Pre-conference workshops


Wednesday June 16th, 2021

13:00 - 17:00 CEST

Susan Darker-Smith

Susan Darker-Smith
Child Trauma Therapy Centre, UK

EMDR therapy for children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic 


Anke Ehlers

Prof. Anke Ehlers
University of Oxford, UK

Treating posttraumatic stress disorder remotely with cognitive therapy for PTSD

Delivering trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy to patients with PTSD during the COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges. The therapist cannot meet with the patient in person to guide them through trauma-focused work and other treatment components, and patients are restricted in carrying out treatment-related activities and behavioural experiments that involve contact with other people. Cognitive therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD) is a trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy that is acceptable to patients, leads to high rates of recovery and is recommended as a first-line treatment for the disorder by international clinical practice guidelines (APA, 2017; ISTSS, 2019; NICE, 2018). The workshop will describe how to deliver core interventions of CT-PTSD remotely, including updating memories, trigger discrimination and behavioural experiments, and present video illustrations.

Wild, J., Warnock-Parkes, E., Murray, H., Kerr, A., Thew, G., Grey, N., Clark, D.M. & Ehlers, A. (2020). Treating posttraumatic Stress Disorder Remotely with Cognitive Therapy for PTSD. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11:1, 1785818 doi: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1785818