Pre-Conference Course Workshop

STE Theory 101 and Beyond: Basics and Clinical Implications


Spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) typically are considered spiritual in nature and profoundly affect those who have them. Although many experiencers (STErs) do not seek professional help, some do, and their needs are unique. In this presentation we will discuss types, prevalence, and aftereffects of STEs, who tends to have these experiences, and how professionals and paraprofessionals can best meet STErs’ unique needs. We also will discuss the origins, mission, and values of the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE) as one of a few most highly recommended resources for STErs and those who serve them.
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Jan Holden, Ed.D., LPC-S, LMFT, NCC, ACMHP

Janice Miner Holden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with honors from the University of Illinois at Champaign (1972), and her master of science (1978) and doctoral (1988) degrees in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University. In 1988, she joined the Counseling Program faculty at the University of North Texas (UNT) where she now is a professor and serves as Chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor, and ACISTE Certified Mental Health Professional. At UNT, Jan teaches courses in counseling theory, the transpersonal perspective in counseling, and dreamwork in counseling. Having focused her scholarship on near-death experiences, Jan is past president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, was first editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Year of Investigation (2009, Praeger), and is editor of the quarterly peer reviewed Journal of Near-Death Studies. The nature of human consciousness, particularly at death, and its implications for counseling and for meaning and purpose in life and death, continue to be Jan’s primary research interests.

Ryan Rominger, PhD, ACSGC

Ryan Rominger, Ph.D. Associate Professor at Sofia University and guest editor for IJTS and JNDS, has studied NDEs and STEs for the past 14 years. His research and publications include studies on spirituality of NDErs, integration of NDE aftereffects by experiencers and non-experiencers, disclosure and expression of STEs, and presence of STEs within therapy and consequent effects on therapeutic relationship and outcome. Ryan has been a Board member for ACISTE since 2011, is trained as a Spiritual Director and Expressive Artist, and leads the ACISTE Certification for Spiritual Guidance Counselors.

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