In this workshop, Dr. Wolkin describes with the utmost sensitivity, the various aspects of PTSD as it relates to gender, relationships with others, chronic pain, heart health, and brain injury. This includes an exploration of how the brain responds to traumatic events, and what science says about the role of mindfulness meditation in helping people better process trauma, and decrease their suffering.
Dr. Wolkin also delves into the lesser-known concept of post-traumatic growth (PTG), which is defined as “the experience of positive change resulting from the struggle with major life crises.” PTG is radically changing and advancing our heretofore ideas of trauma and the notion that trauma inevitably means life-long damage. In fact, it is challenging the traditional view of trauma as solely destructive and making room for understanding that the struggle that ensues from trauma can be used as a springboard toward growth.
Overall, what distinguishes this course from other trauma courses is that while Dr. Wolkin provides information about and validates the depth and breadth of the suffering that PTSD can create, she also emphasizes the possibility of effective treatment and even, perhaps, the possibility of growth.