Workshop: Treating complex PTSD with EMDR 2.0

Ad de Jongh, Ph.D 

29.10.21 - יום שישי


Complex PTSD is a term used to denote severe forms of PTSD with symptom clusters such as 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. includin

client fears in confronting their memories and emotions, the possibility of severe abreactions, dissociativ

reactions that may limit access to trauma memories, the possibility that SUD levels do not decline and tha

cognitive distortions (e.g. guilt) do not shift. In addition, other issues (e.g., regarding self-concept and

improvement of relationships) often need concurrent clinical work.

Experiences with more than 5000 patients who received intensive immediate trauma-focused treatment for

severe PTSD in our treatment clinic (where after 8 days of therapy almost 90% of the patients no longer

meet the diagnostic criteria of Complex PTSD), have contributed to the development of powerful treatment

strategies. These include the EMDR standard protocol, supplemented with novel techniques and applications

(i.e., “EMDR 2.0”), such as the employment of high levels of working memory taxation to rapidly process the

trauma memories, modality-specific techniques, and the “EMD bomb”.

This engaging workshop includes case presentations and video segments of treatment sessions with a wide

range of individuals suffering from Complex PTSD and severe comorbidities. Some techniques will be

demonstrated live and participants will be given opportunities and guidance to practice with the new



Ad de Jongh, Ph.D. is clinical psychologist and professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the

University of Amsterdam. Furthermore, 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 head

of the research department. He is approved trainer for the EMDR Europe association, and 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,

personality disorders, and other complex psychiatric conditions such as psychosis. He (co-)authored more

than 400 scientific articles/book chapters and 6 books on his areas of expertise. He is a member of the

Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project.

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