IFP 2018 NVP


In this conference we would like to present new developments and future directions of psychotherapy, both from a scientific and clinical perspective, introduced by many internationally well-known speakers. Psychotherapy is by far the most preferred treatment approach for many patients suffering from, among others, anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders or personality disorders. This is justified by evidence for the effectiveness of psychotherapy derived from numerous studies.

We live in a divided world, also in the field of psychotherapy. However, in open and respectful debates between approaches psychotherapy is strengthened. That is why we decided to focus on both distinct and common grounds of psychotherapeutic schools: Stronger through diversity.

The Dutch Association for Psychotherapy is very honored to be able to host psychotherapy experts and researchers from all over the world to share their ideas. See below the key-note speakers assembled they will cover a variety of theoretical, clinical, and empirical research.

Keynote Speakers

 Les Greenberg

Les Greenberg


Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University and is author of the major texts on Emotion-focused approaches to treatment. He received the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research. He has received the SPR Distinguished Research Career award and the Carl Rogers award of the APA Society for Humanistic Psychology.. He conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and offers training in emotion–focused approaches in Toronto and internationally.

The Transforming Power of Affect
This presentation will address the theory of emotion and advances in research on the role of emotional processing in therapy. Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is based on the principle that reflection on aroused emotion helps people to make sense of emotion and that the best way to change an emotion--whether shame, sadness or fear-- is with another emotion. I will focus on the transformation of emotion describing how it goes beyond exposure. Research on these hypotheses and clinical procedures for transforming emotions will be presented.

Robert DeRubeis

Robert DeRubeis

Robert J. DeRubeis is the Samuel H. Preston Term Professor in the Social Sciences  and Professor of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than 150 empirical and methodological papers and book chapters on the phenomena that cause and maintain mood disorders, as well as therapeutic processes and mechanisms that account for change and resilience. His team has recently developed an approach to precision mental health that yields a Personalized Advantage Index (PAI) for any given patient. In application, the PAI will yield treatment recommendations that promises to increase the effectiveness of mental health delivery.

The promise of evidence-based personalized mental health practice
Data from Randomized Comparative Trials can generate unbiased estimates of average treatment effects. RCT data also contain rich material that can inform personalized mental health. Research on treatment selection, sudden gains, and patient response patterns, conducted by the presenter and his collaborators, will illustrate this theme.

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Marylene Cloitre

Dr. Marylene Cloitre is the Associate Director of Research of the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division at the Palo Alto VA Health Care Services, California, USA. She is also Clinical Professor (affiliate) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her research and clinical work for the past 20 years has focused on the long-term effects of chronic trauma on social and emotional functioning. Her current research is dedicated to the development of effective, patient-tailored, flexibly-delivered mental health programs. She is past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) ICD-11 working group on trauma-spectrum disorders.

Trauma Recovery: The Art and Science of Treating the Whole Person
This keynote will describe advances that have been made in the treatment of trauma within the context of the recent history of scientific ideas, tracking the evolution of interests first in human behavior, then cognition, and more recently emotions. There is an inherent dynamic tension between scientific paradigms and patient needs. The presentation will highlight the importance of appreciating this tension and will present patient-centered models of treatment and that may bring the dynamic between patient needs and scientific investigation into better synergy towards successfully meeting a final common goal: better outcomes for patients.

Bruce Wampold

Bruce Wampold

Bruce Wampold, Ph.D., Director of the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway and Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, is well known for his book The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for What Makes Psychotherapy Work. Professor Wampold will discuss what really makes psychotherapy work—and importantly how psychotherapy outcomes can be improved. Hint: Improvement will not be achieved through finding a better brand of psychotherapy.

How to be a Better Therapist
Psychotherapy is presented as a social healing practice. Although it is known that psychotherapy is effective, how it works is not well understood. Evidence is presented that psychotherapy works through multiple pathways and that it is the therapist who delivers a particular treatment that is critical to success. More effective therapists have greater facilitative interpersonal skills that are displayed in challenging interpersonal situations. These skills can be developed through deliberate practice, resulting in improved outcomes.

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Prof. Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, psychologist, psychotherapist, trauma expert, orientalist, head of department of Mental Health and Addiction at the State University in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and is chief psychologist of the Special-Quota Project, a programme funded by the State Government of Baden-Württemberg. The project aims was to bring 1100 women and children who have been held hostage by Islamic State to Germany for medical treatment. He is also the Founding Dean of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology at the University of Duhok/Northern Iraq.

Genocide, Trauma and sexual violation - Terror crimes against religion minorities in Middle East
In July and August, 2014, fighters tore into Kurdish northern Iraq and committed a horrific genocide under the black banner of Islamic State. Islamic State fighters took more than 7000 people hostage, killing around 5000, mainly men. Captured women and girls have been subjected to sexual violence as an explicit Islamic State tactic to break the dignity and the honour of the communities. 
The Yazidis are facing three types of trauma, not just their individual recent trauma but a transgenerational and collective trauma—they’ve faced genocide 73 times during the ottoman empire. Such deep-rooted traumatic instability complicates narrative therapy, in which an individual is helped to identify with their history and value to confront the problems they have.

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Pim cuijpers

Prof. Dr. Pim Cuijpers is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and Head of the Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology. Pim Cuijpers is specialised in conducting randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses on prevention and psychological treatments of common mental disorders. Much of his work is aimed at prevention of mental disorders, psychological treatments of depression and anxiety disorders, and Internet-delivered treatments. He has also published on a broad range of subjects in the field of clinical psychology, including psychoeducational treatment and early interventions, psychotic disorders, caregivers of dementia patients and bibliotherapy. Pim Cuijpers has published more than 700 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications, including more than 500 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals (more than 130 as first author). According to Thompson Reuters, he is one of the "most influential scientific minds" and was listed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in "top 1% cited scientists in the area of psychiatry and psychology" (http://highlycited.com).

Four decades of outcome research of psychotherapy; Lessons for the future
Preliminary abstract: Hundreds of randomized trials have examined the effects of psychotherapies for mental disorders. In my presentation I will give an overview of this research and show what we have learned about the effects. I will then focus on trials on psychotherapies for depression and anxiety disorders and show when they work and for whom. Based on this large body of research, I will also focus on what the priorities should be for future research.

IFP Conference 2018 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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      Beurs van Berlage
      Damrak 243
      1012 ZJ Amsterdam
      The Netherlands
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