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JOURNAL OF NEAR-DEATH STUDIES
of the population have such an experience at least once in their life-
times. It also seems clear that ADC experiences do much to accelerate
the grieving process (Arcangel, 2005; Devers, 1997). Although some
ADC researchers have contended that ADCs occur only randomly and
spontaneously (Guggenheim & Guggenheim, 1995), Raymond Moody
(1993) reported a technique that facilitates the experience. Psycholo-
gist Allan Botkin (2000) reported a different technique, induced after-
death communication (IADC), based on a variation of eye-movement
desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). He discovered it acciden-
tally in 1995 while conducting therapy with combat veterans suffer-
ing from grief and post-traumatic stress disorder. The psychological
healing associated with these experiences seemed remarkable. Both
Moody's (1993) and Botkin's (2005) procedures seemed to induce a
state of mind or consciousness that made these naturally occurring
experiences much more likely to occur. In particular, IADC appears
to be a very reliable and rapid way to further increase the likelihood
of an ADC experience for those who are grieving.
Though Botkin's (2000) original report of preliminary findings on
the effectiveness of IADC was encouraging, it was based on his own
clinical experiences with patients. The ultimate psychotherapeutic
value of IADC relies in part on whether other therapists trained in
Botkin's procedure are able to witness the same results. Although
similar positive therapeutic outcomes were found by other IADC ther-
apists whom Botkin had trained at the Veterans Administration hos-
pital where he worked as a psychologist, more systematic analysis of
the procedure was warranted.
Participants were psychotherapists trained in IADC therapy by Bot-
kin after he had left the Veterans Administration hospital and en-
tered into private practice in 2003. All were listed on Botkins' website
as of March 2007 and, prior to being training in IADC, had met Bot-
kin's criteria: They were licensed by their respective states to practice
psychotherapy and had completed the first level of training in Eye
Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Out of the 16 IADC therapists who were contacted, 15 responded. The
average number of years that the respondents had been doing psycho-
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Botkin, Allan L. & Hannah, Mo Therese. Brief Report: Psychotherapeutic Outcomes Reported by Therapists Trained in Induced After-Death Communication, article, Summer 2013; Durham, North Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938043/m1/2/: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .