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H.O.P.E will be participating in the 2016 Family Therapy Symposium at TTU.

The topic will be :  Ethical and Cultural Sensitivity: Guiding clients through spiritual experiences

Presented by: Elizabeth Sabet, PCC, ACSLC Sarah Stoune, M.Ed., LPC

Date: February 26th, 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm. Registration Deadline: February 1rst

For more information, contact Nicole Springer :

email: nicole.springer@ttu.edu ; phone:  806-742-3074.



In 2016, HOPE will be launching a Statewide Training Program CEUs for social workers and mental health professionals.

Why Should you Consider this Training?

Studies show clients often have negative experiences when disclosing their potentially Spiritually Transformative Experiences (pSTEs) to mental health professionals. Professionals who dismiss or misdiagnose pSTEs risk being culturally insensitive and therapeutically harmful.  HOPE will be launching a CEU training program in January 2016 to address issues of ethics and professional practice and discuss practical methods for counseling clients with pSTEs. Presenters will provide information on the ethical and multicultural importance of addressing client’s pSTEs, information to help practitioners to distinguish between symptoms of a pSTE and mental health disorders, and practical advice on how to sensitively guide clients through a process of understanding and integrating their pSTEs in a healthy, productive way.

Topics Covered During Training

Some of the topics to be discussed in the 2016 program are as follows:
  • Defining the Potentially Transformative Spiritual Experience and Why Therapists Need to Know
    Techniques for Helping Clients Make Meaning of their pSTE
    The Impact of Near Death Experiences and their Aftermath on Experiencers and their Families.
  • Helping the Dying (and their families) Have a Good Death
  • The Challenges of Disclosing pSTEs in a Therapeutic Setting From the Client’s Perspective
  • The Ethics of Being a Spiritually Aware Therapist
  • Dissociative Disorder vs. Out-of-Body Experiences
  • Schizophrenia vs. Acute Spiritual Emergency
    Assessment for Religious and Spiritual Beliefs and Experiences


The cost per session is:

  • $25 for Faculty and Professionals
  • $15 for Students


Dates of training are to be announced. Be sure to visit the website for updates beginning January.

Training Facilitators

ELIZABETH SABET, PCC, ACSLC is the Co-Founder and Director of HOPE – Holistic Options for People Everywhere, www.hope-nonprofit.org,  and works as a Transpersonal Transformational Life Coach.  She has worked since 2006 to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the principles of holism in the fields of integrated health, parenting, community relations, team building, and spiritual development.  Her background is in administrative law dispute resolution, training, and the management of early childhood programs. She has had many STEs since childhood and has worked professionally since 2007 empowering STEers to integrate their experiences into meaningful transformation.  She is also on the board of ACISTE – The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences. www.acite.org


IMG_3699SARAH STOUNE , earned her Masters Degree in Counselor Education from Texas Tech University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. She is the owner of Partners For Change Counseling, LLC, a Reiki Master Teacher, and trained in EMDR. In her private counseling practice she works from a Person Centered perspective, encouraging her clients to take the role of expert about their own lives, while her role is as an educated observer and guide. She is able to use a variety of approaches, including CBT, Solution Focused,  EMDR, Positive Psychology, and Transpersonal theory to help her clients in whatever way they may require to meet their goals. She specializes in working with clients depression and anxiety; healing past traumas with EMDR; helping people navigate life transitions and identity changes, especially those in adolescence and end-of-life;  supporting clients as they process Spiritually Transformative Experiences, and coaching clients with ADHD.  Her clinical experience includes work with a variety of populations and issues at Family Counseling Services, a United Way partner agency in Lubbock, TX; performing psychological testing for a Clinical Psychologist; and counseling seniors at Inspirations, an intensive outpatient group therapy program for older adults in New Deal, TX. Her background in personal spiritual exploration, early childhood development, and graphic arts each uniquely inform her current counseling work.