This webinar, from 7/1/2010, features John Briere. It was presented as part of the special Advanced Clinicians webinar and workshop series. It is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.
John Briere, Ph.D. – 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.
The self-trauma model – an integrated approach to trauma treatment, including trauma theory, cognitive, behavioral, and self-psychology. Special attention will be given to incorporation of mindfulness practice.
We suggest you read the following before watching this presentation:
- A Summary of Self-Trauma Model Applications for Severe Trauma: Treating the Torture Survivor (attached)
- PsychCentral Interview with John Briere (web site)
- John Briere’s publications on trauma (attached)
- John Briere’s web site
Suggested discussion thoughts:
John’s presentation/discussion is very helpful in presenting treatment components that are clearly defined with rationales that are clearly described and with clinical interventions that are clearly conceptualized and articulated in the way they contribute to the systematic therapeutic process.
When both John and Mary Fabri emphasize the central importance of the therapeutic relationship for healing and the essential importance of flexibility and attention to the individual clinical interaction rather than adherence to a strict protocol or formula, I think they resonate with the experience many of us have in working with torture survivors. At the same time, John provides a model that is systematic in its core components and clinical philosophy, i.e. that titrated exposure is a necessary part of the healing process. This is a teachable approach that we can incorporate into our own work, into the training that we do with colleagues, interns and students and into a clearly conceptualized agency approach to mental health intervention. This not only points the way to more effective outcomes for our clients, but also gives us a way to demonstrate to funding organizations and supporters that we have a systematic approach grounded in theory and expert clinical experience.
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