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Making Connections: Dying, Death and Bereavement in the Global Community
June 22-25, 2011
Pre-conference Institute June 21-22, 2011
InterContinental Miami
Miami, Florida, USA
Join your peers in thanatology for this exciting event, a combined meeting of the International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society and the Association for Death Education and Counseling®.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

We're pleased to invite you to hear these renowned experts in the field of thanatology.

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD (USA)
Being with Dying: Training in Compassionate and Mindful End-of-Life Care
Buddhist teacher, anthropologist, author and social activist; founder of the Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist study and social action center in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and founder of the Being with Dying professional training program, which trains heath care professionals in contemplative care of the dying.

David Kissane, MD (Australia)
Family Grief Therapy – A Systemic Approach to Caring for the Bereaved
Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Director; formerly with the Center for Palliative Care, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Paul Boelen, PhD (Netherlands)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Complicated Grief: Theory, Research and Practice
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Solomon Benatar, MD (South Africa)
Sustainable Living and Dignified Dying
Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Director, Bioethics Centre, University of Cape Town

Pauline Boss, PhD (USA)
Ambiguous Loss: A Unique Kind of Loss and Grief When Loved Ones Disappear
Professor Emerita, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota

Plus, the conference will feature six invited symposia featuring a variety of internationally-renowned speakers, including:

Carl Becker, PhD, Japan
Emmanuelle Zech, PhD, Belgium
Ruth Malkinson, PhD, Israel
Chris Hall, BEd, MA, Australia
Amy Chow, PhD, FT and Cecilia Chan, BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD, RSW, JP, China
Heidi Horsley, PsyD, Katherine Shear, MD and Robert Neimeyer, PhD, USA
Barbara Monroe and Colin Parkes, MD, United Kingdom

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Pre-Conference Institute (June 21 - 22, 2011)

Arrive a few days early and enhance your conference experience by participating in one or more of the pre-conference sessions being offered. These specially designed workshops provide an in-depth look at the topics and issues of greatest importance in grief and bereavement.

The pre-conference program being offered includes ADEC's Professional Development Courses plus a selection of full- and half-day sessions. Learn more about the complete offering.


Gold Supporter / Conference Bag

San Diego Hospice

Gold Supporters

TAPS Baywood

Silver Supporter/ Conference Pen

Marian University

Silver Supporters

Forest Lawn USC Social Work

Bronze Supporters

Our House Grief Support Center Baylor University The Compassionate Friends National Alliance for Grieving Children