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Connie 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.
She 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.
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.