For Clinicians

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Thank you for your interest in our work at the Windbridge Research Center. This section is designed for professional, licensed clinicians who are looking for information about mental and physical health issues as they relate to mediums, intuitives, and clients who are suffering from the symptoms of grief and who wish to engage the services of a medium.

Quick Connections and Featured Content

Below are links to materials related to…

 

…Grief and Mediumship Readings (also see the “For the Mental Health Professional” section below)

The Potential Therapeutic Benefit of Mediumship Readings in the Treatment of Grief” (Fact Sheet by WRC)

Receiving a Mediumship Reading: Recommendations for Sitters” (Fact Sheet by WRC)
More detailed recommendations are available in the e-book Meaningful messages: Making the most of your mediumship reading. [Beischel, J. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE910V0/ ]

Beischel, J. (2014). Assisted after-death communication: A self-prescribed treatment for grief [Extended abstract]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 32, 161–165.
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Click here for a list of Windbridge Certified Research Mediums 

For a brief overview of our mediumship research findings, see “Major Research Findings.” For a more detailed discussion, see “Mediumship Research at the Windbridge Research Center by Director of Research, Julie Beischel, PhD.”

 

…Experiences of Contact with the Deceased (After-death Communication experiences, ADCs)

The introduction to this article discusses the ubiquitous, healthy nature of spontaneous ADCs:
Beischel, J. (2014). Assisted after-death communication: A self-prescribed treatment for grief [Extended abstract]. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 32, 161–165.
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These references discuss spontaneous, induced, and assisted ADCs in more detail:

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
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Beischel, J., Mosher, C., & Boccuzzi, M. (2018). Continuing bonds and spontaneous, induced, and assisted after-death communication experiences. In Klass, D. E., & Steffen, E. (Eds). Continuing bonds in bereavement: New directions for research and practice. London, UK: Routledge.

 

…Palliative or Hospice Care

End-of-Life Experiences: Advice for Caregivers” by Patricia Pearson, MSc (article in Threshold)

Passing On is an original PBS documentary “comprised of compelling, sensitive, and personal stories that frankly discuss the topics of death, dying, and end-of-life planning.” (57 min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZh0Zrv4e9c 

Share The Care is a system used by caregivers and their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and acquaintances that lets everyone share responsibilities. The simple, easy-to-follow system includes seven guiding principles and 23 forms to help create and maintain a caregiver network.

 

…Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)

Impacts of the NDE on Non-NDEers” by Ryan Rominger, PhD (article in Threshold)
 

 

…Experiencers’ Reports of Haunt-related Phenomena

Analyzing Linguistic Characteristics in Requests for Paranormal Investigations” by Mark Boccuzzi (article in Threshold)

 

…the Afterlife

The Afterlife as an Extension of Lifespan Development” by Pamela Rae Heath, MD, PsyD (article in Threshold)

 

Additional Information

 

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)

Citation:
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
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For Healthcare Professionals in General

Early stage research suggests that people who self-identify as mediums may have higher incidences of diseases and other conditions including autoimmune disorders and migraines as compared to the incidences reported in the general US population or in non-medium populations of similar ages and genders.

In addition, self-identified mediums report a higher incidence of childhood trauma than do non-medium populations of similar ages and genders. Because of the established relationship between childhood trauma and adult physical disease and our research finding that a single mediumship reading did not cause any changes in various hematological and psychophysiological factors in participants, we have concluded that the increased incidence of disease in mediums is related to the increased incidence of childhood trauma. Thus, we have concluded that it is not mediumship that causes an increase in disease but trauma that causes both disease and mediumship.

Citation: Beischel, J. (2015, May). Assessing hematological and psychophysiological correlates of anomalous information reception in mediums. 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scientific Exploration, Rockville, Maryland.

Studies are currently underway to explore these findings in more detail. More information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

 

 

Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies (TJICS)

TJICS is a free, online-only, open access peer-reviewed journal published by the Windbridge Research Center that disseminates information focusing on interdisciplinary studies of consciousness as it relates to dying, death, and what comes next. For more information, click here.

 


Publications.
For a listing of our peer-reviewed publications, click here. Papers are fully cited and many of the full texts are available for download as PDFs. You may also be interested in our listings of invited presentations and presentations at academic meetings. For a full list of all types of publications, please click here.

 

Additional Resources

Beischel, J. (Ed.) (2014). From the mouths of mediums vol. 1: Experiencing communication. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LWZITP0/

Beischel, J. (2013). Among mediums: A scientist’s quest for answers. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B1MZMHM/

Beischel, J. (2013). Meaningful messages: Making the most of your mediumship reading. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FE910V0/

Ritchey, D. (2003). The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P: Understanding the Anomalously Sensitive Person. Headline Books.

 

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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