ADEC is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. Its more than 1,700 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. The Forum
The Forum is 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.
2. ADEC Members Receive 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 Journal of Trauma and Loss, Mortality Journal, Living With Loss and Illness, Crisis & Loss. Learn more about these journals.
4. ADEC Connects
ADEC members receive a 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. 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 strategies.
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.
7. 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.
8. Members Only Section & Member
Members of ADEC have access to the Members Only section of the ADEC website. This resource includes 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.
9. Professional Development
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.
10. Networking Groups
ADEC members share information and ideas about specific areas of interest. See the complete list of ADEC Networking Groups.
In addition to formal networking groups, ADEC offers a variety of opportunities for members to interact in an extended sharing and caring community:
12. People of Color/Multicultural
The People of Color/Multicultural Forum is an open forum to discuss diversity issues.
13. Volunteer Opportunities
ADEC is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers.
14. Find a Specialist Directory
ADEC members can enroll in the Find a Specialist Directory, a public search engine that allows nonmembers to locate thanatology professionals in their community. As a member, you can include yourself in this directory by following these instructions.