Pre-conference workshops


Wednesday June 16th, 2021

13:00 - 17:00 CEST

Susan Darker-Smith

Susan Darker-Smith
Child Trauma Therapy Centre, UK

The implications of psychological wounding in children & adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic - from an EMDR perspective

This practical-based workshop will address the types of psychological wounding emerging in children and adolescents as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view on treatment from an EMDR perspective. It will cover:

  • Understanding the forms of psychological wounding affecting young people and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The impact of family dynamics and challenges in stabilisation and trauma resolution, during COVID times
  • Stabilisation at a time when the world seems so unpredictable
  • Target selection for EMDR
  • Delivering EMDR therapy and building a therapeutic relationship online via virtual means
  • Working with complex presentations and attachment wounding via virtual means

If possible, attendees are asked to bring in mind a past or current child or adolescent client that they would be willing to discuss in small groups in terms of identifying target selection and building an online relationship.

Anke Ehlers

Prof. Anke Ehlers
University of Oxford, UK

Treating posttraumatic stress disorder remotely with cognitive therapy for PTSD

Delivering trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy to patients with PTSD during the COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges. The therapist cannot meet with the patient in person to guide them through trauma-focused work and other treatment components, and patients are restricted in carrying out treatment-related activities and behavioural experiments that involve contact with other people. Cognitive therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD) is a trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy that is acceptable to patients, leads to high rates of recovery and is recommended as a first-line treatment for the disorder by international clinical practice guidelines (APA, 2017; ISTSS, 2019; NICE, 2018). The workshop will describe how to deliver core interventions of CT-PTSD remotely, including updating memories, trigger discrimination and behavioural experiments, and present video illustrations.

Wild, J., Warnock-Parkes, E., Murray, H., Kerr, A., Thew, G., Grey, N., Clark, D.M. & Ehlers, A. (2020). Treating posttraumatic Stress Disorder Remotely with Cognitive Therapy for PTSD. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11:1, 1785818 doi: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1785818