Treating Risky and Compulsive Behaviors in Traumatized Adolescents
3 CE Credits
Presented by an internationally recognized educator, researcher and clinician in child-adolescent traumatic stress disorders.
John Briere, PhD 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. He is author or co-author of over 140 articles and chapters, 15 books, and 9 trauma-related psychological tests. At USC, he teaches and consults in the burn unit, inpatient psychiatry, and emergency services. Dr. Briere’s newest book is Treating Risky and Compulsive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors (Guilford: 2019).
Survivors of trauma and early attachment disturbance are at elevated risk of a variety of compulsive and self-endangering behaviors, ranging from suicidality and self-injury to substance abuse, indiscriminate sexual activities, and binge eating. Many of these difficulties are seen as symptoms of a personality disorder, behavioral addiction, or impulse control disorder. However, emerging research indicates that they are more accurately understood as coping responses to triggered childhood memories and inadequate emotional regulation capacities. Calling on his upcoming book (to be published just before this presentation), John Briere will present an innovative, integrated approach to self-endangering behavior, the Reactive Avoidance model (RAm), focusing on emotional regulation training, trigger management, and attachment and trauma processing.
- Describe the Reactive Avoidance model (RAm)
- List three different distress reduction behaviors
- Outline the central components of trigger management
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