About Traumaology

How did you come up with the name Traumaology?

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, in his book, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, defines trauma as

“An overwhelming experience that has potential negative impacts on an individual in the moment and in the future.  Trauma often refers to an experience that is beyond the capacity for an individual to adapt effectively, and it can result in post traumatic stress disorder in some situations.”

The word “trauma” is derived from the Greek word for wound, a term that is freely used to describe either a physical injury caused by some direct external force or of psychological injury caused by some extreme emotional assault.  Similarly, the suffix -ology is derived from the Greek word -logia which means “the study of” thus, traumaology.  

Traumaology is the all encompassing study of trauma and its effects on a person as a whole (body, mind, and spirit).  It’s an eclectic approach to studying and understanding the brain as well as the evidenced based treatment processes available to better assist individuals that have been impacted by traumatic events and circumstances throughout their lifetime.  As psychological trauma has a major impact, with lasting effects, on both the growth and development of a person.  

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