Books / Film

The Newest DSMThe Newest DSM*:
Deliberately Seeking Mental Health

Author/Editor: Emma Bragdon, PhD.

Published in 2013

A colorful, informative and humorous view into the causes of mental disturbance and the symptoms they produce… recommends some effective treatments, too.  (Older DSM books say very little about causes & treatments.)  Perfect waiting room fare for the office of a health professional (just print it up), and a heart-warming, fun, inspiring self-help manual for others!  21 pages/ full color graphics.

Format: pdf document
Cost: $4.95  (Helps us raise funds for Integrative Mental Health University)
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The Call of Spiritual Emergency

The Call of Spiritual Emergency:
From Personal Crisis to
Personal Transformation

Author: Emma Bragdon, PhD.

First published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1990.  New edition, 2013
Copies available through  Softcover and ebook formats.

Learn more about the phenomena of spiritual awakening.  Read compelling stories of those who tell about their unusual experiences. Recognize the triggers for spiritual emergency and realize that currently more people all over the world are going through these evolutionary psychic openings that leave us more intuitive, more telepathic, more compassionate, and wanting to be of assistance to others on the path of evolution. Learn how to recognize and care for someone in spiritual emergency–without confusing their disorientation with “going crazy” and thinking they must need to be medicated. see Spiritual

Resources for Extraordinary HealingResources for Extraordinary Healing:
Schizophrenia, Bipolar and
Other Serious Mental Illnesses

Published in  2012
by Lightening Up Press

Author: Emma Bragdon, PhD.

This book clarifies the need for a cautious approach to psychiatric medication, reveals the model of integrative psychiatric care used in Brazil, and offers a well-organized description and list of resources for those who live outside Brazil who want integrative care. You will meet a groundbreaking new paradigm that illuminates the practical application of spirituality to mental health care.

Compelling real-life stories point the way. Contact information for safe homes, sanctuaries, empowerment centers and private practitioners are given with recommendations for further learning, making this an excellent guide and an inspiring reference for those suffering with emotional disturbances, their families, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, healthcare providers and students.

We have 6 times more people with serious mental illness now then we did in the 1950s. We still don’t know the full story of the origin of mental disturbances in the USA. Brazil is our guide.

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Price for Ebook:$9.99.

Spiritism and Mental HealthSpiritism and Mental Health: Practices from Spiritist Centers and Spiritist Psychiatric Hospitals

Published in 2011
by Singing Dragon, an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Author: Emma Bragdon, PhD.

Foreword by James Lake, MD.

Practiced in community centers and psychiatric hospitals throughout Brazil, Spiritist therapies are gaining increasing recognition internationally for their ability to complement conventional medicine. This pioneering text is the first comprehensive account of the philosophy, theory, practical applications and wider relevance of Spiritist therapies to be published in the English language.

Leading practitioners and researchers in the field describe the history, principles and diagnostic processes of the Spiritist approach to mental health, and provide an extensive summary of the various methodologies used, including spiritual mediumship, energy work, prayer, homeopathy, past life regression and the practice of integrating spirituality into counselling and psychotherapy. Considering the ways in which Spiritism aligns with contemporary science, they show that the Spiritist model has the potential to bring about a positive transformation in the ways in which mental health care is conceptualized and delivered around the globe. The final part of the book explores how we can include Spiritist treatments in our own hospitals and clinics and further research into this dynamic integrative approach to mental health.

Providing important new insights into the rich tradition of Brazilian Spiritism, this authoritative text will be of interest to mental health professionals, counselors, therapists and alternative and complementary health practitioners.

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Helping People with Spiritual ProblemsA Sourcebook for Helping People with Spiritual Problems
Former title: A Sourcebook for Helping People in Spiritual Emergency

Lightening Up Press, 2006 (2nd edition, revised)

Author: Emma Bragdon, PhD.

 Foreword: David Lukoff, PhD.

A classic on recognizing the difference between mental breakdown and spiritual breakthrough into higher levels of functioning. A handbook for health professionals and a practical guide for those undergoing spiritual awakening or caring for someone in spiritual crisis.
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Kardec's SpiritismKardec’s Spiritism: A Home for Healing and Spiritual Evolution

Author: Emma Bragdon, PhD.

Foreword by Rustum Roy, PhD.

Lightening Up Press, 2004.

Visit for more information.Emma Bragdon visits contemporary Spiritualist Centers in Brazil, interviews leaders and students, and reveals what is so effective about the healing practices in these centers. Especially interesting for anyone getting acquainted with Spiritism and comparing it to Spiritualism.
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Spiritual AlliancesSpiritual Alliances:
Discovering the Roots of Health at the Casa de Dom Inácio 

Lightening Up Press, 2002

Author: Emma Bragdon, PhD.

Foreword by Stanley Krippner, PhD.

Emma Bragdon, a psychologist, visits John of God’s sanctuary in Brazil and interviews both physicians and patients there, recording their perspectives on John’s healing practices. Useful for comparing his healing work to conventional healthcare. has more information

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A 33 minute film.  Released in 2008   Distributed by Spiritual Alliances, LLC

Spirituality is intimately tied to wellness. We see this in Spiritual Centers in Brazil where psychic mediums and healers use specific ’Spiritist’ therapies to help people heal from mental and physical illnesses, and enhance spiritual growth.

  • Witness the secret, gentle process of releasing mental patients from obsessions and negative thinking — which has helped severely ill patients return to normal life.
  • See a form of laying-on-of-hands Spiritists use to help patients heal from cancer and other degenerative diseases.
  • Hear about the steps of personal transformation needed for true healing.  Compelling interviews with physicians and Spiritist leaders give backbone to the effectiveness of these therapies. Intimate, dramatic footage of indigenous healers communing with God and Nature depict the potential human beings have always had for direct communication with benevolent, intelligent, invisible forces.

Spiritist Therapies have been developed in community centers, hospitals and clinics for more than 150 years in Brazil. We invite you to contemplate how successful they are in feeding our spiritual hunger and whether these approaches can help our ailing health care system. We invite you to contemplate the notion that they are facilitating participants in reaching their highest human potential.

This  documentary is important for anyone interested in spiritual healing, Reiki, Touch-for-Health, nursing, shamanism, cross-cultural medicine, human potential, and Whole Person Health, ie. Body, Mind, and Spirit Health. It dispels myths that Spiritism is involved with voodoo, animal sacrifice and superstition. It validates the contemporary, scientific aspects of spiritual healing–suggesting these therapies have a place alongside conventional allopathic care. It invites further discussion, study and research.

Co-produced by Emma Bragdon and Anne Macksoud.

In English with options for subtitles in French, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish has this for purchase or rent through

The film “I do not heal, God is the one who heals: A Tribute to John of God” is no longer available to view.