The Association for Death Education and Counseling®, The Thanatology Association®, 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 psychologists, counselors, social workers, educators, researchers, hospice personnel, clergy, and volunteers. The primary goal of ADEC is to enhance the ability of professionals and laypeople to be better able to meet the needs of those with whom they work in death education and grief counseling.


We have a long way to go before dying, death, and bereavement are recognized as fundamental and significant aspects of the human experience. Because of this, The Association for Death is fully committed to being on the forefront of thanatology (the study of death and dying), thus providing a home for professionals from diverse backgrounds to advance the body of knowledge and to promote practical applications of research and theory.


Based on quality research and theory, we provide information, support and resources to its international, multicultural, multidisciplinary membership and through it, to the public.

  • Continuing Education- Whether death, dying and grief are the focus of your practice, or you address these issues from time to time, you want to bring the best and most current knowledge to bear. Learn from the leading minds in thanatology and earn continuing education credits with a selection of programs from ADEC. Choosing distance education sessions from ADEC ensures you the most relevant and sensitive training from the best minds in the field, at a price that won’t break your budget. Continuing education credits are available for counselors, social workers, psychologists, alcohol and drug addiction counselors, marriage and family therapists.
  • Annual Conference- The ADEC Annual Conference is the premiere educational, interdisciplinary meeting for professionals working in the field of death, dying and bereavement. Choose from more than 70 concurrent sessions, professional development courses and workshops, research posters and plenary sessions addressing the dying process, end-of-life decision-making, assessment and intervention, traumatic death and more.
  • Certification- The Association for Death Education and Counseling offers a two-level certification program for thanatology professionals, Certified in Thanatology®, the CT®, and Fellow in Thanatology®, the FT®. The certification program aims to protect the public by creating a standard for thanatology practice, while helping professionals develop and demonstrate their mastery of knowledge of issues related to death, dying and bereavement.
  • Publications-
    • Handbook of Thanatology
    • ADEC Forum- the ADEC's quarterly publication
    • ADEC Connects- a bi-monthly that keeps members up to date about all the goings-on in the association. 
    • ADEC Journals- Members receive three professional journals including Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, Death Studies and Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement.


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