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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.

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About this Course

How to Effectively Support 

Someone in Spiritual Emergency

An online series of 5 live webinars—

Part One of Certification and ALSO Open to All Who are Interested

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

March 23 - April 27, 2017 (skipping April 13)

All webinars will be recorded and can be watched & reviewed at your convenience.

with Emma Bragdon, PhD,

renowned expert and author of two of the classic books on Spiritual Emergency 

This course is opened to anyone interested in the subject: those with lived experience, those in care-taking roles, therapists of all kinds, and MDs.  This course is also the cornerstone for certification as a healthcare provider with a specialty in spiritual emergency or a peer counselor with this specialty.

 Spiritual Emergency is a transformational crisis in which a person is so disoriented by 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

..." this course is vital for mental health clinicians, family members and peers, as a preventative measure for spiritual crisis, not just an immensely useful educational tool." --Katie Mottram, Director, International 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
  • Which seers predicted that we would be inundated with this crisis now

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.

 Facilitator Bio:

 Emma Bragdon, PhD (Transpersonal Psychology) is an expert in the field of Spiritual Emergency.  She has been actively involved 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 updated in the past few years.  Her most recent books about Spiritism in Brazil have gained rave reviews.  She was a volunteer for the Grof’s Spiritual Emergency Network (SEN) from 1984-1991.  She was licensed as a psychotherapist in 1988 and has expanded that practice by also teaching, publishing, and being a spiritual guide—as well as dancing!,

 Audience: people with lived experiences, their family, psychotherapists and those caring for people in spiritual emergency…and those exploring a more integrative approach to optimal mental health.  Continuing education credits will be available for psychologists, MFTs, social workers, and nurses in the USA.

 Format: live online webinar on a user-friendly platform compatible with all devices, live discussion, dialogue with students online, self-reflection, and some articles. 

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

 Certification: IMHU is providing this webinar series as part of a training program for those seeking certification.  There will be a two-day practicum offered live in the EU and USA periodically through each year to complete the certification for those who finish the online coursework and choose to go on in the training.  Next Practicum is in Boston area, USA on June 3-4, 2017.  Certificants will  be listed in IMHU's  Directory of Spiritual Emergence Coaches .  This listing will facilitate networking amongst 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.

 FEE:   $249. usd   Payment plan of $85 per month for 3 months is also available.   Some partial scholarships are available.  

Fee for 7.5 hours of continuing education credit will be extra and must be paid at registration.    Contact for that information.

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 Guarantee: If you are not satisfied with the content of the course in the first 30 days we will refund your payment, on request.

Sponsors: Integrative Mental Health for You,

*Thanks to Paige Bradley for her lovely sculpture on the top of this page.