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This brief course offers five ways to understand Spiritual Emergency: Two popular TedEx talks speak of the neuroanatomy of spiritual experiences and the relationship of mental disturbance and shamanism. A slide presentation about Spiritual Emergency presented by Emma Bragdon on June 12, 2015 gives a colorful history of the term, organizations spawned from it, and current news from that time. Two articles by two psychiatrists, Stanislav Grof, and Nicki Crowley articulate more on diagnosis and treatment. If you are wondering how to introduce the concept of Spiritual Emergency and Spiritual Emergence to others--you might draw from these or share them in full with others.

Your Guide

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Emma Bragdon

Director of Integrative Mental Health University (IMHU). Licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist in 1988--now a teacher and coach at IMHU.org and onsite. Author of 6 quite serious books and an amusing and informative booklet that pokes fun at the new Bible of Psychiatry, the DSM-5. Emma has been deeply involved in bridging spirituality and mental health since 1966. She lives in VT, USA. EmmaBragdon.com

About this Course

Spiritual Emergency: What is it?

This brief online course will introduce you to the category of human experience called "Spiritual Emergency".    You will find a one page definition, three video presentations, and two articles--both written by leaders in the field--to help you understand how this category of experience is relevant to your life and the life of those you love and care for.  You may find it very interesting to compare this with the course "Psychosis:What is it?" as many have formerly confused psychosis and spiritual emergency.

When: YOU choose when you want to dip into the materials.  There are no scheduled classes to attend.  


  • Quick Definitions
  • An MD Experiences the Neurophysiology of Spiritual Experiences: Tedx Talk
  • Phil Borges: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening Tedx Talk
  • Video and Slides on Spiritual Emergency: A Unique Presentation by Emma Bragdon, PhD.
  • A More Scholarly Approach: Stanislav Grof, MD article
  • Another Scholarly Article: Nicki Crowley, MD

Course Design: This course was designed by Emma Bragdon, PhD.  Emma wrote two of the classic books on Spiritual Emergency in 1988 and 1990.  She also teaches IMHU's certification course on "How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency".  The course has 5 online webinars and a Practicum.  Emma is the Founder/Director of IMHU.

Please click on the registration button at the top of the page in order to register.  

FEE: There is no fee for this course.  If you find it to be of value, please consider giving IMHU a donation.  This helps us maintain our public service.  We have no sponsors and rely on registration fees and donations to maintain our service.  Your donation is tax deductible as we are a charitable organisation recognised by the IRS as a 501(c)3.