How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency


Understand and learn from an expert about the basics of how to manage psycho-spiritual, transformative crises within yourself or with ones you care for. All Welcome. CEs available.

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5  ONLINE  Webinars on Effective Support for Someone in  Spiritual Emergency—Open to All!

(Also is Part One of Certification as a “Spiritual Emergence Coach®”)

  July 13 -August 10

Watch Recordings at Your Convenience–

PLUS: 2 Online LIVE meetups for students with facilitator for sharing/Q&A

Sundays: July 25 &  August 1st , 2021.  7-8 pm ET (in New York City)

4-5pm, PT in Los Angeles

Facilitator: Emma Bragdon, PhD

A renowned author of two classic books on Spiritual Emergency, a seasoned facilitator with 35+ years experience, and a pioneer in this field.

Spiritual Emergency

Spiritual Emergency is a profound and often dramatic transformational crisis.  The person is overwhelmed by psycho-spiritual experiences, including a Dark Night of the Soul, and 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,  spiritual plant medicines, 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.  Our Certified Spiritual Emergence Coaches are trained to offer support.

In The 5 Webinars You Learn:
  • The 12 different ways this crisis may manifest
  • The 9 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
  • How to best care for yourself during or after spiritual emergency
  • The positive transformative outcomes of spiritual emergency
  • What seers predicted (that we would be inundated with this crisis now)
Additional Bonuses
  1. Online Community During the course you will also be able to interact with Emma as well as fellow students via comment boxes within the written materials given each week and after each webinar. There is also a chat box for you to use during each webinar–and we have two online meetups during the webinar series in which we can interact, see and hear each other.
  2. Ongoing dialogue about articles, video interviews and various media clips   Comment boxes allow ongoing dialogue l about each week’s topic.  These can be accessed at your convenience.  You choose level of involvement.
  3. Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery and sharing process after the course is over. Together we continue the discussion to expand our understanding, interact with  fellow graduates of  the course, and get access to additional resources to take our exploration deeper. We share  experiences, projects and growth  in this broad international community.  Emma Bragdon continues dialogue with us here as well.
  4. Get acquainted with Certified Spiritual Emergence Coaches® who participate in the Facebook dialogue and are available in the Directory.  They will speak your language!

How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual EmergencyYou will also learn about:
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, cartoons, and personal stories. You will feel enriched by the information and more hopeful about the positive changes we can make in ourselves and in our mental healthcare to optimize wellbeing.

Emma Bragdon, PhD. Executive Director IMHUFacilitator:

Emma Bragdon, PhD, (Transpersonal Psychology) is an expert in the field of Spiritual Emergence and Emergency.  She’s been immersed in it as a pioneer,  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  Spiritual Emergency Network in the USA 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 and group facilitator.  She spent 6 months of every year from 2001-2012 in Brazil researching the positive potential of Spiritist Community Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals. Spiritists have cultivated a way to identify and work with Spiritual Emergency in extraordinary ways!


Everyone Welcome!   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.

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. (See vids that introduce you to certified Spiritual Emergence Coaches® to see what they do with the training here.)  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).


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.  Those who complete receive a certificate of completion for this course.


Webinars and Q&A sessions can be seen at your convenience.  Bonus materials as well.


Students who choose to go on can be considered for certification as a Spiritual Emergence Coach® after they complete two courses–this  online webinar series (Phase One)  and the associated Practicum course (Phase Two) on the practices of  Effectively Supporting  Someone in Spiritual Emergency.  The Practicum is offered live in the UK  and USA–sometimes other places when we  periodically accommodate invitations–throughout each year. Those who complete the two courses and satisfy our requirements listed in the application (ApplicationSEC2018) 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 support for their journeys. Certification will be considered after completion of both courses, proven proficiency in the skills we teach, acceptance of the policies (PrinciplesPolicies Req_SEC_Aug_2019F) we stand for, and being accepted by IMHU after a final personal interview.

