Ambiguous Loss: The Impact of Missing Persons on Families and Response Personnel
When a family discovers that one of its members has gone missing, it sets into motion a process of physical, emotional and mental activity that is incomparable to any other situation. This impact is then expanded to include law enforcement members involved in the search to locate the missing person. This impact is unique in response to the individual never being found, or being found deceased. This course will explore this impact and ways to support those who are affected. It will begin by defining ambiguous loss. Next, the course will present a basic overview of grieving a ‘normal’ loss to provide a context, and then contrast ambiguous loss to the normal. Intervention guidelines are provided as well as attention given to the feelings/behaviors most exhibited by one who is experiencing ambiguous loss.
Amy Morgan, MSC - Executive Training Director and Founder of Academy Hour -------------- Dr. John Duncan - PhD in Neuroscience and 27 years in law enforcement from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control as Chief Agent. -------------- Byron Curtis Ph.D. F-ABFT, Chief Forensic Toxicologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner – State of Oklahoma, Toxicology Laboratory Director -------------- Dr. Henry Cloud, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Clinical Psychology, Biola University. Dr. Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and best-selling author. -------------- Dr. Colleen Halupa is the Dean of Online Education at East Texas Baptist University. She has an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Management, a masters and bachelors in health care administration and is a nationally certified clinical laboratory scientist. -------------- Jessica Smith is currently a graduate student in the Human Relations Department at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a group therapist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and as a Forensic Interviewer for 8 years.