Friday, July 20, 2018
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Performing Arts Center

TRIGGERED: Trauma, Attachment, and Risky Behavior

with John Briere, Ph.D.

CEs: 3
Cost of Workshop: $30.00 (Reduced fee is made possible through federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).  

Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
* Continental breakfast included. Please allow adequate time to register.

Survivors of trauma, especially chronic and complex trauma, are at great risk for engaging in maladaptive coping strategies that often place them at risk for further traumatization and secondary adversities. This presentation will introduce the Reactive Avoidance model (RAm) as a lens through which to understand the emotional dysregulation and easily triggered emotional and cognitive states that often underlie aggressive and self-harming behaviors frequently seen in highly traumatized populations.  Relevant interventions and specific techniques for addressing these distress reduction behaviors will be discussed, with a particular emphasis on adolescents and young adults. These techniques include mindfulness training, metacognitive awareness, urge surfing, trigger identification, interspersal, harm reduction, counterconditioning, and titrated processing of attachment- and abuse-related memories. New perspectives on traditional approaches, such as habituation, exposure, inhibitory learning, and memory re-consolidation, will be explored.

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Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Reactive Avoidance (RAm) model
  2. Define metacognitive awareness
  3. Discuss the implication of memory reconsolidation for RAm-focused titrated exposure

John Briere, Ph.D.


John Briere, Ph.D. 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.  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.

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For further information, please contact:

Yumnah Syed-Swift
Coordinator of Evaluation and Training
Institute for Adolescent Trauma, Treatment and Training
Adelphi University, School of Social Work
p – 516.877.3912
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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

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The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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