Webinar: EMDR therapy for survivors of sexual abuse
Latest state of affairs and application of effective techniques.
Enhancing Trauma Treatment invites dr. Iva Bicanic
Understanding the complexity of sexual abuse: “It isn’t about the spider or the fly. It is about the web”. In this webinar Iva Bicanic Ph.D. presents the latest state of affairs on forensic,
medical and psychological aspects of sexual trauma, supported by findings from scientific research. The participants will learn to understand the specific dynamics of sexual abuse
such as shame, guilt, secrecy, loyalty, anxiety, denial, victim blaming, grooming and ambivalence. Also, participants will learn about the impact of sexual abuse and how to provide
psychological support to underage and adult victims of sexual violence, in the acute phase and later in live. The second part of the webinar is presented by Ad de Jongh Ph.D. and
focused on the treatment of the consequences of sexual abuse using EMDR therapy in early childhood. Participants of the webinar learn about treatment strategies that can be applied,
even in the case of dissociation or severe comorbidity. The webinar is supported by a variety of video clips showing the use of effective EMDR (2.0) techniques for the application
with victims of sexual violence.
Iva Bicanic, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specialized in the field of sexual trauma. She is head of the National Psychotrauma Centre at the University
Medical Centre Utrecht. Also, she is the director of the multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Centre located in 16 regions across the Netherlands for acute victims of rape. She finished
her PhD on psychobiological correlates of rape in female adolescents in 2014. Her current research project focuses on the effectiveness of Early EMDR in acute victims of rape. Iva
is board member of the Dutch EMDR society.
Ad de Jongh, PhD, is clinical psychologist and professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the University of Amsterdam. Further, he is 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 is head of research of Psychotrauma Expertise Center (PSYTREC), approved trainer for the EMDR Europe association, an expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Suzy Matthijssen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, supervisor in cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR, psychotraumatherapist NtVP, NRGD
registered pro justice reporter, EFT therapist and she is a lecturer at university and postdoctorate psychology specialization programs. She is the vice president of the Dutch EMDR
association. The focus of the research she conducts is on the optimization of trauma treatments. She is the director of the Altrecht Academic Anxiety Centre where she is also head of an
intensive trauma treatment program. She is connected to Utrecht University.