I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Fellow in Thanatology
**What is this Fellow in Thanatology?**
It is with great honor and excitement that on August 14, 2023, the credential of "FT", Fellow in Thanatology: Death Dying and Bereavement was conferred upon me by ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling).
This has been a 15 year and over 9100-hour journey.
I am grateful to all who witnessed and guided me on this journey. The Lord and my beloved departed Perry guided me to this "second act" which was mentored by Sr. Mauryeen O'Brien O.P. in 2008. (Sadly Sr. Mauryeen just passed away on August 22, 2023) I am grateful to have shared this news with Sr. Mauryeen on the date of my conferment. Unbeknownst to me it was my final gift to her.
ADEC offers two respected credentials, which serve to enhance a professional standing and recognize expertise in the field of Death, Dying, Loss, Grief and Bereavement. The CT requires evidence of substantial related experience and thanatological education, as well as the successful completion of a standardized certification exam. I earned the CT in 2013.
The FT was designed for more established professionals who have deepened their thanatological knowledge as well as a more expansive portfolio of scholarly and or professional experience within the field. FT in 2023.