Om Ad de Jong

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Ad de Jongh, Ph.D. is both clinical psychologist and dentist. He is professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the University of Amsterdam. Further, he is honorary professor at the School of Health Sciences of Salford University in Manchester (UK), director of the Centre for Psychotherapy and Psychotrauma in Bilthoven, EMDR Europe trainer, board member of the Dutch EMDR Association (VEN), and member of the scientific committees of both the EMDR Europe Association and the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). He is one of the world's experts in the field of dental phobia. He is (co-) author of more than 250 scientific articles/book chapters and 6 books on (the treatment of) anxiety disorders. He is in the scientific advisory board of the War Trauma Foundation International (WTFI).

Abstracts for presentasjonene hans:

Treatment of fears and phobias with EMDR:
Assessment, conceptualization, and effective treatment strategies

Over the recent years we have learned a great deal about fears, and their excessive forms, specific phobias. It is estimated that more than 40% of the general population suffers from one or more fears of a specific object or situation at some times in their lives. Based on the notion that EMDR is capable of resolving disturbing memories of events that are critical in the development and maintenance of clients’ problems, EMDR can very well be applied on fears and phobias.
This workshop focuses on EMDR as a treatment for a wide variety of fears and phobias. Participants will learn: 1) to rapidly assess clients and to conceptualize cases in terms of EMDR, 2) to use creative adaptations of the EMDR protocol for difficult clients, 3) to use the so called ‘
flashforward strategy’, and 4) to integrate EMDR interventions into a general treatment approach for fears and phobias. Many of these approaches will be illustrated by video segments of treatment sessions.

Adequate conceptualizations using the Two Method Approach

Experience gained from the application of EMDR over the past years has shown that it is possible to extend this treatment to a broad variety of psychological symptoms. That means that should a therapist in the context of his or her treatment choose to use EMDR, the therapy will focus on reshaping the memories that underpin the symptoms from which the client suffers. Therefore, before commencing treatment, the therapist will need to draw up a coherent hypothesis regarding the relationship between complaints and a series of significant target memories to be treated with EMDR. But how do we know which memory is significant?
This workshop outlines a comprehensive approach, termed the “Two Method Approach”, aimed at helping therapists conceptualize their cases and making it possible to formulate hypotheses regarding which targets are essential; that is, those which, when reprocessed, will lead to an alleviation of complaints. To this end, the “Two Method Approach” can be used as the potential backbone and point of departure for conceptualization and treatment implementation for the full spectrum of psychological symptoms and problems. More specifically, the First Method deals with symptoms whereby memories of the etiological and/or aggravating events can be meaningfully specified on a time line. It is primarily aimed at the conceptualization and treatment of
DSM-IV-TR Axis I disorders. The Second Method can be used to identify memories that underlie patients’ so-called dysfunctional core beliefs. This method is primarily used to be able to treat more severe forms of pathology, such as complex PTSD, and/or personality disorders.
The two methods of case conceptualization are explained step by step in detail and are illustrated by case examples and excercises.

EMDR Working Memory Studies: Results and Clinical Implications

Do we know how EMDR works? Not completely, but at least we now know that the stimuli used in order to carry out efficient EMDR work do not need to be bilateral, nor to create a special physiological REM-sleeplike state. What we also know about the mechanism as to how EMDR brings about changes is that when a memory is retrieved, and is combined with a different attention demanding task such as the eyes following the fingers of the therapist, the memory appears to fade in a more or less predictable way, becoming less vivid and less intense. The retrieved and degraded images are subsequently reconsolidated in long term memory in their desensitized form. This proves to be a robust phenomenon, and is in agreement with the so called
Working Memory (WM) theory which has until now - in relation to the theories about how EMDR might work – derived the most empirical support.
As the WM hypothesis is the prevailing hypothesis at this moment, thinking in terms of taxing WM seems for EMDR-therapists the best heuristic to work with. In this presentation the WM hypothesis will be clarified and its implications for EMDR practice and research will be discussed.