AACBT International Workshop Perth: Professor Arnoud Arntz (2-day; 23 & 24 Oct 17)
- Arnoud Arntz
Imagery Rescripting: a transdiagnostic technique to address problems related to traumatic and other negative experiences.
All 2-day tickets are ***sold out***.
(The Day 1 room is larger than Day 2, so we have seats available.)
PLEASE NOTE: this is a ticket for both days of a two day workshop
This 2-day workshop is a more in-depth session exploring the techniques and practises for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with imagery rescripting including how to adjust the treatment approach to meet the needs of people with chronic PTSD. The treatment approach has been honed from treating refugees and adults with PTSD from childhood events.
In Imagery Rescripting the meaning of the memory representation of a traumatic (or otherwise negative) event is changed by having the patient imagine as lively as possible a different outcome that meets the needs of the patient better. Imagery Rescripting is a powerful technique with empirical evidence for its effectiveness across disorders. It can be integrated in various forms of psychotherapy, or used as a complete treatment. Imagery Rescripting can be applied to memories of events that really happened in the past, but also to imagined events (like in nightmares, or feared future catastrophes). It can be applied when patients report intrusions (esp. of a visual kind), but also to change the meaning of experiences that contributed to dysfunctional schemas. Although its name suggests that the original memory representation is erased, research indicates that this is not the case. Rather, it seems the meaning of the memory (and not the memory of facts) that is changed.
On day 1 the workshop will focus on the generic use of Imagery Rescripting for addressing memories from childhood, so that participants can use the technique in a variety of clinical problems which have their roots in early development, including PTSD related to childhood abuse, social phobia, chronic depression, and personality disorders. The two major variations of the basic protocol will be introduced: (i) the therapist changing the script, and (ii) the patient changing the script from an (adult) observer perspective. Some methods to increase the impact on the original memory representation, will be discussed. Other issues that will be treated include when to start the rescripting, and that full reliving of trauma memories is unnecessary.
The day’s workshop will be active, that is participants will practice techniques in pairs while supervision is provided; and there will be an interactive part where participants can raise questions.
On day 2 the workshop will address specific issues, including how to deal with complex cases characterized by loyalty feelings towards perpetrators blocking the process, dissociation during reliving, parents who were not active perpetrator but didn’t protect the child, difficulties with reducing the threat executed by the perpetrator, and contextual problems that are not trauma’s according to the definition of the DSM-5, but can have profound negative effects, such as emotional abuse and neglect, bullying, and parentification. Specific techniques, such as the affect bridge, so that early experiences can be linked to present problems will be trained. Lastly, applications of Imagery Rescripting to problems in the present that don’t have their roots in childhood will be addressed, such as adult trauma, nightmares, and flash-forwards.
Again the day’s workshop will be active and participants will practice in pairs while supervision is provided. During the interactive part participants can raise specific questions and bring in specific cases.
Also check out the 38th AACBT National Conference information here as Professor Arntz is a keynote speaker at our conference.
Arnoud Arntz is professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with an affiliation at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He also practices as a psychotherapist at PsyQ in Amsterdam.
He is a prolific researcher with over 340 publications and 17000 citations. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to the development of Schema Therapy and Imagery Rescripting. He was the project leader and therapist supervisor of the multicenter RCT that compared schema therapy (ST) to Transference Focused Psychotherapy as treatments of Borderline PD. Currently he is also a principle investigator of an international RCT comparing working mechanisms of Imagery Rescripting and EMDR for PTSD that originated from childhood traumas.
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Both Days: AACBT Student Member $190, AACBT Member $470, Non-member $630
Day One only tickets (click here): AACBT Student Member $110, AACBT Member $295, Non-member $455
Selected publications on Imagery Rescripting
Arntz, A. (2011). Imagery rescripting for personality disorders. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18(4), 466-481.
Arntz, A., Sofi, D., & van Breukelen, G. (2013). Imagery Rescripting as treatment for complicated PTSD in refugees: A multiple baseline case series study.
Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51(6), 274-283. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.02.009
Arntz, A., Thoma, N., & McKay, D. (2014). Imagery rescripting for posttraumatic stress disorder. Working with Emotion in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Techniques
for Clinical Practice, 203.
Arntz, A., Tiesema, M., & Kindt, M. (2007). Treatment of PTSD: A comparison of imaginal exposure with and without imagery rescripting. Journal of Behavior Therapy
and Experimental Psychiatry, 38(4), 345-370.
Boterhoven de Haan, K. L., Lee, C. W., Fassbinder, E., Voncken, M. J., Meewisse, M., Van Es, S. M., . . . Arntz, A. (2017). Imagery rescripting and eye movement
desensitisation and reprocessing for treatment of adults with childhood trauma-related post-traumatic stress disorder: IREM study design. BMC psychiatry,
17(1), 165. doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1330-2
Holmes, E. A., Arntz, A., & Smucker, M. R. (2007). Imagery rescripting in cognitive behaviour therapy: Images, treatment techniques and outcomes. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 38(4), 297-305.