ESTD Conference Berne, Switzerland: November (8) 9 - 11, 2017



Friday, November 10 2017, 10h - 11h


Prof.  Chris Brewin, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College, London, UK


"Recovered Memories in the Court: 
Implications for therapy, prevention and justice"

Short Summary: The very existence of recovered memories of traumatic events has been controversial, partly because such experiences contradict lay beliefs about memory but also because of the way the debate has been framed. In this talk I will examine the arguments and supporting evidence and discuss how to present a balanced picture in legal settings. I will also present suggestions about interviewing complainants alleging historic sexual abuse in order to identify issues of concern and to pre-empt challenges in court.
Chris Brewin is professor of clinical psychology at University College London and consultant clinical psychologist with the Camden & Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust. He has been treating patients traumatised in childhood and adulthood for over 20 years and is widely known internationally for his research on traumatic memory and posttraumatic stress disorder. He was a member of the British Psychological Society’s working party on Recovered Memories and has been an expert witness in numerous UK trials involving recovered memories. 

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