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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS
Item#: N1679
Contents: 1 Course Book (30 pages)
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Supporting Survivors of Homicide

Price $16.95
Item # N1679
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: December 23, 2015

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

This course provides information on how the healthcare provider can better serve grieving and traumatized families of murder victims. Although victim advocates and crisis responders have skill-based training for victim assistance, many other professionals who encounter those affected by homicide are unaware of the emotional and psychological impact of such crimes. As survivors grieve the death of their loved ones, they also must navigate the criminal justice system, learn their rights, and seek professionals in the community who can support them. To meet the immediate and long-term needs of survivors, it is important to recognize what directly affects the way survivors cope with their situations.

This course first focuses on homicide, types of killings, and those affected by homicide, who are otherwise known as co-victims. The course then examines the factors that influence the grief process after a homicide and possible grief reactions. Finally, it explores the criminal justice system and its impact on those bereaved by homicide.


This course is an extraction of and should not be taken with, N1658 Death, Dying, and Bereavement, 3rd Edition (30 contact hours).

Course Objectives

  • Define types of homicide.
  • Identify factors that influence the way survivors of homicide victims (co-victims) react to homicide.
  • Describe grief reactions in survivors of homicide victims (co-victims).
  • Identify the function of the criminal justice system.

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC, is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a BS in Psychology and an MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Bereavement Specialist; and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate and master’s-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief. Her keynotes on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resilience. Barbara’s website is

Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief resolution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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