VIDEO: Helping Trauma Survivors Find a New Normal

How to Help Clients Do More than Just Recover

Lisa Ferentz

There’s no question that helping clients return to a basic functional level should be the main goal with trauma survivors. But what if clients could not only eliminate traumatic stress, but also come away from treatment feeling more resilient and with a fuller sense of self?




Lisa Ferentz explains her concept of Post-Traumatic Growth.

It’s not a farfetched concept, says Lisa Ferentz, author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients. Empowering hopeless clients beyond where they were before a traumatic event occurred is the cornerstone of Lisa’s “Post-Traumatic Growth” strategy.
In this brief video clip, Lisa describes the tenets of Post-Traumatic Growth and the role of increasing self-reliance, trust in others, and overall sense of safety in a trauma client’s recovery. She also talks about how to determine when someone is on the path to Post-Traumatic Growth.

“This is not so much about getting clients back to normal,” Lisa says. “It’s actually about getting them to a new normal, a place that’s enhanced for them where they can say, ‘I wouldn’t be where I am now if not for the fact that I was traumatized.’”


Lisa Ferentz, L.C.S.W.-C., is the founder and president of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, which offers certificate programs in advanced trauma treatment. A trauma specialist, consultant, and educator, she was voted the 2009 Social Worker of the Year by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work.

Did you enjoy this video? Check out Janina Fisher's article on Trauma in the May/June 2014 issue of the magazine--Treating Trauma: What Are We Missing?

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Topic: Trauma

Tags: survivors | therapy | trauma treatment | traumas | traumatic | traumatic stress | traumatized | traumatized clients

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3 Comments

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 12:13:35 AM | posted by Gerri Marchion
Trauma fascinates me, watching some recovery as time goes on. I love when a person recognizes, where they have been stuck, and there are other options.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 7:08:49 PM | posted by Devon Joy Mark
The clip engaged my interest. Thanks.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:29:01 PM | posted by Catherine Boyer LCSW
It's really nice to see PTSD and treatment for it framed in this positive context. The "new normal" includes strengths and understanding that the person might not have developed without the traumatic experiences. We don't wish those experiences on anyone, but it's important to honor the positives.