The solution to integrating our PTSD program with our established addiction program came when clinical management reframed PTSD, like all forms of trauma, as a “threat to meaning.” A threat to meaning is defined as an event experienced by an individual that shakes up how they make sense of life. By reframing PTSD as a threat to meaning, clinicians at Sunshine Coast were then able to integrate the PTSD program with the existing addiction program.
For those interested in understanding the concept of “threat to meaning,” watch this featuring Geoff Thompson, Ph.D., Program Director at Sunshine Coast.
In conclusion, our experience with the meaning-centred approach developed by Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., is a testament to its strength as an organizing construct. Whether you are a therapist working in an outpatient or inpatient setting, I encourage you to consider how meaning can contribute to your work with clients!
Daniel Jordan, Director, Sunshine Coast Health Center.