In this workshop, Dr. Briere describes a nonpathologizing approach to the treatment of complex trauma that involves 4 pathways to trauma resolution:
reworking activated attachment schemas in the presence of a compassionate and attuned therapist;
reducing negative emotional responses to memory by encouraging awareness and mindfulness during emotional processing;
increasing capacity to regulate and tolerate negative emotional states; and
helping to change the client's relationship to his or her internal experience through greater metacognitive awareness.
John integrates Buddhist tenets of impermanence, dependent arising, and loving-kindness into trauma therapy, and reveals how this ancient philosophy can inform and improve modern approaches to treatment.
What is it?
What are its effects?
Trauma, Pain, and Suffering
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional"
The Pain Paradox
Suppression, rejection, or avoidance of pain = increased suffering and decreased awareness
Nonjudgmental acceptance of pain = decreased suffering and increased awareness
Trauma, Chaos, Pain, & Other Opportunities
Western cultures' response to pain, trauma
Can trauma and posttraumatic distress be reinterpreted?
Definition * Nonjudgment and acceptance
The Therapeutic Relationship
Primary finding of treatment outcome studies
Therapeutic relationship as antidote
Context for attachment-based activations
Optimal therapist characteristics and behaviors
Deconstructing Trauma: Cognitive Aspects of Trauma Therapy
Practicing nonjudgment and acceptance
Metacognitive awareness revisited
Nonsuppression * Nonidentification
Trigger identification and intervention
Titrated Emotional Processing
Classic exposure therapy
Encouraging feelings and awareness "Inviting your pain to tea" * The therapeutic window
Counterconditioning effects of compassion and attuned connection