How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency: Spring, 2022


Understand and learn from an expert about the basics of how to manage psycho-spiritual, transformative crises within yourself or with those you care for. Continuing Education Credit--10.5 hours available for healthcare professionals (nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, certified health and wellness coaches).

Pricing options

Some partial scholarships are available for those with financial constraints. See below.

Bundle: This Course and the Practicum

Save money by bundling--qualify to become a Spiritual Emergence Coach®

If you purchase both courses together you can get a discount. The Practicum is given several times a year, live on location. Learn more below.
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Emma Bragdon, Facilitator

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5  ONLINE  Webinars 

How to Effectively Support Someone in  Spiritual Emergency

Open to All!-10.5 Continuing Ed Credits Available

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

  Week of March 7 - April 9, 2022

Watch 5 Recorded Webinars at Your Convenience– One each week for 5 weeks

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

2 Saturdays: March 19 & April 9, 2022.  

11am-12:30pm ET (in New York City)

8-9:30am, PT in Los Angeles

4-5:30pm, in UK

5-6:30pm in EU

(For AU students: noon in Sydney on March 19 & April 9 which will be 8pm March 18 & April 8, EST )

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.  She is honored to be one of 4 teachers in the Grof® Legacy Training in Latin America.

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.

Course Description

This course includes 5 pre-recorded online webinars you can view at your convenience as well as 2 live, scheduled online meetups with Emma Bragdon, PhD for Q&A, personal sharing, and discussion.  All Welcome.  

Teachings are designed for healthcare professionals but the general public is welcome to join. You will understand and learn from an expert about the basics of how to manage psycho-spiritual, transformative crises within yourself, and with ones you care for.   Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. 

Health care providers will learn about the theory that distinguishes spiritual emergency (a psycho-spiritual crisis) from distinct mental illnesses and thus expand their ability to make accurate diagnoses and successful treatment plans.   Methods for working with people in spiritual emergency (treatment) will be covered, articulating best practices for optimal outcomes.  Course includes references to recent research in peer-reviewed journals to provide evidence base for course content as well as books for further exploration. Continuing Education credit is available for healthcare providers who successfully complete a quiz at the end of the home-study portion (see details below).

Participants may wish to follow this course with a live, on location 2-day workshop, called the Spiritual Emergence Coach Practicum.  It builds practical skills in optimal methods for successfully assisting a person to a positive outcome of spiritual emergency.  Completion of the Practicum qualifies a participant to become certified as a “Spiritual Emergence Coach®”.  

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 bio-medical 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 to others in this crisis.

At the end of the program participants will be better able to:

  • List 12 different ways a psycho-spiritual crisis may manifest
  • Describe 9 catalysts of spiritual emergency
  • Compare ways to recognize a spiritual emergency vis a vis distinct mental disorders
  • Design a plan for best care for someone in spiritual emergency
  • Explain the positive, transformative outcomes of spiritual emergency that are possible when the crisis is managed appropriately

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!
  5. CE credit available for licensed psychologists, MFC, and nurses.

How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual EmergencyIncludes:

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 approximately 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 in addition to Spiritist treatments. What’s unusual in the hospitals is that psychiatrists collaborate with medical intuitives for both diagnosis and treatment—and enhance the effectiveness of both.  IMHU now offers an exciting new course on Spiritist Therapies and the Spiritist paradigm of care--offered by Spiritist psychiatrists, MDs and Spiritist mediums with perspectives of a US based psychiatrist.


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. 


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. 

Certificate of Course Completion: 

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


Webinars and bonus materials can be seen at your convenience.  Online meetups are at a specific time and are not recorded.


Students  can be considered for certification as a Spiritual Emergence Coach® after they complete this  online webinar series (Phase One)  and the associated Practicum course (Phase Two).  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 facilitates networking among providers, advances awareness of spiritual emergence phenomena throughout the world, and is 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.

  $225.usd   includes 5 webinars and two LIVE Q&A sessions with students + facilitator.
Some partial scholarships  are available for those with financial constraints. (click HERE)
Continuing Ed Credit Fee:

10.5 hours of continuing education credits is available for psychologists, MFTs, social workers, and nurses in the USA. Scroll down the page for more details.

Go to to sign up  for CEs.  There is an extra charge of $75. per course.

You Are Protected By IMHU’s Money-Back Guarantee:  If you are not satisfied with the content of the course in the first 15 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 view the recordings of all webinars from the online course materials, so you never need to worry about missing live webinars--when course is offered live. You can also engage the full community and instructor on our private community website associated with the course.  Live meetups are not recorded so as to protect privacy of students who are participating.

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  and we’ll get right back to you. [email protected]

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

A: No limit.


from past students

“FIVE STARS! I learned so much from this course, so much so that it was a catalyst for my own personal transformation and growth. It also came at the perfect time and has helped me through some traumatic experiences and helped me to stay strong for and help others going through spiritual emergency. I loved every minute of this and cannot wait to share the vital knowledge I have gained. Everyone should take this course! Thank you so much, Emma Bragdon!!! ”

Bryn Square

“FIVE STARS! It is very healing to have your own personal experiences named and identified, and then to be able to take that information into a self practice and then out into our communities and begin to help others. Thank you to Emma for all of your teaching and work that you have done to bring these healing tools to the world.”

Tessa Cooke

““Five Stars! “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 Crazywise film

“FIVE STARS! “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.

“FIVE STARS! “(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


“FIVE STARS! “We so need what Dr. Bragdon has to teach us. I recommend her courses highly and without reservation.” ”

David Anick, MD (psychiatrist)


“FIVE STARS! “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 (Counseling Psychology)

“FIVE STARS “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, PhD. Director of Spiritual Emergence Network in USA

10.5 CEs Available for Those Who Register for Them

All Students Receive Certificate of Completion

Register for CEs at Fee is $75. for CEs for this course.

Information on Continuing Ed Credit for Healthcare Professionals

$75 USD Fee for 10.5 Units. Register at

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

  • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes.

  • Health and Wellness Coaches can apply for CE credits for this course directly through NBC-HWC. They wish to review on a case-by-case basis before allowing CE credits for this course.

  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Integrative Mental Health for You-The Academy, [email protected]. For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at [email protected].

  • The APA does not allow partial credit to be earned for a course; we cannot provide a participant who missed a live session (or was more than 15 minutes late or left early from any live session) with fewer CE hours for our 10.5-hour class. This applies to all participants seeking credit. Otherwise, the participant forfeits all of their CE hours.

  • Fee for CE Credit is $75. Go to to register. Certificate will be sent to your email address after successful completion of course and quiz.

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