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Congratulations to nccuCounseling student, Kirsten Reberg-Horton, who won a design competition for the 2021 ADEC (Association for Death Education and Counseling) conference.  The design will be used for conference t-shirts, in which sales are used to generate funds for student scholarships to the ADEC conference.

From ADEC:

adec2021"Kirsten’s design for the 2021 ADEC conference was inspired by the butterfly as a symbol of rebirth and transformation.  Even in a virtual space, we can connect across the globe as we work to promote and deepen Thanatological research and practice. Although we grieve the loss of our physical togetherness, we can be inspired by our ability to continue our vital work. 


Kirsten is working towards a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at North Carolina Central University, while running her own business and volunteering to enhance access to the natural world for people across diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Since 2004, 

Kirsten has been the owner and sole employee of Kalmia Landscape Design. Kirsten’s love for landscape design stems from her belief that our physical environments are instrumental in the way that we feel. She believes that landscapes can provide a sense of safety, inspiration, beauty, sensory stimulation, and reverence. Kirsten’s dream is to marry her two passions: mental health and gardens by offering her clients the opportunity to engage with nature while participating in counseling. Whether it’s simply walking in a garden or natural setting, sitting on a bench and listening to the sounds around you, or getting your hands in the dirt, Kirsten believes in the healing and transformative power of nature and the connection of mind and body that opening up to the natural world brings."

Please consider supporting student scholarships to ADEC by purchasing a shirt on the ADEC website ( - or use the direct link to the shirt sales page below: