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Janice Miner Holden

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Janice Miner Holden, Ed.D. is a professor of counseling at the University of North Texas, USA, who has researched near-death experiences for over 30 years. Her primary specialization is the transpersonal perspective in counseling, addressing the counseling implications of experiences that transcend the usual limits of space, time, and/or identity, and their associated developmental potential. In particular, she has researched near-death experiences (NDEs), with more than 30 journal articles and chapters as well as numerous presentations on the topic.

Beginning in 2000, she served 6 years on the board of directors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS), 3 of them as president. She was lead editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2009). At UNT, she developed and regularly teaches a course on the transpersonal perspective in counseling.

She is a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor, and American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE) Certified Mental Health Professional. Prof. Holden recently was presented with the "Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person" from the American Counseling Association for her contributions to the field.


She wrote Near-Death Experiences while Drowning - Dying is Not the End of Consciousness together with Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. about those who 'died' temporarily and how they felt when they returned from the other side. Professor Holden and Dr Avramidis' book presents a summary of 40 years of research on near-death experiences. It contains 22 drowning NDE accounts and recommendations for how water safety professionals, such as professional lifeguards and amateur lifesavers, can use NDE-related information in their work with people they successfully resuscitate.

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