Course Description & Objectives

Course Description


Freud has stated that death is the “great unknown” and “the gravest of all misfortunes.” Dr. Raymond Moody, Jr. (1975) authored the classic bestseller entitled Life After Life, which explained that a Near-Death Experience (NDE) is a profound event experienced by persons who come close to death or who are believed dead and unexpectedly recover and escape uninjured. There are 15 million adult experiencers in the United States alone, 12% are cardiac arrest patients.

This webinar will help to explain the NETFLIX series entitled Surviving Death. It will also name the characteristics and other factors of an NDE, what part of the population would experience an NDE, and different types of Spiritually Transforming Experiences (STEs) that sometimes are activated due to the NDE. The DSM-IV created the V-Code 62.89, Religious & Spiritual Problem, due to NDEs and Mystical Experiences statistics, 30-40% in 1994 & 40-50% in ensuing years and 2020, that indicate that the populations in the United States and Great Britain have them.

A social worker’s positive response to a client reporting an NDE is critical in validating their experience and helping them to understand it. How does a clinician do this if the clinician doesn’t believe in the NDE and STE concept/s when the clinician has a clear ethical obligation to support clients?


I. NDE Definition
 a. Characteristics of NDEs
 b. Explanation of the “light” that most all NDErs report
 c. Who is most prone to an NDE?
 d. IANDS organization – for continued education of social workers/clinicians
 e. Distressing types of NDEs
 f. Spiritually Transforming Experiences (STEs) are sometimes a result
 g. ACISTE – an organization for social workers/clinicians’ future education regarding
 h. After effects of an NDE – positive and negative
 i. Description of different authors on specific NDEs and STEs
 j. After-Death Communications (ADCs) sometimes received after NDEs
 k. Explanation of the statistics needed that resulted in the placement and creation
 of the DSM V-Code 62.89 entitled Spiritual & Religious Problem.
 l. Explanation of the 16-components NDE Scale (Greyson, 1985), which differentiates
 NDEs from organic brain syndromes and non-specific stress responses. Each
 component can score 0, 1, or 2 points depending on the depth of their presence. A
 score of 7 or higher signifies the presence of an NDE.

2. The process of the spiritual body that’s housed inside the physical body
will be explained to make NDEs and STEs more understandable.

 a. Different names for STEs will be noted that some of the social workers will have
 heard from their culture or religion.
 b. Explanation of intuition and how it is strengthened for people experiencing NDEs and
 c. Reasons will be given for clients who may not want to admit they
 have had these experiences for fear of appearing mentally unstable.
 d. Discussion, particularly at the end of the webinar, after being educated, may ensue on
 how difficult it might be for some social workers to believe in the NDE and STE
 process. This may be an ethical dilemma that some will face.

Course Objectives: 

  • Populations that experience NDEs and other types of STEs, their characteristics, and relevance.
  • The NDE Scale develops accepted criteria for their occurrences and differentiates NDEs from organic brain syndromes and non-specific stress responses.
  • The different aspects of Mental Health professionals’ responses to clients reporting NDEs and the impact of validating these experiences with sensitivity.
  • The creation of the DSM-V Code 62.89, Religious & Spiritual Problem, that was created due to the statistics, 30-40% in 1994 and 40-50% in ensuing years and 2020, of people having NDEs and STEs.
  • Consideration of ethical management of the therapists’ own beliefs and countertransference - understanding these important differences especially should concern arise regarding discerning maladaptive behaviors and suspected pathology.


Rev. Karen E. Herrick, PHd, LCSW, LMSW, CADC, ACMHP

Rev. Karen E. Herrick, PhD, LCSW, LMSW, CADC, ACMHP has shared her clinical expertise for thirty years in her private practice by lecturing throughout the United States on dysfunctional and addictive homes, disassociation, grief, and loss from a Jungian psychological perspective. Her books, You’re Not Finished Yet, “Grandma, What is a Soul?” and Psychology of the Soul and the Paranormal are available through, Kindle, and her office. Her websites are,, and

Class Information

Live-Online Interactive Class

    1. Login Information

    1. Course Attendance Verification

    1. Course Survey

Registration Fee

  • $40.00

Course Delivery Method and Format Live Interactive Webinar - ZOOM

  • Live Online Interactive on the ZOOM platform

  • Participants of the course must have the capability of audio and viewing video. Closed Caption is available.

  • You are able to interact with the lecturer by using the chat function or verbally (if you have a working microphone).

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  • Enter all requested information. Please note, enter your name how you would like your certificate to be printed.

  • Once you register your course will be made available to you on your student dashboard.


If you are unsure on how to particicpiate in online learning our staff would be more than happy to assit you in this process!

Class Completion Requirements

  • Sign into the workshop on time. We will start promptly and there will be a cutoff for entry.

  • You are required to stay logged in and actively participate throughout the entire presentation.

  • Your attendance will be verified by the logon information provided by ZOOM.

  • Once the class is completed you will receive a course completion code and gain access to the surve

  • Your opinion matters!

  • After you complete the clas survey, you will have the oportunity to print or download your completion certificate.

This course has been approved for CE's by the following licensing boards:

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE)

CHI Professional Development Inc, #1776, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CHI Professional Development Inc maintains responsibility for this course.

The following states recognize these CE approvals.


These CE's are not recognized in NJ


These CE's are recognized in NY by the NYS Education Department - See Below

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work

CHI Professional Development, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0538

New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners

CHI Professional Development, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0173

NAADAC Approved Education Provider

CHI Professional Development, Inc has been approved by as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #234330, CHI Professional Development, Inc is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

National Board of Certified Counselors


CHI Professional Development has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7194. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CHI Professional Development is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) Certified

CHI Professional Development, Inc. is OASAS certified to provide CASAC renewal and CPP/CPS hours #1343

Accessibility, Cancellation, Grievance & Contact Information


It is my goal to create a learning experience that is as accessible as possible. If you anticipate any issues related to the format, materials, or requirements of this course, please contact me so we can explore potential options.

Michael Chiappone, LCSW


Cancellation Policy

Payment made in full. No refunds. If you cannot attend class please contact to discuss options.

Grievance Policy

All complaints and grievances are reviewed by the social work consultant within 10 working days. Formal grievances are required to be written and will be responded to within 10 business days.

Contact Information