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About the Author

The Journey: Learning to Live with Violent Death by Connie Saindon


The Journey

Learning to Live with Violent Death

A Workbook Based on Restorative Retelling

Connie Saindon, author, The Journey: Learning to Live with Violent Death Connie Saindon is the author of Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources, which was honored with a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in 2015. The book was judged as the best in the self-help category by the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Ms. Saindon is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and among the few specialists in the field of violent death bereavement. She founded the nonprofit Survivors of Violent Loss Program in San Diego, in 1998. It includes the website Violent Loss Resources (svlp.org). Her commitment to violent loss bereavement is related to the loss of her sister, aged 17, to homicide in 1961.

Her training includes the Restorative Retelling Model developed by Edward K. Rynearson, MD. She coauthored a preliminary study that showed significant decreases in symptoms using this model. She has provided program development, clinical services, training, and supervision of medical residents, interns, and clinicians.

Her research experience expanded by participation in two more studies published in Death Studies Journal (2013, 2014) as both a lead and contributing author. These studies cover 14 years worth of work, with results showing significant decrease in client symptoms related to traumatic grief, complicated bereavement, and post-traumatic stress.

Ms. Saindon is a frequent presenter at national conferences on this specialized topic. Her training programs have included online courses, one- and two-day trainings and retreats for professionals, peer and crime victim advocates. Presentations have included: American Psychiatry Association, American Association for Marital and Family Therapists, Texas Crime Victims Clearinghouse Conference, Violent Death Bereavement Society, National Center for Crime Victims, and Parents of Murdered Children. Course titles include: The Restorative Retelling Model, Violent Death and PTSD, and Violent Death: Fostering Resilience While Healing Wounds.

She is a contributing author of Violent Death, Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crises, Edward Rynearson, editor, and has written articles on trauma as well as homicide for the Encyclopedia of Trauma, edited by Charles Figley.

Her current work includes providing consultation, speaking, and training. Contact her directly at csaindon@svlp.org.

When not pursuing her professional interests she may be found kayaking in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, skiing, walking her dog, or taking photographs.

About the Editor

Larry Edwards is a survivor of violent loss, which he documents in his award-winning book Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss. Professionally, he is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of three books. He currently edits and publishes nonfiction and fiction books.

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