Fee: $297. for the LIVE Course.  $200. for recordings plus two LIVE Q&A sessions
Scholarships: Some partial scholarships (click on UpdateScholarshipAppJan2018) are available to those with financial constraints.  We ask that full payment is completed before the course begins.  Contact us if you would like a payment plan.
Continuing Ed Credit:

Let us know at signup if you would like to receive Continuing Ed. Credit (add’l $50) [email protected]

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If you are not satisfied with the content of the course in the first 30 days we will refund your payment, on request. [email protected]


Q: What is a virtual or online course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is either a stable internet connection to see the video webinars or a phone line. You can easily use the link we provide via internet to connect to at no charge, and thus we can offer this webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.

We use to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.  The meetup format at zoom will allow us to see and hear each other.  The webinar format allows for Q&A through a chatbox and only the presenter and slides are seen online.

Please note that dialing into with phone numbers we provide may be a regular toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. We provide international numbers so you can often avoid long distance charges. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers.

I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion, and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.  – an online student

Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings of all course sessions from the online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live webinars or meetups. You can also engage the full community and instructor on our private community website associated with the course.

Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship please fill out our online application form, by clicking on UpdateScholarshipAppJan2018.

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with IMHU and this course is our highest priority! We offer a satisfaction guarantee so that you can sample the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is 2 weeks after the course begins. To request a refund, please email us at [email protected] and submit your request. Your refund will be processed within five business days and we’ll send you an email confirming your refund. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there is something we can assist you with, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help! (No refund requests accepted after the above date or with scholarship awards.)

Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
A: Please submit an online request form and we’ll get right back to you. [email protected]

Q: How long can I have access to the materials?

A: No limit.

10 reviews for How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency

  1. admin (store manager)

    “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

  2. admin (store manager)

    “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

  3. admin (store manager)

    “(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

  4. admin (store manager)

    “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

  5. admin (store manager)

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

  6. admin (store manager)

    “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 past Director of the Spiritual Emergence Network

  7. Emma Bragdon (store manager)

    “I really enjoyed this webinar series. It rounded out my knowledge of Spiritual Emergency. I took extensive notes…If you are wondering about the intersection of severe mental distress and spiritual awakening–this is a wonderful place to get a deep understanding.” –Phil Borges, Co-Producer of the film “Crazywise” and popular TedTalks speaker on “Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening.”

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathon F. (verified owner)

    This course was enlightening about my own experience and gave me so many great references to read and research historically and cross culturally. Thank you so much. Looking forward to the next course I take!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adelson Piñón (verified owner)

    Highly recommended! Dr. Emma Bragdon is a world-class figure in the field of transpersonal psychology. Her awesome course will vastly expand your concept of spirituality. The course includes fascinating and engaging webinars, online meet ups, and lots of eye-opening resources such as interviews, documentaries, peer reviewed articles, etc. The list of 20+ recommended books is highly valuable for any serious student. I´ve read many of Emma´s books and found them enjoyable and a great complement to the webinars.

    If you’re interested in spiritual emergence/emergency as an experiencer or as a health care provider, this course is for you! (Dr. Adelson Piñón, Spain)

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Evelyn (verified owner)

    gbUnited Kingdom

    I thought there were some great resources given within this training – and I particularly loved the Stanislav Grof framework of 12 sources of spiritual emergence/emergency. A wide range of material was covered, illustrating the various sources of spiritual emergency, which was really helpful.
    I thought there was too much emphasis on the Spiritist model of healing – which is interesting but only one of the available options.
    And I think there could be additional resources provided under the shamanic and hallucinogenic sections, where the information was limited.
    Overall however it has definitely added to my appreciation of the wide ranging causes of spiritual emergence/emergency and some of the options available to assist clients/patients who display some of these symptoms.
    I am not trained as a psychiatrist and hence discerning whether clients/patients are genuinely suffering from a mental health issue that may need psychiatric care or whether they are suffering from spirit attachments, connection with the non-local field or inforealm or other trauma (personal or ancestral or karmic) has always been one of my concerns. This course was helpful in giving some pointers to this dilemma.

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