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Center Brings in Trauma Expert for Judicial Education Program

John Briere

On a daily basis Kentucky judges hear of horrific crimes in detail and rule on cases with volatile circumstances, yet they are to remain fair, impartial, and unemotional.  The threat of dangerous outcomes and the stress from hearing repeated accounts of trauma can weigh heavily on judges, who have few resources for this type of support.  Circuit Court judges will receive training addressing exposure to acute and chronic stress at the annual Circuit Judges Judicial College held October 28-31, 2012.  The Center for Research on Violence Against Women invited John Briere, Ph.D. to present on the topic and lead a discussion focusing on the unique stressors judges encounter, how to manage chronic stress, and how to manage the aftermath of severe cases (e.g. cases involving gruesome acts against children, murder of a victim after a judicial ruling, assault of a judge, violence in the courtroom). 

Dr. Briere 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 regarded as one of the most distinguished scholars and trainers on the topic of trauma, and is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dr. Briere is author or co-author of 10 books, 20 book chapters and encyclopedia entries, over 75 articles, 2 treatment manuals, and 8 psychological tests in the areas of trauma, child abuse, and interpersonal violence. Internationally renowned, Dr. Briere serves on the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women’s National Advisory Committee.

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