2013: 2nd Annual ACISTE Conference

Therapeutic Issues of Spiritually Transformative Experiences

Topics included:

  • Spiritual experiences: reality or delusion?
  • How are people differently affected, challenged or transformed by spiritual experiences?
  • How do different cultures deal with such experiences?
  • How are children affected by these experiences?
  • What are some possible explanations for these experiences?
  • What types of spiritually transformative experiences are there?
  • What are some therapeutic approaches?

2013 Presentations & Breakout Sessions

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Keynote Presentation: Bruce Greyson, PhD

Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar

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Main Session: Carl Culbertson, M.Div.,PhD

Some Key Contributions of C. G. Jung to the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences in Psychotherapy

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Main Session: David Hufford, PhD

The Healing Power of Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences

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Main Session: Emma Bragdon, PhD

Compassionate Care and Feeding of STE in Brazil: A 130 Year Old Tradition

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Main Session: Frank Pasciuti, PhD

A Chrysalis Crisis: Within Its Danger Lies the Opportunity for Transformation

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Main Session: Genie Palmer, PhD

Exceptional Human Experiences (EHEs): Therapeutic benefits and consequences of disclosure

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Main Session: Peggy Lesniewicz, M.A., Ph.D., LPCC

Providing Care for Christians Experiencing Spiritual Emergency

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Breakout Session: Diana DiFranco, L.C.S.W.

The STE Client’s Perspective on Professional Support: Results from ACISTE Survey

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Breakout Session: Pamela Kircher, MD, CHT

Childhood Near-Death Experiences: Initial Adjustment Process and their Long-Term Impact

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Breakout Session: Mary Culbertson, PhD

Dream Analysis in Psychotherapy, a Spiritually Transformative Experience

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Breakout Session: Julie Beischel, PhD

Assisted After-death Communication: A Self-prescribed Treatment for Grief

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Breakout Session: Valerie Keating, MA, PsyD, LPC

Building A Bridge Between Heaven and Earth: Helping Clients To Reground and Reorganize As A Human/Spirit Hybrid

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Breakout Session: Linda Smith, JD, PhD, MA, PC

Dying, Death, and Near-Death Phenomena: Validations from the Quantum World

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Breakout Session: Nancy Evans Bush, MA

The Therapeutic Challenge of Distressing NDEs

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Breakout Session: Kimberly Jeska, PhD

Parents and their Children’s Meaning-Making and Understanding of After-Death Communication: An Intuitive Inquiry

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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.