Episode 275 - Victoria Grinman: Exploring the Possibilities and Opportunities for Post-Traumatic Growth Among Parents of Children with Autism

Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:57:53 AM

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In this episode, our guest Victoria Grinman describes the history, logistics, and aspects of post-traumatic growth, and the difference between post-traumatic growth and resilience. She discusses her research involving post-traumatic growth experiences among parents of young adult children with autism, and emphasizes the importance of training practitioners to identify the signs to post-traumatic growth as well as consider relational aspects in order to treat the family and child more holistically.

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Average Rating: 4stars  podcast 275 review, Monday, February 15, 2021

By Lauren Rittler :

Throughout the podcast, I felt as though Victoria Grinman shared significant information that can help strengthen the community for parents of children with autism. Many individuals often associate the word trauma with negative feelings that can create moments of vulnerability. Victoria’s concept of Post Traumatic Growth helps to bring positivity into what are often viewed as negative situations. Throughout the podcast, Victoria remarkably discusses the added positive effect of trauma that can often help create a sense of community for groups, such as parents of children with autism. I like that she acknowledged that even as social workers it is hard to recognize that positive growth can come from something as negative as trauma. I believe bringing a new perspective into this field will help social workers continue to grow and strengthen their skill set. During this podcast, Victoria started a conversation that encourages social workers to look even further into major events that happen throughout our client’s lives. While I believe this to be true, I wish that throughout the podcast Victoria was able to expand on how the positive attributes of Post Traumatic Growth may present themselves within individual clients. In all, Victoria Grinman did excellent with helping to bring a new and positive perspective to a subject that can often be very daunting for many individuals. She created a conversation for this population and demonstrated that trauma can help to grow and strengthen an individual’s sense of life and community. Overall, I would recommend this podcast to any individual or social worker who may have experienced or is helping others through trauma.

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Average Rating: 5stars  developing a better understanding of post-traumatic groth, Friday, January 31, 2020

By Dean :

I'm very impressed by Victoria Grinman's knowledge regarding Post-Traumatic Growth. I developed a greater understanding of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) and how to apply it in practice. It was difficult for me to conceptualize the meaning of PTG which seemed very esoteric prior to me viewing this podcast. I learned that one of the most commonly used interventions for children who present with autism spectrum disorder is a behavior modification plan. Post-traumatic Growth or benefit finding is positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to higher level of cognitive functioning. This podcast helped me to gain insight regarding how something positive like PTG can result from something negative like trauma suffered during an individuals childhood. I'm really happy to learn that therapist must listen and watch for signs of PTG during interactions with individuals and families. He has not been formally been diagnosed yet but I have a son who is 3 years-old and is experiencing some profound developmental delays and my wife and I have had a difficult time finding resources to help him with some of the behavioral deficits and underdevelopment of his gross and fine motor skills. Its amazing that so many parents took time to attend the conference that Victoria Grinman mentioned. I appreciate the fact that parents were sharing positive experiences that they and their families were benefiting from and that enriched the lives of the entire family. This podcast gave me hope that we can help our son catch up with his peers and live a life where he can fulfill his dreams and have a positive future. I hope that someday I can own my own clinic like Victoria's Growing Kind Minds that specializes in treating children and adolescents on the spectrum. I agree with Victoria that social work students, clinicians and researchers need to learn more about PTG and apply it during their engagements with individuals and families.

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