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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 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.

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course

Psychosis: What is it?

Meet seasoned professionals  who share perspectives gained after years of experience.  Gain insight into your own beliefs about psychosis, too!  This will assist you to recognize how your ideas change through this course.

 Section One provides  an overview defines psychosis through the eyes of some transformative, articulate, progressive psychiatrists and psychologists.   We  consider how we have formerly looked at the manifestations of extreme states as a mental "illness" and shunned those who have the "illness"--this resulting in stigma.  We highlight the fact that what has been labeled as "psychosis"  is now considered as a very human response to trauma and overwhelming conditions--perhaps not an illness at all!  

Next, you will hear from someone who experienced psychosis, lived through it, transcended the problems, and went on to become a psychologist.  Her presentation helps to put hearing voices in a new context.  This second section also gives practical advice for treatment.

Your take home: a new, more humane, way of looking at the extreme state we have called "psychosis"  and ways of managing this extreme state that are natural and can be so effective they replace the need for pharmaceuticals.

The Vids: There are  unique video interviews in this course.  A man who recently started a treatment center for those in extreme states describes his center.  The other videos you will see  were thoughtfully selected from the public domain.  We selected information that is current and of particular importance to understanding psychosis given recent international research and analysis.  We hope that our selections and organisation of the materials will replace the need for you to spend time hunting through the jungle of the web.

When: At Your Convenience

Where: Online

A former student said:  "Thank you for this generous offering.  I really appreciate the variety of ways information is presented.  My gratitude to each of the caring practitioners who speak truth to power and who cultivate a capacity to look into the eyes of another with great compassion and offer dignity."--Martha Lynch  

Format: You can enter this course at anytime and pick what is of interest to you to watch or read.  We recommend following the sequence of activities we provide; however you have access to all of it right away.


1. Overview: Defining Psychosis

          Jim van Os, MD--Ted talk on Psychosis

          Understanding Psychosis & Schizophrenia-- from a new perspective

          What the Mainstream Thinks

          The Case Against Antipsychotics

2.  Managing the Phenomena and Healing

           Eleanor Longden, PhD-Ted Talk

          Resources regarding hearing voices movement

          Brack Jefferys: IMHU's unique Interview with Director of Center for Spiritual Emergence

          The Role of Nutrition

Facilitator: Emma Bragdon, PhD.  Director of Integrative Mental Health for You,


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