Moving Beyond the Trauma Trap: Exploring Resilience Following Traumatic Stress

  • Martin Robinson (Invited speaker)
  • McGlinchey, E. (Invited speaker)
  • Cherie Armour (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Historically psycho-traumatology research has fallen into a ‘trauma trap’, focusing primarily on psychopathological outcomes following trauma. This is at odds with the wealth of evidence that suggests that the most common outcome following traumatic stress is one of resilience, where individuals reassume normal functioning or indeed never experience mental ill-health However, the study of resilience, while popular in recent decades, remains challenging. Primarily due to the lack of consensus surrounding how resilience is best defined and moreover, what exactly constitutes as ‘post trauma resilience’. Despite this, the field has seen increasing interest and focus on the ability to bounce-back in spite of adversity, resulting in the formation of several theories of resilience, yet these processes continue to remain contested. Focusing on theory and research in post-trauma resilience, this workshop will: a) introduce participants to longstanding and emergent theories of post-trauma resilience, b) draw on current research on psychological resilience and its processes, and c) provide opportunities for critique and debate of their perspectives as psycho-traumatology begins to broaden beyond the trauma trap. The aim of this workshop is to share current perspectives and debates on post-trauma resilience research, and to provide participants with opportunities to critique pathological and non-pathological outcomes following traumatic stress.
Period14 Jun 2023
Event titleESTSS Biannual Conference 2023: Trauma and resilience through the ages: A life course perspective
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational