NEW PROGRAM – MASTER OF SCIENCE IN THANATOLOGY AT EDGEWOOD COLLEGE
Learn Janet McCordPhD, FT
MADISON, Wis., June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —
- Learn directly from an internationally renowned thanatologist and former president of ADEC
- Earn 30 MS, Thanatology credits in two years or less with 100% online courses.
- Prepare to work in bereavement support in areas such as health, education, counseling, or nonprofit organizations.
Beginner in the fall 2022 semester, Edgewood College will offer students the opportunity to receive a Master of Science in Thanatology and learn directly from internationally acclaimed thanatologist and author Dr. Janet McCord. Dr. McCord was President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) from 2016-2017 and is a member of the International Task Force on Death, Dying and Bereavement.
Thanatology is the systematic study of death, dying, loss, mourning, bereavement, life-threatening behavior, traumatic death, suicide, euthanasia, medically assisted death and the associated anthropological, developmental, historical, ethical, legal, philosophical, educational, psychological, scientific, sociological, spiritual and theoretical elements. Those who have studied thanatology are familiar with the process of dying and grieving, including evidence-based practices for family care, cutting-edge literature and research. The program is aligned with ADEC’s core body of knowledge, and students can complete the program in two years or less.
“Edgewood is steeped in Dominican values of compassion, justice, truth and partnership,” McCord said. “Because this program is a curriculum that is both academic and applied who trains people to take what they learn and pass it on to people, communities, patients and families, who embodies Edgewood’s promise to link belief, learning and action.”
The philosophy of the thanatology program at Edgewood is that death, dying, loss, and grief are primarily human experiences with medical aspects, not just medical events that affect humans. As the new director of the thanatology program at Edgewood CollegeMcCord brings experience as a thanatologist and suicidologist for nearly 30 years, having trained hundreds of master’s students around the world in graduate-level thanatology programs.
“Everyone dies and everyone mourns. And often families just don’t know how to deal with it. They need people to help them. And that’s what we’re trying to educate students to be able to do,” McCord says. “Whether they are funeral directors, counsellors, therapists or medical professionals, many people need to know about death, grief, grief and loss. . Having this kind of knowledge makes it easier for them to put families more at ease, help families make those tough decisions, and walk the path of grief. Thanatologists obtain preparation in a program like the Master of Science Degree at Edgewood College help these families. »
The Master of Science in Thanatology program to Edgewood College prepare students for employment or volunteer opportunities in a variety of settings where caring for the dying or bereaved is important, including hospices, hospitals, faith communities, non-profit organizations, charitable organizations organ and tissue procurement, bereavement centers, funeral homes and academia. The program is designed to prepare individuals to create, implement and deliver non-medical support services for the dying and bereaved, including suicide prevention and postvention support services, as well as community education to death.
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