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Certificate in Thanatology

Program Director: Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D.;  (301) 696-3892 

The Certificate Program in Thanatology is intended for individuals working in the thanatology field who seek career augmentation and professionals already licensed or certified in human service fields who wish to obtain specific preparation in thanatology. The certificate program deepens a student’s understanding of the impact of death on the individual and society and prepares the student to meet the special needs of the bereaved, and of the terminally ill and their families.

Requirements for the Certificate 

  • THAN 520 Introduction to Thanatology
  • THAN 521 Mourning and Principles of Counseling the Bereaved
  • THAN 523 Dying and Principles of Care for the Dying
  • THAN 528 Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology

Successful completion of the certificate requires a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00

Both the M.A. and Certificate in Thanatology programs are designed to conform with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) certification requirements for those persons interested in becoming certified as death educators, grief counselors or grief therapists.

Summer Institute in Thanatology 

The Summer Institute in Thanatology is designed to allow students to immerse themselves in one particular field of study and to complete all of the requirements for certification in one summer. Thanatology courses will be offered in various formats including weekend courses, a two-week intensive course and a week-long intensive course.