International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

ISTSS Online Learning Library


Promoting the advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress is a core mission of ISTSS. Our online learning library contains video and audio recordings of conference presentations and recordings of past webinars.

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The Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners

Judith Herman, MD, Michaela Mendelsohn, PhD, Melissa Coco, MSW, Diya Kallivayalil, PhD and Jocelyn Levitan, PhD
8 credits
ConferenceVideoEligible for the Advanced Training Certificate Program

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This workshop presents a unique approach to group treatment for survivors of interpersonal trauma. Based on a stage model of recovery, the Trauma Recovery Group (TRG) is explicitly designed to enlist the healing power of relational connection. Members are helped to develop skills in safe self-disclosure and empathic feedback, so that the processing of trauma memories can take place in a context of restored community. The workshop offers a detailed description of the implementation of the TRG. Invivo role-play demonstrations of group process will be included to illustrate technical challenges of group leadership.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the rationale and evidence for group therapy as a treatment of choice for trauma survivors.
  • Recognize distinguishing features of group models for each state of recovery.
  • Name and explain the unique features of the Trauma Recovery Group.
  • Apply knowledge and skills acquired to clinical practice.