Welcome to the Website for Transforming Tragedy! This site is the culmination of over 25 years of clinical and research experience from Dr. Edward Hickling. The hope is that body of work will allow us to share your experience within the context of what we know at this time. This site will help people understand what happens to them during a personal trauma or tragedy, how to deal with it most effectively, and how to take from that experience whatever is possible to move on to as full a life as possible.
Psychology has looked extremely hard at the area of trauma over the past 50 years. We have learned a lot. But we have also learned over a much longer time from our leading philosophers, healers, and great thinkers about how human beings can see and deal with trying times that life can give us all.
No one will escape tragedy. Illness, death, accidents, war, disasters, traumas of all types will touch each of our lives. This site will share the ongoing work of Dr. Hickling as well as other professionals who choose to share their work, as relevant updates on what is happening in this burgeoning area of knowledge.
Ongoing research efforts will also be linked to this page, and offered as ways to grow this community of like minded people on a common path of interest.
Transforming Tragedy: Finding Growth Following Life's Traumas draws from Dr. Hickling's own experience with a near death trauma and how he survived, through all the trials and tribulations that experience involved. It shares how being a psychologist with over 25 years experience, gave him a unique perspective on how to deal with the trauma. Transforming Tragedy further shares excerpted experiences of real patients to illustrate how transformation can occur.
Psychological research on post trauma reactions has been growing at a phenomenal rate over the past two decades. More research has been done in this area than nearly all the other disorders combined. We will provide current postings of relevant research that impacts us, as we deal with what helps us change following trauma and our understanding of what we are going through.
Free downloads of material to help with the change you are seeking are available.