The Dougy Center’s Donna Schuurman receives 2013 ADEC clinical practice award

Donna Schuurman

Dr. Donna Schuurman receives Clinical Practice Award


Dr. Donna Schuurman has been awarded the 2013 Clinical Practice Award by the internationally respected Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC.) ADEC, one of the oldest organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement, is dedicated to promoting excellence and diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research.

The Clinical Practice Award is one of only 4 awards that ADEC gives out annually. The recipient of this award is recognized and honored for their excellence in clinical practice (honors, awards, reputation in one’s area of specialization); contributions to the field of thanatology (innovations in practice, leadership in organization focusing on clinical practice as it relates to dying, death and bereavement); and continuing growth (keeping abreast of changes in the field and/or being at the cutting edge of developing ideas in clinical practice.)

Dr. Donna Schuurman has been the Executive Director of The Dougy Center since 1991, and is an internationally recognized authority on grief and bereaved children, teens and families. Donna is the author of Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent, and has written extensively on topics related to bereaved children. Her articles and other contributions have been published in scholarly journals and textbooks, and she has been interviewed as an expert on the subject by Redbook, The New York Times, SmartMoney, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’, and many other consumer publications.

The award was presented at the 2013 ADEC Conference on Friday, April 26, in Hollywood, California.