ADEC is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the
field of dying, death and bereavement. Its nearly 2,000 members
include a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators,
clergy, funeral directors and volunteers. Membership in ADEC is open to
anyone interested in the field of death education and counseling.
Why Join ADEC?
ADEC offers substantial membership benefits including:
1. ADEC Forum
Access to ADEC Forum archives, a
members-only publication that brings news of upcoming events, articles
by leaders in the field and information on current developments and
trends in the field. As of January 2017, ADEC Forum is now part of Connects.
2. Online Subscriptions to Three
ADEC offers its members access to complimentary electronic subscriptions
to Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, Death Studies and the journal of the
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, Grief Matters. Members also have access to
available back issues of all three journals in PDF and HTML format.
3. Discounted Journal
ADEC members receive discounted subscription rates for the Mortality Journal and Illness, Crisis & Loss. Learn more
about how members can purchase these journals at a discount.
ADEC members receive this bimonthly electronic digest that includes short news items for and about ADEC
members, along with event information and thanatology-related items.
Members can contribute items related to their own work.
5. The Thanatology NewsBrief
A new benefit in 2014, the Thanatology NewsBrief is a free,
biweekly digest of headlines and news related to death, dying and loss.
With a variety of stories selected from media outlets around the world,
members will be more informed about broader issues related to death,
dying and loss. The NewsBrief arrives via email on every other
Thursday, and can also be conveniently accessed through an RSS feed or
6. Annual Conference
ADEC members receive substantial registration discount to attend
the ADEC Annual Conference , continuing education courses
and workshops. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to
network with leaders in the field and to share information and
Certified in Thanatology (CT®) and Fellow in Thanatology
(FT®) are professional certifications that recognize
practitioners and educators in the field who meet specified requirements
measured by a standardized testing process. ADEC members receive
significant discounts on certification fees. Learn more about ADEC's Certification Program .
8. Professional Recognition
ADEC's annual awards program recognizes ADEC members who have made
outstanding contributions to ADEC or to the field of dying and death.
Awards include Death Educator, Clinical Practice, Research and Service.
Learn more about ADEC Awards. ADEC also recognizes student achievement and offers
scholarships to its annual conference. Learn more about ADEC student awards.
9. Access to My ADEC
Members have access to the exclusive section of the website called My ADEC. Here, members can find the online
searchable membership directory, an invaluable tool that allows members
to keep in touch with their peers and to make referrals around the
United States and globally, exclusive discounts, and access to association documents and other resources.
In conjunction with the ADEC Annual Conference, the Pre-Conference
Institute Program offers courses and workshops on perspectives in death
and dying, death education and grief counseling. In addition, ADEC offers a broad distance education program, through which members can earn continuing education credits at a discounted rate.
11. Networking Groups
Networking Groups provide a network to share ideas and experiences with those who have similar interests. The groups meet in person during ADEC's Annual Conference. Online conversations take place year-round on ADEC's exclusive group page on LinkedIn — it's free for members to join and participate in discussions, share links and resources, ask questions and meet fellow ADEC members.
In addition to formal networking groups, ADEC offers a variety of
opportunities for members to interact in an extended sharing and caring
- New member mentors
- Receptions, networking lunches and various formal and informal
gatherings at the ADEC Annual Conference
- People of Color/Multicultural Forum
13. 20% discount on purchases from Routledge and Psychology Press
15. Tuition Discounts
Routledge and Psychology Press have selected a collection of titles of particular interest to members of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, including the Handbook of Thanatology, 2nd Edition. Browse recommended titles, make your purchase and use the ADEC member code to save 20% off your entire purchase (e-books excluded). Log into My ADEC to receive the special discount code and special shopping link.
14. Volunteer Opportunities
ADEC is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers .
ADEC members receive a 20% discount off tuition for thanatology programs, degree or certificate, at Marian University of Wisconsin
16. Free Webinar Recordings
Receive two free webinar recordings per year. These recordings can be from any year including the current one.
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