ODW Attachment Disruption, Unresolved Childhood Memories & Self-Disturbance with John Briere

ODW Attachment Disruption, Unresolved Childhood Memories & Self-Disturbance with John Briere



This is a 6 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be sent to you shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Thursday, June 23, and Friday, June 24, 2022

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When complex trauma involves early abuse, disattunement, and neglect, the outcome may be not only post-traumatic stress, but also disturbance of self-organization associated with attachment disruption and altered self-schema. As a result, complex trauma can lead to problems accessing a benign and grounded sense of self; easily triggerable and especially painful trauma/attachment memories; problems with emotional regulation; and, for some, a plethora of risky or self-harming behaviours.

Based on significant developments over the last 5-10 years, his upcoming (early 2023) 3rd edition of Principles of Trauma Therapy, and his in-progress complex trauma assessment book for the APA, Dr. Briere will introduce in this workshop a client-empowering model of assessment, therapeutic exposure, and relational processing that takes implicit attachment memories, chronic emotional dysregulation, and memory reconsolidation into account. He will also outline the principles of trigger management; and offer mindfulness approaches (including the ReGAIN procedure) to distress reduction behaviours.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be better able to —

  • Describe the etiology of complex trauma outcomes
  • Outline the primary psychological impacts of early, sustained, relational trauma and parental disengagement
  • Outline a philosophy of psychological assessment for complex trauma presentations
  • Describe the role of a positive therapeutic relationship in modern trauma treatment
  • Describe the steps of ReGAIN as they relate to de-escalating triggered responses
  • Define interspersal and trigger management
  • Discuss memory reconsolidation as it relates to processing and updating painful memories
  • Describe the principles of titrated exposure



Time Topic Covered
First 90 minutes
  • Describing etiology of complex trauma outcomes 
  • Describing disturbance of self-organization, classic PTSD, Complex PTSD, and Borderline personality disorder
15 minutes
  • Break
Last 90 Minutes
  • In-depth discussion of specific symptoms associated with PTSD, Complex PTSD, and borderline personality disorder
  • Synthesis of this information to generate conclusions about the major targets for modern trauma therapy
  • Outline a philosophy of psychological assessment that takes complex trauma presentations into account
  • Highlight dangers associated with Distress Reduction Behaviors

CE Information

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced