Janice Miner Holden

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Department Chair, Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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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.

I am a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor, and ACISTE (American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences) Certified Mental Health Professional. My teaching areas include Counseling Theory, Transpersonal Counseling, Dreamwork in Counseling, and Supervised Practice of Counseling. My research interests include Transpersonal / Spiritual Issues in Counseling, Couple Counseling, Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction Therapy, Integral Therapy, and Screening Counseling Program Applicants. My most recent honor/award was my presentation at the inaugural ACISTE conference in fall, 2012, being selected by Audio-Digest for online Continuing Medical, Continuing Nursing, and other Continuing Education credit online at the Audio-Digest Foundation. My recent scholarly activities and products include:


Nouri, F. M., & Holden, J. M. (2008). Electromagnetic aftereffects of near-death experiences. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 27(2), 83-110.

Avramidis, S., Holden, J. M., & Sharp, K. C. (2010). Treating a drowning swimmer with a near-death experience. FEGUI. Revista de Salvamento Acuatico y Primeros Auxilios (Spain; Journal of Aquatic Lifesaving and First Aid), 32(3), 183-186.

Bell, K. E., Holden, J. M., & Bedwell, J. (2010). How school counselors can assist student near-death experiencers. Professional School  Counseling, 14(2), 165-173.

Holden, J. M., Oden, K., Kozlowski, K., & Hayslip, B. (2011). Teaching about near-death experiences: The effectiveness of using The Day I Died. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 63(4), 373-388.

Christian, R., & Holden, J. M. (2012). ''Til death do us part': Marital aftermath of one spouse’s near-death experience. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 30(4), 207-231.

Foster, R. D., & Holden, J. M. (2012). Eternal connection: An exploratory study of the effects of learning about near-death experiences on adult grief. Journal of Loss and Trauma. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15325024.2012.735189#.UggeEFOE5do. doi: 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.


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.

Fall, K. A., Holden, J. M., & Marquis, A. (2010). Theoretical models of counseling and psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Book chapters

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. (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.

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.


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