Supporting Children and Families Impacted by Murder

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April 28, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)
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$60, Guests  (or become a member HERE to receive member discounts on NAGC Online Learning.)
$75, Guests with Continuing Education Credit

Presentation Description

Grieving children and families who have been impacted by murder have unique needs and experiences. This workshop will provide participants with tools and resources for supporting children and families impacted by a homicide death. Presenters will discuss the importance of supporting children and families impacted by homicide through a lens of inclusivity, cultural awareness, and sensitivity. Opportunities, challenges, and barriers related to providing quality bereavement services to children and families impacted by murder will be explored and discussed. Case examples and vignettes will be utilized to illustrate concepts and best practices for supporting children and families after a homicide death.


At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 unique needs and experiences of bereaved children and families impacted by murder.
  2. Describe resources to strengthen work with bereaved children and families who have been impacted by homicide.
  3. Discuss strategies for overcoming barriers and creating authentic partnerships with individuals and communities impacted by violent and stigmatized death.

About the Presenters

Alexandra Chery Dorrelus
Director of Programs and Training - Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Alexandra Chery Dorrelus is Director of Programs and Training. She oversees the work of the
Peace Institute and ensures the organization’s programs have what they need in order to provide
well coordinated services. Alexandra learned at 4 years old, when her brother was killed, the pain
felt after someone you love is murdered is unique to other types of pain. In order to support a
person and family through that pain, their unique and individual needs must be acknowledged
and met. Alexandra has been in the field of human services since she was 16 and started her
work as a youth organizer with the Breath of Life Dorchester (BOLD) Teens advocating for
social and environmental justice. She worked her way into Program Coordinator of the BOLD
Teens and managed the Codman Square Farmers Market. Alexandra holds many awards from her
community organizing and human services work, including the Hidden Heroes Award.
Upholding the legacy of her brother, Louis and the love for her family is what drives her work

Elaina DeStefano
Strategic Projects Coordinator - Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Elaina was first introduced to the Peace Institute while studying for her Masters of Social Work.
She interned for two years at the Peace Institute working in advocacy roles as well as
implementing the Social Emotional Learning Curriculum (PeaceZone) in the Boston Public
Schools system. What has kept Elaina in this work is the belief that families that are impacted on
both sides of homicide deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion, regardless of the
circumstances. Elaina has experience with implementing programming and supporting nonprofits
in creating a process to measure and evaluate their programming and overall mission. After
moving to India, where she worked for an NGO measuring the restoration of survivors of forced
labor, she was thrilled to be able to take what she learned and be a part of the team at the Peace
Institute. As the Strategic Program Coordinator, Elaina aims to evaluate, measure and monitor
the programs at the Peace Institute to make sure they are serving Survivors of Homicide Victims
with the highest level of coordination, consistency and compassion.

Colleen Shannon
Associate Program Director - The Children’s Room
Colleen Shannon is a clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience working with
children, adolescents and adults coping with grief, loss and bereavement. She has worked with
grieving children and families in hospital, community-based and bereavement camp settings. As
the Associate Program Director of Youth and Community Outreach at The Children’s Room
Colleen oversees the center’s Teen, School and Community-Based programs. She presents
locally and nationally on topics pertaining to childhood bereavement.
Colleen is a group facilitator and trainer at Project Common Bond, a program that brings together
young adults, ages 15-20, from around the world who share a ‘common bond’ — the loss of a
family member due to an act of terrorism, violent extremism, or war. She is a faculty member in
the postgraduate palliative care program at the School of Social Work at Smith College and
works as a psychotherapist in private practice.

Lawrence Stevenson
Survivors Outreach Services Advocate - Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Lawrence Stevenson is a Survivors Outreach Services Advocate at the Louis D. Brown Peace
Institute. Just days after a homicide, he meets with families to provide emotional and practical
support and is prepared to walk with them through their journey from crisis to healing to
thriving. Lawrence believes people have an incredible ability to heal. He sees it as his role not to
heal others, but to create a safe space in which people can heal themselves. Lawrence
particularly appreciates facilitating Peace Play in Urban Settings as he supports survivors in the
process of constructing worlds out of sand and figurines. In 2015, he received a B.S. in
Psychology and Public Services from the Commonwealth Honors at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. In addition to the work he does at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute,
he is also a trained Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant with VISIONS INC. Power to the

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