Heritage Community to Host Posttraumatic Growth Symposium

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Heritage Community to Host Posttraumatic Growth Symposium

The Heritage Community, Utah's premier residential treatment center for adolescents age 12 to 18, will host the 2018 Posttraumatic Growth Symposium on July 13, 2018, at its Provo campus. Kayla Harrison, Olympic gold medalist and sexual abuse survivor, will deliver the keynote address at this year's event.

"The posttraumatic growth symposium is designed to provide a forum where individuals, families and professionals come together to discuss proven strategies to maximize and promote posttraumatic growth," said Ian Petersen, Business Development Director at The Heritage Community. "We have a powerful lineup of nationally recognized experts in the field and an inspiring keynote speaker, Kayla Harrison, who will encourage attendees by sharing her story."

The second annual Posttraumatic Growth Symposium, co-sponsored by McLean Hospital of Massachusetts, seeks to further the understanding of how childhood trauma affects adolescents and young adults, and to develop research-based strategies for identifying, assessing and treating trauma. In addition to Ms. Harrison's keynote address, this single-day event features breakout sessions hosted by nationally recognized experts in posttraumatic growth as well as a panel discussion, lunch and networking opportunities.

Recognizing the symptoms of trauma is essential for getting adolescents and young adults the treatment they need to achieve happiness and success. Petersen said, "Those suffering from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and grief are all around us, whether we see it or not. Some of those who suffer seek professional help and go on to develop resilience and coping skills, allowing them to lead healthier and happier lives. They work with clinicians who understand the difference between symptoms and causation, and that causation is often some sort of trauma."

Those who are interested in collaborating with and learning from posttraumatic growth experts from around the country are encouraged to register for this year's symposium. Five continuing education units (CEU) credits are available.

About The Heritage Community

The Heritage Community, a non-profit residential treatment center located in Provo, Utah, was founded in 1984 by Jerry Spanos, for the purpose of helping young people and their families overcome their struggles. Today, Heritage provides compassionate and highly sought after residential treatment through its Peers, Elevate and Launch Academies.

With a focus on education, social development and evidence-based therapeutic treatments, Heritage Community's state-of-the-art facilities and compassionate professional staff prepare students for a life of success, happiness and meaning within their communities.

The Heritage Community can be found online at http://www.heritagertc.org

About Kayla Harrison

Kayla Harrison made history at the 2012 London Olympic games by becoming the first American in history to win a gold medal in judo. Unfortunately, the events that led her to her remarkable accomplishments as an Olympian and accomplished athlete included being sexually abused by a trusted coach.

Depressed and suicidal, Kayla found help and support that enabled her to transcend her past trauma and become a strong, articulate young woman and world-class athlete. Today, she uses her experience and accomplishments to help empower and encourage others.

Kayla Harrison can be found online at https://www.kaylaharrison.com/

About McLean Hospital

McLean Hospital, the nation's top ranked psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report, is dedicated to psychiatric treatment, education, research and advocacy. McLean offers unparalleled diagnostic and treatment services for adolescents and adults living with psychiatric conditions including depression, borderline personality disorder, trauma, OCD and substance use disorders.

They offer a full range of adolescent and young adult psychiatric services including partial hospitalization, short-and long-term residential, outpatient treatment and specialized academic programs.  Each program is designed to emphasize each person's strengths and promote recovery. Rapid, state-of-the-art diagnosis is integrated with thorough psychosocial assessment, so treatment is tailored to the needs of each person they serve.

McLean Hospital can be found online at https://www.mcleanhospital.org/.

Media Contact: Ian Petersen, Heritage Community, 8012264600, ian.petersen@heritagertc.org

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