With the growing interest in the paranormal, the number of people who experience emotional problems due to their paranormal experiences grows as well. Very little research has been done by clinicians and social scientists on paranormal experiences as a part of the emotional functioning of people in their day to day lives. Consequently, people who suffer from such experiences have problems finding the help they need. The HJBF has set up a series of ‘Expert Meetings on Clinical Parapsychology’ to improve the basic knowledge of exceptional experiences and the problems that come with them.
The first expert meeting on clinical parapsychology in 2007 was held in Naarden, the Netherlands; twenty professionals from eight different countries came together to exchange their clinical experiences, scientific knowledge and personal opinions on how to support and counsel people within a professional setting, who are suffering from -alleged – paranormal or exceptional experiences. The outcomes of this meeting were published in the book ‘Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology: an introductory reader’. (this publication is available for free downloading here). This book is intended to be a practical guide for professionals who provide mental health care and counseling and are confronted with people who suffer from exceptional experiences.
The second expert meeting was held in June 2010 in Freiburg, Germany, and was organized in collaboration with the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health (IGPP) in Freiburg i. Br., Germany. Twenty-two invited participants from four different countries focused on case studies in a clinical setting and discussed actual cases from their praxis in detail. In order to respect the privacy of the clients, no reports of the meeting were published.
A third expert meeting was held in April 2012 in Paris, France. This meeting was hosted by the French ‘Institut Métapsychique International’ (IMI). In this meeting, twenty-one professionals from five different countries focused on clinical models for counseling, theoretical models, and practical experiences in counseling in welfare, psychology, and psychiatric contexts.