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Humanistic & Existential It is common for men and women to undergo potentially traumatizing events; however, some of these become traumatizing events that lead to traumatic experiences. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) results not from events but from experiences, the way someone constructs meaning from an event. This attribution of meaning is a core concept of the humanistic and existential psychologies and psychotherapies, which are undervalued resources in the treatment of PTSD. Humanistic and existential perspectives on dealing with PTSD can be practiced on their own or as a supplement to cognitive-behavior therapy, implosive therapy, group therapy, or any of the other mainstream approaches to alleviating suffering and helping clients turn post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic strengths. For example, narrative implosive therapy includes written narration, visualization, and artistic renditions to supplement a client's verbal account of the trauma. The field of psychology is making an impact in contemporary society. Psychologists write blogs and books. Psychologists are interviewed in the media, and many of these interviews are transformed into videos made widely available by advances in technology. Humanistic and existential psychologists, who have unique insights to offer, need to make the most of these opportunities, especially in dealing with such human problems as PTSD. APPROACHES IN THE TREATMENT OF PTSD Stanley Krippner, PhD, & Daniel B. Pitchford, PhD 3 Reproduced with permission of The Licensor through PLSclear / Routledge

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