Surviving loved ones of murder victims present unique challenges and opportunities for the advocates and other professionals who work with them. This webinar is designed to help participants better meet those challenges and opportunities by enhancing their understanding and skills for working with this unique set of crime survivors. This webinar is most appropriate for those with intermediate or advanced experience and training in working with crime victims but is helpful also to beginning advocates. This two-part workshop will overview of how the emotional, behavioral and relational functioning of co-victims of homicide are impacted by the complicated, traumatic grief that follows in the aftermath of murder and by other complicating factors - complicating factors ranging from specifics of a particular homicide, interactions with law enforcement and court professionals, media coverage, and more. Emotions, behaviors and ways of relating by these victim/survivors is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Better understanding can lead to being better able to build and maintain trust, to working more effectively, and even to aiding the healing journeys of these survivors.
Scott Bass, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and long-time victim advocate, draws on relevant research as well as more than a decade of extensive experience with loved ones of murder victims in advocacy and clinical settings and even more years of working more broadly with persons impacted by sudden, violent deaths.
Participants in this two-part workshop will:
1. Understand the impact of “murder grief” on co-victims of homicide and how to work more effectively with those going through it.
2. Understand key themes that arise for surviving loved ones in the aftermath of murder.
3. Apply practical skills and tools for assisting those affected by homicide.
4. Learn about available resources.