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2020 Conference

ADEC 2020 Annual Conference

April 28 - May 2, 2020
Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, OH, USA

The ADEC Board has taken the unprecedented step of cancelling our 42nd annual meeting scheduled for April 28-May 2, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. 

We intend to offer refunds of all fees paid and we will not be enforcing the cancellation policies in our registration agreement.

The premiere educational, interdisciplinary meeting for professionals working in the field of death, dying and bereavement: mental health professionals, social workers, counselors, educators, clergy, funeral directors, hospital and hospice personnel, and psychologists. Save the dates and join us in Columbus! 

Why attend the ADEC 42nd Annual Conference?

  • Learn about cutting-edge research and clinical practice in thanatology.
  • Customize your conference experience — choose session types and topics that suit your discipline and interests.
  • Network with peers in formal and informal settings, and establish connections that will stay with you for years.
  • Identify new resources, products and services that can help move your practice forward.
  • Earn continuing education credits, available in a variety of disciplines, including social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, counseling, nursing and more.

Arrive a few days early for our Pre-Conference Institute:

Enhance your conference experience by participating in one or more of the pre-conference sessions being offered. These specially designed courses provide an in-depth look at the topics and issues of greatest importance in grief and bereavement. (Participation requires an additional fee.)

Learn more about the multiple Professional Development Courses and Specialty Workshops, and the LRDC Workshop.

Registration is Open
View the registration options and register online to secure your spot!

Check out the schedule-at-a-glance to get an overview of what to expect at Conference and review the concurrent session schedule.

All Conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Reserve your room by April 6 to secure discounted ADEC rates.

Exhibit, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities
Conference provides access to many opportunities for you to engage with thanatology professionals for valuable face time, networking, prospecting and feedback. There are a variety of ways for your organizations to be involved and support the 2020 Conference

Keynote Presentations
Learn more about the featured speakers at Conference and the topics they'll be covering.

Intermediate Professional Development Course Faculty Applications
ADEC invites applications from individuals who wish to teach the Intermediate Professional Development Course: Grief Counseling for the 2021 - 2023 conferences. More information on the course and the application process is available online. Applications are due March 20.

Authors Fair
The Authors Fair is an opportunity for authors and self-publishers to make their books available at the conference. Learn more and register by April 10.