2-Day Practicum for Certification as a Spiritual Emergence Coach®


The Practicum is LIVE on location. It gives you experiential exercises and training to help you become more confident in coaching others experiencing Spiritual Emergence phenomena. Due to the global pandemic, we have had to suspend making a future schedule until we can safely meet again. Locations will remain the same.


 2-Day Practicum2-Day Practicum for Certification as a Spiritual Emergence Coach

Step 2 in Certification as a Spiritual Emergence Coach® 

Open to those with lived experience, their loved ones, as well as healers, peer counselors, spiritual directors, pastoral counselors, and  healthcare providers.

2021 Schedule—click on  locations below for details.

Unfortunately, because of the global pandemic, we cannot yet commit to dates for meeting in person.  We will post a new schedule as soon as it is feasible.  Locations will be the same. Sign up for IMHU newsletter to stay informed.

Facilitator: Emma Bragdon, PhD
renowned author of two classic books on Spiritual Emergency and a seasoned facilitator with 35+ years experience

Click here to see short videos that introduce you to  Certified Spiritual Emergence Coaches®

Benefits to you of Certification are described in full by clicking here. 

Your take home from the Practicum:
  • Guidelines for leading support groups for those in spiritual emergency and their loved ones
  • Practical application of techniques for supporting individuals in this crisis
  • Deepened connection with your community members to increase collaboration and team building
  • Clearer recognition of when it is appropriate to share your own training as a psychotherapist or your own gifts as a healer
  • Certificate of course completion
For those who become certified as Spiritual Emergence Coaches: Your take home also includes
  • Inclusion in Directory of IMHU’s Directory of Spiritual Emergence Coaches® giving your contact information to others who want to collaborate or find help for themselves or loved ones in crisis.
  • Certificate acknowledging you as a Spiritual Emergence Coach®
  • Licensed psychologists, MSW, LMFT, mental health counselors and nurses may also receive CEs
  • Use of logo for Spiritual Emergence Coaches on your website and promotional materials

2-Day Practicum for Certification as a Spiritual Emergence CoachAudience for Practicum:

Anyone with lived experience, their loved ones, as well as healers, peer counselors, spiritual directors and mental healthcare providers. We  learn from each others’ 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.  Group is limited to 20 people.

Pre-requisite Course:

Completion of online webinar series  How to Effectively Support Someone in Spiritual Emergency. See courses.imhu.org/courses/spiritual-emergency-support for more information.

To be Certified:

To qualify for certification you need to have some prior experience facilitating groups and/or authorization to coach, counsel, or give psychotherapy given by a reputable board in your state or country.   We ask you to provide IMHU with a reference from someone who has observed you and oversaw your work in that role.  See application for details.  After the Practicum is over an IMHU representative will have a brief personal interview with the applicant to discuss their readiness for being certified as a Spiritual Emergence Coach.


$750.  Payment plan is available.  If you are financially challenged, please apply for a partial scholarship by clicking on UpdateScholarshipAppJan2018.   

Continuing Ed:

Please contact us for more information on receiving 11 contact hours towards CE, info@IMHU.org 


See calendar at top of page and details below.


9am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday

Application and Policies for Certification Spiritual Emergence Coach®:

Please submit an application for becoming an IMHU Certified Spiritual Emergence Coach™  prior to taking the Practicum. Click for our Policies, Principles and Regulations: PrinciplesPolicies Req_SEC_Aug_2019F.  Click on ApplicationSEC2018 for application.

London, UK:  (2021 Dates TBA)


at North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 8JG

Close to the Tube, restaurants and two city parks.  Airbnbs easy to find.  We provide water, tea, coffee and lite snacks during the day.

Ojai, CA:  (2021 Dates TBA)


This Practicum will be at the Sane Living Center in central Ojai, CA on 316 E Matilija St.  The Hip Vegan Cafe is on site for meals or there are many other restaurant options close by.  We will meet 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There are a number of hotels, motels and inns in Ojai also Airbnb.   There are also wonderful opportunities for hiking, golf, walking the Pacific Ocean beach and other forms of recreation—even massage.

Ojai’s considered a primo ‘go-to’ spot and has always been prized by the Native Americans as a healing area!


