connie saindon, author, Murder Survivor's Handbook: Real-life Stories, Tips & Resources

For your information, this page provides the Founder, Connie Saindon, M.A. curriculum vita.


1979                            Marriage, & Family Therapist, CA #14266

1997-2011                   AAMFT Approved Supervisor #9475


1979  Master of Arts in Counseling, National.University, San Diego, California

1977                            Bachelor of Arts in Psychology San.Diego.State.University., San Diego, California

2003-2015                   UCSD, University of California Medical School Clinical Faculty                                         Appointment


2011-present               Founder of Violent Loss Resources.  Responsibilities include                                                training, consultations and outreach.

2008-2011                   Department of Defense Military and Family Life Consultant

Providing consultant services to soldier, their families that those who work with them in the states and overseas.

2004-Present               Founder and former Clinical Director of the Survivors of Violent Loss Program.   Responsibilities include training, supervision, direct service, and research and community education. training and program development.

1998- 2004                  Clinical Director of Survivors of Violent Loss Program

 at University of  California, San Diego’s( UCSD) Outpatient Psychiatric Services.

1985-2004                   Associates for Personal and Family Counseling, Owner &Director,

Staff management, training and supervision for private practice providing outpatient psychotherapy services.

1995-1996                   Adjunct Faculty, Provided Supervision for Master’s Program students, San Diego State University.

1979/1985                   Private Practice, San Diego, Califonia.  Co-Owner, 5 clinical offices;      Director, Central Office engaging in

 training, supervision, and full time counseling services.  Frequent speaker and workshop leader to various community groups.

Professional Affiliations:

1980-Present               AAMFT Clinical Fellow

1998- Present              Member of Violent Death Bereavement Society

1995-1999                                      AAMFTCA-Community Response Chair

1995-2000                                      AAMFTCA Board Member-Treasure

Publications and Research:

            Author of The Journey: Learning to live with violent death. A self help workbook for facilitators and survivors based on the Restorative Retelling Model.  Widgeon Publishing, 2015

            Author of Murder Survivors Handbook: real stories, tips and resources.  Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award (Best in Self-Help)  by Independent Book Publishers. Widgeon Publishing, 2014.

           Author of two articles: Murder and Homicide and Trauma. Encyclopedia of Trauma; Charles Figley, Editor.  Sage Publications, 2012

Saindon, C., Rynearson, E. Rheingold, A. et al. Restorative Retelling for Violent Loss: An Open Clinical Trial. Death Studies, Vol. 38, Issue 4, 2014.  Special Issue: Meaning and Spirituality in Grief, November 2013.

            Contributing author of Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention beyond the crisis, Edited by Edward Rynearson. Routledge, 2006.

            Co-author of three year pilot study comparing pre and post screening results of clinical groups.  Presented findings at the Annual American Psychiatric Association in 2003 as a new an upcoming approach with Edward Rynearson and Allison Salloum.


Victim Advocate of the Year Award by the Victim Assistance Coordinating Council 2009.

Mental Health Awareness Award by San Diego Psychiatric Society, May 2008.