Presented by

John Brière Ph.D.

Date & Location

Tuesday May 6, 2014

9:00 am – 4:30 pm 

St. Elias Centre

750 Ridgewood avenue

Ottawa, ON, K1V 6N1


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Mindfulness-based Trauma Therapy for Older Adolescents and Adults


This workshop describes the application of empirically-validated mindfulness principles and techniques to the treatment of traumatized older adolescents and adults. It also integrates aspects of Buddhist psychology that inform the existential aspects of recovery from extremely adverse events. Topics include clinical and theoretical implications of the “pain paradox,” using mindfulness to facilitate exposure and other aspects of emotional processing, teaching metacognitive awareness, “trigger work,” “urge surfing,” contraindications for mindfulness, and a new hybrid approach to balancing classical trauma treatment with mindfulness training.


Objectives for Professionals

Attendees will be able to:

1. Describe the pain paradox as it relates to avoidance and symptom chronicity

2. Define metacognitive awareness and its benefits 

3. Describe “urge surfing” and “trigger work” as it relates to affect regulation training

4. Outline the major principles of Brière’s hybrid model of mindfulness-based trauma therapy



Certificate of Participation is given at the end of the workshop.




John Brière Ph.D.

John Brière Ph.D.


John Briere, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the Psychological Trauma Program at LAC-USC Medical Center. He is a past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).
He is author or co-author of over 70 articles and 10 books. He has also developed eight psychological tests in the areas of trauma, child abuse, and interpersonal violence.


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and much more. Please visit John Brière’s website for a complete bibliography.


John Brière Ph.D. talking about Buddhist Compassion with the Trauma Client


Who should attend: 

  • Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists
  • Family Consultants
  • Counselors and Therapists
  • Social workers
  • Youth workers
  • Teachers, School Guidance Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Family Doctors
  • Others who work with trauma



Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.



Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.





6,5 CEC hours were given for this event.





It is now possible to get credited for hours of continuing education in psychotherapy for activities that are not previously recognized by the Ordre. Psychologists and psychotherapist’s permit holders must retain supporting documentation for these activities 3 years after the reference period.  Just insert this workshop in your Continuing Education Activity Attended Outside of Quebec files.


Educational Methods 


Powerpoint presentation



Schedule to come







Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.





Early Bird (before April 8, 2014) Lunch included

Per person – $199 + HST
Student (Full time) – $90 + HST
3 – 6  * – $185 + HST
7 -10 * – $175 + HST

Regular Admission (After April 8, 2014) Lunch included

Per person – $225 + HST
Student (Full time) – $100 +HST
3 – 6 * – $199 + HST
7-10 * – $185 + HST
  • *To be eligible for group rate, all registrations must be mailed/faxed together, and paid with one cheque or credit card number. We cannot issue individual receipts for group payments.
  • All prices are in Canadian Dollars(CAD)
  • 13% HST will be added to all fees
  • Information about cancelling a registration can be found in our Cancellation policy.

There are 5 ways to register :

  1. Online (Please note that we accept VISA and MASTER CARD)
  2. By phone: You can call us at 1-613-702-0339 or  1-877-895-2867
  3. By Fax: Fax your completed registration form to 1-613-702-0339
  4. By email: Completed registration form can be emailed to
  5. By mail: Print this registration form and send it with your cheque or money order payable to MAGentix Communications Inc. to the following address:
438-1500 rue Bank
Ottawa ON K1H 1B8

Please send the registration form and the cheque or money order 5 days before the conference.


Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and workshop begins at  9:00 a.m.


Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.





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