Based on research following Hurricane Katrina as well as other traumatic world events, this training explores the phenomena of post-traumatic growth through the accounts of survivors, and the investigations of researchers and providers. Participants will review key studies on post-traumatic growth to better understand the factors that support optimal recovery and growth after trauma. Using examples and exercises, participants will explore healthy ways that survivors can respond to trauma to promote growth and development in their own lives, and how providers can foster these outcomes.
- Be able to describe the concept of post-traumatic growth including changes in cognition, behavior and self-experience commonly observed.
- Understand recovery and post-traumatic growth as part of a continuing that can be assessed and supported in the clinical relationship.
- Feel able to provide psychoeducation about post-traumatic growth to clients, without diminishing pain and suffering or challenges stemming from trauma.
- Gain strategies to promote post-traumatic growth and strengthen recovery factors among those they are helping
- Reflect on personal experiences to illustrate or exemplify the factors and changes associated with post-traumatic growth.