Spiritual Emergence Support Network
HOPE has created a support network for spiritual experiencers, their families and for the mental health and guidance professionals that assist them. The goal of the SESN is to be a place of education, strength, friendship and healing for all who attend the various programs. HOPE has always been committed to creating safe spaces for people to grow and evolve into their potential both in the world and spiritually. HOPE has no religious affiliations or dogma and no religious requirements need be met to be a part of any HOPE SESN activity. Services and programs are available to anyone of any spiritual tradition and to those with no religious or spiritual affiliation.
The first step in the process was to create ongoing training on a local level and provide a support group specifically designed for mental health and guidance professionals. HOPE has become a certified CEU provider for MHP’s in Texas and HOPE’s 1st Annual Symposium on the Therapeutic Issues of Spiritual Emergence will be held September 28th, 2013 in Lubbock, Texas. HOPE has been invited to co-sponsor the ACISTE National Conference on the Therapeutic Issues of Spritually Transformative Experiences along with the University of North Texas, Sofia University, The Spiritual Competency Resource Center, and other national organizations.
A comprehensive pilot program of support groups began in August, 2013 in Lubbock, Texas. Monthly support groups were held for Spiritual Experiencers, Empaths, Women’s Spiritual Support, and also a support group specifically for Mental Health and Guidance Professionals that either have spiritual experiences themselves or work with those who do. What we discovered from this project is what experiencers need most is a diverse and supportive community and trained professionals that they can connect with and help them integrate their experiences into daily living.
As the program develops HOPE will offer these services in other cities via its Sister City Project. If you are interested in created holistic community in your city, please contact Elizabeth Sabet at 806-928-7242.