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February 04, 2019

Life after Breath
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Our guest today, Robert Caplan, MSW, had a near-death experience while serving on the USS Forrestal in 1956. Since then, he has studied and trained in secular psychotherapy, pastoral counseling and hospice service and has taught at all levels from kindergarten through college. He was a communications trainer for a national company, working with parents, teachers, clergy, therapists, law enforcement personnel and executives in the United States and Canada. From 1992 to 1996, Robert taught Adult Development in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Since 2001, he has served as a volunteer chaplain at the Boulder Community Hospital.

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NDE Radio: Robert Caplan
n 1957, Robert Caplan was serving as a plane captain on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal. During preflight, he was pulled head first into the engine intake of an FJ-3 Fury jet fight plane revving at full power. Just months before, he had playfully posed for a photograph in the same intake.

He received last rites and experienced an extraordinary, acutely aware state of being, separated from his physical body.
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Robert Caplan
Robert Caplan studied and trained in secular psychotherapy, pastoral counseling and hospice service and has taught at all levels from kindergarten through college. He was a communications trainer for a national company, working with parents, teachers, clergy, therapists, law enforcement personnel and executives in the United States and Canada. Robert has also owned and managed several businesses.

From 1992 to 1996, Robert taught Adult Development in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Since 2001, he has served as a volunteer chaplain at the Boulder Community Hospital.

Robertís mission is sharing his lifeís story as an inspirational speaker and seminar leader, presenting programs that enhance personal creativity through social, psychological and spiritual awareness. He offers personal consulting to individuals who seek guidance, understanding and acceptance of near death experiences (NDE) and other life transition challenges, including individual and small group support for returning veterans.

Robert holds a BS in Science Education and Masters in Social Work, both from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He practiced psychotherapy for ten years before moving to Colorado in 1977.

A father, stepfather and grandfather, Robert lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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