Mark Babcock, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. Throughout the past 25 years Mark has specialized in counseling people with mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), and post-traumatic stress. Mark works at the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
The primary focus of the MIBH is to care for former military personnel who have sustained mild to moderate TBI, and are experiencing lingering neurological problems or related Psychological Health (PH) conditions. They include post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. One of the overarching goals of treating former military personnel at MIBH is to help the person transform PTSD into post-traumatic growth (PTG).
PTG is a positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a major life crisis or a traumatic event. PTG enables an individual to use times of struggle to create a life that is more meaningful, fulfilling, and purposeful than ever before. Making PTG happen begins with understanding that everyone struggles. Bad things happen, but what distinguishes the people who grow and prosper is the fact that they’re not afraid to struggle. They embrace struggle because they know it’s inevitable and even useful. Struggle can help us achieve the life we want to live.
PTG tends to occur in five general areas:
- Appreciation of life.
- Relationships with others.
- New possibilities in life.
- Personal strength.
- Spiritual change.
For more information on PTG, check out https://ptgi.uncc.edu/
For more information about Mark or MIBH please click on the link: http://www.ucdenver.edu/anschutz/patientcare/marcusinstitute/Pages/marcusinstitute.aspx
-Mark Babcock, LCSW