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Companioning the Traumatized Griever: Reframing PTSD as “Catch-Up” Mourning

  • 07/20/2015
  • 07/23/2015
  • Fort Collins, Colorado

This inspiring training will explore the reframing of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as the need for what Dr. Wolfelt refers to as “catch-up” mourning. He will outline how symptoms of PTSD reflect “carried grief,” which is grief that goes unacknowledged and un-mourned. He will make the case that many people who meet the criteria for PTSD are living in the shadow of the ghosts of grief. That is, they are suffering from unacknowledged and unexpressed thoughts and feelings of trauma and loss. They carry their un-mourned losses, which can accumulate and compound over time, into the future. This training will explore the use of the companioning model of “catch-up” mourning. Helping the griever acknowledge, embrace, and express un-mourned pain is a viable alternative to other approaches, which sometimes seek to eradicate symptoms without exploring their source and without honoring their expression. Yet mourning is an essential process that helps people suffering from PTSD come out of the dark and into the light.

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