Post-Traumatic Growth: Research, Insight and Clinical Applications

Course materials are available as articles.

In an age in which stressors are ubiquitous, the experience of trauma is more common than not. The key to surviving such tragedies is by moving through the events and the symptoms that arise as a result into a phase of insight and reconfiguration referred to as Post-Traumatic Growth.

This is an advanced course that offers 6 documents, primarily presenting research and clinical application of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). Foundational information about PTG is available in each of the articles, followed by research about the development of PTG in populations that have been exposed to adverse events. The final document provides additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

  • Identify the five domains of Post-Traumatic Growth.
  • Describe how Post-Traumatic Growth can occur even in the presence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Discuss the development of Post-Traumatic Growth in a variety of different populations.
  • Explain how certain factors influence the development of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG).


  • Introduction to Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) , Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Five Domains of Positive Change
      • Personal strength or self-perception
      • Relationships with others
      • Appreciation for life
      • Recognition of new possibilities
      • Spiritual change
  • The Transformational Model of PTG
    • Curvilinear relationship between PTSD and PTG
    • Impacts of social support, spirituality, age at onset of trauma, event intentionality, and frequency of adversity types on the development of PTG
  • Unidirectional vs. Bidirectional Models of PTG
  • The Adaptive Value of PTG
    • PTG as a coping strategy
    • PTG as a positive psychological outcome
  • Applications to Clinical Populations
    • Children
    • Students
    • Student athletes
    • Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
    • Survivors of sexual abuse
    • Survivors of violent crime
    • War veterans
    • Survivors of natural disasters
    • Survivors of Cancer
    • Trauma workers vicariously exposed to adverse events