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For the Mental Health Professional
The paper “The possible effects on bereavement of assisted after-death communication during readings with psychic mediums: A continuing bonds perspective” from Omega: Journal of Death and Dying offers an introduction to spontaneous, induced, and assisted after-death communications (ADCs); the three types of information most often reported by mediums; results from a pilot study; and future research directions including a randomized clinical trial [called the Bereavement And Mediumship (or BAM) Study].
We suggest that:
It would be beneficial for healthcare providers, counselors, caregivers, social workers, mental health professionals, chaplains, grief workers, palliative and hospice care professionals, volunteers, and other supportive individuals to be aware of the basics regarding the relationship between mediumship readings and grief in order to best serve the bereaved population. (p. 170)
You can access the full paper here:
Beischel, J., Mosher, C. & Boccuzzi, M. (2014-2015). The possible effects on bereavement of assisted after-death communication during readings with psychic mediums: A continuing bonds perspective. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 70(2), 169-194. doi: 10.2190/OM.70.2.b [Link opens a PDF document in a new window]
For Healthcare Professionals
Early stage research suggests that people who self-identify as intuitive may have higher incidences of autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and migraines as compared to the incidences reported in the general US population.
Studies are currently underway to explore these findings in more detail. More information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
ACISTE http://aciste.org/ The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE, pronounced ‘assist’) was “established to support people who have had spiritually transformative experiences (STEs).” They offer:
- Competency guidelines for professionals working with clients who may present issues related to their STEs
- Education, training, and certification to professionals who want to provide support for experiencers
- A directory of professionals certified by ACISTE
- Free online and regional support and discussion groups for individuals who’ve had STEs
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