Risky Behavior: Treating Self-Endangering Behaviors from an Attachment/Trauma Perspective
Presenter: John Briere, Ph.DBased on recent research and his book-in-progress with Guilford Press (Risky Behavior: Treating Trauma, Attachment Disturbance, and Self-Endangerment), Dr. Briere will present an integrated theory and treatment approach to self-endangering behavior, including intentional self-injury, suicide “gestures,”, compulsive sexual behavior, bingeing and purging, compulsive shoplifting, and four other distress reduction behaviors (DRBs). It introduces the Compensatory Avoidance Model, an evidence-informed perspective that explains the frequent comorbidity of multiple dysfunctional behaviors in the same individual, but argues against traditional psychiatric constructs like Borderline Personality Disorder, Impulse Control Disorders, or Behavioral Addiction. Instead, this nonpathologizing approach stresses the role of early child abuse and neglect, attachment disturbance, emotional regulation problems, and triggered implicit memories in the development of what are ultimately coping strategies.
This workshop will offer several assessment tools for evaluating DRB antecedents, risks, triggers, and functions, and provides clinically useful information on developing motivation to reduce or stop DRBs, building emotional regulation skills, processing implicit attachment memories and schema, and titrated exposure to explicit trauma memories. Three clinical tools will also be presented: Mindful Breath Training, The Trigger Grid (adult version), and “RAIN” for triggered states.
John Briere, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology 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. 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 Award for 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. At USC, he teaches and consults in the burn unit, inpatient psychiatry, and emergency services.
Specialist Training in Working with Couples
Presenter: Brenda RawlingsCouples work can be dynamic, stimulating and highly effective using the structured processes inherent in Imago. Experience the depth and beauty of this work in creating connection between couples. At the same time enable increased passion, greater differentiation, and freedom from painful attachment cycles.
This professional training in Imago Relationship Therapy, enables therapists to work effectively with couples. Health professionals will leave this training skilled in holding couples safely and constructively, able to listen to each other empathically, move out of their negative cyclic interactional patterns and rediscover joy.
This training gives an overview of Imago theory and clinical practice. It offers an indepth understanding of relational dynamics from both an attachment and developmental perspective, incorporating developments from both clinical research and neuroscience. This module introduces therapists to the Relational Paradigm, and what it means to view couple dynamics through this lens. Students will be introduced to the practice of the Imago Dialogue through both clinical and experiential work and receive an introduction to the impact of neuro-biological functioning on couple relationships, the need to integrate the positive (including the Appreciation Dialogue), and clear steps for relationship repair which promote safety and connection.
This is a 2 day training (Days 1&2) and can be taken independently without proceeding further with the additional 10 days of training (Days 3-7 and Days 8-12).
Brenda Rawlings MNZAC, has been specialising in working with couples since 1998 and she presents Imago Clinical Training for Counsellors, Psychologists and Psychotherapists in both New Zealand and Australia. Her trainings have also been well received internationally. She was Dean of the Imago International Institute (USA) from 2012 to 2017 and recipient of the Harville Hendrix Award for Clinical Excellence. She has also participated in trainings in most major couples modalities and brings this expertise into this dynamic two day training.
Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
Presenter: Michael DurrantThe Solution-Focused Brief Therapy approach immediately appeals to many practitioners because it is considered conceptually very simple; however, it is easy to underestimate the discipline that the approach requires in order to be used effectively. Practitioners rapidly discover that SIMPLE does not necessarily mean EASY! We often joke that "there are only three questions" in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, but those three questions demand a focus and a way of listening that is very different from the way most of us were trained.
This three-day intensive will do more than just introduce participants to Solution-Focused ideas; it will IMMERSE them in it! This is a "hands-on" course, grounded in the reality of peoples' work with clients. The course will discuss the major components or tools of the Solution-Focused approach in detail. Case examples and video examples will be used to demonstrate the various ideas and techniques in detail. These will not be "video highlights"; we will examine the process of counselling sessions, including bits that didn't work so well. Exercises, group discussions and role-plays will allow participants to experience the ideas and to experiment in a friendly environment.
The course is open to anyone but will be particularly suited to: