Paul Valent

Paul Valent

MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP
Consultant liaison psychiatrist, psychotherapist, traumatologist,
Co-founder and past president Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies,
Writer.

Wholist perspective

Foreword: Encyclopedia of Trauma

What is trauma, stress, traumatology all about? This piece answers some of those questions and serves as a general introduction to Traumatology.
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Wholist Perspective Film

This film shows visually the components of the wholist perspective, that is, the triaxial framework and survival strategies. The visual representation makes the perspective easy to understand.

The film goes on to demonstrate application of the perspective to a clinical case of domestic violence and transmission of sexual abuse and war trauma over generations.

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Wholist Perspective Series of Workshops

Fight and Flight
Workshop 1

This seminar introduces, through clinical cases, the dilemmas of how to conceptualise stresses and traumas and their consequences. PTSD and its limitations are discussed. Survival strategies fight and flight are introduced.
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Definition of Survival Strategies; Their Place in Stress and Trauma
Workshop 2

Survival strategies and their place in conceptualising trauma and its opposite, fulfilment, are introduced.
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Details of Survival Strategies
Workshop 3

Survival strategies are examined in more detail. Refer to the Survival Strategies Table from now on.
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Application of Survival Strategies to Diagnosis & Treatment
Workshop 4

This seminar indicates the worth of survival strategies in diagnosing post-traumatic symptoms. It discusses common ingredients of trauma therapies.
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The Life – Trauma Dialectic; From Survival to Fulfilment
Workshop 5

Life is a tapestry of many threads. The depth axis signals the way stations from instincts to existential meaning and purpose. Survival strategies are the threads that weave different pictures. Trauma tears the tapestry.
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Biological, Psychological and Social Aspects of Survival Strategies
Workshop 6

Survival strategies have biological, psychological, and social adaptive and maladaptive components. They express the greatest human joys and pains.
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Application of Survival Strategies to Definitions and Categorizations of Traumatic Stress and Fulfilment Phenomena
Workshop 7

Survival strategies help to categorise and articulate different pleasures, satisfactions, and their opposites.
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Application of Survival Strategies to Conceptualizing and Categorizing Anger and Guilt, Self-Esteem and Shame, Right and Wrong, Spirituality, and Sacred
Workshop 8

Survival strategies help to categorise and articulate  satisfactions and their opposites on moral, spiritual, and existential levels.
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Right and Left Brain Functioning
Workshop 9

This seminar distinguishes right and left hemisphere brain functions. How this applies to traumatology.
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The Wholist Perspective; a Clinical Example (FILM)
Workshop 10

Summary of the wholist perspective. Its illustration with a film.
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A new synthetic framework; the wholist perspective

This paper (also available on Cogprints http://cogprints.org/384/1/Synthetic.htm ) summarises the wholist perspective. It explains the triaxial framework and talks to the survival strategies table. It serves as a complement to the film The Wholist Perspective Film .

The paper explains the need for a framework that can explain the very wide range of consequences of severe stress and trauma (traumatic stress) and their radiations from instincts to spiritual dimensions, as well as across time and generations and over ever larger groups (family, community).

The perspective described in this paper fills the need described. In addition, it provides a framework for fulfilling opposites of stresses traumatic consequences.

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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 1999 Categories: , , , , , , , , ,

A wholist perspective. Presentation to the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference Hobart

From the crucible of traumatology arise questions of morality, ethics, and philosophical questions of meaning and purpose.

The wholist perspective (wholist = holistic + whole) includes a three-dimensional view of survival and aspiration to fufilment responses. The depth dimension traces fulfilments and traumatic disruptions from instinctual drives to what we call spirituality. Different levels of scaffolding on this dimension include instincts, survival drives (strategies), morality (virtue, worth, justice), principles, ethics, religions and other beliefs, identity, symbols, creativity, sacredness, existential meanings, sacredness, reason and soul. Morality and spirituality depend on specific survival and aspirational responses on different levels.

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Body, Mind, and Soul Staff Education Centre Jewish Care Melbourne

Up-down spirituality assumes a God-given world with established morality and meaning. Down-up science shows evolution of different levels of morality and spirituality whose content is determined by specific survival strategies. The mystery of this process is enhanced by it developing in the mentally invisible right hemisphere of the brain.
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Publication Author: Paul Valent Publication Date: 7th November 2011 Categories: , ,

Necessities. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences Edition 2007

Beyond survival necessities are psychological and social necessities humans strive after. There are spiritual human requirements too. They include a need to know where one belongs in the scheme of the universe and what purpose our lives have.
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From Survival to Fulfilment; A Framework for the Life-Trauma Dialectic. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel

In this book, Dr. Valent forges information from many fields of trauma and its concepts into a new, heuristically logical and pragmatic framework. The result is an unprecedented text on traumatology, as well as its opposite fulfillment. For further details press View Book.
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Trauma and Fulfillment Therapy; The Wholist Framework. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel

This book follows logically from Survival to Fulfillment, in its practical applicability to diagnose and repair tears in the human fabric. Dr. Valent reviews the variety of treatments applied over the last century, from Freud and Janet to the current use of drugs, debriefing, EMDR, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy. Using his wholist perspective, Dr Valent puts them in perspective,  finds their common ingredients, and develops basic principles of trauma therapy.

Through 40 clinical cases, Dr Valent describes the techniques and efficacy of trauma therapy in various phases of trauma- from the time of its occurrence to its pervasiveness of the person years later.
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Survival Strategies and the Wholist Perspective

In this workshop we will demonstrate clinical application of survival strategies, concentrating on the three dimensions along which they radiate. The result is a wide landscape on which to seek responses to stress and trauma and drives to thrive and fulfil.

This workshop provides some contributions  to  philosophical dilemmas of mind-body dualism, the science-humanist rift, and reductionist-whole dichotomy.
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Clinical formulations; phenomenological and traumatodynamic considerations. Talk Melbourne Clinic

Busy clinicians are invited to take a moment to peruse what philosophical underpinnings are motivating their therapeutic approaches. Do they seek specific diagnoses to which they apply specific treatments, or do their clients present in non-linear ways resembling quantum mechanics and chaos theory, which require broader treatment approaches?

Clinical examples illustrate the consequences of different philosophical choices.
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Triaxial framework and treatment ingredients. Symposium European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference Edinburgh

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