Treating Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

With so many traumatic experiences in our world today, including war, car crashes, rapes, even working with traumatized individuals, the need to fully understand the impact of these events and treatments for them is ever increasing. With more new research available than ever before, there isn’t a better time to find innovative approaches to address trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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How does someone become traumatized?

One hundred people can be exposed to a traumatic episode (war, rape, or natural disaster) and not all develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research has shown that one of the largest factors in determining whether an individual develops PTSD is their stress resilience. What makes some people resilient and others vulnerable? The variables include:

  • Access to treatment after the event
  • The nature and severity of the trauma
  • Gender
  • Genetics

Health and mental health professionals are at the forefront of treating traumatized individuals, yet family, schools, and the larger community must also be involved in both the treatment and prevention of trauma. Did you know:

  • 20-51% of patients with musculoskeletal injuries develop PTSD (D. Aaron, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
  • According to Dr. Matthew Friedman, Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD, one of the most effective psychological strategies to build stress resilience in children and adults is proactive psychoeducation provided in schools, workplaces, and community settings.
  • Social workers are highly likely to experience secondary traumatization through their work with traumatized populations. Many social workers are likely to experience at least some symptoms of secondary traumatic stress and a significant minority may meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD (B. Bride, Social Work).
  • There is a significant correlation between childhood trauma and overall adversity with chronic disease (V. Felitti, ACE Study).
  • Autism and PTSD are similar in that they both involve an underlying state regulation disorder. This results in hypersensitivity to sound, based on the workings of the nervous system (Stephen Porges).

With these new findings also come innovative solutions for the prevention and treatment of trauma. These new applications answer some of the burning issues in trauma prevention and treatment, including:

  • How to treat trauma resulting from incest
  • The role of attunement in building stress resilience
  • Working with compassion fatigue
  • Why direct confrontation isn’t the answer for trauma treatments
  • Screening for PTSD: 4 simple questions
  • What PTSD has in common with Autism Disorders
  • Why Attachment Disorder is emerging as the core basis of vulnerability to trauma
  • How to nurture a secure attachment system after trauma

Would you like to find out more about the prevention and treatment of trauma? Experts like Peter Levine, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Diane Poole-Heller, and Babette Rothschild are taking this new understanding on trauma development and treatment and synthesizing it for immediate use. You can find out more by clicking on one of the below programs:

Rethinking Trauma Webinar Series, featuring:

  • Peter Levine, PhD
  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • Stephen Porges, PhD
  • Pat Ogden, PhD
  • Daniel Siegel, MD
  • Sebern Fisher, MA
  • Ruth Lanius MD, PhD
  • Laurel Parnell, PhD
  • Richard Schwartz, PhD
  • David Grand, PhD

New Treatments for Trauma 2013 Therapy Program, featuring:

  • Peter Levine, PhD
  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • Pat Ogden, PhD
  • Stephen Porges, PhD
  • Francine Shapiro, PhD
  • Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD

New Treatments for Trauma 2012 Training Program, featuring:

  • Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • Pat Ogden, PhD
  • Stephen Porges, PhD
  • Belleruth Naparstek, LISW
  • Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
  • Sue Johnson, EdD

New Treatments for Trauma 2011 teleseminar series, featuring:

  • Peter Levine, PhD
  • Pat Ogden, PhD
  • Stephen Porges, PhD
  • Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD
  • Mary Jo Barrett, MSW
  • Allan Schore, PhD
  • Christine A. Courtois, PhD
  • Carol Look, LCSW