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408 | Post-traumatic Growth: Becoming Better, Not Bitter, from Betrayal Trauma

Couples in Crisis, Relationship Conflict, and Marital Recovery, Friday 9/15 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Debbie Laaser, M.A.; Elizabeth Griffin, M.A.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Many licensed mental health professionals often talk about post-traumatic stress symptoms following traumatic life events, but few think about the possibility of post-traumatic growth (PTG)—the positive ways our clients can be transformed by trauma. Yet this is precisely what can happen when Christian clients face their adversity and experience the ways God wants them to use their trials to refine and mature them. This workshop will present research on post-traumatic growth, the five components of transformation, and the resources needed for healing. The presenters will provide practical therapeutic interventions to assist clients in embracing the trauma of loss and moving beyond survival toward a thriving future.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify how core beliefs are correlated to the experience of trauma
2. Define post-traumatic growth and the components of transforming a traumatic life event with special consideration for Christian clients
3. Discuss practical therapeutic interventions to use with clients, moving them from surviving adversity to thriving
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