October, 6-8, 2023 in Cambridge, MA
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Disturbances related to spiritual awakening are not in themselves indicators of illness or pathology and are often misdiagnosed by healthcare professionals. Generally, most healthcare providers were not trained to recognize or support someone in this process. The DSM-V alludes to “spiritual problems” but clumps all spiritually-based, anomalous events under the umbrella of "cultural phenomena" which does not adequately describe spiritual emergence or the crises that can arise called “spiritual emergency”. Because of this inadequate nomenclature, intense emerging phenomena in an awakening process can become confused with diagnoses of psychosis or mania.
This course teaches skills and provides time for practicing skills for interacting supportively with those in spiritual emergency or the process of awakening, spiritual emergence. Friday night will be a model support group in which participants can share experiences and resources. Students will clarify their personal strengths in working with those experiencing awakening as well as the need for enlisting collaborative colleagues. Ethical guidelines will be emphasized as well as the regulations for being a support person when one is or is not authorized as a healthcare provider.
Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. Training is open to those with lived experience, their loved ones, as well as healers, peer counselors, spiritual directors, and pastoral counselors.
To those who are not previously authorized to do one to one coaching or counseling: IMHU's training will cover how to lead support groups. You can be certified as a "Peer Coach" to lead support groups. IMHU cannot authorize you to do one to one coaching or counseling for those in spiritual crisis in a brief workshop. We subscribe to the idea that people who are able to connect and "be with" those in extreme states are often the best support people--whether they have had previous academic or professional training or not.
You are welcome to take the course if you want certification or not. We learn from each other’s perspectives and thus enrich our experience of the domain of spiritual emergency—and what kind of help is most beneficial for those in this particular crisis.
Pre-requisite: Students must take the course "How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency"--offered ongoing at IMHU.org.
At the end of the course you will be better able to:
For those who become certified as Spiritual Emergence Coaches®: Your take home also includes-
Partial Scholarships Available:
To Be Certified:
Application and Policies for Certification Spiritual Emergence Coach®:
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. Spiritual Competency Academy 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.
LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, 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 their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.
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.
Health and Wellness Coaches may petition for the CE credit themselves using the course description or apply through Westbrook University: https://courses.imhu.org/courses/IMH-ce-credits
Windsor, Vermont, USA
Windsor, VT is in central VT on the Connecticut River, close to I-91 & I-89. It is a historic village with an Amtrak station, a few nice restaurants, a brewery, and fantastic sculpture garden (see photo aove showing maze in the sculpture garden). Windsor has a lake for swimming, a river for kayaking, a mountain for skiing plus Paradise Park for year-round hiking. Participants can stay at the Snapdragon Inn or Windsor Mansion Inn in Windsor, or the Fairfield Inn in White River Jct, VT where the course will be taught. This Inn is within walking distance of an Amtrak station, a bus station, and on the intersection of I-89 and I-91.
Near Seattle, Washington, USA:
The Dumas Bay Centre is 20 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Room and Board are available there at a modest price.
Set on 12 acres, the setting embraces nature and beauty — on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound with an unimpeded view of the majestic Olympic Mountains. Walking trails thread through the property. Flowers abound.
Our location does not have beds so you will need to find a place to stay. Where we will meet is within an easy walk to bus stops, hotels and Airbnbs.
Please Note: This Practicum is educational in intent. It is not a replacement for psychotherapy or crisis care. If you are in a crisis or seeking immediate help for yourself or a loved one please consult your trusted healthcare provider.
Can I attend the course online? Do you do live-streaming?
No, this course has many experiential exercises and is only offered live. Live discussion with other participants and the facilitator is also an important part of the course. We want to meet each person who is applying to be certified.
Can I arrive late?
We make every effort to stick to a schedule. We begin on time, schedule our breaks, and stick to our end time each day. Each activity builds on the previous activity. For this reason, arriving late upsets your learning experience as well as the experience of the group. Out of respect for all participants, we ask that you stick to the schedule we give you. Participants arriving after the first 15 minutes will not be admitted to the course and will forfeit their payment in full. If they have registered for CE units they will also forfeit all of the units they registered for.
Are there scholarships available for this Training?
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.
What is your refund policy?
If you pay in full for this course and must cancel your reserved spot, we offer the following refunds: If you cancel up to 6 weeks before the course begins, we will give you a full refund minus $50. (admin. fee). If you cancel from 6 weeks to 3 weeks before the course begins we will offer you a 50% refund. If you cancel after 3 weeks before the course begins, we will not refund any of your payment. The trainings occur in areas where our facilitators must travel, rent space for the course, and pay for hotel accommodations and meals. We ask that you be respectful of how much time and energy we expend to organize these courses. (There are no refunds with scholarship awards.) If you are in an unexpected crisis, please let us know asap.
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