Workshop with Dr. Victoria Grinman
Date: July 8 & 9, 2021 (Thursday & Friday), 9am – 12:40pm
Location: Virtual participation only!
Virtual participation is conducted via audio/video or audio mode only
(with minimal technical requirements)
To Register for this workshop, please complete the Registration form
Continuing Education Information: up to 9 CEs  See details here

The intention [of this project] is to furnish a psychology that shall be a natural science.

S. Freud, 1895, Project for a Scientific Psychology, ~ Science, Art, Spirituality


As a clinician you likely engage with individuals and groups who have survived various traumas and formative adverse life circumstances. You have helped your clients to struggle better (or cope), and supported them in experiencing resilience. And, imagine that you can be a part of facilitating a possible transformation – of reconstructing the narrative and supporting clients beyond coping and resilience. Post-traumatic growth (PTG) represents positive psychological change occurring in some who suffered trauma. In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of the brain-mind dyad, the role of mindfulness, the latest research pertaining to PTG, its markers, and insights into clinical interventions you can begin incorporating into your work now to promote clients’ journey to healing and growth. You will gain not only an understanding of, but acquire a set of tools and skills that can support you in the mastery of listening for and nurturing posttraumatic growth. You will become expert companions for those who experience personal and psychological growth while struggling with live traumas.

Intended Audience: social workers, psychologists, marriage and family counselors, psychoanalysts, other mental health practitioners, teachers, medical professionals, nurses, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists — any professional who works with people and is interested in supporting their growth and wellbeing.

Registered participants will receive the required (for CE purposes) readings (in PDFs).


Psychotraumatology: The Basics

  • What is trauma and what constitutes traumatic experience?
  • A cultural lens on trauma

NeuroPsychoBIology of Trauma

  • How does trauma affect the brain?
  • Why does our body react to trauma?
  • Getting to know stress and the stress response
  • Biomarkers of PTSD
  • Using neuropsychoeducation as a tool

Posttraumatic Growth as an Experience and Outcome of Trauma

  • What is the distinction between resilience and posttraumatic growth?
  • Unpacking the five domains of PTG
    • Appreciating personal strength
    • Relating to others
    • spiritual beliefs
    • Deeper appreciation of life and its meaning
    • Finding new possibilities
  • PTG Model
  • Culture and PTG
  • What makes people more susceptible to PTG than others?

Guidelines for Facilitating PTG with Clients

  • What all clinicians needs to know
  • Key points for working with growth
  • The role of the “expert companion”

Hands on Strategies and Tools to Use with Clients Now

  • PTG mindset
  • What to listen for and how to respond
  • Strategies for encouraging reflective rumination
  • Case Examples
    • Real life examples of client journeys of PTG
    • Deeper dive into PTG experience of parents of young adults children with Autism
    • What was studied in presenter’s research
    • Main PTG findings and how they relate to outcomes for parents and kids
    • Practice listening for PTG with presenter’s guidance

Experiential Activities to Elicit Growth in the 5 Domains of PTG

  • Specific journaling prompts
  • Art-based activities
  • Rebuilding Narrative exercises
  • Inner Child Work
  • Techniques for managing Evoked Feelings

