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Martin is recognized with prestigious award

Thursday, May 3, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A longtime Hood professor was recently cited for excellence by one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement.

Terry Martin, associate professor of psychology, was the recipient of the Association for Death Education and Counseling's 2012 Death Educator Award. The prestigious award is given annually to a candidate who demonstrates expertise and continuous growth in the field of dying, death and bereavement, excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Martin was cited by his students, who nominated him for the award, for his professional accomplishments, passion, teaching skills, leadership, knowledge, dedication to students and integrity. He was selected from among a number of nominees, all of whom have served professionally in the field for many years.

Martin, who primarily teaches graduate courses in thanatology, gerontology and professional counseling, has published widely on these topics, including "Men Don't Cry, Women Do," a book on patterns of grief he co-authored. He has developed and taught several graduate courses in thanatology and was instrumental in developing Hood's Summer Institute in Thanatology. He is a certified grief therapist and maintains a private practice specializing in dying- and grief-related issues. Martin also consults with several local hospices, nursing homes and the U.S. Veterans Administration, and volunteers for Camp Jamie, a weekend camp for bereaved children sponsored by Hospice of Frederick County.

ADEC works to promote and share research, theories and practice in dying, death and bereavement. Its primary goal is to enhance the ability of professionals and laypeople to be better able to meet the needs of those with whom they work in death education and grief counseling. Many educators, counselors, nurses, physicians, hospital and hospice personnel, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, social workers, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, physical and recreational therapists, health well-being specialists and volunteers comprise the nonprofit organization.