Janice Miner Holden

Department Chair, Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 102
Phone: 
940-565-2919
Email: 
jan.holden@unt.edu

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.

Articles

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, 1-16. 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. 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 Foundation: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10791949.htm

Books

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.

Electronic

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.

Editorship

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

Elizabeth A. Prosek

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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Office: 
Welch Street Complex 2 112
Phone: 
940-565-2918
Email: 
elizabeth.prosek@unt.edu

The importance of higher education served as a foundation to my upbringing in State College, PA; better known as the home of The Pennsylvania State University. I completed my B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Child, Youth, and Family Services. While at Penn State, I assisted with a Federally-funded research project and was inspired by how research could improve the well-being of individuals in the community. I decided to move south to the beach to complete my master’s degree in Community Counseling at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA. I continued my education at ODU earning my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. As a counselor, I served individuals with intellectual disabilities, serious mental health disorders, as well as middle schoolers at in-school mental health program. At the University of North Texas (UNT), I enjoy teaching courses in the clinical mental health counseling curriculum, including Diagnosis & Treatment Planning and Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling. Along with Dr. Amanda Giordano, I co-facilitate the Addictions in Counseling Research Team (ACRT), which provides empirical research experience to both master’s and counseling students. Providing students with research mentorship is arguably my favorite part of being a counselor educator. In the Denton community, I serve as the program evaluator for the Denton County Veterans Treatment Court Program. Sharing my skills in grant writing, program evaluation, and research that directly impact the ability for Veterans to receive mental health and substance use counseling services is professionally and personally fulfilling. At the national and state counseling community, I serve on the executive boards for Association for Assessment & Research in Counseling and Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision. In my leisure time, I enjoy adventures with my partner Mitchell and our charming, funny, and sweet little girl, Finley.

Visiting Scholars from China and Turkey Hosted by the TE&A Department

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. WenQin Ma from China and Mr. Ramazan Sak from Turkey are visiting the US in their scholarly pursuits. Dr. Ma, who is on the faculty of Guizhou Normal University in Guiyang, China, is studying middle school education; and Mr. Sak, who is a doctoral student at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, is studying early childhood education



From left to right: WenQin Ma; Nancy Nelson, TE&A Department Chair;
Ramazan Sak; Jerry Thomas, COE Dean

Chi Omega Scholarship

Purpose: The Chi Omega Endowed Scholarship, a fund to provide scholarships for female graduate students in the Counseling Program at the University.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the Graduate Program in Counseling in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University;
  3. Complete at least twelve hours of graduate credits in Counseling at UNT prior to making application;
  4. Have at least a 3.5 grade point average on all graduate work;
  5. Present evidence of relevant work experience and participation in professional associations or scholarly societies.

Center for Play Therapy Scholarships

Purpose: To provide scholarships for students in the Center for Play Therapy.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program;
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in the Center for Play Therapy at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in any degree granting program of the College of Education at the university will be eligible for consideration;
  4. Recipients are eligible to receive an award from this scholarship more than once, but they must re-apply annually.

Byron Medler Counselor Education Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of Dr. Byron Medler, a former faculty member of the College of Education, and to provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students in Counselor Education at the University.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the Counselor Education Program and the College of Education in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Must maintain full time enrollment at the University during the period of the award, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program;
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in Counselor Education at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in the College of Education at the University will be eligible for consideration;
  4. First priority will be given to first-year doctoral students in Counselor Education.

Bobbie Wilborn Scholarship

Purpose: A fund in honor of Dr. Bobbie Wilborn and to provide scholarships for doctoral students in Counselor Education at the University.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and academic performance standards of the Counselor Education Program in effect at the time of any award;
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have less than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program;
  3. Enroll as a full-time doctoral student in Counselor Education at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in any undergraduate or graduate Counselor Education Program at the University will be eligible for consideration. 

Deadline for Counseling Doctoral Program Admissions

Date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 5:00am

Deadline for Counseling Master's Program Admissions

 

All application materials must be complete by this date.

Deadline for Counseling Master's Program Admissions

Date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 5:00am

Deadline for Counseling Master's Program Admissions

 

All application materials must be complete by this date.

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