Self-Care for the Clinician

  • Vicarious trauma
  • Vicarious PTG


Thursday, July 8th, 2021

9:00am – 10:15am
Section 1

10:20am – 11:35am
Section 2

11:40am – 12:40pm
Section 3

Friday, July 9th, 2021

9:00am – 10:15am
Section 4

10:20am – 11:35am
Section 5

11:40am – 12:40pm
Section 6


At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and analyze various types of trauma, its impact on one’s physical and psycho-neurological health (negative and positive).
  • Explain brain-mind mechanisms available for processing trauma and for supporting healing (neuroplasticity, neuro-integration, synaptic pruning, and others).
  • Explain the Triune Brain functioning approach to understanding one’s responses to traumatic events.
  • Analyze main points made about PTG in the literature and growing research.
  • Discuss and analyze the distinct signs of posttraumatic growth.
  • Provide five examples of clinical markers of PTG and PTG domains.
  • Discuss and apply clinician’s attunement to signs of co-existing growth and struggle.
  • Expertly listen for and nurture their clients’ posttraumatic growth journeys.
  • Provide examples of somatic resourcing and remembered resourcing in assessment of clients’ inner wisdom.
  • Apply specific strategies and mastery skills in supporting diverse populations in achieving PTG: writing exercises, visualization/ guided imagery, mindfulness, art, and role-playing.
  • Utilize the examples of facilitation of PTG in clients in one’s clinical practice.
  • Apply the expert companion concepts supporting clients to move through coping to thriving.


  • Ambrus, V.M. (2019). Parent stress adaptation among caregivers of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Minneapolis, MN: Walden University Dissertation and Doctoral Studies.
  • Barr, P. (2011). Posttraumatic growth in parents of infants hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 16(2), 117-134.
  • Baio, J., Wiggins, L., Christensen, D.L., Maenner, M.J., Daniels, J., Warren, Z., …White, T., et al. (2018). Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children aged 8 years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014. MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 67(6), 1-23.
  • Beebe B, Lachmann F, Jaffe J, Markese S, Buck KA, Chen H, et al. Maternal postpartum depressive symptoms and 4-month mother–infant interaction. Psychoanal Psychol. (2012) 29:383–407.
  • Black, L. I., Barnes, P. M., Clarke, T. C., Stussman, B. J., & Nahin, R. L. (2018). Use of yoga, meditation, and chiropractors among US children aged 4-17 years. US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Bryant-Davis, T., & Wong, E. C. (2013). Faith to move mountains: Religious coping, spirituality, and interpersonal trauma recovery. American Psychologist, 68(8), 675.
  • Calhoun, L.G., Cann, A., & Tedeschi, R.G. (2010). The posttraumatic growth model: Sociocultural considerations. In Weiss, T. & Berger, R. (Eds.).Posttraumatic growth and culturally competent practice: Lessons from around the globe (p.1-14). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (Eds.). (1999). Facilitating posttraumatic growth: A clinician’s guide. London, UK: Routledge.
  • Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2004a). Posttraumatic growth: Conceptual foundations of empirical evidence. Psychological Inquiry, 15(1), 1-18.
  • Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2004). The foundations of posttraumatic growth: New considerations. Psychological Inquiry, 15(1), 93-102.
  • Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2006). Handbook of posttraumatic growth: Research and practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Calhoun, L. G., & Tedeschi, R. G. (2006a). Expert companions: Posttraumatic growth in clinical practice. In L. G. Calhoun & R. G. Tedeschi (Eds.), Handbook of posttraumatic growth: Research & practice (p. 291–310). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.
  • Calhoun, L. & Tedeschi, R. (2012). Expert companions: Posttraumatic growth in clinical practice. Posttraumatic Growth in Clinical Practice. 10.4324/9780203629048.
  • Calhoun, L.G., & Tedeschi, R.G. (2013). Posttraumatic growth in clinical practice. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Cann, A., Calhoun, L. G., Tedeschi, R. G., and Solomon, D. T. (2010). Posttraumatic growth and depreciation as independent experiences and predictors of well-being. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 15, 151–166. doi: 10.1080/15325020903375826
  • Courtois, C. A., & Ford, J. D. (Eds.). (2009). Treating complex traumatic stress disorders: An evidence-based guide. Guilford Press.
  • Hanson, R., with Mendius, R. (2009). Buddha’s brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.
  • Janoff-Bulman, R., & Frantz, C. M. (1997). The impact of trauma on meaning: From meaningless world to meaningful life. In M. Power & C. R. Brewin (Eds.), The transformation of meaning in psychological therapies (pp. 91–106). New York, NY: Wiley.
  • Kamradt, J. M. (2017). Integrating yoga into psychotherapy: The ethics of moving from the mind to the mat. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 27, 27-30.
  • Lavie, S. (2015). Held experience: using mindfulness in psychotherapy to facilitate deeper psychological repair. International Body Psychotherapy Journal, 14(2), 101-109.
  • O’Leary, V. E., Alday, C. S., & Ickovics, J. R. (1998). Models of life change and posttraumatic growth. Posttraumatic growth: Positive changes in the aftermath of crisis, 5, 127-151.


Victoria Grinman, PhD, LCSW-R is a psychotherapist, educator and speaker with over 15 years of experience supporting individuals of all ages and differences in life perspectives, and their families. She has delivered relationship success between parents and their children, partners and team members for 15+ years. Victoria is dual licensed clinician and expert on the experience of posttraumatic growth in parents of young adult children with Autism. She is the founder of Growing Kind Minds LLC, a private practice and global community platform. She has extensive experience providing individual, group and family therapeutic services utilizing an integrative approach that is informed by theory and grounded in a holistic and strengths-based perspective. She has been invited to be a speaker at universities, organizations and community groups on topics that span the areas of yoga and mindfulness, play therapy, neuropsychology education, emotional literacy, education, clinical practice, disabilities, trauma and autism; and provides consultation in program development, and social-emotional curriculum building and implementation to schools and corporations.

Victoria participates annually in national and international conferences and was a proud faculty member of Columbia School of Social Work, Boston College School of Social Work and Adelphi University. Her areas of deep focus include Posttraumatic Growth, trauma, parenting and autism. She believes that people want to be seen, heard and understood as the whole person, and is passionate about being an expert companion to people as they authentically connect to their inner strengths so that they can achieve the connections and relationships they desire with the people that matter most to them.

Victoria is a trauma-informed and trained yoga and mindfulness instructor to children and teens, a certified aromatherapist and a dedicated long time clinical volunteer for Experience Camps, a free one week grief camp experience for children who have lost a significant person in their life. She is dedicated to being a facilitator of joy and positive change by highlighting the possibility and power in our struggles. She is the host of That Moment: Heart to Heart Talks with Dr. Victoria Grinman, a talk show and podcast that sheds light on the possible outcome of Posttraumatic Growth in the wake of an experience that overwhelms our ability to cope. The talk highlights influential and inspiring individuals in the world and their story of struggle to triumph. She enthusiastically looks for new ways to facilitate and promote resiliency, empathy and wellness. She is excited to be part of the process of sharing tools and meeting people in interdisciplinary realms with like goals to empower others.


This educational activity is accredited by Amedco to provide 9 CEs for NYS Social Workers, NYS Psychologists, and 9 APA based CEs for Psychologists, MFTs, MHCs, Addiction Professionals (Check your states below).

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation
Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 9 Psychologist contact hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirements
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirement
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held)*, OK, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

* If the activity is held live in the state of NY, then direct addictions board is required, ie: NAADAC. If the activity is held outside NY, is virtual, enduring or remote, it is considered “outstate” and this reciprocity applies.

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)
Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 9 hours.

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 9 hours.


New York Board for Mental Health Practitioners (NY Licensed Psychoanalysts, LP)
National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an Approved Provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0019. 7 hours.

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.


Early Bird registration (before June 12th, 2021)
$60 regular/ $35 grad students & candidates/ $15 undergrad students. If CEs are requested – there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Regular registration (June 12th – July 6th, 2021)
$70 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students. If CEs are requested – there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Registration ‘at the door’ (on July 7th or July 8th, 2021)
$80 regular/ $55 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students. If CEs are requested – there is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid on the day of the conference or in advance)

Special scholarships for undergraduate/graduate students, retired practitioners, as well as for group registration, are available. Inquire by email to or at 646-522-1056.

Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before July 8th, 2021. No refunds for cancellations made on or after July 8th, 2021 (but credit can be applied for any of the educational events offered at the ORI in 2021 or further on).