Solace for the Brokenhearted

Mickie Chapman, LPMHC, CT

I am a Certified Thanatologist. What does that mean? Thanatologist comes from the Greek work, thanos, which means death. The C.T. credential is sponsored through the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a professional membership association in the field of thanatology. It provides credentialing for practitioners and educators in the discipline of death, dying and bereavement. The candidates for this recognition must meet specified knowledge requirements that are measures through a standardized examination. The national C.T. examination is given once a year and covers the following content topics:

  • Contemporary perspectives of death
  • Loss and grief
  • Coping with dying
  • Life-span issues
  • Bereavement support through interventions
  • Inflicted death
  • Ethics, regulatory and legislative issues

When you are searching for someone to help you process your grief, it is important to identify individuals with qualified knowledge in thanatology. Successful certificants earn the right to use the C.T. designation after their names on business cards and stationery. Members of the ADEC Board of Directors and the Credentialing Council provide oversight to the development and administration of the C.T. examination and recertification process.


  • Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Delaware
  • LCPC - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Maryland
  • Certified Thanatologist: Specialist in Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • NCSP -Nationally Certified School Psychologist Memberships
  • American Academy of Bereavement Association
  • Association of Death Education and Counseling
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • American Academy of Bereavement - National Bereavement Facilitator Certificate Award Program - Level I, Sept. 2002
  • American Academy of Bereavement - Advanced Bereavement Facilitator Training Program- July 2003
  • American Academy of Bereavement - Spiritual Counseling Facilitator Training Program, May 2005