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Oct 2014 by PCI College

Bite-Sized Book Review: What Doesn't Kill Us by Professor Stephen Joseph

Dr. Kate Hefferon reviews 'What Doesn't Kill Us: A Guide to Overcoming Adversity and Moving Forward' by Stephen Joseph, ahead of her one-day CPD workshop on Post-Traumatic Growth on 29th November in PCI College, Dublin City Centre

What Doesn't Kill Us is a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the research area of posttraumatic growth (PTG) as a whole. Stephen Joseph is one of the foremost thinkers, writers and researchers within the area of Posttraumatic growth (PTG).

Joseph was amongst the first to undertake research in this area, and this book truly demonstrates his wealth of knowledge and experience. Joseph commences with historical reflections on the concept of trauma as well as traditional perspectives in research and clinical practice. Joseph then moves on to introduce the possibility of transformation and growth following adversity, weaving research and practice throughout, in an accessible and authoritative voice.

Taking a Eudaimonic perspective, Joseph offers an alternative model to PTG, including a newly created measurement tool, the Psychological Well-being Post-traumatic Changes Questionnaire  (PWB-PTCQ). The final section of the book offers insightful suggestions for facilitating PTG, concluding with his own 6-stage, self-led programme, THRIVE, which readers can work through on their own.  Overall, this book should be the “go-to” book for anyone interested in the area of posttraumatic growth.

Dr. Kate Hefferon, October 2014

Following her very successful Conference seminar in June, Dr. Hefferon will facilitate a
one-day CPD workshop on Post-Traumatic Growth on Saturday 29th November at PCI College, 7 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. There are some places still available - book soon online to avoid disappointment!


About Kate Hefferon:
Dr. Kate Hefferon is a Chartered Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and former Programme Leader of the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London (UEL). She has recently opened the Posttraumatic Growth Research Unit at UEL, which aims to understand the phenomenon, particularly within the context of health behavior changes (e.g. physical activity and sport). She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters as well lead and co-author on several popular positive psychology texts books, including ‘Positive Psychology: Theory, Research and Applications’ (2011), Positive Psychology: The Somatopsychic Side to Flourishing’ (2013) and ‘Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated  Positive Practice’ (2014).

For more information, please see the author’s research website: www.katehefferon.com

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