Dr. Jan Holden Discusses NDEs (Near Death Experiences)

Science and Spirituality come together once again in this smashing interview with University of North Texas professor and past IANDS President, Dr. Jan Holden.

Jan Holden has her finger on the pulse of so much of the international research being done on NDE’s, Past Life Regression, ADC and what is termed, “Verdical Perception.” In the case of these studies, this is referring to the acquisition of verifiable information where there is no other natural explanation of it.

Often reported by those who have experienced an NDE, this can be relaying of conversations heard in the out of body state, descriptions of sequence of events and relaying of messages received from those on the other side. It is these messages that are of the utmost importance as they hold the keys for us living purposeful lives and remembering who we are and what we have come here to be and do.

In addition, Dr. Holden clears up some confusion about the differences between an NDE, an hallucination and/or the experiences that one may have during meditation. However, what’s so fascinating is that the research she is now involved with indicates that an NDE need not be experienced in order to obtain vital information similar to the out of body experience and indeed can be induced with a process that creates ‘Spontaneous Mediumship.’

Dr. Holden has multiple publications as author of NDE’s While DrowningThe Handbook of Near Death Experiences, and  the co-editor of, The Self Does Not Die,  an IANDS published book of NDE’s filled with paranormal phenomena associated with over 100 NDE cases verified and researched.

This interview is not to be missed as Jan shares the single biggest theme delivered by these messages from the other side. Can you guess what it is? Not only may it surprise you, but you may not have heard it quite like this anywhere else before.



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A Little About Dr. Jan Holden

I grew up in, taught high school psychology for 11 years in, and served as a high school counselor for one year in the Chicago suburbs. My bachelor’s degree is in psychology with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. Both my master’s and doctoral degrees are in counselor education from Northern Illinois University.

Since completing my master’s in 1979 until 2007, I maintained a part-time private practice in counseling. Upon completing my doctorate in the spring of 1988, I came to Texas to join the UNT Counseling Program faculty that fall, and have worked here ever since; it would take an exceptional job to persuade me to move back north of the Mason-Dixon line! I discontinued private practice when I became Department Chair because of workload; I look forward to resuming when I either return to faculty or retire.

My primary professional interest is the transpersonal perspective in counseling – “transpersonal” referring most basically to experiences and stages of development that involve transcendence of the usual personal limits of space and/or time. My single most meaningful professional experience so far has been serving for three years as president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. My greatest professional fantasy is to find a donor to fund a Center for the Study of Transpersonal Experiences Surrounding Death (C-STED) at the University of North Texas.

I’m married with no children and enjoy watching movies on our home-theater-like setup, maintaining the landscaping around my house, attending arts-related events in the DFW area, and taking vacations focused on hiking and photography.

I am extremely proud of the UNT Counseling Program: I believe we nurture the development of outstanding counseling associates and professionals.

Credentials: Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, and ACISTE (American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences) Certified Mental Health Professional.

Teaching Areas: Counseling Theory, Transpersonal Counseling, Dreamwork in Counseling, and Supervised Practice of Counseling.

Research Areas: Transpersonal / Spiritual Issues in Counseling, Couple Counseling, Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction Therapy, Integral Therapy, and Screening Counseling Program Applicants.

Honors/Awards: 2013 Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling’s Research Award; 2014-19 Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate; 2015 American Counseling Association’s Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person.


Pace, L., Holden, J. M., & Blalock, S. (2016). Development of the Knowledge and Attitudes About Near-Death Experiences Scale (KANDES). Journal of Near-Death Studies, 34(3), 173-188. doi:10.17514/JNDS-2016-34-3-p173-188.

Holden, J. M., Kinsey, L., & Moore, T. R. (2014). Disclosing near-death experiences to professional healthcare providers and non-professionals. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 1(4), 278-287. doi:10.1037/scp0000039 Selected by the Research Network of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as the January 2015 Article of the Month: http://www.acperesearch.net/jan15.html

Goza, T., Holden, J. M., & Kinsey, L. (2014). Combat near-death experiences: An exploratory study. Military Medicine, 179(10), 1113-1118.

Loseu, S., Holden, J. M., Kinsey, L., & Christian, R. (2013). The field of near-death studies through 2011: An updated analysis of the scholarly periodical literature. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 31(4), 189-202. doi:10.17514/JNDS-2014-31-4-p189-202.

Foster, R. D., & Holden, J. M. (2013). Eternal connection: An exploratory study of the effects of learning about near-death experiences on adult grief. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 19, 1-16doi: 10.1080/15325024.2012.735189

Holden, J. M. (2012). After-math: Counting the aftereffects of potentially spiritually transformative experiences. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 31(2), 65-78. doi:10.17514/JNDS-2012-31-2-p65-78. Selected by Audio-Digest for Continuing Medical, Continuing Nursing, and other Continuing Education credit online at the Audio-Digest Foundationhttp://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10791949.htm


Fall, K. A., Holden, J. M., & Marquis, A. (2017). Theoretical models of counseling and psychotherapy (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Foster, R. D., & Holden, J. M. (Eds.). (2017). Connecting soul, spirit, mind, and body: A collection of spiritual and religious perspectives and practices in counseling.Denton, TX: Aquiline Books and Alexandria, VA: Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling. https://www.library.unt.edu/aquiline-books/connecting-008-3

Rivas, T., Dirven, A., & Smit, R. H. (2016). The self does not die: Verified paranormal phenomena from near-death experiences (W. Boenke, Trans., J. M. Holden, Ed.). Durham, NC: International Association for Near-Death Studies.

Holden, J. M., Avramidis, S., & Kouremenos, N. (2015). Near-death experiences while drowning: Dying is not the end of consciousness. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Libraries. http://www.library.unt.edu/eagle-editions/nde-003-8; https://www.createspace.com/5693746

Holden, J. M., Greyson, B., & James, D. (Eds.). (2009). The handbook of near-death experiences: Thirty years of investigation. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Book chapters

Holden, J. M. (2017). Apparently non-physical veridical perception in near-death experiences. In J. C. Hagan III (Ed.), The science of near-death experiences (pp. 79-101). Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press.

Foster, R., & Holden, J. M. (2011). Human and spiritual development and transformation. In C. S. Cashwell & J. S. Young (Eds.). Integrating spirituality and religion into counseling: A guide to competent practice (pp. 97-118). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.


Holden, J. M., Christian, R., & Kinsey, L. (2013). Near-death experiences: Index to the periodical literature through 2011. Available at http://iands.org/research/index-to-nde-periodical-literature.html. Durham, NC: International Association for Near-Death Studies.

Streit-Horn, J. (2011). After-death communication fact sheet. Available at http://www.coe.unt.edu/sites/default/files/22/129/ADC.pdf. Denton, TX: University of North Texas.

Holden, J. M. (2008). Near-death experiences, part 1: Recognizing a pleasurable near-death experience. (75-minute online continuing education program for healthcare providers.) Available at http://iands.org/education/online-nde-course.html. Durham, NC: International Association for Near-Death Studies.


2008-Present – Editor, Journal of Near-Death Studies

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