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Fears, Phobias and Anxiety Disorders / Complex PTSD – Online

1st December 2021 @ 8:00 am - 2nd December 2021 @ 5:00 pm

£154.80 – £309.80

2 Workshops
Day 1 – Fears, Phobias and Anxiety Disorders
Day 2 – Complex PTSD

Presented by Ad De Jongh and Suzy Matthijssen

Wednesday and Thursday 1st & 2nd December 2021

Online Only

LIVE EVENT ONLY – there will be no recording available after the event.

6 CPD points and certificate award on completion of each course.

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.

LIVE EVENT ONLY please note, there will be no recording available after the event.

Registration and Coffee /Tea: at 8am to 9am

Workshop: 9am to 5.00pm

Certificate and CPD Points: 6 CPD points and certificate award on completion of each course.

Venue: Online only

Course 1 Wednesday 21st of October 2020 – Treatment of fears and other anxiety-related conditions with EMDR

Over the recent years we have learned a great deal about how EMDR should be applied to get the best results in resolving disturbing memories and other mental representations that are critical in the development and maintenance of clients’ fears.

This presentation focuses on EMDR as a treatment of fears, specific phobias and other anxiety-related conditions. Participants will learn to conceptualize cases in terms of how EMDR should be applied to make the treatments successful, and to use the ‘flashforward strategy’, an effective approach to alleviate anticipatory fears. The presentation will be illustrated by many video segments of treatment sessions using EMDR with a wide range of clients.

Course 2 Thursday 22nd of October 2020 – New treatment approaches for Complex PTSD

Complex PTSD is a term used to denote a severe form of PTSD comprising symptom clusters reflecting difficulties in regulating emotions, disturbances in relational capacities, and adversely affected belief systems. 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 memories and emotions, that severe abreactions can occur, that dissociation may limit access to the trauma memories during the sessions, that SUD levels do not decline, and that cognitive distortions, for instance about guilt, do not shift. Also, other issues (e.g., regarding self-concept and improvement of relationships) need specific clinical work. Yet, there is mounting evidence from research showing that the general recommendation of trauma-focused treatments as first-line interventions for PTSD is also valid for those suffering from Complex PTSD. But how can this be done in an effective and efficient manner within a limited number of sessions? The purpose of this workshop is learning to overcome difficulties that are associated with the treatment of individuals with Complex PTSD, and to become familiar with new effective techniques to deal with these problems (e.g., by targeting the fear of decompensation due to facing the trauma memories, or by employing high levels of working memory taxation to rapidly process the trauma memories). This will be illustrated by video segments of treatment sessions with a wide range of individuals suffering from Complex PTSD and severe comorbidities. Of course, participants are given the opportunity to practice with the new material.

Each day cost £154.80


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1st December 2021 @ 8:00 am
2nd December 2021 @ 5:00 pm
£154.80 – £309.80


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Westminster, London SW1H 9NQ United Kingdom
0207 222 7777


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