June 2016 marks the 3-year anniversary of IMHU! I am happy to say that we have consistently received fabulous feedback for the courses and presentations we offer…and the Certification Program for “Spiritual Emergence Coaches” has taken off amidst shout-outs of praise. IMHU now offers 18 courses—most of them online, with more on the way from our fantastic faculty and guest presenters. We also offer Continuing Education credit and CMEs for licensed providers for most courses…We are truly celebrating now and, looking forward to a bright future.
In the spirit of gratitude during our Anniversary, please look at our GIFTS to YOU this week by scrolling to the end of this blog. We’re giving back! Gifts are valued at $47, $50, and $100 USD!
Thank YOU for your support!!
Recent Feedback and Our Thanks to Our Supporters
“The webinar series on Helping Support People in Spiritual Emergency helped me integrate my spiritual emergency more than anything I have ever done or read. Profound Thanks.” …(from a peer support specialist)
“(I had) the opportunity to widen my scope of knowledge about the differences between Spiritual Emergence and Emergency and to increase my understanding of alternative treatment/helping models in other cultures…The lecture materials are stellar and I enjoyed the resources that followed each lesson. Emma is a fantastic teacher.” —Linda Ruthen, MSW
“We so need what Dr. Bragdon has to teach us. I recommend her courses highly and without reservation.” —David Anick, MD (psychiatrist)
A BIG thank you to all of the students who have come to us—trusting in IMHU to deliver—in spite of our being new to the scene. We understand this is evidence of the need for more qualified education about Spiritual Emergence phenomena as it has been outside the range of conventional mental healthcare and education in psychiatry and psychology. Without YOU we would not be here!!!
We measure our success in contributions we make to the peace and wellbeing of individuals on their personal journeys as well as solidifying a model that can contribute to the need to make changes in the way mental healthcare is delivered. We are trying to respond to what has been identified by the press all over the world: there is more mental disturbance now than ever before so clearly we need to make some changes in the way mental healthcare is accomplished.
We also measure our success in our ability to sustain ourselves financially. In 2015 we operated in the black—quite an accomplishment for a fledgling online school! In early 2016 we’ve been able to upgrade all of our systems so as to deliver our courses and live webinars with the best technology available…with no debts.
In the last couple of years I’ve been invited to speak at live conferences and online summits and teach in USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, UK, Holland, Spain and Australia. My books are currently being used as educational resources all around the world inspiring individuals, students of psychology, and licensed healthcare providers to broaden their perspectives on spirituality and wellbeing. Deep thanks to those who put forward those invitations and served the manifestation of these events and references—it’s a joy to be sharing what I have been focused on for 30+ years!
The success of IMHU could not have been accomplished without the generosity and steady guiding hands and hearts of our Board of Directors: Paula Sellars, Bo Sasnett, and Phil Roth. Craig Wagner also graciously donated a year of his time before turning to focus on the publication of his new book, Choices in Recovery (Highly recommended!). The skills of our part-time staff: Nancy Heidt (bookkeeper), Maggie Ellis and Kristen DeMay (web-designers) have also been essential to our success. Thank YOU!
IMHU has also gained immeasurable comfort, encouragement, and guidance from individuals: Ted Esser and Kenneth Sloan at the Grof Foundation, leadership at the International Spiritual Emergence Network and Spiritual Crisis Network in the UK, Yolaine Stout and Marie Grace Brooke of ACISTE, David Lukoff at the Spiritual Competency Resource Center, Judith Pentz, the people at Commonwealth Educational Seminars, Spiritual Emergence Network of Australia, Intentional Peer Support of VT, Ruth Buczynski of National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Robert Whitaker of MadinAmerica.com, Gina and Bob Nikkel of Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare, Lauren Spiro of Emotional CPR, Marjorie B. Thomas of Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Elza D’Agosto at Spiritist Group Love and Light, Vanessa Anseloni, host of Kardec Radio, and other coordinators of Spiritist Societies in the USA–Daniel Santos, Kirsten DeMello, Marcelo Netto and Fred Gouveia as well as my associates in Brazil, Drs Dagmar Ramos, Jeziel Ramos, and Sergio Vencio. Mark Foster, DO, Julia Summers, Joanne Kuchera at New Health Solutions Group, Krista MacKinnon of Families Healing Together, Olga Louchakova at Sophia University, Meg Jordan at CIIS, Mark Wentworth and Leigh Allison at Mundesley Hospital, and Dabney Alix of Shades of Awakening have been generous with their support, as well. I deeply appreciate your kindnesses.
When IMHU began, the original idea was to have prominent faculty who would teach courses online under our umbrella. All who were asked said “Yes!” enthusiastically—and we have seventeen Faculty. But then I had to learn the technology of giving online courses myself first before I could show them how! Most of our faculty have now been interviewed and these interviews have become part of courses offered at IMHU as well as our A-V library. We look forward to more of our faculty teaching their own courses under the IMHU umbrella in the future—now that the technology is a known, friendly entity!
We at IMHU thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughtful giving of yourselves—and we look forward to continuing to be mutually supportive in the future.
GIFTS: For the next week, June 14-21, IMHU offers you
- Free for one week (usually $47usd)…Introducing “Six Integrative Psychiatrists Who Can Help with Spiritual Crisis: 2016”. These are MDs who are models for a new kind of psychiatry practice that takes a very cautious approach to psych meds. (They did not pay us for advertising and we do not have any financial relationship with them.) A fantastic way to learn about pioneers, a new way of practicing psychiatry and psychology, and what these kinds of psychiatrists have to offer. Click here to get your discount and join the course now. Click here to get more information about this very special course.
2. A coupon worth $50. That reduces the fee for this Summer’s Online Webinar Series on How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency. Click Here for the direct link to this timely discounted price. More information is at imhu.org/courses/spiritual-emergency
- A $100. reduction in fees for the unique November 13-21 tour to Brazil for Healthcare Providers to learn about the Spiritist Community Centers and Hospitals—from the psychiatists, psychologists, nurses and mediums who work there. Contact EB@IMHU.org if interested in one of the few places that are still available.
Take advantage of our other 3 free courses! They will remain free to you when this week has passed…as well as the free guided “Meditation for Higher Consciousness”. Brief free video interviews with our faculty and guest presenters are available at imhu.org/a-v-library.
Please remember, IMHU offers partial scholarships for those who are financially challenged. See the page: IMHU.org/courses for more information. We realize that many people who are in crisis now or have recently been in crisis are seeking information they can use; at the same time, they are financially stretched. We do our best to help out.
Be well—stay connected—and have a happy Summer here
and Cozy Winter down-under to our friends in OZ!
Integrative Mental Health for You
Happy Anniversary IMHU!