Treating the effects of childhood abuse and neglect on young adults. John Briere, PhD - MEDSAC International speaker seminar


Friday 13 March 2020




Cole Theatre, Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland

Organised by

MEDSAC (Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa)


$310 (Early bird registration until Friday 31 January 2020); $350 (From Monday 3 February to Friday 6 March 2020)

This seminar is for all clinicians who provide treatment/therapy for adults and adolescents who have experienced abuse/sexual abuse trauma.

Young adults who were abused and/or neglected in childhood are at greater risk of a variety of problematic behaviors and mental health issues, including suicidality, self-injury, aggression, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD, and depression. Many of these difficulties are seen as symptoms of a personality disorder, or as criminal behavior requiring incarceration. However, emerging research indicates that they are more accurately understood as coping responses and conditioned reactions to triggered childhood memories and inadequate emotional regulation capacities.


Calling on his new book (Treating risky and compulsive behavior in trauma survivors, Guilford, 2019) Professor John Briere (University of Southern California, USA) presents an integrated approach to the treatment of childhood trauma, with a specific focus on young adults, including those who have been marginalized based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or social status. The special needs of male survivors will be explored, given their greater risk of abuse-reactive behavior and the relative lack of available, evidence-based treatment for this group. Specific interventions will be described, including trigger management; urge surfing; mindfulness; harm reduction, titrated exposure, and relational processing.



John Briere, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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