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Treating Complex Trauma in Adolescents and Young Adults

Dr John Briere, PhD

Held 28-29 March 2012

Dr John Briere speaking

Based on his new book, John Briere presented an empirically-validated treatment for multiply traumatised, multi-problem adolescents and young adults. The result of four years of research, this innovative approach includes relational, cognitive-behavioural, affect regulation, and mindfulness components that are specifically crafted to engage and assist seriously traumatised young people. Grounded in the real world of clinical practice, but informed by cutting-edge behavioural science, it offers a flexible, nonjudgmental, but focused approach to issues such as substance abuse, tension reduction behaviours, dysfunctional sexual behaviour, and other avoidance responses. Based on initial and periodic assessment, interventions are individually adapted and customised according to the youth’s current challenges, specific symptoms, and functional capacities. This seminar was held at the Wesley Conference Centre and was attended by 298 people. Read more about Dr Briere and his work at his website.


Comments from participants

“It’s always a pleasure to attend a John Briere conference. Not only does he help me explain the way I work! I also always learn something new or have knowledge reinforced.”

“Most engaging presenter, generously sharing from the wealth of his experience.”

About Dr John Briere Ph.D

John Briere, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at LAC-USC Medical Center. A past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), he is recipient of the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Scientific Achievement from ISTSS and the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He has been designated as “Highly Cited Researcher – Behavioral Science” by the Institute for Scientific Information, and is author or co-author of over 100 articles and chapters, 11 books, two treatment manuals, and nine psychological tests in the areas of trauma, child abuse, and interpersonal violence. His newest book, co-written with Cheryl Lanktree, Ph.D., is Treating complex trauma in adolescents and young adults. His website can be found at