OSWANZ Zoom Webinar - From niche to necessity. The implications of near-death experiences

Centre for Indigenous Psychologies, School of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are profoundly transformative psychological phenomena, often occurring at the precipice between life and death. NDEs typically catalyse a range of positive aftereffects; the most notable being a change in attitudes toward death. A small literature also suggests learning about NDEs promotes changes similar to those that occur in people who have had an NDE. The tendency for death avoidance is so pervasive in many ‘Western’ nations, yet the influence of NDEs to dramatically change this to an attitude of acceptance, both in those who have NDEs and those who learn about NDEs is curious. It suggests the potential of the NDE as a therapeutic tool across a variety of domains where death is frequently encountered. This presentation will provide an overview of NDEs and discuss why the incorporation of NDE education into specific health-related disciplines, such as oncology social work, may be useful as a means for providing therapeutic benefit to those facing serious and potentially life-limiting illnesses including cancer.

Please join us for our digital seminar on:
OSWANZ Zoom Webinar – From niche to necessity. The implications of near-death experiences

This digital event will be hosted via zoom on:
Thursday 25TH November 2021
This webinar will run for 1 hour.
Webinar start times across Australia and New Zealand:

This seminar is FREE for CURRENT OSWANZ members and $25.00 AUD for nonmembers. current members will automatically have their discount applied on checkout.

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Natasha Tassell-Matamua (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Makea kei Rarotonga) has worked at Massey University since 2008. She has been researching near-death experiences and other extraordinary experiences for 12 years and is particularly interested in their potential beneficial implications. Natasha teaches courses in Indigenous Psychologies and established and currently directs the recently opened Centre for Indigenous Psychologies