ADEC 2017 Annual Conference

Portland OR

Apr 4 - 8, 2017

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. Download the preliminary program which includes conference highlights, scheduling information and much more.

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Angelle E. Richardson, PhD, LPC

Founder and Director , Extended Hearts Family Therapy

Bio: Dr. Angelle E. Richardson, LPC, is the Founder and Director of Extended Hearts Family Therapy. She holds a Doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University, and a Masters in Counseling from Rider University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Dr. Richardson specializes in working with families and adolescents, particularly those affected by separation and loss. For over 13 years, Dr. Richardson has worked with families impacted by grief, trauma, adoption, and foster care. She is a compassionate therapist whose goal is to create a safe space for individuals and families to move toward a better future. Dr. Richardson has conducted workshops on various topics including attachment, grief, and self-esteem, and has presented at many conferences, including those on a national scale including the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Conference and the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) Symposium. Her research on female adoptees’ post-relationship experiences with both biological and adoptive mothers has been published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. Richardson has been certified in the Beck Model of Cognitive Therapy and is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well. She is an skilled therapist who enjoys helping individuals and families find a way to improve their communication and rebuild their connections.

Tammy Bartel

Clinical Counsellor, Trinity Western University

Bio: Clinical Counsellor

Brett Boeh

Student, University of Illinois

Bio: Brett's main research interests are centered around social justice engagement and quality end of life care. With a focus on social justice engagement as praxis involving both reflection and action, she aims to understand the ways in which social justice education can engage individuals with diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Additionally, Brett aims to promote dignity in the dying process. With a commitment to clinically-relevant research, she is interested in the ways that end of life care can promote a compassionate and patient-centered death and dying process.

Colleen Burns

Chaplain, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Bio: colleen.m.burns@gmail.com 617.642.7701

Donna Gaffney

Managing Director, Education and Programs, Project Rebirth

Bio: Dr. Donna Gaffney has long addressed trauma, loss and grief in the lives of children and their families. As a psychotherapist she has counseled young people in the aftermath of individual loss and national tragedies such as the Challenger explosion, the Pan Am 103 crash, the September 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Donna integrates literature, film and theater in her practice and educational programs; curating appropriate materials and writing discussion guides for children’s and young adult literature, film and theater. She created and administered the AAUW-funded bibliotherapy program "Growing Heroines” at one of New York City’s largest elementary schools to focus on the issues of trauma and loss facing young girls in urban communities. She has written teaching/discussion guides for young adult books (“911: The Book of Help” and “Breath to Breath’). Donna has also developed educational guides for documentaries, “Rebirth” and “The Second Day”. In 2005 Donna worked with New York Reads Together to bring Laurie Halse Anderson’s book "Speak" to high school teachers and students in New York City. In preparation of the ten year commemoration of September 11th, she was an advisor to The New York Council for the Humanities’ 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Community Conversation program, in which she wrote facilitator tips and parent guides for the children’s books in the program. She is on the advisory board of The Shared Grief Project, writing and supervising the development of discussion guides for the video narratives. In addition to academic publications, Donna is the author of The Seasons of Grief, Helping Children Grow Through Loss.

Elizabeth Crunk

Ph.D. Candidate, University of Central Florida

Alexandra Watson

Certified Child Life Specialist, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Andy H.Y. Ho, PhD, EdD, FT

Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Anna Pederson

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Research on Women

Brenda Bentley

Senior Lecturer/Head of Discipline, Murdoch University, School of Health Professions

Brittany Trauthwein

Founder, Lakeview Psychology Group, Inc.

Carla Sofka

Professor of Social Work, Siena College

Carrie Bauer

Director, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss

Celeste Miller

Bereavement Coordinator, Porter Loring Mortuaries

Christiane Manzella

Clinical Director, Seleni Institute

Christopher MacKinnon

Psychologist, Canadian Virtual Hospice

Christopher M. Layne

Program Director of Education in Evidence-Based Practice, UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Claudia Coenen

Creative Grief Counselor, The Karuna Project

Colin Funk

Director, Corporate Funk

Coral Popowitz

Executive Director, Children's Grief Connection

Dale Larson

Professor, Santa Clara University

Darcy Harris

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Thanatology, King's University College

Darwin Huartson

Community Coordinator, Porter Loring Mortuaries

David Crawford

Student, Baylor University

Derrick Klaassen

Assistant Professor & Psychologist, Trinity Western University

Donna Schuurman

Executive Director, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families

Edith Steffen

Lecturer in Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton

Elizabeth Coplan

Founder and Curator, Grief Dialogues

Erica Srinivasan

Assistant Professor , University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Jane Milman

PhD Candidate, McGill University

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