Asheville, NC:   (2021 Dates TBA)

Asheville, NC Practicum Location

This Practicum will be at a retreat setting located 15 minutes from Asheville, NC airport in Flatrock at Highland Lake Cove.  It is about 20-30 minutes outside of Asheville, on a lake.  We will be meeting from 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, April 13 & 14.

If you are coming for the day: You may want to bring a picnic lunch. We will have coffee, tea and lite snacks on hand.

There are rooms for rent within the house where the course will be given! Please contact EB@IMHU.org for information and payment for the rooms in the house where the course is given. This house has a full kitchen, 3 bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen and 2 twin beds) and 3 full bathrooms. Prices range from $50-$85 per night for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). There is also a canoe for our use on the lake! Please bring your own food to prepare or plan to eat out.  The course does not provide meal service.

Highland Lake Cove (HLC) also has rooms and cabins for rent if you care to spend one night or more in a more private atmosphere alone or with family (hlinn.com/western-nc-cabins). Your family will find plenty to do while you are taking the Practicum! Prices for overnight range from $50 – $150 per night, depending on your choice of accommodations.  HLC also has an excellent restaurant onsite where you can purchase 3 meals a day (hlinn.com/seasons). A  coop for snacks and good meals is 7 min. drive by car.  If you want to reserve a room or cabin, contact Jana Amsellem by email: jana.amsellem@gmail.com.

This is another favorite area for getting away from it all. Carl Sandburg had his home close by and wrote Pulitzer prize winning poetry there.

Boston, MA:  (2021 Dates TBA)

Boston, MA Practicum Location

This Practicum will be in a Carriage House, remodeled as a meeting area in a residential neighborhood.  Address is 87 Pleasant St, Arlington, MA.

We will be meeting from 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

If you are flying in: There is public transportation from the airport.

Our location does not have beds so you will need to find a place to stay. Where we meet is within an easy walk to busstops, hotels and Airbnbs close to the center of Arlington.

The area has many choices of restaurants.  In the past, participants have enjoyed eating lunch out together, sometimes dinner as well.  Alternatively, you are also welcome to bring your lunch and eat onsite in the garden area.  We will have water and lite snacks on hand.

Like to walk? We will be close to large playing fields and a walkway next to a lake. Perfect for a picnic or after lunch leg stretch or casual walk, bike ride, or jog at the end of the day.


Emma Bragdon, PhD. Executive Director IMHUCourse Facilitator:

Emma Bragdon, PhD, (Transpersonal Psychology) is an expert in the field of Spiritual Emergence and Emergency.  She’s been immersed in it as a 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, IMHU.org.  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 Grof’s Spiritual Emergency Network from 1984-1991 and Editor of its newsletter and Journal. She was licensed as a psychotherapist in 1988 and has expanded that practice by serving also as a spiritual guide.  She spent 6 months of every year from 2001-2012 in Brazil researching the positive potential of Spiritist Community Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals.www.EmmaBragdon.com, IMHU.org 

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I attend the course online? Do you do live-streaming?
A: 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.

Q: Can I arrive late?
A: 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.

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: 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.

Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
A: Please submit an online request form and we’ll get right back to you. info@imhu.org

Contact us if you would like to receive Continuing Ed. Credit (add’l $50)

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6 reviews for 2-Day Practicum for Certification as a Spiritual Emergence Coach®

  1. admin (store manager)

    “I was elated after the Practicum! I felt “If I die today, it’s all good, because I just had one of the most healing and educational experiences of my life”… Now I’m part of a vast community of new friends and like-minded people… The tools I learned in the workshop were applicable the first few hours back at the job helping people with addiction and mental health issues.” —William Smith, Addictions Counselor

  2. admin (store manager)

    “Great experiential learning opportunity that helped me develop more tools to help others in crisis!” —Licensed Psychologist

  3. admin (store manager)

    “Excellent course for anyone at all interested in this field.” —Massage Therapist

  4. admin (store manager)

    “Focused on very practical skills for care and support. Excellent hand-outs with resources and guidelines.” —Peer Support Worker

  5. admin (store manager)

    “It was awesome!” —Licensed Social Worker

  6. admin (store manager)

    “…essential for anyone who wants to work with people experiencing spiritual emergency or psycho-spiritual transformation. Emma teaches material, skills and methods with wisdom and compassion and shares her knowledge and expertise with clear purpose. The fact that this course is unique in the world at this time also makes it a highly valuable opportunity.” —Jen MacDonald, Peer Counselor; Toronto,Canada

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