IFP 2018 NVP

IFP 2018

For the congress the NVP has invited scholars and experts from a variety of theoretical perspectives to serve on the Scientific Committee and develop a program that will be interesting from a scientific as well as a clinical perspective. The Scientific Committee will make sure the conference program will give scholars and experts the opportunity to share ideas and experiences relating to theory, development and research in psychotherapy.

Scientific Committee

Dr. P.J. Draijer, PhD, chair
Nel Draijer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, psychoanalyst (IPA), internationally certified TFP trainer/supervisor and trainer/supervisor for Dutch Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She was Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry VU Medical Center, Amsterdam (1989-2015). She conducted both epidemiological as well as clinical psychological, psychiatric and neurobiological research on the impact of child abuse and neglect and its impact. She received the National Mental Health Award in the Netherlands (1989) for special achievements in the field of mental health because of her research on the impact of child sexual abuse. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award (1993), the Morton Prince Award (1994), and  the Pierre Janet writing award (2017) for her research in the field of dissociative disorders. She participated in the Dutch Health Council on ‘Recovered  memories’(2004) and on ‘Treatment of the effects of child abuse’ (2011) and was a member of the Dutch Committee (Deetman) on Child Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church (2010-2013). Currently she is President of the Dutch Society for Psychotherapy, vice-president of the International Society for Transference Focused Psychotherapy and member of the board of TFP Nederland.

Prof. Dr. Paul Emmelkamp, PhD
Paul M.G. Emmelkamp is a licensed clinical psychologist and was appointed in 1996 as full professor of clinical psychology at the University of Amsterdam. He has contributed to a number of areas in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He has written and co-edited many books on research into a variety of clinical subjects. Further, he has written over 500 publications in peer reviewed journals or books. Paul Emmelkamp has received a number of honours and awards, including membership of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary membership of the Dutch Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy, and the Senior Heijmans award for his lifetime achievements from the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP). In 2006 he was awarded a distinguished professorship ('academy professor') by the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2014 he received the award of the European Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Therapy. He is the Editor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and since 2014 he is the President of the International Federation for Psychotherapy.

Dr. T. Ingenhoven, MD, PhD
Theo Ingenhoven is psychiatrist and group psychotherapist at the Centre for Psychotherapy Pro Persona in Lunteren, The Netherlands. He is chairman of the Dutch Psychiatrist Expert Group on Personality Disorders (PePs). He is member of the executive committee of the Dutch Association of Psychotherapy (NVP) as well as executive committee of the Psychotherapy department of the Dutch Psychiatry Association (NVvP).

Prof. Dr. Arnoud Arntz, PhD
Arnoud Arntz is professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an affiliation at Maastricht University the Netherlands. His main research interests lie in the fields of anxiety and personality disorders, both applied and fundamental. He also practices as a psychotherapist at De Viersprong Institute in Amsterdam, where he treats patients with personality disorders. Together with Adam Radomsky he is editor of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

Prof. Dr. Marcus Huibers, PhD
Marcus Huibers is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychotherapy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with a cross-appointment as Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, United States). His research focuses mainly on treatment strategies for depression, the underlying mechanisms of change and personalized mental health care. He has authored more than 130 publications, and has supervised 12 PhD students. In 2006, he was the first European to become a Beck Institute Scholar, an American award for ‘future leaders in the field of cognitive therapy’. He works as a licensed psychotherapist at GGZ inGeest in Amsterdam, and chairs the Dutch Regulatory College for Psychological Health Care Professions

Dr. Sjoerd Colijn, PhD
Sjoerd Colijn is psychotherapist and clinical psychologist at GGZ Delfland in Delft. He is Director of Clinical Training of the postgraduate training to become a licensed psychotherapist in Leiden/Rotterdam/Utrecht, the Netherlands and Bandung, Indonesia. He is editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal for Psychotherapy.

Dr. Patrick Luyten, PhD
Patrick Luyten, PhD is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Leuven (Belgium) and Reader at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London (UK). He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT, USA. His main research interests are disorders from the affective spectrum (i.e., depression and stress- and pain-related disorders), and personality disorders. In both areas he is involved in basic research and in interventional research. Dr. Luyten is also Director of the PhD in Psychoanalysis Programme, and Course Director of the PhD programme in Evidence Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health, both at University College London, UK. He serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals.

Dr. Rien Van, MD, PhD
Henricus L Van, MD, PhD is psychiatrist at Arkin Amsterdam, Residency Program Director at Arkin and director of the NPI institute for Personality Disorders. He is an Associated Editor of the Dutch Journal of Psychiatry, psychiatrist board member of the Dutch Medical Specialist Registration Committee and president of the Dutch Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He published over 50 peer reviewed articles in English and 30 in Dutch mainly on depression, personality disorders, psychodynamic treatment and psychiatric training and presented numerous papers at international and national congresses. He successfully supervised 3 PhD projects.

Dr. A. de Ruyter, PhD
Dr. A. de Ruyter is managing director at the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Scientific researchers, experts, professionals, parents and children all work together at the Dutch Knowledge Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This network organization strives to achieve a solid scientific foundation for work in the field of child and adolescent mental health. The scientific foundation provides a firm basis for the subtle work that mental health professionals perform each and every day to ensure that parents and children receive the very best care. This national knowledge centre’s network is efficiently supported by internet technology, which guarantees continous improvement and professionalization. All parties voluntarily contribute knowledge, and all child and adolescent mental health professionals can make use of the published knowledge free of charge. Next to that she is also a child and adolescent psychologist, child and adolescent psychotherapist and work in a private practice one day a week, and I chair the Dutch Society for Child- and Adolescent Psychotherapy. I am also a board member of the Dutch Federation for psychologist, psychotherapists and edcucators (P3NL).

Prof. Dr. P. Rober, PhD
Peter Rober is Full Professor in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven.  He is responsible for Context – Centre of Marital and Family Therapy at UPC KU Leuven. He coordinates the Postgraduate Training in Marital and Family Therapy (KU Leuven). Prof. Rober’s primary research interests focus on family therapy with children, on the therapy process, and secrecy in families. Peter Rober is author of several articles in international family therapy journals and presented on numerous international conferences on family therapy with children and adolescents.


  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Doering, MD PhD, psychiatrist. Chair of the Dept. of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna.
  • Prof. Dr. Jeremy D. Safran, PhD. Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, and Clinical Professor at the New York  Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (NYU Postdoc).
  • Prof. Dr. A. van Balkom, MD PhD, psychiatrist. Dep. of Psychiatry, VUMC.
  • Prof.Dr. Peter Fonagy. Head of Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology and the Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College, London; Senior Investigator, British National Institute for Health Research.
  • Prof. Franz Caspar, PhD. Head Dept. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Bern
  • Prof.Dr. Bethany Brand, PhD, Clinical Psychologist. Psychology Department at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Andersson, Ph.D. is full professor of Clinical Psychology at Linköping University (appointed 2003), in the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Also affiliated researcher at Karolinska Institutet in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry, where he is linked to the Centre for Psychiatry Research (Competence Centre for Psychotherapy Research).