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Post-traumatic Growth: Is there evidence for changing our practice?

Post-traumatic Growth: Is there evidence for changing our practice?

Positive psychological changes and growth beyond previous levels of functioning are characteristics of a phenomenon described as Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). Tedeschi, Park & Calhoun (1998) identified 5 outcomes of PTG: increased appreciation of life; sense of new possibilities in life; increased personal strength; improvement in close personal relationships; and positive spiritual change. More recently, PTG has been proposed as a coping style, as well as a coping outcome.
Whilst numerous questions arise concerning theoretical, and reliability and validity issues, and conflicting evidence exists regarding PTG’s relationship to posttrauma pathology, the adaptive significance of PTG is gaining the attention of researchers and practitioners. This lecture present s implications of PTG as a posttrauma phenomenon for treatment of survivors of trauma. It outlines Australasian research findings related to posttrauma responses and PTG in a range of subjects, including earthquake-tsunami survivors, protective services professionals, cancer patients, serious motor vehicle accidents survivors, and those who have experienced first onset of psychosis.

It presents an overview of how Dr Colleen Jackson incorporates PTG into treatment approaches with clients with traumatic experiences ranging from early childhood trauma to recent adult trauma.

 

Areas of Interest / Categories: Neurobiology, STARTTS 2012, Trauma

STARTTS 2012

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : Healing the Social Brain

This eight parts seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : The Healthy Aging Brain

This eight parts seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : Simple and Complex PTSD

This eight part seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

Healing traumatic nightmares using sandplay therapy.

Nightmares are a common and distressing symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet frequently resistant to treatment. The relationship between traumatic experience and dream