Open Learning Course
Note: This course cannot offer therapeutic support to those currently experiencing spiritual / mental emergencies. Please turn to relevant providers in your community/country to access support. The Spiritual Emergence Network also provides links to potential support resources by country.
Spiritual emergencies occur throughout the life span, triggered by sudden losses and spontaneous visionary experiences. Major losses include questioning of faith, illness, grief and dying. Visionary spiritual crises, such as mystical, psychic, near death, and alien encounter experiences challenge our understanding of the world and can be confusing and frightening. The self can become disorganized by an infusion of spiritual energies or new realms of experience which a person may find overwhelming. While such challenges can produce a period of distress and imbalance, once recognized and approached as potentially transformative, many clients can integrate episodes of spiritual emergency in ways that promote their growth and development.
This course focuses on recognizing spiritual emergencies and best practices to allow individuals to express and ultimately work through their extreme states with a therapist who draws on heart-centered ways of “being with” an individual in an extreme state. Fostering integration of spiritual emergencies rather than trying to “reduce symptoms” can enable them to become Spiritually Transformative Experiences.
In this course you’ll get an opportunity to:
Your Course Leader
Study Spiritual Emergencies with David Lukoff, PhD.
David is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA and a licensed psychologist in California. His work focuses on spiritual issues and mental health. He is author of 80 articles and chapters and is co-author of the DSM-IV and DSM-5 category Religious or Spiritual Problem. He is an active workshop presenter internationally providing training for psychologists in spiritual competency, loss, grief, death, recovery, and spiritual crises.
David has served on the faculties of Harvard, UCLA, Oxnard College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Saybrook, and been an active workshop presenter providing training for psychologists in spiritual competencies in areas such as loss and grief, death and illness, spiritual problems and emergencies as well as in Japan, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Russia, Romania, Portugal, France, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Lithuania, Kyrgystan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, and England.
Course Introduction David Lukoff, PhD.
There are no formal entry requirements to join this course. Come and study purely for personal interest and enrichment … and get the same level access as our postgraduate students who will be studying alongside you!
Length of study: 8 weeks.
Before the course begins you will be provided with a Course Outline which will list the reading materials, time-lines, and any activities required as part of the course. This course features discussion forums, experiential activities and several live webinars.
In addition to the extensive course materials and access to online student communities and forums, you’ll also receive 1-on-1 tutoring in our unique collaborative learning environment.
Start date: December 2017
This course runs for 8 weeks and starts in December 2017 – we encourage enrolment by October 31st 2017 to ensure a seat. You can study at your own pace and partake in the webinars and forums as much as you like. Course materials and other resources will be available to download.
Register for Spiritual Emergencies
If you would like to enrol on our Spiritual Emergencies course, simply complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you. We offer a unique learning experience and will be here to guide you through every step of your learning.