Taking a Life: Counseling People Who Have Killed Other People


SKU: PPVKilling Category:


** You are ordering the online video version of this course. Hard copies of the DVDs will not be sent. This is a great way to save money, and have quick access with no shipping costs. Links and passwords for viewing will be provided upon payment. You will be provided with a supplemental .pdf file which includes access to the scripts, CEU information and course notes. **

6 Hours of CEU Credit for Hypnotherapists, Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Registered Nurses for those who complete the course exam.  CEU Hours offered through Peachtree Professional Education, Inc. a NBCC and NAADAC CE provider.  


Counseling Those who have Killed other People

A Practical Skills Development Seminar focusing on providing counseling skills in the psychological, social and spiritual aspect of working with those who have killed others in battle, in accidents, and with intention.

With David Parke, CCE-BCC and Richard Nongard, LMFT

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Course Description

The client who has killed, is a client that every therapist will encounter. As a nation at war, we are a nation with many who have returned home after taking the life of an opposing soldier. In dealing with drug and alcohol offenders, we frequently encounter those who have killed on the highways we drive to work. Other clients have taken a life in self-defense, and yet others who have taken a life with malevolence./p>

Although the psychology of killing, and the emotional, spiritual and social aspects of killing have been researched, very few training sessions focus on the mental health professionals role and the therapeutic methods of addressing killing in social work and counseling.

This workshop is essential for anyone working with veterans, in substance abuse treatment or the criminal justice setting. By attending this seminar you will learn:

  • How to identify the praxeological needs of clients who have killed.
  • Strategies for supporting those who have taken a life in the line of duty.
  • Techniques for stabilizing the family systems of those who have killed.
  • When processes of forgiveness therapy and grief resolution are beneficial and when they are contraindicated.
  • You will leave this workshop with specific skills, therapeutic and spiritual processes you can utilize with clients who have killed other people.

This seminar is a practical training resource, designed to provide a foundation for dealing with a topic that is often overlooked in traditional counseling, and perhaps in the elephant in the therapy room, in many counseling settings.

This workshop will equip you with evidenced-based treatment protocols, and these methods will be demonstrated in the context of providing social work, counseling and other professional services.

The Instructors

Richard Nongard, LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice. While working with substance abusers in the early 1990’s he recognized this subject of vital importance was often missing from counselor training programs. He the author of several books, including “Diagnosis Evil: Identifying Those With No Excuse” and “Medical Meditation”. He holds advanced degrees in both counseling and ministry.

David Parke, CCE-BCC is both a former Army Ranger, Navy Diver and Military Advisor. He has spent most of the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan. Originally from Kansas, he now lives in New York and is the author of “Coach with Courage”. He is certified by the Center for Credentialing and Education (NBCC) as a Board Certified Coach. You will enjoy and be challenged by his gentle spirit, knowledge of research and personal insights into the psychology of killing.