Survivors of trauma and early attachment disturbance are at elevated risk of a variety compulsive and self-endangering behaviors, ranging from suicidality and self-injury to indiscriminate sexual activities and binge eating. Although often seen as symptoms of a personality disorder, behavioral addiction, or impulse control disorder, emerging research suggests that such behaviors actually serve as homeostatic responses to triggered childhood memories in the face of inadequate emotional regulation.
Calling on his recent book (Treating Risky and Compulsive Behavior in Trauma Survivors; Guilford, 2019), John Briere presents the Reactive Avoidance Model (RAm) which directly targets the traumatic memory/emotional dysregulation dynamic underlying many risky behaviors. New interventions include trigger management; developing mindful/metacognitive awareness; the ReGAINing procedure; implicit memory processing; and harm reduction.
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John Briere, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and the Behavioural Sciences at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and 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. His recent (2019) book with Guilford Press is Treating risky and compulsive behaviour in trauma survivors.
John has presented for Delphi nine times between 1996 – 2020. His 2020 webinar is available On-Demand. He will be presenting again in 2022.
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