DURANT, Okla. -- Attendees of the 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) recently celebrated the inauguration of Jon K. Reid as president of the organization’s board of directors.
ADEC is a multidisciplinary, international, professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology (the scientific study of death). Its membership includes a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers in the field of dying, death and bereavement.
Dr. Reid is a Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he previously served as Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and founded the annual Behavioral Sciences Scholarship Workshop. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (Texas), a National Certified Counselor (NBCC), and a Fellow in Thanatology (ADEC).
Reid earned his Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University, his master’s at Southwestern Baptist theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s at Midwestern State University.
He has been a member of the Southeastern faculty since 1993.
“ADEC has been my professional home for almost 20 years, providing opportunities for networking, continuing education and professional growth,’’ Reid said. “I am honored to serve in a leadership role for ADEC to help perpetuate the organization for future professionals in the field.”
Prior to his installation as President of the ADEC Board of Directors, Reid served in several ADEC capacities, including 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, annual conference co-chair (2009), as well as on several ADEC committees and task forces. He has been an active member of ADEC for 19 years.