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Opportunities & Possibilities: Posttraumatic Growth in Research & Practice (Part 1)

Wed July 18, 2018: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT


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In this presentation, Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D. will discuss the theoretical model and research basis of posttraumatic growth, the process by which trauma survivors often find valuable changes in how they live life in the aftermath of trauma. He will outline a framework for therapeutic interventions that facilitate posttraumatic growth through a way of relating called expert companionship. This approach to practice incorporates a broad view of what constitutes trauma, including many experiences that are not typically considered traumatic in our current diagnostic system, but which are traumatic to people because they challenge core beliefs about oneself, other people, the future, and the kind of world in which we live. The attention paid to possibilities for transformation of individuals and their relationships does not preclude working on typical symptoms of trauma, but recognizes that symptoms are better understood, tolerated, and reduced when traumatic suffering can have meaning and purpose.
**Note: This webinar is a collaboration between the following MFLN concentrations: Military Caregiving, Family Development, and Family Transitions.


Richard  G Tedeschi received his B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University, his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University, and completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Tedeschi is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches personality and psychotherapy, and serves as Graduate Coordinator for the MA Psychology program. He is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in bereavement and trauma. With his colleague Lawrence Calhoun, he has published books on posttraumatic growth, an area of research that they have developed that examines personal transformations in the aftermath of traumatic life events. Their most recent book is Posttraumatic Growth in Clinical Practice (2013). Dr. Tedeschi serves as a consultant to the American Psychological Association on trauma and resilience, and as a subject matter expert for the US Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program. He is a recipient of the Mary G. Clarke Award for Distinguished Service to Psychology given by the North Carolina Psychological Association and is past President of NCPA.


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CE Credit / Certificate of Completion


  • The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration is offering 1.5 CE credits from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. A certificate of completion is also available.
  • For a complete list of our Military Caregiving courses for CE credit go to: Extension Online
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Additional Resources

Fact Sheet – PTSD, Resilience and PTG

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