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Post-Traumatic Growth: Re-framing our therapeutic approach to Healing

Post-Traumatic Growth: Re-framing our therapeutic approach to Healing

As psychotherapists and counsellors, we are trained in our modalities to focus on the long-term adverse effects of traumatic life experiences, including PTSD, depression, addiction et al. Although this focus helps to determine our therapeutic responses and is an integral part of the healing and recovery process, there is more that we can do to help clients resolve PTSD and lead them to deeper healing with post-traumatic growth.

Times on both days:
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, London UK

12:00 noon – 3:00 pm, New York, USA

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Course Credits

CPD: 6 / CE: N/A

Speaker(s)

Lisa Ferentz

Course length in hours

6 hrs of video content

Location

Online streaming only

Full course information

Moving beyond conventional therapeutic responses, in this practical and engaging webinar, globally acclaimed trauma trainer Lisa Ferentz shows us how to enhance our therapeutic approach so we can help clients achieve an ongoing state of post-traumatic growth (PTG). Using art prompts, somatic resourcing, guided imagery, cognitive re-framing, and journal prompts, we will discuss how, as therapists, we can plant the seeds of hope early in therapy, while still balancing the client’s need to process their trauma.

With this as the foundation, we will learn how to efficaciously incorporate the positive attributes that we have at our therapeutic disposal so clients can continue to heal from their trauma while also experiencing the unique growth and meaning-making that accompanies post-traumatic growth. These include:

  • increased attachment and a new way of relating to others
  • the capacity to believe in new possibilities
  • the rediscovery of personal strengths
  • and a newfound appreciation for life in general

As therapists and counsellors, we will discover new approaches to effectively harness the potential of these attributes to not only duly acknowledge the client’s pain and grief but also simultaneously bring them to a place of newfound hope, resilience, and healing.

Lisa first explains how these positive effects of post-traumatic growth (PTG) stage allow us to strengthen and reformulate our therapeutic approach, and why the meaning that clients attach to trauma is so important.   

The webinar uses case examples, powerful videotapes of clients’ healing journeys, and client’s artwork to explore the tangible markers of post-traumatic growth (PTG). Therapists will learn how to incorporate creative strategies that help to introduce and strengthen the concepts of post-traumatic growth as clients move forward in their healing journeys by:

  • Learning how to incorporate the power of the therapeutic relationship
  • Leveraging the clients’ remembered resources and clients’ own wisdom and self-compassion to strengthen the manifestations of post-traumatic growth
  • Understanding the hamster wheel phenomenon of perpetually asking “why” trauma occurred and how we can navigate it in therapy
  • Utilizing meaning-making that exacerbates or mitigates the sequelae of trauma  
  • Working with the wounded inner child and noticing glimmers of PTG
  • Explaining the “remembered resource” strategy to strengthen self-compassion
  • Identifying three assessment questions that can be used to highlight and strengthen clients’ resiliency
  • Identifying at least three reasons why some clients might find it challenging to reach a place of post-traumatic growth

Agenda:

DAY ONE:

  • Defining Post-traumatic growth and incorporating metaphors
  • Personality traits associated with post-traumatic growth
  • The “Shattered Vase” metaphor
  • The Post-traumatic Growth Inventory:
    • Re-Discovering Personal Strengths- client videos
    • Incorporating Somatic Resourcing
  • Belief in New Possibilities: clients’ artwork
  • Relating to Others: client video
  • Spiritual Changes: client videos
  • Newfound Appreciation for Life: Client video

DAY TWO:

  • Additional Strategies to plant and nurture the seeds of PTG
  • How bringing the concept of PTG into therapy helps the work
  • The therapist’s lens: Processing a case
  • The strengths-based perspective
  • Assessing clients’ self-talk: clients’ artwork
  • Addressing negative/shaming self-talk in therapy
  • Incorporating a “remembered resource”
  • Journal prompts to strengthen self-compassion
  • Accessing the client’s wisest part: client video
  • Addressing double standards
  • Highlighting disclosures of resiliency and resilient self-talk
  • Why post-traumatic growth is challenging for some clients
  • Journal prompts to address clients’ fears

References:

  • Tedeschi, R. Growth After Trauma. Harvard Business Review. July-August, 2020
  • Kaufman, B. Post-Traumatic Growth: Finding Meaning and Creativity in Adversity. Scientific American. April, 2020
  • Vazquez, C., Valiente, C, Garcia, F. et al. Post-Traumatic Growth and Stress-Related Responses During the COVID-19 Pandemic in a National Representative Sample: The Role of Positive Core Beliefs About the World and Others.J Happiness Studies. Jan 11: 1-21, 2021
  • Dickinson, S. Post-traumatic growth in the twenty first century: how current trends may threaten our ability to grow after trauma. The Journal of Positive Psychology, April, 2020

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What's included in this course

What you’ll learn

The webinar uses case examples, powerful videotapes of clients’ healing journeys, and client’s artwork to explore the tangible markers of post-traumatic growth (PTG). Therapists will learn how to incorporate creative strategies that help to introduce and strengthen the concepts of post-traumatic growth as clients move forward in their healing journeys by:

  • Learning how to incorporate the power of the therapeutic relationship
  • Leveraging the clients’ remembered resources and clients’ own wisdom and self-compassion to strengthen the manifestations of post-traumatic growth
  • Understanding the hamster wheelphenomenon of perpetually asking “why” trauma occurred and how we can navigate it in therapy
  • Utilizing meaning-makingthat exacerbates or mitigates the sequelae of trauma  
  • Working with the wounded inner child and noticing glimmers of PTG
  • Explaining the “remembered resource” strategy to strengthen self-compassion
  • Identifying three assessment questions that can be used to highlight and strengthen clients’ resiliency
  • Identifying at least three reasons why some clients might find it challenging to reach a place of post-traumatic growth

Learning objectives

  • Define the concept of post-traumatic growth and provide at least one metaphor that can be used to illustrate the concept for clients
  • Explain the “Shattered Vase” analogy and its relevance to post-traumatic growth
  • Construct three examples of how the meaning clients attach to trauma can either intensify or mitigate their experiences
  • Identify the 5 measurable arenas that are indicative of Post-traumatic Growth and give examples of each
  • Describe at least 3 traits that make PTG a more likely outcome in trauma survivors
  • Describe and implement at least 4 creative strategies designed to introduce and nurture the concepts of Post-traumatic Growth in clients’ healing journeys

You'll also be able to...

Develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels in clients and for safer trauma therapy

Identify and acquire recovery options and strategies for trauma clients inappropriate for trauma memory processing, particularly for those who don’t want to and those who decompensate or dysregulate from memory work

Also develop the ability to interpret and modulate the body’s nervous system (sensory and autonomic) to regulate arousal levels for professional self-care

About the speaker(s)

Lisa Ferentz is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 39 years.  She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Israel.  She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of “The Ferentz Institute,” now in its sixteenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating several thousand clinicians from her two Certificate Programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment.  In 2009 she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.  Lisa is the author of “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide,” now in its second edition, “Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing,” and “Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch.”   Lisa also hosted a weekly radio talk show, writes blogs and articles for websites on trauma, attachment, self-destructive behaviors, and self-care, teaches on many webinars, and is a contributor to Psychologytoday.com.  You can follow Lisa’s work on her website, theferentzinstitute.com, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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