus of Project New Day’s approach that I find so appealing.”
In 2022, the United States experienced a staggering 100,000 fatal drug overdoses, equating to one avoidable death every six minutes. These overdoses represent not just an isolated problem within a particular segment of society but serve as the most visible aspects of a much larger problem of intergenerational trauma, dysfunction, and often, self medication.
“When I learned about the Project New Day Program, I felt it was very much in alignment with what I believe and what is important to me. Central to that is how you have compassion and caring for human suffering at its core.“
The Project New Day Program emerged from our collective recognition of the deep-rooted mental health issues reaching epidemic levels in our society. At the same time, we know that positive change is attainable. We are resolute in our conviction we can bring about substantial improvement in the well-being of countless individuals. Is this audacious? Indeed. Impossible? Far from it. We possess the knowledge, experience, resources, and unwavering community support required to effect this change. We understand how to reach the masses and know what can make a difference.
Drawing upon our personal experience, observations, review of scientific literature, and insights gleaned from respected veterans in the field, we believe the combination of life coaching, clinical psychedelic therapy, and community support can help thousands of people onto a clear path of recovery. However, we are also extremely concerned about the misunderstanding and misuse of psychedelic medicine. Without proper guidance from trained practitioners, both before and after psychedelic sessions, the long-term effects may be minimal or even counterproductive. To address this concern, we have:
To further clarify the Project New Day Program:
We strongly believe that, when employed appropriately, our program model can assist people in overcoming unresolved trauma, enabling them to lead lives of freedom, purpose, and fulfillment.
Our program has been meticulously designed to support the safety and well-being of those seeking a path to fulfillment and a better life. It is intended to be self-scaling, enabling us to rapidly and cost-effectively expand its reach.
Our purpose is clear: to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. This is Project New Day.
Compassion and understanding are essential when it comes to helping individuals struggling with addiction. According to Gabor Maté, MD, Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Addiction Specialist,
“The first question is not why the addiction; it’s why the pain? And from my perspective, it’s always rooted in childhood trauma, either overt or covert … Trauma is when there is a loss of feeling and there is reduced flexibility in responding to the world. This is a response to a wound.”
We wholeheartedly agree with Gabor Maté’s compassionate and insightful perspectives. We have repeatedly seen childhood trauma (acute, chronic, and complex) lead to rigid, constricted, pessimistic thought patterns and, moreover, alienation from oneself, from others, and from nature. These responses are the basis for anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and physiological illnesses. The path to healing involves transcending these patterns of thought by fostering connections and creating possibilities. This is precisely what the Project New Day Program model seeks to achieve through life coaching, psychedelic therapy, and community support.
The following image is a graphical representation of the Project New Day Program model. The model may be thought of as comprising three categories: Healing, Supporting Elements, and Training. Each category contains a set of building blocks, which are linked to web pages with additional information.
“All the modalities, principles, and intentions that Project New Day is bringing together, I’m absolutely convinced, can help many people move forward and heal not just the behavior, but the trauma that underlies the behavior.”
The Project New Day Healing and Addiction Philosophies comprise three pillars:
Peer-reviewed science has demonstrated that each of these pillars, individually, increases the odds of breaking the cycle of chemical dependency. As an integrated triad, our experience shows that it is the most effective approach available.
More specifically, the power of this triad comes from the following:
A set of knowledge-based life-coaching sessions in which Project New Day certified coaches strive to create a sense of connection by listening carefully and holding their clients in unconditional positive regard. In tandem, Project New Day coaches use a proprietary, knowledge-based coaching model to present life-improving methods that open both hearts and minds to new possibilities. Six coaching sessions precede the two psychedelic therapy sessions*, one coaching session is held between them, and six more follow to effectively support the integration of new perspectives into the participants’ daily lives.
Two psychedelic therapy sessions in which the possibilities for a better life are deeply felt. Initially, these will be psilocybin sessions, conducted legally by a select group of facilitators in Oregon who understand and share the PND healing philosophy.
Note: As mentioned above, Project New Day does not provide psychological or medical treatment, or recommend or administer psychedelic therapy to anyone. The responsibility for this falls on other organizations that adopt the PND Program model, guided by legal and professional statutes along with individual suitability assessments conducted on a case-by-case basis.
Weekly Community Group Zoom sessions led by Project New Day certified group facilitators. Virtually all well-designed recovery programs stress the need for structure and follow-on community support. This support is especially important after psychedelic therapy as participants may experience new revelatory perspectives for weeks or even months.
Additional information on the Project New Day Healing Philosophy.
Additional information on the Project New Day Addiction Philosophy.
When an organization adopts the Project New Day Program model it must determine the suitability of psychedelic therapy guided by legal and professional statutes along with individual suitability assessments conducted on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, every effort must be made to promote safety and to create the best possible outcomes for its participants by providing extensive support preceding, during, and following the psychedelic therapy sessions. The PND Program model suggests six preparatory life coaching sessions and an additional six integrative life coaching sessions. Following the integrative coaching sessions, the PND Program model also recommends ongoing weekly community group sessions. All PND-certified coaches and all PND-certified community group facilitators must complete five certificate training courses covering addiction, trauma, coaching techniques, and psilocybin fundamentals. The PND Program model furthermore strives for optimal outcomes by encouraging a compassionate approach from coaches and trainers and insisting they treat the participants with unconditional positive regard. And all participants are carefully screened as described in the following section.
Additional information on Harm Reduction.
The Project New Day Program’s acceptance and screening procedures aim to ensure that any person who engages in the program can do so in a safe and controlled manner. These procedures are the first steps in making sure that the PND model is setting and maintaining a high standard of treatment by establishing specific and thorough psychological, physiological, behavioral, and social acceptance criteria.
Additional information on Acceptance and Screening.
The end goal is for our program to save thousands of lives and improve many more.
“This is a model that can easily be scaled to address the huge need for healing for substance use disorders and other mental health issues that are so prevalent in our society.”
Here is how Project New Day plans to make the program model available on a large scale and to increase awareness of its existence.
And finally, by giving our proven model to the world at no cost for the benefit of humankind.
Additional information on Scaling and Promotion.
The Project New Day Resources page contains diagnostic assessments, coaching worksheets, group facilitation forms, and numerous documents that pertain to addiction, recovery, and psychedelic therapy.
Additional information on Project New Day’s Resources.
Project New Day (PND) certified master coaches and community facilitators must complete an extensive suite of online training courses in which they learn a set of healing methods as a sequence. From that sequence, program participants learn how to transcend rigid, pessimistic thought patterns, create possibilities, and connect with their authentic selves, others, and their environment. This structured approach ensures the PND program is effective and repeatable.
Project New Day Coaches are to be certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the gold standard in coaching. In addition, to become a Project New Day Certified Master Coach, coaches must receive certifications in:
Additional information on becoming a Project New Day Master Coach.
Project New Day Certified Community Group Facilitators are not required to be ICF certified. Instead, they will be required to receive a completion certification for Project New Day’s Coaching Fundamental course.
In addition, Community Group Facilitators must receive certifications in:
Additional information on becoming a Project New Day Community Group Facilitator.
By combining our lived experience and the wisdom of our veteran leaders in this field, we have created a rapidly scalable, revolutionary healing program using:
The goal is to reduce needless suffering and prevent thousands of deaths by proving the efficacy of this model, promoting it, and making it freely available to the world.