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 covers a variety of theoretical, clinical, and empirical research.

Keynote Speakers

CME Courses

 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.

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.

Title presentation

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.

Title presentation

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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 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.

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Bethany brand

Bethany Brand, Ph.D. is the Martha A. Mitten Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Clinical Focus program at Towson University near Baltimore, Maryland, USA.  Dr. Brand specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and dissociative disorders (DDs).  She has over 25 years of clinical and research experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program.  Dr. Brand has been honored with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. Dr. Brand is the Principal Investigator on a series of international treatment studies of patients with dissociative disorders (the TOP DD studies).  Dr. Brand is also the Principal Investigator on a series of studies that are developing methods for distinguishing DDs from other conditions including malingered DDs. She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating patients, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic expert.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders: The TOP DD Studies
Severe dissociative symptoms are common among individuals who experienced complex trauma, particularly developmental trauma. Yet few clinicians have been trained to assess and treat severe dissociation.  Patients with dissociative disorders typically struggle with myriad co-morbid disorders and symptoms including chronic self-destructive and suicidal behavior.  To date, there has been insufficient research about the treatment of dissociative disorders in part due to the difficulties of creating a standardized treatment that can benefit these chronically ill and high risk patients.  Expert consensus guidelines have recommended a primarily psychodynamic treatment that includes a variety of interventions to help stabilize these challenging patients.  The presenter is the primary investigator of the first online, psychoeducational program aimed at helping dissociative patients and their therapists stabilize patients’ safety, emotion regulation, and quality of life - the Treatment of Patients with Dissociative Disorders (TOP DD) Network program.  Dr. Brand will briefly present information about the diagnosis of severe dissociation and dissociative disorders.  She will then provide an overview of the TOP DD Network program’s methodology and findings. Results thus far show promising decreases in symptoms, improved affect regulation, quality of life, and self-compassion, and greater knowledge and use of symptom management skills.  Both therapists and patients report it is a useful adjunctive program that supports individual psychotherapy. The TOP DD Network program shows promise as a potentially cost-effective, easily accessible method of improving DD patients’ safety, emotion regulation, and quality of life, while also providing basic training to therapists about treating DD patients.

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MARtin debbané

Martin Debbané is Associate Professor and director of the Developmental Clinical Psychology Research Unit at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Geneva (Switzerland). He is also Senior Lecturer at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London (UK). He acts as associate, supervisor and trainer in mentalization-based therapies at the Anna Freud Centre in London (UK), as well as in the francophone network for mentalization-based therapies.

Introduction to mentalization-informed clinical practice with adolescents

IFP Conference 2018 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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