What is Spiritual Emergence

Spiritual Emergence occurs when people start seeking or experiencing themselves beyond their own personal, societal, or familial identity. Many things can precipitate a spiritual emergence experience. A few possibilities are a major life change, illness, near death experiences, a devotional religious or spiritual practice, drug induced experiences, or an out-of-body experience just to name a few. However, there are cases in which there was no apparent precipitating cause.

Emergence into new experiences of identity can be upsetting and disorienting as well as joyful, beautiful, calming, and nurturing experiences. Either way, they change the way a person interacts with the people and world around them. Support and education is key in helping people navigate the new world uncovered by their experiences and to integrate the new information many receive as a result of their experiences.

HOPE is here to help. Please return to this site periodically as we are in the process of creating new programs and will be introducing new services in the fall of 2013.

Mental Health Care/Guidance Professional Training and Support

As well as providing education and support for spiritual experiencers, HOPE provides training and support for:

Clinical Social Workers
Marriage and Family Therapists
Professional Counselors
Addiction Counselors
Pastoral Counselors
Spiritual Directors
Spiritual Life Coaches
Psychiatric Nurses
Psychological Assistants

Dr. Janice Miner Holden, Professor of Counseling & Higher Education at UNT, will be in Lubbock to train mental health care providers and other guidance professionals in determining “Religious or Spiritual Problems” as classified in the DSM-5 V-code in order to better diagnose & serve clients with spiritually transformative experiences.

This event will be held on September 28, 2013 at the Region 17 Education Service Center. The event will be held from 8 to 5 pm. CEU’s are included in registration fees.

For more information and registration please go to the Events tab above.

A monthly support group for MHP's and Guidance Professional's will begin August 24th. See the Support Group section under the SESN tab above for more details.

Advisory Council

HOPE is in the process of creating an advisory council. Advisory council members will meet on a quarterly basis to advise the Board of Directors on policies and procedures for the various programs HOPE is in the process of developing.

If you are Mental Health Care or Guidance Professional and are interested in volunteering as an advisory council member, please contact Elizabeth Sabet at elizabethj.sabet@gmail.com or call her at 806-928-7242.