Posttraumatic Growth

A series of conversations with the leaders on the forefront of mental health discoveries and treatments for active duty service members and veterans dealing with PTS. Committed to serving them as well as their families, the featured guests share their drive, passion, and philanthropic sense behind this incredible important movement of fostering wellbeing throughout multiple sectors of life. Emotional, spiritual, physical, and economic health.


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About the show

8 episodes

Location: Boulder Crest

Studio: Martine Dubin Company

2020

HD CC PG-13

We've all endured trauma at some point throughout our lives, causing pain that takes a toll on our wellbeing. Boulder Crest has partnered with Healthwirefm to provide guidance for making peace with your past, learning to live in the present, and planning for a great future - filled with passion, purpose, connection, and growth. The path to growth is a process that includes 5 key phases - Education, Regulation, Disclosure, Story, and Service - which allow us to be reflective, learn acceptance, transform struggle into strength, and struggle well on our way to thriving. This series of conversations features leaders on the forefront of mental health at Boulder Crest, an organization that develops and delivers Posttraumatic Growth programs for combat veterans and their family members, and first responders who are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder or other psychological health challenges.

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The journey of Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) begins with recognizing that we all face ups, downs, traumas and triumphs throughout our lives. Struggle is thus both inevitable and potentially valuable for each of us. We have the choice to take control of our lives so we're not only coping with trauma, but thriving in the aftermath of trauma - turning pain into purpose and loss into gain. This series of lessons will enable you to begin a path towards regaining trust, connection and hope for your future.

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You've often heard the phrase, "if you can't self-regulate you'll self-medicate" - a last resort for many who are struggling with trauma. Self-regulation, however, is made possible through a range of forms and practices – from yoga, meditation, reading, playing music and the like. By carefully understanding how to manage your emotions, you have the power to make choices in your life; the very choices you learned about during the "Education" phase. This lesson will reference Boulder Crest’s "Wellness Triangle," an equally distributed metric used to measure financial, physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

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Struggling is the single most common occurrence that every human endures at some point in their life, yet we naturally isolate from being honest and open about the things that cause us pain, grief and guilt. This segment, titled, "Disclosure" facilitates the process of sharing struggles to reshape beliefs pertaining to oneself and the world.

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This segment challenges you to look deeply at the choices you've made, the principles you hold most deeply, and the lessons you've learned from struggles to answer life’s most challenging and important questions: Who Am I?; Why Am I Here?; Where and With Whom Do I Belong? Asking these tough life questions can inspire a positive, forward-looking story where we can envision new possibilities, deeper relationships, appreciation for life, spiritual and existential change, and personal strength.

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Boulder Crest leaders emphasize the importance of giving back to your community, as they do each and every day, while highlighting key indicators that prove you are ready to take this monumental step. The segment will explain the value of your unique PTG journey and inspire you to lead a life of mission and purpose.

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Ken Falke

Ken Falke

In this show Ken Falke, Chairman and Founder of Boulder Crest and Co-Author of “Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma” explains his mission in founding the Boulder Crest Institute, which is the first program in the country of its kind to help US active duty service members and veterans deal with PTS. He speaks candidly about his own personal transition from the Navy and EOD squad to civilian life, illustrating how the mental healthcare in the U.S. is broken and furthermore, what Boulder Crest is doing to fix it.

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Josh Goldberg

Josh Goldberg

Josh Goldberg is the Executive Director of the Boulder Crest Institute in Bluemont VA and co-author of “Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.” He is also one of the minds behind the creation of Boulder Crest’s main program Warrior PATHH, designed specifically for active duty and veterans with PTS to help them not only deal with the mental scars sustained in war, but to thrive in the aftermath of trauma. In this interview Goldberg explains why this program is so important to him, tells the success stories of active duty service members and veterans who have gone through their programs, and speaks about why personal wellness is so important in different sectors of one’s life.

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Dr. Richard Tedeschi

Dr. Richard Tedeschi

Dr. Richard Tedeschi is one of the founding leaders on post traumatic stress research and the growth that can occur following traumatic experiences, subsequently coining the term ‘post traumatic growth’ in conjunction with his colleagues on the topic. Dr. Tedeschi currently sits as a distinguished chair on the board of Boulder Crest and his research has been instrumental in creating Warrior PATHH as well as other programs that have been instituted at the Virginia and Arizona retreats. In this episode of PTS, Dr. Richard Tedeschi explains how he came to be interested in PTS research, veterans, and psychology. He speaks about how everyone encounters trauma at some point in their lives and what we can do to grow after such experiences.

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Dr. Bret Moore

Dr. Bret Moore

Dr. Bret Moore is a retired U.S. military veteran, psychologist, and Vice Chair of the Boulder Crest Institute. The several years which he spent in the armed forces as a psychologist have made him uniquely qualified to conduct research on post traumatic stress and post traumatic growth, both of which he was able to directly observe from the front lines. In this episode of PTS Dr. Bret Moore discusses the books which he co-authored “A Clinical Handbook, Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life after Deployment, and Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Overcoming Worry, Stress, and Fear.” These books are some of the first to talk about PTG in relation to PTSD and anxiety. He also speaks about his own journey into this groundbreaking research and why the work being done at Boulder Crest is so important.

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