Important: ACISTE Directory Now Available

Important: ACISTE Directory Now Available

Jun 19

ACISTE

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NEW SUPPORT DIRECTORY FOR STERS SEEKING PROFESSIONAL HELP LAUNCHED
23 Professionals become ACISTE Certified
The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE) Newsletter
June 18, 2013

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The need for a support directory of qualified professionals became evident following two ACISTE surveys. Of the 60% of experiencers who had seen a professional in the past, 45% indicated it was due to issues related to their spiritually transformative experiences (STEs). In answer to the question, “ If you felt you needed to speak to a professional regarding your STE, would you seek out a professional that had specialized training and/or certification in dealing with STE issues? “ 72% indicated “yes.” 22% indicated “maybe.” 14.6% indicated they currently wished “to be referred to an ACISTE trained therapist or counselor to help me cope with particularly difficult challenges related to my experience.” Only 5% indicated there was no concern or challenge related to their STEs.

In response to the need expressed in these surveys, ACISTE began to develop its training programs for therapists and counselors beginning with its first conference on “Therapeutic Issues of Spiritually Transformative Experiences” and certification workshop in San Mateo, CA in October of 2012. Follow-up interviews were conducted and prospective certification applicants were individually evaluated for approaches, skills, knowledge, openness, appropriateness, etc. by our certification committee. ACISTE wishes to congratulate our first and newly certified mental health and spiritual guidance professionals who met or exceeded our requirements for certification. Those individuals include:

Dr. Amy Blanchard
Rev. Kiki Corbin
Howard Curtis
Inge Dean
Kathleen Marie Epp
Tina Fields
Linda Hartmann
Rev. Dr. Karen Herrick
Dr. Jan Holden
Dr. Liz Johnston
Dr. Pamela Kircher
Dr. Guadalupe Kirklin
Barbara Langer
Pamela McCorry
Dr. Diane Miles
Dr. Fabrice Nye
Suzann Robins
Dr. Ryan Rominger
Dr. Marilyn Schmidt
Dr. Gary Seeman
Eileen Tapper-McKelvey
Bill Virga
Sandy Wright.

Some facilitate free support or discussion groups.

Click here to see the beginnings of the new directory

If you are an experiencer seeking support from a professional, please check out our directory. Spiritual Guidance Counselors are available by phone/or Skype in all states. In person support is available or will soon be available from these professionals in CA, CO, NJ, NV and FL. After our conference in October, we anticipate expanding in-person availability to additional areas.

For additional information on spiritually transformative experiences and the work of ACISTE, visit the ACISTE website.

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