Understanding Resilience

Resilience following trauma is the rule, not the exception. The minority of individuals who go on to suffer chronic pathology such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will likely benefit from a number of evidence-based treatments. The study of resilience provides a new framework to examine and build upon these existing therapies. A new article published in the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy outlines an evidence-based theoretical model for understanding psychotherapy for PTSD through the lens of resilience. Specifically, the authors explore three broad factors thought to underlie resilience: social support, returning to daily routine, and meaning making. They review the literature regarding the impact of these factors on natural recovery after a trauma as well as treatment response. They also connect these processes to interventions and techniques used in several empirically supported therapies, highlighting compatibility and synergy with therapeutic goals. With this review, the authors aim to map  existing knowledge about resilience onto theoretical models of treatment efficacy to broaden our conceptualization of treatment mechanisms and spur new ideas to improve clinical outcomes for those suffering due to trauma

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