Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic and/or acute disease can be a life-altering moment. The stress of the diagnosis, treatments, and accompanying physical and functional changes can be traumatic for the patient and, by extension, their families. This course provides a comprehensive overview of trauma, resilience, and posttraumatic growth in response to medical illness. Major models of trauma, factors contributing to resilience (e.g., what distinguishes those who cope well from those who do not), and ways in which individuals work toward effective coping and gaining mastery are discussed. Theory- and evidence-based techniques to assist patients and their families along the posttraumatic growth continuum are presented.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Describe the diagnostic etiology and occurrence of health-related trauma.
- Discuss the process of posttraumatic growth (PTG) in response to illness from an evidence-based perspective, drawing on 3 major underlying theories.
- Indicate 8 key sociodemographic, psychological, and medical factors that impact emotional adjustment to disease.
- Identify and clinically apply 7 theory- and evidence-based approaches to assist patients, and their families, to effectively cope with health-related trauma and promote psychological resilience to acute and/or chronic medical conditions.