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Posttraumatic Growth as the Best Use of Trauma
with Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D.
April 28, 2022, 5:30pm EST*
Abstract: No one relishes the prospect of trauma and suffering. But to one degree or another, this is inevitable in our lives. Mental health professionals have emphasized ways to cope with trauma to mitigate the ways it diminishes us through the various disorders such as PTSD. Others have emphasized that people can learn to be resilient to trauma so that they are not affected by it. In this presentation we will consider another response that is not only possible but common, posttraumatic growth, where people can make the best use of situations that are so difficult that they cannot be resilient in the face of them, but do not need to be diminished by them.
Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been in practice for over 40 years. He specializes in helping people who have experienced trauma and loss, and has an international reputation as a researcher and writer in this area. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Distinguished Chair of the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth, in Bluemont, Virginia, where he has been one of the developers of programs based on posttraumatic growth principles to help combat veterans and first responders. He has published several books and numerous professional articles on posttraumatic growth, an area of research that he developed while at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Tedeschi serves as a consultant to the American Psychological Association on trauma and resilience, is a Fellow of the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Division of Psychotherapy, and is Past President of the North Carolina Psychological Association.
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Meet the Production Team
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Host, Positive Psychology Leader Series
Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. Caroline used grit to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia, and today she has more than three decades of unbroken recovery. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and teaches at Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program. Caroline is the author of six books, including Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).
Associate Producer, Positive Psychology Leader Series
Jodi Wellman is a co-founder of the coaching firm Happy Work Spectacular Life, where she helps individuals and companies create stunningly spectacular success through their work. Jodi is a leadership coach and consultant with 17 years of corporate experience spanning executive roles in operations, sales and customer retention.
Prior to starting Happy Spectacular, Jodi was Senior Vice President of Operations at a leading health and lifestyle organization. Jodi was also a Chair at Vistage International, where she led a private CEO advisory board and coached executives to improve bottom-line results, execution and leadership performance. She has successfully led strategic initiatives focused on culture development, growth/new business development, organizational change and restructuring, and has general management/P&L accountability.
Jodi is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with CTI and a Professional Certified Coach with ICF. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Athabasca University. Jodi and her firm work with Reebok, HCSC Blue Cross Blue Shield, Payday Loans, and a host of privately held financial services, REITs, and professional services firms.
Jodi brings to clients a corporate executive’s perspective and understanding of their issues, along with the coaching expertise that challenges clients out of their comfort zones in order to grow, think differently, get out of their own way, solve their issues, and win.
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