About the Concrescence Institute

Who We Are

Concrescence Institute is a non-profit organization and educational center. Drawing primarily from the wisdom traditions of process philosophy, Internal Family Systems, trauma studies, and a multitude of spiritual practices, Concrescence is dedicated to providing quality training for clinical and spiritual professionals in their call to support trauma recovery and emerging resiliency of individuals, communities, and the web of creation. Rooted in the deep knowing that all living beings have within themselves the inner knowing and resources for healing and flourishing, our learning programs seek to illuminate the ways in which overwhelming experiences disrupt this innate flow through blockages, ruptures, or constrictions and offer practices for restoring connections.

What We Do

Concrescence Institute offers a core set of workshops in Internal Family Systems, Process Philosophy, Psychedelic Assisted Therapy, and MAT.TRR (multi-axial therapy for trauma repair and resolution). Our IFS workshop series is a functional equivalent to level 1 when completed. The Psychedelic Assisted Therapy program is centered in IFS and offers medicine specific training and certification. Concrescence Institute was founded in 2022 and is located in Woodstock, Georgia.

Why "Concrescence"?

The term “concrescence” comes from the process philosophy of Alford North Whitehead. Process philosophy sees each moment of experience as unique and independent, though connected, with the moments of experience that come before and after. Each moment of experience opens to all dimensions of sensory, spiritual, and relational information. When the moment of experience is complete, it closes, integrates, and rests–both falling into the past and resting in the memory of the divine. This process of the open moment closing, integrating (or digesting), and resting is the action of “concrescence”. 

Our Instructors

Jennifer Baldwin, PhD

Founding Director and Teacher

Jennifer is a certified IFS therapist in private practice. She completed her initial IFS training in 2009, was certified in 2016, and has trained directly with Dick Schwartz multiple times. In addition to IFS, she is trained in Somatic Experiencing (SEP), EMDR, heart rate variability, neurofeedback, applied shamanism, sound therapies, breathwork, and multiple movement practices. Jennifer completed her clinical training while in the midst of her doctoral work in Systematic Theology with an emphasis in Religion and Science. She was ordained in 2007, completed her doctorate in 2013, and has published five edited volumes and two monographs. She was trained in ketamine assisted psychotherapy in 2019 and MAPS MDMA assisted psychotherapy in 2021. She has facilitated ketamine enhanced IFS sessions since 2019, honing and refining protocols on the intersection of IFS and KAP. While between writing projects, she is developing a “blueprint” for integrative trauma care that actively accounts for alterations or expansions of consciousness.

Laurie Chancey, MA

Executive Director and Teacher

Laurie is an IFS-Trained Psychedelic Integration Facilitator in a private coaching practice. Her areas of focus are Ketamine-enhanced IFS, spirituality, and addictive processes. Laurie was full-time faculty at a community college who taught sociology for 14 years, specializing in gender, race, and medical sociology. She received IFS Level 1 and Level 2 training from from the IFS Institute in 2023 and is pursuing her certification in K-IFS. Laurie’s work is informed by her education in social systems and her experience facilitating inclusion for individuals of diverse social locations.

Medical Partnerships

Clarity Integrative Psychiatry Naveen Thomas, MD

Dr. Thomas graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his post graduate psychiatric residency training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Clarity Integrative Psychiatry is the Medical partner for workshops and trainings located in Georgia.


COVID-19 Participants are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19 virus and obtain a negative PCR test 3-4 days prior to attending. We may also administer rapid tests at the door, depending on the status of the outbreak at that time. It is not our intention to require masking indoors, but if spread increases close to the time of retreat, we may require that, with the caveat that we would very much try to avoid masks while undergoing ketamine sessions as we feel this is unpleasant and distracting in the medicine space.
Absence Policy for Training By registering for this workshop, you are pledging your full participation which includes being on time each day and staying for the full session. Not all CE granting organizations allow partial credit so it is possible that missing any of the training time will cause you to forfeit CE’s for the entire workshop. Due to the nature of the training, we strongly recommend remaining on site for the duration of the training. The Continuing Education Team Consists of: Jennifer Baldwin, PhD, LPC ~ Director of Education Services: Concrescenceinstitute@gmail.com 678-631-7630 Cancellation and Refund Request Training deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel your registration 60 or more days before the training, you may request a refund of the money you have paid, less the deposit. If you cancel your registration less than 4 weeks before the first training day (for any reason), you will receive a 50% credit toward another training within the next 18 months. If you cancel your registration less than 2 weeks before the training day you are not eligible for a refund. If you need to cancel due to a medical emergency or test positive for Covid-19 within 72 hours of starting the retreat, we will hold your spot for a future training or retreat and apply your tuition towards that. Please reach out to us with appropriate documentation, refunds due to medical emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you do not show up for your registered training, you do not get a refund. If Concrescence or our partners have to cancel the training for any reason, you are entitled to a full refund (including the non-refundable registration fee) or you may transfer your registration to another training. Complaints about course content, speakers, and facilities. The goal at Concrescence Institute is to provide an effective learning experience for all participants. If you have a grievance with the course content, speakers or facilities please submit a complaint in writing to concrescenceinstitute@gmail.com The following information is needed to move forward with your grievance: Name Email Date of Training. Written grievance
Non-Receipt of Certificates Certificate of completion will be provided to all participants on the final day of the training. If you do not receive your certificate please contact us by email at Concrescenceinstitute@gmail.com. Replacement certificates are $25.