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Living A Life of Meaning Is Possible After Trauma

Ever wondered if life after trauma could have the depth and meaning it had before? This Thursday, August 25th, 2011 - founders of The OPA! way, Dr. Pattakos & Dr. Dundon join with survivor and author Hank Estrada to reveal just how this is possible.

PRLog - Aug. 19, 2011 - PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Many trauma survivors will tell you that after trauma there seems to be no meaning in life. Without a concrete answer about why bad things happen to good people, or how good people can feel great after trauma, too many survivors get lost in a pit of despair.  Reclaiming a meaningful perspective and purpose is critical to post-trauma recovery. This week on 'Your Life After Trauma' Elaine Dundon, Ph.D. and Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., co-founders of The OPA! Way® will join with survivor and author, Hank Estrada, to talk about 'Living a Life of Meaning After Trauma'. The show airs Thursday, August 15th at 7pm EST, on Seaview Radio (95.9AM/106.9FM/960AM) and streams online at www.healmyptsd.com/your-life-after-trauma. Call in with your questions: 877.960.9960.

According to Michele Rosenthal, host of ‘Your Life After Trauma’, "Integrating trauma into a whole identity includes finding a way to make meaning out of what happened, and also, finding a way to live a meaningful life after trauma. With meaning as a foundation for recovery the end result is a solid and organic accomplishment that orients a survivor to living a dynamic life in the present versus a static life attached to the past."

‘Your Life After Trauma’ brings weekly support and information to trauma survivors, plus their caregivers and healing professionals on Thursday nights from 7-8pm EST, on Seaview Radio (95.9AM/106.9FM/960AM) in southeast Florida (and streaming live online) (http://www.healmyptsd.com/your-life-after-trauma). Your Life After Trauma provides resources, inspiration, hope and specific actions to help anyone learn to formulate a recovery plan, access healing potential and apply personal strengths to post-trauma recovery.

Featuring expert and survivor guests focused on topics related to the experience of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and post-trauma life, ‘Your Life After Trauma’ future topics include:

·         August 25th — ‘Living a Life of Meaning’
·         September 1st — 'Celebrating Survival: How to Approach A Trauma Anniversary'
·         September 8th -- '9/11 Tribute'
·         September 15th -- 'PTSD Siblings'
·         September 22nd -- 'PTSD Caregivers'
Each show features a professional and personal perspective, plus spontaneous call-ins so that listeners can ask their questions, talk to an expert, and receive personal recommendations around specific issues.

For more information about ‘Your Life After Trauma’, visit:

This week’s guests will be:

Elaine Dundon, Ph.D., is co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new lifestyle of living all of life to the fullest with Enthusiasm and Meaning.  Her journey has evolved from a focus on left-brain thinking and activities to one focused more on the heart and spirit.  Elaine began her business career with an MBA and 15 years in business strategy and marketing, including brand management, at Procter & Gamble.  In 1995, she founded The Innovation Group Consulting Inc., focused on consulting, teaching, and speaking in the area of Innovation Management and authored an international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation.  As Elaine reflected on her work and personal journey, she realized that something was still missing.  Her work in Innovation Management had taught her that there must be an authentic connection with the work that one is doing and that ultimately creativity and innovation must come from both the head and theheart.  She also realized that a person's lifestyle affects her/his workstyle and that their workstyle affects their lifestyle.  In support of this shift in consciousness and heightened awareness, Elaine began to study Greek Philosophy, Mind/Body Medicine, and Metaphysics, earning a Ph.D. degree in this area.  Now as a keynote speaker, seminar leader, and organizational consultant, Elaine is dedicated to helping individuals live and work The OPA! Way®.

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher,” internationally-recognized leader of the "Meaning Movement," and co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new lifestyle of Living Your Inner Greece­-living all of life to the fullest with Enthusiasm and Meaning.  A very proud Greek American (of Cretan heritage), Alex believes passionately and authentically that each of us can find deeper meaning in our lives, each day, every day.  Alex is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, which is available in 20 languages, including Greek, and numerous formats.  A U.S. Army veteran, he is also a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, and full-time professor of public and business administration.  As a pioneer in the personal growth area, Alex has worked globally to help individuals and organizations develop their full potential.  His unique approach is both inspirational and practical.  He is currently writing (with Dr. Elaine Dundon) a new book, "The OPA! Way: Living Your Inner Greece!," and continues to explore his Greek heritage.

Hank Estrada is a nationally recognized spokesman, author, and pioneer advocate for non-offending adult male survivors of sexual assaults.  He is the author of UnHoly Communion-Lessons Learned From Life Among Pedophiles, Predators and Priests, (Red Rabbit Press, 2011) and Recovery For Male Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse, (Red Rabbit Press, 1990.)  In 1986, he founded the first national non-profit organization; PLEA (Prevention, Leadership, Education, Assistance) to assist non-offending adult male survivors.

Mr. Estrada’s personal experience of survival and healing has been featured in articles, news stories, radio talk show interviews and TV appearances.  His most memorable TV appearance was in November 2010 for a landmark, two episode Oprah show event, featuring an exclusive audience of 200 adult male survivors. ?As a trainer, Mr. Estrada brings to the forefront many of the issues and feelings of survivors in a caring, empowering manner by intimately speaking from experience.  He is a captivating presenter whose warmth, honesty, and expertise remain an inspiration of courage and hope.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a wholly treatable condition that results from a life-threatening experience in which the trauma survivor felt helpless. PTSD symptoms include insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing, hyperarousal and hypervigilance.
For more information: www.healmyptsd.com   Contact:  Michele@healmyptsd.com, 561.531.1405.

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