The Pain Paradox: Mindfulness/Compassion-Based Approaches for Complex trauma

  • 21 Apr 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Canadinns Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave.


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The Pain Paradox: Mindfulness/Compassion-Based Approaches for Complex trauma

Spring Workshop 2017

Presenter: John Briere, Ph.D.


Based on his new book in progress, The Pain Paradox: Engaging Adversity and Social Judgment on the Way to Well-Being, and his textbook Principles of Trauma Therapy, 2nd edition, John Briere presents an integrated approach to working with those who have faced significant loss, trauma, or social marginalization in their lives. It will introduce constructs such as the Pain Paradox, The Suppression Effect, and Experiential Subjectivity, to reconfigure Western psychotherapy principles in light of the insights and mind technologies of Buddhist psychology. This workshop will address not only applications for trauma survivors, but also those who suffer from social devaluation based on gender, race/ethnicity, aging, weight, and perceived unattractiveness. Approaches that allow trauma processing, affect skill development, mindful acceptance, and opportunities to change one’s relationship to internalized social messages will be described.

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