319 Treating PTSD and Complex PTSD

Donald Meichenbaum • Friday Afternoon

Donald MeichenbaumnIn the aftermath of traumatic experiences, 75 percent of victimized individuals evidence resilience, or the ability to bounce back and cope with adversities as they arise. In some instances, they even show post-traumatic growth.
In contrast, 25 percent evidence persistent PTSD, complex PTSD, and ongoing adjustment difficulties. We’ll consider what distinguishes these two groups and the implications for treatment, including:

  • A range of ways to help clients bolster their cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical resilience
  • The constructive narrative perspective and how the stories clients tell about a traumatic event fundamentally shapes their experience of it
  • How to help clients develop a more positive “untold” story
  • How to teach specific coping skills, nurture hope, and build bridges from treatment to the outside world

Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, one of the founders of cognitive behavioral therapy, is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. His books include Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims and Their Families. He was voted one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.

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