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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 Professor Emerit of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and Senior Advisor to the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center. 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.
A long-time student of Buddhist psychology, Dr. Briere is co-editor of the book Mindfulness-Oriented Interventions for Trauma: Integrating Contemplative Practices and author of several chapters, including Mindfulness, Insight & Trauma Therapy and When People Do Bad Things: Evil, Suffering & Dependent Origination. He has been Remote Program Faculty at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy since 2013. His 2019 book with Guilford Press is Treating risky and compulsive behavior in trauma survivors.
His website address is johnbriere.com.
John has presented ten workshops for Delphi between 1996 – 2022. His 2020 and 2022 webinars are available On-Demand.
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