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PTSD and Complex PTSD: Ways to Bolster Resilience

Evidence shows that 75% of individuals who experienced traumatic and victimizing experiences demonstrate resilience and in some instances, experience Post Traumatic Growth. In contrast, the other 25% demonstrate persistent adjustment problems and may receive diagnoses of PTSD or Complex PTSD and related psychiatric disorders. In this recording, Dr. Meichenbaum will discuss what distinguishes these two groups and the assessment and treatment implications. He will begin with a critique of the concept of PTSD and a critical review of the "state of the art" of treating traumatized and victimized clients.

He will highlight the benefits of tailoring psychotherapeutic interventions to the major emotional state of the client, be it prolonged and complicated grief, guilt, shame, anger and moral injuries. He will conclude with a discussion of specific ways to bolster client and families resilience (See A detailed handout complete with valuable worksheets will be provided.


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Donald Meichenbaum
1 Hour 26 Minutes
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27 Jan, 2014
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Ph.D., Research Director

The Melissa Institute

Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo. Ontario from which he took early retirement 20 years ago. He is presently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami (Please see He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

In a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist, he was voted "one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century." He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clinical Division of the American Psychological Association and he was Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association. 

He has presented in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. He has published extensively and most recently published Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military Trauma Victims and Their Families (visit www.roadmaptoresilience. org). His other books include Treatment of Individuals with Anger Control Problems and Aggressive Behavior; Stress Inoculation Training; Facilitating Treatment Adherence; and The Unconscious Reconsidered.

He has consulted for various populations including veterans’ hospitals, the National Guard, psychiatric treatment centers for children, adolescents and adults, treatment center for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, torture victims, Native populations, deaf populations and school boards. See papers by Dr. Meichenbaum on (go to home page and click on Author’s Index and scroll to Meichenbaum).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Donald Meichenbaum is Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment. He is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus for the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Meichenbaum receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Donald Meichenbaum has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals


  • What distinguishes the 75% of individuals who evidence resilience versus the 25% who evidence persistent adjustment difficulties following trauma experiences and the implications for assessment and treatment
  • Constructive Narrative strengths-based treatment approach for PTSD and Complex PTSD
  • Tailor interventions to meet the client's emotional needs of complicated grief, guilt, shame, anger and moral injuries
  • Specific ways to bolster resilience and the neurobiological correlates of positive emotions
  • Put it all together in a Phase-oriented treatment approach


  • Critique the concept of PTSD and evaluate the “state of art” of treatment alternatives and what are commonalities across various treatment approaches. 
  • Implement evidence-based interventions for PTSD, Complex PTSD and Prolonged and Complicated grief reactions.
  • Bolster resilience in several domains (physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive and behavioral)



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Total Reviews: 17


Shawn C - AMITY, Oregon

"Great program!!"

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