Growth consulting: practical methods of facilitating growth through loss and adversity


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The way that people lead themselves and others through crisis, loss, and adversity impacts their future and the future of those around them. Traditionally, mental health professionals have emphasized the negative consequences of crisis and loss. I present a story of how the simple act of holding the door for others on September 11th created a foundation for positive interventions. I offer the OTHERS(S) model and the process of growth consulting as practical means of creating growth as a result of loss or adversity. A case illustration and examples of clinical methods to facilitate Growth Through Loss and Adversity (GTLA) are provided. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol: In Session 65: 1–12, 2009.