The genesis of CCP goes back to 1995, when Eric Wolterstorff encountered a description in the psychoanalytic tradition of how, after a war or natural disaster, societies fragment and begin infighting. From this, Dr. Wolterstorff defined a testable model and related interventions. Since then, Dr. Wolterstorff and colleagues have been testing the models and interventions in the field with individuals, family groups, organizations, and societies.
Dr. Wolterstorff first applied the models, which are based on how humans respond to traumas, to individuals and families. He and his students established Trauma Dynamics, which continues to research and teach protocols for helping traumatized individuals and families.