Facilitating posttraumatic growth : a clinician's guide


    • Calhoun, Lawrence G.
    • Tedeschi, Richard G.


Facilitating posttraumatic growth : a clinician's guide

Lawrence G. Calhoun, Richard G. Tedeschi

(The LEA series in personality and clinical psychology / Irving B. Weiner, editor)

Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, c1999

  • : cloth

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-158) and index



In this book, Calhoun and Tedeschi construct the first systematic framework for clinical efforts to enhance the processes they sum up as posttraumatic growth. Posttraumatic growth is the phenomenon of positive change through struggle with even the most horrible sets of circumstances. People who experience it tend to describe three general types of change: realistically stronger feelings of vulnerability that are nonetheless accompanied by stronger feelings of personal resilience, closer and deeper relationships with others, and a stronger sense of spirituality. Posttraumatic growth has only recently become an important focus of interest for researchers and practitioners. Drawing on a burgeoning professional literature as well as on their own extensive clinical experience, the authors present strategies for helping clients effect all three types of positive change - strategies that have been tested in a variety of groups facing a variety of crises and traumas. Their concise yet comprehensive practical guide will be welcomed by all those who counsel persons grappling with the worst life has to offer.


Contents: Preface. Trauma and Growth: Processes and Outcomes. Case Examples of Posttraumatic Growth. The Process of Encouraging Posttraumatic Growth: An Overview. Helping Clients Develop New Views of Vulnerability and Strength. Helping Clients Make Changes in Relationships. Helping Clients Toward Philosophical and Spiritual Growth. Posttraumatic Growth: Issues for Clinicians. Resources for Clinicians and Clients.

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