Promoting Positive Processes after Trauma - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128119754

Promoting Positive Processes after Trauma

1st Edition

Authors: Elizabeth Altmaier
Paperback ISBN: 9780128119754
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st March 2019
Page Count: 132
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Promoting Positive Processes after Trauma merges research and clinical applications pertaining to the common experiences of trauma among clients with many different presentations and diagnoses. The book examines positive processes as they operate within trauma and considers the intentional development by the clinician of these positive processes with individual clients. The book is structured after the cornerstone tenets of positive psychology resilience, hope, forgiveness, post-traumatic growth and benefit-finding, meaning making and spirituality. Covers positive psychology processes, such as growing out of developmental trajectories; cognitive, emotional and intra-personal processes; interpersonal processes; and community- and contextually-defined processes.

Key Features

  • Integrates positive psychology with trauma treatment
  • Utilizes case vignettes to introduce concepts
  • Includes questions for further discussion in each chapter
  • Selects processes that can be influenced through a range of treatments and treatment components
  • Provides seminal references for each topic and processes to facilitate further reading by the clinician


Clinical psychologists who specialize in positive psychology, trauma, and spirituality. Also of interest to other helping professions such as social work, nursing, and counseling

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Trauma
2. An Introduction to Positive Psychology
3. Hope
4. Positive Emotionality
5. Resilience
6. Forgiveness
7. Meaning in Life
8. Religiousness and Spirituality
9. Organization and Integration of Positive Processes


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About the Author

Elizabeth Altmaier

Elizabeth Altmaier, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, College of Education, University of Iowa. Professor Altmaier’s research interests concern adjustment to and coping with challenging events and circumstances; her publications focus on cancer and its treatment, interpersonal offenses, and chronic illnesses. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Push back the dark: Companioning adults sexually abused as children (Wipf and Stock). Professor Altmaier is Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is an active community volunteer, including serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Leaders, Believers and Achievers organization for at risk youth in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Affiliations and Expertise

Counseling Psychology Program, University of Iowa, USA

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