Clinical Cognitive Facilitator Training

Our training center exists to help students find their place in the emerging space of psychedelics; to help people find healing and restoration in a clinically focused, culturally respectful, and ethically responsible way.

A major motivation for our involvement with psilocybin is the appalling statistics about our country's veterans. We know we can do better by them and partner with UpHold Our Troops in an effort to be part of the solution. Visit our page for more information and learn how you, too, can help.

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Meet Our Staff and Board Members

We strive to be the best psilocybin facilitator training center in Oregon. Our curriculum is respectful of ancient cultures and traditions while embracing leading psychological support methods. CCFT's mission is to match clients seeking psilocybin therapy with skilled, ethical, and compassionate facilitators who will support them on their healing journey.

Mary Nielsen

Founder and Executive Director

Mary Nielsen is the entrepreneurial founder of Clinical Cognitive Facilitator Training. Mary is the Executive Director and founder of Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute (www.spectrumlasertraining.com), the OG of Fearless Beauties (www.fearlessbeauties.org) and an author of several textbooks. She believes in the empowerment found in education and in supporting complementary methods for enacting the highest level of healing, including psychedelic facilitator training.

Mary serves on the Advisory Board for Private Career Schools in Oregon.

Jessica Morgenthaler

Lead Educator

Jessica is on an exploration to harness the wisdom of earth medicines like psilocybin for personal growth and profound connections. Through her own healing journey, she's experienced the transformative power of these sacred substances. She provides a safe haven for those seeking adventure and healing in a supportive and comfortable setting. Her work is rooted in values of acceptance, safety, intentionality, trauma aware, person centered, culturally sensitive, and harm reductionism. With many years as a wellness coach, case manager, and social worker, Jessica offers solid education for students teaching how to foster a nurturing environment with calming techniques and grounding care. 

Mustafa Hussain

Hybrid Education Coordinator

Mustafa I. Hussain, Ph.D. first became interested in psychedelics during high school, when a peer loaned him a copy of The Doors of Perception. During graduate school, he received training as an educator, taught hundreds of students, and studied how professions work by reading The System of Professions. Shortly thereafter, Oregon voters approved a new profession of psychedelic facilitators.

Mustafa’s goal is to foster the growth of psychedelic facilitation into an independent profession, one worth supporting due to its potential to heal a suffering world. When not working, he enjoys hiking and practicing yoga.

Marlin Hofer

Educator -Practicum Supervisor

Marlin, is a knowledgeable Psilocybin Facilitator. He is passionate about guiding transformative journeys of self-discovery and healing. Trained and licensed in Oregon, he creates safe spaces for exploring the potential of psilocybin mushrooms. Marlin specializes in LGBTQ+ individuals, spiritual trauma reduction, and palliative/end-of-life care. He fosters trust, empathy, and non-judgment, assisting clients in setting intentions and preparing for their psilocybin experiences. Marlin prioritizes integration for long-term benefits and supports clients in finding mental health professionals. Committed to ongoing research, he upholds safety, confidentiality, and respect for each person’s unique journey, empowering profound healing and personal growth.

Ben Kramer


Ben Kramer is a licensed psilocybin facilitator, a Marine Corps Veteran, and an ex-firefighter, passionate about supporting fellow veterans and first responders in his work.
During his five years of active duty, he served in combat, achieving the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge. After serving in the military, Ben began his seven-year career as a firefighter/EMT. These experiences give him first-hand insight into the challenges within these communities and how best to serve them. The research suggesting the profound efficacy of psilocybin for treating conditions such as PTSD, depression, and addiction gave Ben an undeniable drive to contribute to this transformative work. Outside of facilitating, Ben is also an ambassador for the Heroic Hearts Project, a nonprofit committed to helping veterans with PTSD access psychedelics, and an educator for future psilocybin facilitators at Clinical Cognitive. He is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of every psilocybin participant, providing all a secure space for healing and growth.

Mandy Isaacs


Mandy Isaacs has served for four years as a Student Services Coordinator and licensed instructor at Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute. She’s undergone advanced training in trauma-informed care and mental health first aid.  Mandy’s experience with counseling and coaching hundreds of students has prepared her well to teach the skills for interviewing and readying potential clients, managing the client's psilocybin experience, and skillfully navigating a challenging journey. Mandy brings a keen and discerning outlook to the psilocybin therapy educational program.

Curt Erickson


Curt Erickson brings years of teaching experience as the owner of Pacific Northwest Motorcycle School. He is a retired 911 dispatch supervisor and has the skills to make accurate assessments during highly emotional or traumatic situations.

He grew up with mushrooms, as his mother was a mycology research assistant at the University of Washington.

You may catch Curt playing bass in a local band.

John Richardson

Board Member

John Richardson is an Executive Vice President and a disabled military veteran. He is well known in the medical space for building successful sales teams focused on training, ethics, and relationship-based sales. He works as a consultant with many physicians, providers, nurse practitioners, and nurses throughout the country to help achieve their practice goals.

Bobbi Kline

Board Member

Bobbi Kline is a licensed physician and a veteran who has decades of practicing medicine. Her skill set includes holistic health, intuitive coaching, Ob-Gyn, Functional Medicine, Functional Genomics, Energy and Mind-Body Medicine, Human Design and Astrology. She has extensive experience creating courses for healthcare practitioners, which teach integrative approaches to the overall health of the mind, body and soul. https://www.bobbiklinemd.com

Francine Raften

Board Member

Francine Raften is a marketing professional who has been instrumental in the growth of the cannabis industry after its launch in Washington. She has contributed to the expansion of several organizations in multiple locations. Francine's presence provides us with the highest level of accuracy in the ever-changing world of psilocybin medicine.

Becky Cronkhite-Johns

Board Member

Becky Cronkhite-Johns works as a mental health professional in an adult corrections treatment program. She provides specialized mental health counseling to adults demonstrating emotional trauma, cognitive and/or behavioral disorders. Becky maintains unit leadership and assists the supervising psychologist in the management of treatment programs. Her involvement ensures we are clinically focused.

Darlyn Rodriguez

Board Member

Darlyn Rodriguez is a corporate attorney with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a participant in the Women of Color Development Program, former Communications Lead for Microsoft’s Hispanic/Latinx ERG and former Lead for HOLA CELA, the Hispanic/Latinx Employee Network. Her involvement helps us to remain ethically responsible.

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