EMDR 2.0: An enhanced version of EMDR therapy

This workshop explores scientific interest in working memory theory, which states that the effects of EMDR therapy can be attributed to dual taxation of a clients limited working memory capacity while recalling aversive memories. Specifically, research will be presented that indicates greater working memory taxation is more effective than lesser taxation.

This workshop then presents multiple ways in which this knowledge can be integrated into EMDR therapy including maximizing the working memory load to enhance reprocessing effects. The EMDR 2.0 package contains effective new applications that include modality-specific working memory-taxing techniques that serve to destabilize memories. Such methods are particularly useful for patients with Complex PTSD who display high levels of anxiety and dissociation and typically limited treatment effects. Case examples, video clips and live demonstrations will portray innovative techniques. Participants will have practice opportunities and will receive a toolkit to enhance post workshop implementation of the new techniques.

Date: This workshop has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Cost: Book up to 4 weeks before workshop date for earlybird fee: $365. Thereafter fee $399.

Pre-requisite Experience: participants need to have completed a prior training in EMDR (either Level I or level II).

About the presenters

Ad de Jongh is a clinical psychologist and professor of Anxiety and Behaviour Disorders at the University of Amsterdam. In 2015 Ad de Jongh was involved in establishing the Psychotrauma Expertise Center (PSYTREC), a mental health institution in the Netherlands that uses a short, and highly intensive treatment program for Complex PTSD, where he is a member of the board of directors. He is approved trainer for the EMDR Europe association 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 (co-)authored more than 400 articles/book chapters and 6 books on his areas of expertise.

Suzy Matthijssen is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, a certified cognitive behavioral therapist, and EMDR supervisor in training. She is a lecturer in post-doctorate psychology specialization programs at Utrecht University. The focus of the research she conducts is on the mechanisms and optimization of trauma treatments. She works at the Altrecht Academic Anxiety Centre where she is head of an intensive trauma treatment program. She is on  the scientific committee of the Dutch and the EMDR Europe association and is a member of the Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project.

The above workshop is followed by the symposium

PTSD: Taking a different perspective

This one day symposium in focuses on examining PTSD from different perspectives. International and National experts will present their latest clinical and research insights in understanding and treating PTSD. Nearly all presenters have received international awards for the contributions to understanding PTSD.

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