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Promoting Capabilities to Manage Posttraumatic Stress: Perspectives on Resilience

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Douglas Paton Ph.D.; John M. Violanti Ph.D.; Leigh M. Smith M.A.
Date Published
222 pages
This book discusses resilience and growth in the professions that face a high risk of exposure to adverse or hazardous events.
An intervention framework is presented that can enhance the likelihood that adverse and traumatic work experiences will enrich the personal and professional lives of those responsible for protecting and safeguarding others and increase confidence in the planning to deal with emergencies and disasters. Chapter 1 discusses posttraumatic psychological stress and perspectives on resilience and growth. Chapter 2 presents routes to posttraumatic growth through cognitive processing. Chapter 3 focuses on a trait approach to post-trauma vulnerability and growth. Chapter 4 discusses hardiness training for resiliency and leadership. Chapter 5 discusses hardiness as a resiliency resource under high stress conditions. Chapter 6 details team resilience. Chapter 7 presents ways of training for resilience. Chapter 8 presents information on the South African Police Service as an example of building psychological resilience. Chapter 9 discusses the sense of coherence in managing trauma workers. Chapter 10 discusses environmental resilience and psychological empowerment in high-risk professions. Chapter 11 focuses on the process of trusting and its relevance to vulnerability and resilience in traumatic situations. Chapter 12 deals with the resilience resource and resilience needs of the family. Chapter 13 presents a risk response model. Chapter 14 presents reflections and the future directions of resilience and growth in high-risk professions. Indices