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?
“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.
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