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Professor of anxiety and behavior disorders at the University of Amsterdam

Ad de Jongh, Ph.D. is clinical psychologist, professor of anxiety and behavior disorders at the University of Amsterdam and honorary professor in psychology at the Institute of Health and Society of the University of Worcester. He is co-director in the Psychotrauma Expertise Center (PSYTREC), a mental health institution in Bilthoven that uses a short, and highly intensive treatment program for Complex PTSD. He is approved trainer for the EMDR Europe association, board member of the Dutch EMDR Association (VEN), and the EMDR Europe Association. He conducts research on the efficacy of evidence-based, trauma-focused treatments for a wide variety of patient groups, including traumatized children, people with intellectual disabilities and with other psychiatric conditions. He (co) authored more than 300 scientific articles/book chapters and 6 books on his areas of expertise.


Présentation de la pré-conférence

Making Complex PTSD Simple again !

‘Complex PTSD’ is a term that will be used in ICD-11 to denote a severe form of PTSD comprising symptom clusters reflecting difficulties in regulating emotions, disturbances in relational capacities, and negative beliefs about self. Although some experts recommend that trauma-focused treatment of those suffering from this condition should be preceded by a stabilization phase, there is mounting evidence from research showing that those suffering from Complex PTSD can be treated with EMDR, or other evidence based trauma-focused therapies, without much preparation.
Clearly, from a clinical point of view, there are a number of challenges when treating patients with Complex PTSD, including the fact that many of them are afraid of a confrontation with their emotions, the occurrence of severe abreactions, or dissociation that limits access to the trauma memories during the sessions, SUD levels that do not decline, and cognitive distortions, for instance about guilt, that do not shift.
The goal of this workshop is to provide (1) an overview of evidence based, trauma-focused treatment strategies for complex patients using EMDR, (2) solutions for difficulties that are associated with the treatment of individuals suffering from Complex PTSD, and (3) helpful techniques to deal with problems around dissociation and guilt. This presentation will be illustrated by many video segments of treatment sessions using EMDR with a wide range of patients suffering from Complex PTSD.

Learning objectives

  • Being capable of using evidence based, trauma-focused treatment strategies for complex patients using EMDR
  • Being able to deal with abreactions, blocking and dissociation in Complex PTSD patients

Relevant literature

  • De Jongh, A., Resick, P.A., Zoellner, L.A, van Minnen, A., Lee, C.W., Monson, C.M., Foa, E.B., Wheeler, K., Ten Broeke, E., Feeny, N., Rauch, S.A.M., Chard, K., Mueser, K.T., Sloan, D.M., van der Gaag, M., Rothbaum, B.O., Neuner, F., De Roos, C., Hehenkamp, L.M.J., Rosner, R, Bicanic, I.A.E. (2016). A critical analysis of the current treatment guidelines for complex PTSD in adults. Depression and Anxiety, 33, 59–369. DOI 10.1002/da.22469
  • Bongaerts, H., Van Minnen, De Jongh, A. (2017). Intensive EMDR to treat PTSD patients with severe comorbidity: A case series. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 11, 84-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1933-3196.11.2.84
  • Wagenmans, A., Van Minnen, A., Sleijpen, M., De Jongh, A. (2018). The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on the Outcome of Intensive Trauma-Focused Treatment for PTSD. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 9:1, 1430962, DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2018.1430962

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