EMDR 2.0 is a version of EMDR therapy that adjusts the standard protocol to enhance treatment for clients with more complex PTSD experiences. The adjustments are based on clinical experience of the presenters and scientific research into the working memory theory. More specifically, EMDR 2.0 is based on the premise that if the client is better motivated, if the memory is better activated, and if the patient’s working memory is taxed more strongly, then these provide the best effectiveness and efficiency for EMDR. The purpose of this workshop is to gain new inspiration for the treatment of chronic or complex patients who often have severe comorbid psychopathology such as high levels of anxiety and dissociation. In this workshop effective new applications will be demonstrated varying from modality-specific memory-taxing techniques to other techniques that are designed to destabilize aversive memories. This will be done through video fragments of treatments in clinical practice and include practice of the skills in the workshop.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe the working memory theory
- List research findings supporting the working memory theory
- Identify ways to motivate clients for processing memories that have a high level of disturbance
- Describe techniques for enhancing activation of traumatic memories
- Identify and employ multiple memory-taxing tasks to aid in reprocessing traumatic memories
- Describe techniques for destabilizing memories for instance the “EMD bomb” and the “Flash 1.0 technique”.
Melbourne October 17-18 2024
Treacy Conference Centre,
The Avenue, Parville
Bali October 14-15 2024
Maya Sanur Resort
Cost: Book up to 12 weeks before workshop date for earlybird fee: $795. Thereafter fee $855.
Pre-requisite Experience: participants need to have completed a prior training in EMDR (either Level I or Level II).
About the presenters
Dr Ad de Jongh is a clinical psychologist and professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the University of Amsterdam. He is also an honorary professor in psychology at the School of Health Sciences of Salford University in Manchester, at the Institute of Health and Society of the University of Worcester, and at the School of Psychology of Queen’s University in Belfast. He was involved in establishing the Psychotrauma Expertise Center (PSYTREC), where he is the head of the research department. He is an expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders and involved in research on the efficacy of evidence-based treatments for a wide variety of patient groups, including traumatized children, people with intellectual disabilities and other complex psychiatric conditions such as psychosis. He is an approved trainer for the EMDR Europe association and a former member of the Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project. He has won several awards for research excellence.
Dr Suzy Matthijssen is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, and an accredited CBT and EMDR supervisor. She lectures at university in post-doctorate psychology specialization programs. The focus of her research has been on the optimization of trauma treatments including the application of intensive trauma treatments and working memory theory to trauma therapy. She is the head of the Altrecht Academic Anxiety Centre and also the head of their intensive trauma treatment program. She is the vice president of the Dutch EMDR association, is on the scientific committee of EMDR Europe and was the co-chair of the international Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project.
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