Treating the effects of childhood abuse and neglect on young adults

John Briere, Ph.D - one seminar only!


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This seminar is for all clinicians who provide treatment/therapy for adults and adolescents who have experienced abuse/sexual abuse trauma.

Young adults who were abused and/or neglected in childhood are at greater risk of a variety of problematic behaviors and mental health issues, including suicidality, self-injury, aggression, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD, and depression. Many of these difficulties are seen as symptoms of a personality disorder, or as criminal behavior requiring incarceration. However, emerging research indicates that they are more accurately understood as coping responses and conditioned reactions to triggered childhood memories and inadequate emotional regulation capacities.

Calling on his new book (Treating risky and compulsive behavior in trauma survivors, Guilford, 2019) Professor John Briere (University of Southern California, USA) presents an integrated approach to the treatment of childhood trauma, with a specific focus on young adults, including those who have been marginalized based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or social status. The special needs of male survivors will be explored, given their greater risk of abuse-reactive behavior and the relative lack of available, evidence-based treatment for this group. Specific interventions will be described, including trigger management; urge surfing; mindfulness; harm reduction, titrated exposure, and relational processing.

John Briere, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. A past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, he is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association, and the William N. Friedrich Lecturer: Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Child Psychology from the Mayo Clinic. He is author or co-author of over 140 articles and chapters, 15 books, and 9 trauma-related psychological tests.

Dr. Briere’s newest book is Treating Risky and Compulsive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors (Guilford, 2019).