Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Jul 20, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $140

Going Beyond PTSD and Trauma


Course # - CPSY x209 
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6

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Course Objectives:


  • Help participants critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of any Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) characterizations of PTSD and trauma.
  • Clarify the relationships between PTSD, Complex PTSD and Complicated Trauma
  • Make participants more aware of the complexities of diagnosing and treating the foundational effects of trauma, as opposed to the co-morbid symptoms of trauma that are usually lumped under the umbrella of PTSD.
  • Help participants become more sensitive to cultural, religious, gender and ethnic factors and how they affect both the expression and resolution of traumatic material.
 Students Will Gain:
  • Recognize that the constellation of PTSD symptoms is usually represents surface manifestations of much deeper impacts that are usually experienced by recipients of trauma.
  • Improved capacity to assess and treat the existential, epistemological, ontological and spiritual impact of traumatic events, as well as help individuals become deeper, more conscious and more spiritual beings.
  • Greater appreciation for the multitude of ways in which trauma victims hold and give form to the significance of their experience, as a result of individual, gender and cultural differences.
  • Greater ability to help clients work through the deepest effects of their traumatic experience and within a much more comprehensive psycho-spiritual paradigm.


Course Description:


 It is becoming increasingly clear that the deepest impact of traumatic experience is usually not in relation to a range of PTSD symptoms but the foundational structures of self, other, reality and God. This workshop will examines the deepest levels of impact that are experienced by recipients of trauma, as well as how unresolved experiences of abuse and trauma can seriously damage an individual?s capacity to trust in other people, life and God, as well as develop an integrated sense of self.
This workshop will first examine the limitations of characterizing peri-traumatic and posttraumatic experience in terms of Post Traumatic Stress and then offer an alternative model of understanding and treatment for a range of trauma related forms of distress.
This workshop should be helpful to any psychological professional and/or spiritual director e.g., counselor, psychotherapist, social worker, doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, spiritual director, pastoral care professional, drug and alcohol counselor, as well anyone who works with victims of trauma.




Robert Grant Ph.D. is a consultant and trainer to psychological, business, religious, medical, military, law enforcement, relief and missionary organizations. He works at home and abroad in the areas of trauma, spirituality and cross-cultural issues.  
As a psychologist he has gone into trauma zones to support and treat victims, as well as professionals working on site with victims of trauma.  He has assessed/treated over 700 victims of trauma (over a twenty-two year period) and trained over 14,000 professionals around the world to work with victims of trauma. He is also author of Healing the Soul of the Church (Ministers Facing Their Histories of Abuse and Trauma) 1994, The Way of the Wound (A Spirituality of Trauma and Transformation) 1998, Living and Working in Environments of Violence (A Resource Manual for Humanitarian Workers) 2000, A Healing Response to Terrorism (A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual First Responders) 2004, Complicated Trauma: Assessment and Treatment (A Working Manual for Therapists, Physicians and Pastoral Counselors) 2006,, Vicarious Trauma (A Handbook for Professionals Working with Victims of Trauma) 2006, I Love a War Veteran (A Handbook for Families, Veterans and Professionals dealing with the effects of Combat Stress and Trauma) 2007, Growth through Adversity (Coming Out the Other Side of Trauma, Illness and Loss) 2008 , The Challenge of Forgiveness (As Faced by Victims of Abuse and Betrayal), 2009 and Anger, Forgiveness and the Healing Process (6 Hour Audio Presentation). 


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Hannah Rogers
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