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Free CEU - The Near-Death Experience: Clinical implications for social workers
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When: Monday, November 12
6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Officescape Building
400 West Wilson Bridge Road
Conference Room
Worthington, Ohio  43085
United States
Presenter: Linda Manley
Contact: Dorothy Martindale

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Cost: free for members, $10 for non-members

NASW Ohio Chapter, Region 5 hosts a regional meeting on the second Monday of every month. There will be pizza from 6-6:30 and a one-hour CEU from 6:30-7:30.


About the Workshop: Near-death experiences (NDEs) are a fascinating subject of global interest and the source of many debates, controversies and headlines all over the world.  An NDE is defined as a profound subjective event with transcendental and mystical qualities that may occur in patients under intense physiologic or psychological stress; NDEs can cause significant intra/interpersonal conflict and have longlasting effects.  


In the US, an estimated 774 people experience an NDE daily, yet, despite their prevalence, educational programs in the medical and social science fields are lacking.  It is critical that health care professionals can differentiate an NDE from a psychopathological state as each require different therapeutic approaches. 


This presentation will synthesize 30 years of evidence-based research on NDEs and will provide an overview on common characteristics, life style/value changes, and, most importantly, how to support individuals with the successful integration of the experience.  


NDEs and related experiences are powerful events that often provide a source of comfort and peace for people experiencing loss and grief. Rather than ignore or discount this phenomenon, this presentation hopes to raise awareness, invite discussion and promote quality research. Please join us for an intriguing discussion.


About the Presenter: Ms. Manley's 40-year career includes service in the Army Nurse Corp, 25 years as a flight nurse in Central Ohio, and 15 years as an emergency nurse practitioner. Her interest in NDEs began when a teenager survived a cardiac arrest and vividly described aspects of his resuscitation he could not have known. She studied the topic extensively and published in a professional journal. What she learned has fundamentally altered her viewpoint on death. With a personal goal of increasing awareness among health care professionals, Ms. Manley has spoken to over 15,000 people around the country about near-death and related experiences. In addition to her interest in this topic, she also advocated for stronger child abuse legislation in the State of Ohio and, in 2000, this effort led to the passage of Ohio House Bill 162 (Homicide by Child Abuse) and an appearance as a featured guest on Oprah.

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