AMERICAN CENTER FOR THE INTEGRATION OF SPIRITUALLY TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES

Main Session: Ryan Rominger, PhD

Integration Models for the STE

Abstract

A core aspect of working with STErs, who may be experiencing the aftereffects of a significant life experience, is facilitating the integration process. However, before facilitating integration, we must first understand what “integration” means for such an individual. A definition of integration will be proposed, markers of integration presented, and the integration process will be discussed in the frameworks of continuous (gradual), discontinuous (stage-like), and multidimensional (systems) developmental processes. While some STErs experience gradual changes, with many smaller STEs leading to transformation (continuous development), others experience dramatic shifts in attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and even biology (discontinuous development). Additionally, aftereffects and the integration process may be viewed within the larger context of interpersonal, intrapersonal, and social changes (multidimensional or systems models). Each developmental model contributes a unique perspective on the integration process, and raises questions regarding the current STE literature, models of consciousness and personal development, and STE research. Conference attendees will be guided through an exercise to facilitate assessment of a current, past, or imagined STE client.

Presenter Bio

Ryan Rominger, Ph.D. Associate Professor at Sofia University and guest editor for IJTS and JNDS, has studied NDEs and STEs for the past 14 years. His research and publications include studies on spirituality of NDErs, integration of NDE aftereffects by experiencers and non-experiencers, disclosure and expression of STEs, and presence of STEs within therapy and consequent effects on therapeutic relationship and outcome. Ryan has been a Board member for ACISTE since 2011, is trained as a Spiritual Director and Expressive Artist, and leads the ACISTE Certification for Spiritual Guidance Counselors.

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