Personally Speaking Offers Ways to Encourage Positive Growth In Wake of Traumatic Experience

Lawrence G. Calhoun


Psychologists and co-authors Lawrence G. Calhoun and Richard G. Tedeschi identified the concept they call “posttraumatic growth” to characterize “positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a major life crisis or a traumatic event.” In Posttraumatic Growth in Clinical Practice, these pioneers in the development of research and theory on posttraumatic growth offer clinicians and laymen helpful suggestions, based on practical experience, for dealing with trauma survivors.

Clinicians in a wide array of disciplines — including clinical and counseling psychology, counseling, clinical social work, pastoral counseling and others — will find a framework that is easy to use and flexible enough to be tailored to the needs of particular clients and specific therapeutic approaches. Case examples show how using a process developed from an empirically based model of posttraumatic growth can promote important personal changes in the aftermath of traumatic events.

Richard G. Tedeschi


Be part of a community conversation about growth from trauma at Personally Speaking with Lawrence G. Calhoun and Richard G. Tedeschi on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St. (Charlotte 28202). A reception and book-signing will follow immediately after.

Personally Speaking is open to the public without charge, but registration is requested. Complimentary parking is available at lots directly across 9th and across Brevard streets from UNC Charlotte Center City.

This is the first in the four-part 2016-17 Personally Speaking series, now in its seventh year. It is presented by UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and J. Murrey Atkins Library, with support from UNC Charlotte Center City.

Learn more about the entire series at

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