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Psychotherapy Networker Symposium: Advances in Trauma Treatment Today
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This Forum will offer fresh perspectives on how our basic understanding of trauma has developed since PTSD first became accepted as official diagnosis 30 years ago. Each presenter offers a 20-minute presentation in the compelling TED Talk style followed by the opportunity for further exchange and exploration with the audience.

  • What Really Works in Trauma Therapy: Searching for Commonalities among the Acronym Therapies:Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
  • Whatever Happened to Family Therapy?: Recovering Our Systemic View of Trauma: Mary Jo Barrett, MSW
  • Treating Multiply Traumatized Youth: An Evidence-Based Approach to an Overlooked Treatment Population:John Briere, PhD
  • Addictions and Trauma:Addictions as both the Problem . . . and the Solution:Janina Fisher, PhD
Don Meichenbaum

Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from which he took early retirement 15 years ago to become Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence in Miami. (Please see www.melissainstitute.org.com that has had over 2 million hits worldwide. He is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist he was voted “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the clinical division of the American Psychological Association and was an Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association.

He has presented in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. He has published extensively and most recently published Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military Trauma Victims and Their Families. His other books include Treatment of Individuals with Anger Control Problems and Aggressive Behavior; Stress Inoculation Training; Facilitating Treatment Adherence; and The Unconscious Reconsidered. 

He has consulted for various populations including veterans’ hospitals, the National Guard, psychiatric treatment centers for children, adolescents and adults, treatment center for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, torture victims, Native populations, deaf populations and school boards. See papers by Dr. Meichenbaum on www.melissainstitute.org (go to home page and click on Author’s Index and scroll to Meichenbaum)

Janina Fisher, Ph.D

Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and instructor at the Trauma Center, founded by Bessel van der Kolk, MD. A faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association consultant, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, and former instructor, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Fisher lectures nationally and internationally on the integration of the neurobiological research and new trauma treatment paradigms into traditional psychotherapies. 

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Janina Fisher is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Nonfinancial: Janina Fisher has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, and the coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and Systemic Treatment of Incest.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary Jo Barrett is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change.

Non-financial: Mary Jo Barrett has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

John Briere, Ph.D.

John Briere, PhD, is an associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and center director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.


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