Trauma psychology is both the name of a Division within the American Psychological Association (Division 56, Trauma Psychology) and an area of specialization within the practice of psychology by psychologists. Trauma psychology is a paradigm that permits investigators and practitioners to understand the process by which people perceive adversity, react to it, recover to a resilient or growth state or to an unwanted state; draw upon the experience with varying levels of psychosocial growth, at varying levels of trauma, for varying periods of exposure, and varying conditions of recovery.
Trauma Psychology as a Paradigm
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