PTSD: Taking a Different Perspective

This one day symposium 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.

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

Location: Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
6 Verdun St, Nedlands WA 6009

Cost: Book up to four weeks before workshop date for early bird fee: $335. Thereafter fee $385.

About the Presenters

Professor Emily Holmes will look at the role of intrusive images in the etiology of trauma and the implications of this for treatment and prevention.

Emily A Holmes is a clinical psychologist known for her research on mental imagery in relation to psychological treatments for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder and depression. She is Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. She also holds an appointment as Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford. The British Psychological Society awarded Emily the May Davidson Award in 2007 and Spearman medal in 2010. She also received the Comenius Early Career Psychologist Award from the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations in 2011 and the Humboldt Foundation Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in 2013. In 2014, she received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology “for her groundbreaking research into the role of imagery in emotions and emotional disorders. She has over 300 publications that have been cited more than 17,000 times. Emily will present her talk via a live satelite link

Professor Ad de Jongh will talk about innovations in treating complex PTSD in particular the role of intensive treatments.

He is 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 Centre (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 six books on his areas of expertise.

Professor Meaghan O’Donnell will discuss PTSD as a transdisgnostic issue.

She is the Head of Research at the Phoenix Australia, Centre for Post traumatic Mental Health, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne. She has over 120 peer review publications in the area of post traumatic mental health and has a keen interest in post traumatic phenomenology and interventions for trauma-related psychopathology. She is on a number of scientific advisory committees, including the 2020 National Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey and Veteran Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council (Department of Veterans’ Affairs). She is Past President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and is a recipient of the prestigious Experienced Researcher Humboldt Fellowship. She is on the editorial board for the European Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies.

Other presentations: “Recent developments in understanding PTSD from a biological perspective,” by Associate Professor Jon Laugharne and “Children with PTSD: what do they need?” by Dr Sarah Schubert.

Pre-symposium Workshop 

Professor de Jongh and Dr Suzy Matthijssen will present a one day skill based workshop EMDR 2.0: enhancing EMDR therapy.
This workshop requires the participant has completed at least a Level I EMDR training. In this workshop improvements to the standard EMDR protocol will be demonstrated through the application of principles from a working memory model of information processing. This includes maximizing the working memory load to enhance reprocessing effects and using modality-specific techniques that serve to destabilize memories. Such methods are particularly useful for patients with Complex PTSD who display high levels of anxiety and dissociation that can result in limited treatment effects. Case examples, video clips and live demonstrations will portray these Innovative techniques. 

Find out more >