EMDR 2.0: An enhanced version of EMDR therapy

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:

  1. Describe the working memory theory
  2. List research findings supporting the working memory theory
  3. Identify ways to motivate clients for processing memories that have a high level of disturbance
  4. Describe techniques for enhancing activation of traumatic memories
  5. Identify and employ multiple memory-taxing tasks to aid in reprocessing traumatic memories
  6. Describe techniques for destabilizing memories for instance the “EMD bomb” and the “Flash 1.0 technique”.

Workshop dates

Melbourne October 17-18 2024 
Treacy Conference Centre,
126 The Avenue, Parkville

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Bali October 14-15 2024
Maya Sanur Resort 

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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.

Selected publications

de Bont, P., van der Vleugel, B. M., van den Berg, D. P. G., de Roos, C., Lokkerbol, J., Smit, F., . . . van Minnen, A. (2019). Health-economic benefits of treating trauma in psychosis. Eur J Psychotraumatol, 10(1), 1565032. doi:10.1080/20008198.2018.1565032

De Jongh A., Ernst, R, Marques, L. & Hornsveld, H. (2013). The impact of eye movements and tones on disturbing memories of patients with PTSD and other mental disorders. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 447-483.

Dominguez, S. K., Matthijssen, S., & Lee, C. W. (2021). Trauma-focused treatments for depression. A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 16(7), e0254778. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0254778

Horst, F., Den Oudsten, B., Zijlstra, W., de Jongh, A., Lobbestael, J., & De Vries, J. (2017). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Treating Panic Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01409

Matthijssen, S.J.M.A. Brouwers, T.C., van Roozendaal, C., Vuister T.C.M., De Jongh, A. (2021) The effect of EMDR versus EMDR 2.0 on emotionality and vividness of aversive memories in a non-clinical sample. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12:1, 1956793, https://doi.org//10.1080/20008198.2021.1956793

Matthijssen, S.J.M.A., Beerschoten, L.M., De Jongh, A., Klugkist, I.G., & van den Hout, M.A.(2019). Effects of “Visual Schema Displacement Therapy” (VSDT), an abbreviated EMDR protocol and a control condition on emotionality and vividness of aversive memories: two critical analogue studies. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 63, 48-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbtep.2018.11.006

Matthijssen, S. J. M. A., van Schie, K., & van den Hout, M. A. (2018). The Effect of modality specific interference on working memory in recalling aversive auditory and visual memories. Cognition and Emotion, 1-12. doi:10.1080/02699931.2018.1547271

Matthijssen, S.J.M.A., Verhoeven L.C.M., Heitland, I. & van den Hout, M.A. (2017). Auditory and Visual Memories in PTSD Patients Targeted with Eye Movements and Counting: The Effect of Modality-Specific Loading of Working Memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1937

van den Berg, D. P., de Bont, P. A., van der Vleugel, B. M., de Roos, C., de Jongh, A., Van Minnen, A., & van der Gaag, M. (2015). Prolonged Exposure vs Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing vs Waiting List for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Patients With a Psychotic Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(3), 259-267. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2637

Van den Hout, M. A., Eidhof, M. B., Verboom, J., Littel, M., & Engelhard, I. M. (2014). Blurring of emotional and nonemotional memories by taxing working memory during recall. Cognition and Emotion, 28, 717–727.

Van Woudenberg, C., Voorendonk, E. M., Bongaerts, H., Zoet, H. A., Verhagen, M., Lee, C. W., . . . De Jongh, A. (2018). Effectiveness of an intensive treatment programme combining prolonged exposure and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing for severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Eur J Psychotraumatol, 9(1), 1487225. doi:10.1080/20008198.2018.1487225