• Welcome to the new ACISTE website!

    Welcome to the new ACISTE website!

  • Join Us

    Join Us

    Help support the work of ACISTE by becoming a member.

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  • Find an ACISTE Certified Support Professional

    Find an ACISTE Certified Support Professional

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  • Join Our Online Peer Networking Site

    Join Our Online Peer Networking Site

    Share videos, photos, chat, connect and learn from other experiencers.

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  • Become an ACISTE Certified Practitioner

    Become an ACISTE Certified Practitioner

    Are you a therapist, coach, or spiritual counselor interested in helping people integrate their spiritually transformative experiences?
    Get certified by ACISTE and get listed in our Support Directory!

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  • Conference Archive Available

    Conference Archive Available

    Archives from our past conferences are available.
    Find out about the great presentations we’ve brought you over the years.

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  • Audios · Videos · Books

    Audios · Videos · Books

    Check out our new online store!
    Purchases are available for immediate download.

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  • Research Project Announcements

    Research Project Announcements

    Learn about and participate in exciting new research projects…

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Welcome to ACISTE

ACISTE (American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences) was established in 2009 to support people who have spiritually transformative experiences (STEs). We welcome experiencers of diverse backgrounds and beliefs and address a wide variety of STEs. ACISTE is both a community of experiencers and a non-profit corporation. This website is your portal to that community and its many resources, which include:


  • Experiencer Forum
  • Directories of ACISTE Certified Mental Health Professionals, Spiritual Guidance Counselors and Life Coaches
  • Directory of Local Support and Discussion Groups

Information About STEs

  • Articles
  • Research
  • Conference CDs and Proceedings
  • Links to Other Resources

Practitioner Certification Programs

Volunteer Opportunities


  • Mission, Vision and Values
  • Program Overview
  • A Non-Profit Corporation established to support ACISTE’s ongoing mission with integrity
    ACISTE and this website are evolving as we take a greater share of the workload from Yolaine Stout, ACISTE’s founder, who continues to serve as our Executive Director. For more about that transition, please see our May 2015 news update.

News & Announcements

Research Project: Have you experienced a spiritual event that transformed your life?

A survey of how people integrate spiritually transformative experiences*. The study is oriented towards people who have had a profound life-changing spiritual experience that took months to years to integrate into their lives.

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2015 Conference Postponed to Focus our Efforts

As the November 2015 conference approached, the Board of Directors realized that our attention was divided between establishing ACISTE as a broader community endeavor and preparing for an annual conference.

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ACISTE has been going through its own spiritually transformative experience (STE), and it is now ready to re-emerge with new vigor.

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Thank you for a successful 2014 annual conference

ACISTE would like to thank you for making our 2014 annual conference a success…

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Looking for Case Narratives: Spiritually Transformative Experiences

Contribute to the training of professionals who help those who have had spiritually transformative experiences…

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Survey on Effects of Spiritual Experiences in Childhood Now Closed

Thank you to all of the respondents for this important study. Find out how to get a copy of the presentation of the results…

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Papers from 1st Annual ACISTE Conference Now Available

The 1st Annual ACISTE Conference has come and gone, but you can still get the papers from the conference…

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If you have had a spiritually transformative experience and would like to connect with other experiencers privately online in a supportive environment, join our Experiencer Forum.

Share videos, photos, chat, connect and learn from other experiencers. Over 433 experiencers participating!


ACISTE has completed the pilot phase for support groups and is gearing up to offer training to facilitators nationwide. If you have had a spiritually transformative experience and would like to either attend or facilitate a group, please send an email to indicating your interest and location in the United States here.