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Member Benefits

Membership Benefits

ADEC 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 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. ADEC Forum 
Access to ADEC Forum  archives, 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. As of January 2017, ADEC Forum is now part of Connects.

2.  Online Subscriptions to Three Professional Journals
ADEC offers its members access to complimentary electronic subscriptions to Omega: The Journal of Death and DyingDeath Studiesand 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 Subscriptions
ADEC members receive discounted subscription rates for the Mortality Journal and Illness, Crisis & Loss. Learn more about how members can purchase these journals at a discount.

4. Connects
ADEC members receive this 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. The Thanatology NewsBrief
A new benefit in 2014, the Thanatology NewsBrief is a free, biweekly digest of headlines and news related to death, dying and loss. With a variety of stories selected from media outlets around the world, members will be more informed about broader issues related to death, dying and loss. The NewsBrief arrives via email on every other Thursday, and can also be conveniently accessed through an RSS feed or mobile device.

6. Annual Conference Discounts
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.

7. Professional Certification
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 .

8. 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.

9. Access to My ADEC
Members have access to the exclusive section of the website called My ADEC. Here, members can find 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, exclusive discounts, and access to association documents and other resources.

10. 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. In addition, ADEC offers a broad distance education program, through which members can earn continuing education credits at a discounted rate.

11. Networking Groups
Networking Groups provide a network to share ideas and experiences with those who have similar interests. The groups meet in person during ADEC's Annual Conference. Online conversations take place year-round on ADEC's exclusive group page on LinkedIn — it's free for members to join and participate in discussions, share links and resources, ask questions and meet fellow ADEC members.

12. Networking
In addition to formal networking groups, ADEC offers a variety of opportunities for members to interact in an extended sharing and caring community:

  • New member mentors
  • Receptions, networking lunches and various formal and informal gatherings at the ADEC Annual Conference
  • People of Color/Multicultural Forum 

13. Volunteer Opportunities
ADEC is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers .

14. Tuition Discounts
ADEC members receive a 20% discount off tuition for thanatology programs, degree or certificate, at Marian University of Wisconsin.

15. Free Webinar Recordings
Receive two free webinar recordings per year. These recordings can be from any year including the current one.

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