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Post Traumatic Growth-Core Concepts and Methods of Cultivation

March 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Instructor: Michael Anthony Scalzo, MSW, LCSW



Individuals living with posttraumatic stress disorder enter therapy in a state in which their internal coping mechanisms and external supports have failed to help them heal from their traumatic experience(s). Standard professional literature regarding the treatment of PTSD and treatment planning resources created to assist mental health treatment professionals in goal setting often suggest that the goal of psychotherapeutic interventions should be assisting individuals to “return to pre-trauma levels of functioning.” This is an ambitious goal for many, and unachievable for some, let that be firmly understood. However, let it also be equally understood and as firmly asserted, that as mental health treatment providers, we should strive to do more.

 We must begin to view trauma from a different perspective. We must understand the potential for personal growth and development that is often the natural result of traumatic experiences. More importantly, we must understand the potential to cultivate such growth in psychotherapy. Attention should be paid to recent research under the umbrella of positive psychology on the hypothesis that some individuals demonstrate increased functioning in some areas of their lives in response to their experience of or exposure to traumatic events. Whether this phenomenon is referred to as posttraumatic growth or growth through adversity the core concepts demonstrate that not only is posttraumatic growth measurable, it can be fomented with through cognitive behavioral therapy.

The psychotherapeutic approach presented is reminiscent of Frankl’s logotherapy. Although this approach consists of a blending of existing interventions, it is unique in that the overarching goal is to facilitate a positive response to trauma. Presented is an intervention strategy that incorporates a strengths-based focus interwoven with a narrative approach that facilitates the perspective shifts necessary for an individual to place meaning on their suffering and develop a new personal narrative aligned with their reformed worldview.

This training will provide a comprehensive exploration of the core concepts associated with posttraumatic growth and will provide students with practical tools that can be used in psychotherapy to cultivate growth in response to trauma. 

Who should attend:
Social Workers, Addiction Treatment and/or Prevention Professionals, Case Managers, Residential Providers, Parole and Probation Staff, School Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and others serving individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.
Those who attend this training will receive 6 continuing education hours.



March 23, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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