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EMDR Therapy for Panic Disorder, OCD and Specific Phobias (including how to use the Flashforward procedure with these disorders)

presented by Ad de Jongh, PhD and Suzy Matthijssen, PhD

Friday, June 25, 2021

6 credits: EMDRIA, Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LPC and other NBCC approved masters level clinicians

9:00 AM ET • 8:00 AM CT • 7:00 AM MT • 6:00 AM PT

Livestream/delayed viewing: This option includes participation via livestream during the training and/or access to the recorded training for 90 days following the live event.

Program Fees (includes 6 CEs):

$195.00 by June 13, 2021; $225.00 after June 13, 2021
15% discount for clinicians working for non-profits (30+ hours a week)

Full refunds until June 6, 2021; then 80% until 1 week before training, no refunds after June 18, 2021.

LIVESTREAM/DELAYED VIEWING: When you purchase the livestream/delayed viewing (all one option), BeaconLive will provide you with instructions on how to access the program including tech support contact info. You can then watch any part or all of the program while it is happening and email in questions as it occurs. The pre-recorded program will be available within a few days after the live version. You can then watch the program whenever you’d like for 90 days (with a $40 per month extension available if you want more time). At the end of the program, you will see prompts to a quiz to demonstrate your participation. Once you pass the quiz (unlimited chances), you’ll have access to a downloadable CE certificate.

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Program Description:

Panic disorder (PD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and specific phobias are prevalent mental health conditions and are often associated with high levels of impairment. It is a fact that not all patients with these conditions respond to evidence-based treatments (most commonly CBT), and many patients relapse to prior symptoms. This calls for well-considered alternative treatment strategies. There is evidence to suggest that EMDR therapy can be an effective and efficient therapy for panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias. In this training, we explain the specifics and the existing evidence base of EMDR therapy for these conditions. Also, we discuss the treatment strategies that may be helpful in these cases and show how to establish proper case conceptualizations and target selections to make the treatment successful. These strategies will be illustrated by means of video clips of patient treatments.

One of the most powerful interventions in the treatment of specific phobia, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder is the Flashforward procedure. The Flashforward procedure has proven effective in desensitizing intrusive mental representations that are at the core of anticipatory anxiety in individuals suffering from fears or phobias. Just as flashbacks are intrusive memories of what has happened in the past, flashforwards are (often highly unlikely) doom scenarios about the future. In this training you will learn how to use the Flashforward procedure in combination with the Mental Video Check, another indispensable intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders with EMDR therapy. You will also learn how to use the Flashforward procedure with patients who are inclined to dissociate, for example those with complex PTSD or a borderline personality disorder. The training will offer various demonstrations to illustrate how to use the presented material in both face-to-face same-location and online EMDR therapy.

Goals for the training include:

  • Identify the dynamics and key symptoms of panic disorder, OCD, and different subtypes of specific phobias
  • Be able to create a case conceptualization for panic disorder, OCD, and specific phobias
  • Have knowledge of the up-to-date scientific evidence of the use of EMDR in panic disorder, OCD, and specific phobia
  • Understand the concept of “flashforwards” and the significance of them in treating panic disorder, OCD and specific phobia
  • Observe role plays and instruction video’s which cover the clinical performance of specific interventions.

Training Schedule Details (all times Eastern):

9:00 – 10:30am – Part 1 (90 minutes)

  • EMDR for Specific Phobias
  • The status of EMDR therapy in treatment of specific phobias
  • Dynamics of phobias
  • Case conceptualization and treatment

15 minute break

10:45 – 12:15pm – Part 2 (90 minutes)

  • EMDR for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • The status of EMDR therapy in the treatment of OCD
  • Dynamics of OCD
  • Case conceptualization and treatment

1 hr for lunch

1:15 – 2:45 – Part 3 (90 minutes)

  • EMDR for Panic Disorder
  • The status of EMDR therapy in the treatment of panic disorder
  • Dynamics of panic disorder
  • Case conceptualization and treatment

15 minute break

3:00 – 4:30 – Part 4 (90 minutes)

  • Flashforward procedure and Mental Video Check
  • Identifying and understanding flashforwords
  • Execution of the Flashforward procedure
  • Execution of the procedure of the Mental Video Check



About the presenters:

Ad de Jongh, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the University of Amsterdam. He is also an honorary professor in psychology at the School of Health Sciences of Salford University in Manchester, at the Institute of Health and Society of the University of Worcester, and at the School of Psychology of Queen’s University in Belfast. He was involved in establishing the Psychotrauma Expertise Center (PSYTREC), where he is the head of research department. He is an expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders and involved in research on the efficacy of evidence-based treatments for a wide variety of patient groups, including traumatized children, people with intellectual disabilities and other complex psychiatric conditions such as psychosis. He is an approved trainer for the EMDR Europe association and member of the Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project.

Suzy Matthijssen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, cognitive behavioral therapist, psychotraumatherapist NtVP, NRGD registered pro justice reporter, EMDR supervisor and is a lecturer at university and post-doctorate psychology specialization programs. The focus of the research she conducts is on the optimization of trauma treatments. She works at the Altrecht Academic Anxiety Centre where she is head of an intensive trauma treatment program and she is expert leader on PTSS. She is connected to Utrecht University. She is involved in research on the enhancement of trauma therapy, intensive trauma treatments and working mechanisms of trauma therapy. She is the vice president of the Dutch EMDR association, is in the scientific committee of EMDR Europe and is a member of the Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project.

Objectives- Participants at this workshop will be able to:

  1. Cite research findings supporting the use of EMDR with panic disorder, OCD and specific phobias
  2. Describe examples of patients’ flashforwards and describe how to treat anticipatory fear
  3. Describe EMDR therapy treatment methods which can be used in the treatment of panic disorder, OCD and specific phobias
  4. Create case conceptualizations for the treatment of panic disorder, OCD, and various subtypes of specific phobias
  5. Explain the purpose of and implement steps for the Flashforward procedure
  6. Explain the purpose of and implement steps for the Mental Video Check procedure.


EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning, LLC (EMDR ATDL) maintains responsibility for this program and its content in accordance with EMDRIA standards and is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (ACEP #6709) to offer masters level clinician CEs. Advanced Psychotherapy Trainings (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. EMDR ATDL and APT maintain responsibility for this program and its content. NY CEs by arrangement.

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