124 – Post-Traumatic Growth

From Devastation to Hope
Lisa Ferentz

Although it’s important for therapists to help clients process the painful and often demoralizing effects of trauma, it’s also crucial to nurture their potential for new possibilities of healing through post-traumatic growth (PTG). In fact, learning respectful ways to plant seeds of hope and resilience can make all the difference when working with trauma survivors. In this workshop, you’ll explore:

  • The tangible markers of PTG, such as new ways of relating to others, the rediscovery of personal strengths, and a newfound appreciation for life in general
  • Specific strategies—including writing exercises, role-playing, art, and guided imagery—to help clients connect with the concept of PTG
  • How to use somatic resourcing and remembered resources to access clients’ inner wisdom
  • How to cultivate the possibility that insight and healing can occur even in the midst of painfully devastating experiences


Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, a private practitioner, consultant, and educator specializing in trauma, is the founder of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education. She’s author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors, Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors, and Be Afraid. Do It Anyway: And Other Lessons to Live By.

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