Survive and thrive -- TWU invites the public to a one-day conference on overcoming trauma

Langley, B.C.—Trauma fills our daily news: forest fires, SARS, terrorism and violence. And Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been on a nationwide increase since 9/11. So how are we to cope? According to leading psychotherapists and researchers, there is hope.

On Saturday, October 4, 2003, Trinity Western University’s Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology offers a public seminar entitled Post-Traumatic Growth: Advances in Psychotherapy and Research. Attendees will spend the day with leading authorities on Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), learning how to survive and thrive after trauma, learning about new developments in research on positive psychology, and understanding how meaning, hope, and faith contribute to therapy.

“PTG [Post-Traumatic Growth] refers to the finding that many individuals have shown psychological and spiritual growth after traumatic experiences,” says Paul Wong, PhD., Research Director of Counselling Psychology at TWU. “Researchers and clinicians are only beginning to unlock the secrets of this exciting phenomenon.”

Conference participants are invited to learn from and interact with Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., the foremost psychologist in PTG research and applications; Salvatore Maddi, PhD., whose work on hardiness has gained international recognition; Steven Taylor, Ph.D., well known for his research on the treatment of PTSD; and Peter Hill, Ph.D., an authority on spirituality, positive emotions in adversities. Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., Research Director of Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University will integrate PTD with positive psychology.

Seminar: Post-Traumatic Growth: Advances in Psychotherapy and Research
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2003
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Northwest Auditorium on TWU campus, 7600 Glover Road. Directions
provided by attendants at campus entrance.
Cost: $100 for Professionals; $30 for Student
Contact: For more information please phone Shirley Busby (604-513-2034) email Derrick at, or visit;

This conference is organized and sponsored by TWU’s Graduated Program in
Counselling Psychology and celebrates the Program's 10th Anniversary. The
International Network on Personal Meaning celebrates the launching of the International
Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 35 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping