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Ad DE JONGH

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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.

 

Presentation

EMDR now and tomorrow : connecting EMDR therapy research to practice

Now, almost 30 years after its discovery, there is enough evidence to conclude that EMDR is an established, time-limited treatment for PTSD. This is mainly due to the large and ever increasing amount of research into EMDR, which mainly takes place in Europe. Not only clinical research, but also in the laboratory. An important challenge for EMDR in the coming years is to bridge the gap between the knowledge generated from scientific research and the application of the results in routine clinical practice. Using the presumed working mechanisms, and the role of the eye movements within EMDR therapy as examples, this keynote presentation is structured from three perspectives: past, present and future. We start at Francine Shapiro's famous walk in the park and we end up with some new and exciting developments suggesting that - with the use of a few adjustments - EMDR could be applied even more effectively in clinical practice.

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