How to Effectively Support
Someone in Spiritual Emergency

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An online series of 5 live webinars—Open to All!  
Also Part One of Certification as a “Spiritual Emergence Coach”

SPRING: MARCH 23 – APRIL 27, 2017 (skip April 13)

Thursdays, 2:30-4pm PST (San Francisco Time)

(5:30-7pm EST, New York Time)

All webinars will be recorded and can be watched/reviewed at your convenience.
With Emma Bragdon, PhD,
renowned author of two classic books on Spiritual Emergency
and a seasoned facilitator with 25 years experience

Everyone Welcome!  People with lived experience, their families, psychotherapists and others caring for people in spiritual emergency…also those exploring a more integrative approach to optimal mental health.

This webinar series is also the cornerstone for certification as either a healthcare provider with a specialty in spiritual emergency or a peer counselor with this specialty. After completion of this course you will receive a certificate of completion. Those who go on and complete the Practicum, Part Two, can apply for Certification as a Spiritual Emergence Coach (SEC).

“This course provided a much-needed orientation to a disorienting experience, both personally and professionally. The material was presented in a very professional, normalizing manner that served to set a tone that inspires me in talking to other professionals about these matters as if this was just a matter-of-fact discussion – very useful!” —Dan Metevier, PsyD

“(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

“Emma is  a leading voice and figure in the realm of spiritual emergence. I feel honored and blessed to be part of Emma’s courses.” —Kyle Buller, MA student of Psychology

“We so need what Dr. Bragdon has to teach us. I recommend her courses highly and without reservation.” —David Anick, MD (psychiatrist)

Spiritual Emergency is a transformational crisis in which a person is so overwhelmed by psycho-spiritual experiences that he/she can no longer function well at work or within family and relationships. The spiritual experiences may be caused by spiritual practices like yoga and meditation, or other factors like near–death experience, fasting, trauma, grief, recreational drugs, the global crisis or even one’s natural gifts of intuition, etc. The symptoms of this crisis are often confused with symptoms of mental illness and, in this case, the individual will likely be treated with anti-psychotic drugs via bio-medically trained practitioners. Unfortunately, over time this protocol can harm the person in spiritual crisis, so a different kind of treatment is advised. The positive potential of the crisis (when well managed): a person who has more peace, empathy and clarity, is motivated by more wisdom and compassion, and wants to make a positive contribution to the world.

“I enthusiastically recommend attending Dr. Bragdon’s workshop, “Effective Help for Someone in Spiritual Emergency”. Her many years as a psychotherapist, healer, scholar and presenter shine through as she presents her life’s work, creating many rewarding opportunities for expansive professional and personal enrichment.” —Ted Esser, Ph.D., Faculty at Sofia University and Director of the Spiritual Emergence Network 

In The 5 Webinars You Will Learn:

  • The 12 different ways this crisis may manifest
  • The 7 catalysts of spiritual emergency
  • How to recognize a spiritual emergency vis a vis mental disorder
  • How to assess someone’s condition and what they need
  • How to best care for someone in spiritual emergency
  • The positive transformative outcomes of spiritual emergency
  • About seers who predicted that we would be inundated with this crisis now

Spiritual Wellness
Dr Bragdon will also introduce you to
A Pioneering Approach to Mental Health Care and
a Pathway to Optimal Well Being from Brazil

There is a spiritual group in Brazil that supports personal spiritual evolution in a contemporary way—and has a history dating back to Paris in the 1850s. This group now has c.13,000 community centers offering complementary therapies for free (in Brazil), as well as 50 psychiatric hospitals offering the full range of modern treatments for those who are emotionally disturbed. What’s unusual in the hospitals is that psychiatrists collaborate with medical intuitives for both diagnosis and treatment—and enhance the effectiveness of both.

Dr. Bragdon seasons her presentations with humor and personal stories. You will feel enriched by the information and more hopeful about the positive changes we can make in our mental healthcare to optimize wellbeing.

Emma Bragdon, PhD., the Course Facilitator:

Emma BragdonEmma Bragdon, PhD, (Transpersonal Psychology) is an expert in the field of Spiritual Emergence and Emergency.  She’s been immersed in it as a researcher, psychotherapist, teacher and published author since 1984.  She is the author of seven books and co-producer of two documentary films, and the Founder/Director of Integrative Mental Health for You,  Dr. Bragdon is most well known for the seminal books she originally published on Spiritual Emergency in 1987, and 1990, and recently updated.  Her most recent books about Spiritism in Brazil have also gained rave reviews.  She was a volunteer for the Grof’s Spiritual Emergency Network from 1984-1991 and Editor of it’s newsletter and Journal. She was licensed as a psychotherapist in 1988 and has expanded that practice by serving also as a spiritual guide.  She spent 6 months of every year from 2001-2012 in Brazil researching the positive potential of Spiritist Community Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals.

Audience: People with lived experience, their families, psychotherapists, others caring for people in spiritual emergency…and those exploring a more integrative approach to optimal mental health. 7.5 hours of continuing education credits will be available for psychologists, MFTs, social workers, and nurses in the USA.

Format: live, interactive online webinars on a user-friendly platform compatible with all devices, followed by online discussion between students and facilitator, supportive videos, worksheets for self-reflection, some articles and suggested reading.

“Expansive, affirming, hope-filled, integrating, connective, informative, nourishing. It has been a blessing to me to absorb what was presented and to be among people with hearts for healing…trying to live awake.” —A Recent Student

Time:     March 23 -April 27, 2017, 2:30-4pm PST (San Francisco Time), 5:30-7pm EST (New York Time)–skipping April 13.  All webinars will be recorded and can be watched/reviewed at your convenience.

Certification: Students who choose to go on can be considered for certification  after they complete two courses–this  online webinar series (Phase One)  and the associated Practicum course (Phase Two) on How to Effectively Support  Someone in Spiritual Emergency.  The Practicum is offered live in the  EU and USA–sometimes other places when we can accommodate invitations– periodically throughout each year. Those who complete the two courses and satisfy our requirements listed in the application can be listed on the IMHU website Directory as a Spiritual Emergence Coach (SEC). This listing will facilitate networking among providers, advance awareness of spiritual emergence phenomena throughout the world, as well as be a vehicle to announce your contact information for those looking for assistance. Certification will be considered after completion of both courses, proven proficiency in the skills we teach, acceptance of the policies and procedures we stand for, and being accepted by IMHU after a final interview.

Price: $249.  Use coupon “SPRING2017” for a $24. savings through midnite March 12.

Payment plan available: $85. per month for 3 months. Some partial scholarships are available to those with financial constraints. $50 fee for continuing education for licensed providers is extra.

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Cost: $249

Contact us if you would like to receive Continuing Ed. Credit (add’l $50)
We provide some partial scholarships to those who have financial limitations.

SPRING: MARCH 23 – APRIL 27, 2017 (skip April 13)

Thursdays, 2:30-4pm PST (San Francisco Time)

(5:30-7pm EST, New York Time)

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Sponsors: Integrative Mental Health for You,  IMHU is a not for profit, independent organisation dedicated to public service.  IMHU is a division of the Foundation for Energy Therapies, Inc., recognised by the IRS as a 501(c)3.


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