The 21st Annual Conference


Treatment of Victims of Interpersonal Violence: A Life Span Approach

Save the Date: Friday, May 5, 2017

About the conference

This conference brings together three international experts in the field of psychology to discuss risk assessment and treatment of victims of interpersonal violence and their family members. They will discuss various forms of interventions including crisis management, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and adults and present case studies. Presenters will offer a life-span developmental perspective and highlight how to bolster resilience in victimized clients, family members, and for the community at large.

  • 60 % of children and youth report exposure to violence within the past year and 1 in 10 experience five or more different types of victimization
  • 1 in 3 women (some 40 million) and 1 in 4 men (32 million) have experienced intimate partner violence over the course of their lifetime


JOHN BRIERE, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Program. Dr. Briere is a leader in the field in developing empirically-informed therapies for victims of interpersonal violence. He will present his model Integrative Treatment for Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A), a federally-funded and empirically-based therapy for adolescents who have been multiply traumatized and who, in many cases, live in socially marginalized environments.

Treating Complex Trauma in Adolescents by John Briere, Ph.D

CHRISTINE A. COURTOIS, Ph.D., ABPP, specializes in the treatment of trauma, particularly for adults experiencing the effects of childhood incest and other forms of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Dr. Courtois is Chairperson of the American Psychological Association Committee to establish Clinical Guidelines on the treatment of adults with PTSD.

It’s Not You, It’s What Happened to You”: Emerging Treatment Perspective for Adults Traumatized as Children by Christine Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP

DON MEICHENBAUM, Ph.D., is Research Director of The Melissa Institute and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Education at the University of Miami. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. North American clinicians voted Dr. Meichenbaum “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” He has presented in all 50 United States and internationally.

The Nature of the Challenge: What Distinguishes Those Who Evidence Long-term Disorders (25%) Versus Those Who Evidence Resilience (75%)? Implications for Interventions by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

The Critical Role of a Case Conceptualization Model Designed to Bolster Resilience in Children and Adults: A Clinical Demonstration by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.