By John Briere, PHD
This training by John Briere, PHD presents a non-pathologizing, developmentally-informed approach to the treatment of complex posttraumatic presentations in older adolescents and adults. This “self-trauma model” incorporates cognitive-behavioral, relational, and mindfulness principles to support (a) the processing of implicit and explicit traumatic memories through titrated exposure (aka the therapeutic window), (b) the development of increased self-capacities (especially identity and affect regulation), (c) the reworking of activated relational schema and other implicit memories within the therapeutic relationship, and (d) an increased capacity to experience distress and cognitive intrusions without judgment or excessive reactivity. The technical importance of a positive, attuned therapeutic relationship will be stressed. This is an intermediate course intended for practicing clinicians.