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Fellow in Thanatology

Fellow in Thanatology (FT®): Death, Dying and Bereavement

The FT® is an advanced professional certification in the field of thanatology recognizing knowledge, experience, a professional portfolio and successful completion of the Certification Exam .

Online Application Window:  May 1 through September 15  

  • FT from CT Application (deadline has passed)
  • FT Application (deadline has passed)

Exam Date:  November 7, 2020

Refer to the Qualifications and Documentations Page for more information.

Eligibility Criteria for Fellow in Thanatology

Applicants must meet the criteria as described in:

Two Track Eligibility Requirements for FT®

 

Track 1: FT from CT

Exempt from Retaking the Exam

Track 2: FT (without prior CT)

Includes Criteria to Apply for Exam

Minimal Education Requirement

Master’s Degree or higher in Social or Behavioral Science, Human Services or Related Field*

Master’s Degree or higher in Social or Behavioral Science, Human Services or Related Field*


Thanatology Field Experience

Five or more years experience (equal to 8880 hours) in the field of thanatology


4440 of those hours must be completed in past 5 years

Five or more years experience (equal to 8880 hours) in the field of thanatology


4440 of those hours must be completed in past 5 years


Thanatology Education

45 Contact Hours within the past 3 years

90 hours, at least 22.5 within the past 3 years


Professional Portfolio

Minimum of 12 units in FT Professional Portfolio Categories listed below

Minimum of 12 units in FT Professional Portfolio Categories listed below


Letters of Recommendation

Two letters from supervisors or colleagues

Two letters from supervisors or colleagues


Certification Exam

Exempt

Required


  

+Social Sciences Defined:

Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of social systems, social institutions, and social behavior. 

+Behavioral Sciences Defined:

A program with a combined or undifferentiated focus on the social sciences, psychology, and biomedical sciences to study complex problems of human individual and social growth and behavior.

+Human Services Defined:

A program that focuses on the general study and provision of human and social services to individuals and communities and prepares individuals to work in public and private human services agencies and organizations. Includes instruction in the social sciences, psychology, principles of social service, human services policy, planning and evaluation, social services law and administration, and applications to particular issues, services, localities, and populations.

+Source: (U.S. Government National Center for Education Statistics)

*“Related fields” Defined:

Programs that prepare graduates for multidisciplinary careers which involve careful analysis of human behavior and social relationships and, in application, can help people navigate and/or improve their quality of life.

 

 

Professional Portfolio for FT

  • A minimum of 12 units are required
  • Verifying documents must be uploaded with the application

Categories and

Unit Equivalencies

Maximum Units Allowed Per Category

Explanation and Verification Methods

A. Clinical Services
150 hrs = 1 unit

 

6

Client contact hours in Thanatology-related support/counseling or other related clinical services; facilitating bereavement support groups or one-on-one counseling.
Verified with letter from supervisor or colleague

B. Advanced Coursework
1 unit = 3 credit semester course; (45 ceu’s; 4.5 ce’s)

 

3

Satisfactory completion of thanatology related post-graduate level course.
Verified with transcript

C. Dissertation = 2 units


2

In a thanatology related topic. List title of dissertation.
Verified with transcript or letter from school official

D. Teaching

3 units = a 3 credit semester course
1 unit = a semester high school course

 

3

Teaching thanatology- related course. The same course cannot be counted more than once.
Verified with letter from school official or copy of course description or syllabus with name of instructor

E. Tenure = 1 unit

1

From a regionally- accredited school
Verified with letter from school official

F. Presentations
(National or International)
1 hour or longer = .5 unit
Same presentation counted only once

 

3

National or international thanatology-related presentation, workshop or teleconferencing, where applicant is the primary or joint presenter. Verified with copy of advertisement or announcement indicating presenter name, title of presentation, date

G. Presentations
(Regional, State/Province, Local)
1 hr or longer = .25 unit
Same presentation counted only once

 

3

Regional or local thanatology-related presentation, workshop or teleconferencing, where applicant is the primary or joint presenter
Verified with copy of advertisement or announcement indicating presenter name, title of presentation, date

H. Publication
1 article or 1 chapter = 1 unit

 

6

Thanatology-related article in a peer-reviewed professional journal or thanatology related chapter in a published book

Verified with copy of article or ISBN# of book

I. Books
1 book = 1 unit

 6

Thanatology-related books, published by professional publisher. Verified with ISBN#

J. Licensure
1 license = 1 unit


1

Completion of professional licensing in geographical jurisdiction: state, province, or country. Verified with copy of license

K. Professional Role
1 leadership role = 1 unit

 

1

Advanced level professional position (management, supervisory, director or related position) in a thanatology-related job. Verified with letter from supervisor or colleague or link to organization website

L. Supervision Provided
100 hrs formal supervision = 1 unit



2

Supervision for Thanatology-related counseling/support.

 

Verified with letter from supervisor or colleague

M. Supervision Received
100 hrs supervision = 1 unit

 

2

Received supervision for Thanatology-related counseling/support. Verified with letter from supervisor or colleague

N. Professional Leadership
3 yrs in leadership role =
1 unit



2

Elected or appointed leadership role in state, province, national, or international professional thanatology-related organization.

Verified with letter from supervisor or colleague.

O. Professional Distinction
Each award of distinction = 1 unit



2

Acquisition of the highest level of distinction in a state, province, national, or international thanatology-related professional organization. Verified with copy of announcement or letter from supervisor/ colleague

P. Volunteer Service
100 hours = 1 unit


1

Volunteer service in a Thanatology-related organization. Hours counted here may not be included in another category. Verified with letter from supervisor or colleague

Q. Grants
1 awarded grant = 1 unit


1

Awarded a grant in a thanatology-related area that involves writing the grant & receiving funding from a private organization or government agency. Verified with copy of letter announcing the awarded grant

R. Other


1

Thanatology-related activities such as legal consultant or earning a related certification (not a certificate) ADEC CT does not qualify. Verified with copy of announcement or letter from supervisor/colleague

 

2020 FT Application Fees

Track 1:  FT from CT

  $ 340 USD - ADEC Member Rate
$ 559 USD - Nonmember Rate

Track 2:  FT (without prior CT)

$ 520 USD - ADEC Member Rate
$ 739 USD – Nonmember Rate

No refunds will be given in the event of an application denial.
Refer to the Qualifications and Documentations  Page for more information.