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Case conceptualization and target selection in EMDR therapy

21st April 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Case conceptualization and target selection in EMDR therapy

Presented by Ad De Jongh and Suzy Matthijssen

21st of April 2021 – 9:00am BST

Online Webinar.

Ad De Jongh

Ad de Jongh Pasfoto (3)

Ad de Jongh, Ph.D. is clinical psychologist and professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the University of Amsterdam. Further, he is 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. 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. 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 (co-)authored more than 400 articles/book chapters and 6 books on his areas of expertise.

Suzy Matthijssen


Suzy Matthijssen Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, cognitive behavioural therapist, psychotraumatherapist NtVP, NRGD registered pro justice reporter, EFT therapist, EMDR supervisor in training and is a lecturer at university and post-doctorate psychology specialization programs. The focus of her research is on the optimization of trauma treatments. She works at the Altrecht Academic Anxiety Centre where she is head of an intensive trauma treatment program and she is expert leader on PTSS. She is affiliated with Utrecht University. She is involved in research on the enhancement of trauma therapy, intensive trauma treatments and working mechanisms of trauma therapy. 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.

Case conceptualization and target selection in EMDR therapy

There are many different ways or strategies or “routes” for proper case conceptualization, i.e., selecting the most suitable target memories for EMDR treatment. These different types of case conceptualizations have been tested in our clinical work and through scientific research. There is the (1) “Floatback route”, for difficult emotions or bodily symptoms, the method EMDR therapists are probably most familiar with, the (2)“Intrusion route” for trauma-related conditions, such as PTSD, the (3) “Timeline route” for most mental health symptoms, such as sleeping problems, or feeling depressed, (4) the “Belief route” for cases where irrational and negative core cognitions, about the person themselves, are central, (5) the “Emotion route” for when strong emotions such as guilt and anger are in the foreground, and the (6) “Flashforward route”, for anticipatory fear and anxiety disorders.


In this practicum we will explained and demonstrate the six different routes or strategies for proper case conceptualization. You will be instructed to carry out the various case conceptualizations and by practicing with the material in groups, you will acquire the competences and master the material so that you become more effective in applying EMDR therapy.


Webinar Price – £75.00


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21st April 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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