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The Pain Paradox: Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience in Trauma Therapy

10.75 CE Hours Available

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In this workshop, Dr. Briere describes a nonpathologizing approach to the treatment of complex trauma that involves 4 pathways to trauma resolution:

  • reworking activated attachment schemas in the presence of a compassionate and attuned therapist;
  • reducing negative emotional responses to memory by encouraging awareness and mindfulness during emotional processing;
  • increasing capacity to regulate and tolerate negative emotional states; and
  • helping to change the client’s relationship to his or her internal experience through greater metacognitive awareness.

John integrates Buddhist tenets of impermanence, dependent arising, and loving-kindness into trauma therapy, and reveals how this ancient philosophy can inform and improve modern approaches to treatment.


Complex Trauma

  • What is it?
  • What are its effects?

Trauma, Pain, and Suffering

  • “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”
  • Defining pain
  • Defining suffering

The Pain Paradox

  • Suppression, rejection, or avoidance of pain = increased suffering and decreased awareness
  • Nonjudgmental acceptance of pain = decreased suffering and increased awareness

Trauma, Chaos, Pain, & Other Opportunities

  • Western cultures’ response to pain, trauma
  • Can trauma and posttraumatic distress be reinterpreted?
  • Posttraumatic growth


  • Definition * Nonjudgment and acceptance
  • Metacognitive awareness

The Therapeutic Relationship

  • Primary finding of treatment outcome studies
  • Therapeutic relationship as antidote
  • Context for attachment-based activations
  • Optimal therapist characteristics and behaviors

Deconstructing Trauma: Cognitive Aspects of Trauma Therapy

  • Practicing nonjudgment and acceptance
  • Metacognitive awareness revisited
  • Nonsuppression * Nonidentification
  • Cognitive reconsideration
  • Trigger identification and intervention

Titrated Emotional Processing

  • Classic exposure therapy
  • Encouraging feelings and awareness “Inviting your pain to tea” * The therapeutic window
  • Counterconditioning effects of compassion and attuned connection