Northwest Indian Sunmask, represents warmth and light to counterbalance the chill and darkness of violent death
Northwest Indian Sunmask, represents warmth and light to counterbalance the chill and darkness of violent death.
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Dr. Ted Rynearson, founder of the Violent Death Bereavement Society (VDBS) initiated a support program for family members after violent dying in 1984. This community support program continues to offer outreach, advocacy and clinical intervention at no charge to survivors of homicide. Through the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) funding received shortly after its inception, the program has assisted over two thousand family members with protocols for screening and manuals for short-term interventions.

Since 1984, the Violent Death Bereavement Society has sponsored annual one- or two-day conferences in various cities throughout the United States for local and regional care givers on the support of loved ones with prolonged grief. Each of these trainings has featured local and national speakers with novel and empirically-based presentations with the goal of facilitating enhancement of clinicians' expertise in the clinical management of prolonged grief by gathering case presentations and literature review.

Our agency has also been awarded grants for state and national trainings.
National Training:

April 8 and 9, 2017

Traumatic Grief after Violent Dying Conference

Virginia Mason Separation and Loss Services and UC San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, are pleased to offer a two-day conference on Traumatic Grief after Violent Dying on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at UCSD?s International House in La Jolla, CA.

With generous support from the Caldera-Saindon Grant, we are able to offer this two-day training for a fee of only $150/person plus an additional $35 for CEU credits.

Featured speakers (partial list):

· Ted Rynearson, MD, Clinical Professor, University of Washington and Medical Director, Virginia Mason Separation and Loss Services

· Richard Gold, MA, Founder, Pongo Publishing

· Larry Taylor, DMin, BCC, Chief Chaplain, VA San Diego Healthcare System

· Lori Montross, PhD, Family Support Psychologist, Moores Cancer Center

· Summer Stephan, Chief Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

· Vilma Torres, LMSW, Director, Safe Horizon Bronx Family Justice Center

· Bethann Holzhay, MSW, Director, Bronx DA Crime Victims Assistance Unit

· Connie Saindon, MA, LMFT, Founder, Survivors of Violent Loss Program

· Saul Levine, MD, Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego

· Charles Nelson, PhD, Founder/Director, Crime and Trauma Recovery Program

· Sidney Zisook, MD, Distinguished Professor, UC San Diego

· Robert Neborsky MD, Clinical Professor, UC San Diego

Please save the date on your calendar and forward this notice to others for this important learning and networking opportunity.


Go to https://svlnetwork.wordpress.com/ for future updates. Registration will be available in one month. For questions, email Laura Jeffs, Program Coordinator, at laura.jeffs@virginiamason.org or call (206) 223-6398


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