Spirituality and/or spiritual practices can be a dynamic and extremely positive component of mental healthcare…helping optimize mental health.  Lisa Miller, PhD reports on research in her 2021 book, The Awakened Brain, noting that dedication to spiritual practices measurably changes the structure of the brain and brainwave patters making us much less prone to depression.  Spirituality heals!  It also strengthens our ability to perceive and orient in the world, and see ourselves clearly.

As we expand awareness through spiritual practices we grow.  That's the process of spiritual "emergence".  When we join others in mutual support the process of emergence can be gentle and easy--bringing us gradually into deeper peace and feelings of profound fulfillment.


  • A 67 minute, pre-recorded webinar with colorful slides with Emma Bragdon, PhD 
  • A 5 minute interview with Lisa Miller, PhD
  • 18 min vid introducing psychiatrists in London belonging to a special interest group in Spirituality
  • A worksheet to guide you in personal reflection.
  • Resources for further reading and viewing.

Your Takehome:

You will learn 10 ways to bring spirituality into mental healthcare.  You will learn about a 100+ year old tradition in Brazil and an ancient tradition in India used for over 1,000 years.  Both are effective models we can learn from to inspire positive changes in our own lives. 

You will learn the healing power of :

  • Getting support from  peer specialists, 
  • Education about spiritual practices like meditation and prayer, 
  • Meeting in facilitated groups to discuss themes related to spirituality, the purpose of life, the experience of death, 
  •  Energy work, 
  • Learning how to support spiritual evolution in yourself and others.

Using spirituality in mental healthcare assists in getting to the real cause of mental disturbance–which western, conventional psychiatry is still unable to pinpoint.

You may be inspired to bring this multi-cultural knowledge of the power of spirituality to your own community –or simply use it to improve your own wellbeing.


For anyone interested in reducing stigma, encouraging healing and growth, and improving mental health care resources in their communities. It will also be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about spiritual emergence as a way to optimize mental health.  Highly recommended for healthcare providers to expand their own ideas of how to make treatment more effective .


At your convenience.   You will have immediate access to the course when you register.


Online, on our learning platform.  It’s user-friendly!


$49.00 for personal use.  

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Emma Bragdon, PhD is the Founder/ Director of the Integrative Mental Health University,  She has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and was licensed as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist in 1988.  She has been a meditator since 1966.  She has published 7 books and co-produced 2 documentary films on themes related to spirituality and  health.   Two of the books are on Spiritism in Brazil.  From 2001-2012 she spent 6 months of each year in Brazil studying Spiritism.  She currently conducts a one week seminar with her associates in Brazil for mental health care providers who want to learn more about Spiritist Psychiatry and Spiritist Community Centers.   

Continuing Ed. Credits

Continuing Education Credits are available for this course for mental health professionals, nurses and MDs. Go to to sign up for them. The fee is $50. for each course and we need you to fill out an application to specify some details for each course you take. On completion this course can award you with 1.5 Continuing Education credits or CMEs. Everyone will receive a course completion certificate on completion.

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  1. “The webinar was wonderful. The straightforward approach to delivering challenging concepts balanced by supporting an Optimal Wellness potential, the whole person paradigm, is so key to redefining the normal that has been standardized…people want to know where they’re going and what that looks like. The Spiritism metaphysical and existential meaning of illness as an opportunity to becoming more loving and wise, can only be a huge relief to those grasping at straws to make meaning of their mental or physical pain.”– Terry Monell, MA

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