Saturday 28 June
Sunday 29 June
Various forms of adverse childhood experiences have been found to be risk factors for the development of PTSD in children, for example, domestic violence and life threatening illness.
Effective child and adolescent trauma treatment is of great value considering its contribution to the prevention of serious mental health problems in adulthood. There is evidence that parental posttraumatic stress is an important predictor of long-term posttraumatic stress in children. In line with this it is highly important to include parents in the treatment of traumatized children. However, interventions specifically focussed on the parents and parental functioning have rarely been systematically studied (Alisic, 2011)¹.
In this workshops video fragments will be used to illustrate the effects of EMDR treatment of parents on parental skills and how children can profit from this during their own EMDR treatment, and their personal growth thereafter.
Participants learn how parents can be motivated for their own EMDR treatment and how parent treatment can be integrated in children's’ EMDR treatment plan.
Liesbeth Mevissen is EMDR consultant. As an educationalist and clinical psychologist she works at Accare in Deventer, a centre for child and adolescent psychiatry. She has more than 30 years of experience with regard to adults as well as children with developmental disabilities. Liesbeth specialised in assessment and treatment of serious emotional and behavioral problems in this population.
As a Ph.D. candidate (University of Amsterdam) she conducts research on PTSD and its (EMDR) treatment in people with intellectual disabilities and published various articles in this area. She is teacher and presented at national and international conferences