Post traumatic growth worksheet

What is the theory behind this Post traumatic growth worksheet?

Post traumatic growth (PTG) is a positive psychological change that people experience after a traumatic event in their life. This does not mean that the individuals do not get the negative post traumatic symptoms. Instead, they take this new found resilience and strength to face those symptoms effectively accompanied by deeper appreciation for life. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help the clients who have gone through traumatic events in improving their self image by making them focus on their strengths the more strong and capable they feel about themselves the less they feel like a victim.  

How to use this worksheet?

Clients disregard the strength they possess to have survived through the traumatic event. Before the event ever occurred in their life, they would have never imagined having enough strength to go through something of this sort and come out of the other side. The clients are required to realize what abilities they have. Answer the following questions regarding this growth.

Post traumatic growth worksheet

What skill did you use to cope during the event and with its aftermath that has gotten you through this hard time?
What do you used to consider difficult to do before the event that now seems easy after? 
What would you tell others who are going through the same thing as you but finding it hard to manage the way you did?
What have you learned about yourself by answering the above questions? How do you feel about your strengths?


Calhoun, L. G., Tedeschi, R. G., & Amir, M. (2014). Handbook of Posttraumatic Growth: Research and Practice. Psychology Press.

Richard G. Tedeschi & Lawrence G. Calhoun (2004) TARGET ARTICLE: “Posttraumatic Growth: Conceptual Foundations and Empirical Evidence”, Psychological Inquiry, 15:1, 1-18, DOI: 10.1207/s15327965pli1501_01

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