ESTSS Webinar Series Calendar:

Webinar I: “Intensive treatment for PTSD in practice”
Date: January 19
Time: 5 p.m – 7:00 p.m CET
Presenters: Suzy Matthijssen, Ad de Jongh and Maria Bragesjö (Moderator)
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Trauma-focused psychological treatments are considered firsthand choice for the treatment of PTSD. To reduce drop out and enhance treatment compliance, researchers and clinicians have turned their interest to modifications in the format they are delivered. More specifically, if more intensive or massed format would provide a way to reduce that problem and still be efficacious. In this webinar, you will get a short update the evidence base for intensive treatment formats and get insights in how to conduct these practically.   

Suzy Matthijssen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, supervisor in cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR, psychotraumatherapist NtVP (ESTSS), NRGD registered pro justice reporter, EFT therapist and she is a lecturer at university and postdoctoral psychology specialization programs. She is the vice president of the Dutch EMDR Association, member of the scientific committee of EMDR Europe and a co-chair of the council of scholars: the Future of EMDR project. 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 and head of research. She is connected to Utrecht University.

Ad de Jongh, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and professor of anxiety and behavior disorders at the University of Amsterdam. Further, he is 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 is head of research of Psychotrauma Expertise Center (PSYTREC), an approved trainer for the EMDR Europe Association, and an expert in the treatment of Complex PTSD and anxiety disorders.

Maria Bragesjö, PhD is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research interest involves developing early interventions after trauma that targets specific core processes in the psychopathology that can arise after a traumatic event. She has for example published on the use of a digital intervention based on prolonged exposure as an early intervention after trauma. Another research interest is to find more effective ways to deliver evidence-based treatment for PTSD. As a clinical psychologist and licensed psychotherapist, she has extensive clinical experience working with trauma patients and is responsible for the treatment guidelines for PTSD in Stockholm county. She is also a certified trainer in prolonged exposure. She is also vice president of the Swedish association for traumatic stress.

Webinar II: “Quality of trauma care and standards across Europe - the ESTSS curriculum on Therapy of Posttraumatic Disorders in Adults”
Date: January 26
Time: 4 p.m – 5:30 p.m
Presenters: Ingo Schäfer, Evaldas Kazlauskas and Vittoria Ardino
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Professor Ingo Schäfer is a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He is head of the trauma and stress research group, head of the outpatient department for posttraumatic disorders and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research (ZIS) at the University of Hamburg. Since 2019 he is the coordinating center for traumatised refugees (Centra) that is funded by the local government for the metropolitan region of Hamburg. He has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters, is Past President of the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatolgy (DeGPT), and Past President of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).

Prof. Evaldas Kazlauskas is a clinical psychologist and expert of trauma- and stress-related disorders. He is the President of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2021-2022). Prof. Kazlauskas is the founder and Head of the Center for Psychotraumatology at Vilnius University in Lithuania. For the last two decades, his work has been dedicated to trauma recognition and advocating for the implementation of trauma-informed care. His current research is focused on the assessment and treatment of ICD-11 stress-related disorders, internet-based interventions for stress-related disorders, effects of trauma across the lifespan, and effects of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and adjustment.

Vittoria Ardino is a psychotraumatologist with a training in clinical psychology and in healthcare management and policy. She has been teaching and researching about trauma for over 15 years holding a position of Senior Lecturer in Forensic and Clinical Psychology at the London Metropolitan University, Royal Holloway University of London and the University of Bedfordshire. Currently she teaches Emergency and Trauma Psychology in the Masters programme in Psychology at the University of Urbino. Her research moved from a focus on cognitive processes and trauma in both victims and offenders to the impact of traumatic experiences on social and health services. In fact, she consults many local health authorities, hospitals and other institutions to implement a trauma-informed-approaches within their organisations. Specifically, she designed an organisational model – the Psycho-Organisational Safety- that integrates the principles of Trauma-Informed-Care with management sciences. In 2010, she founded the Italian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies of which she is the current president.

Webinar III: “Trauma and Journalism: Responding to increased aggression and threats to journalists“
Date: February 2
Time: 4 p.m – 5:30 p.m
Presenters: Sanne Terlingen, Trond Idaas, Jana Javakhishvili and Joanne Mouthaan (Moderator)
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Several recent incidents of journalist killings in Europe have shook up the public and made aware that there is an increased aggression against journalists and the media community in general. 

We aim to put together a 4-person panel of journalists, researchers and mental health experts. In this panel webinar we want to learn about (1) journalism as a high risk profession for physical safety (threat to life) and traumatic exposure, (2) personal, occupational and societal factors that shape the outcomes of the exposure, and (3) what our mental health community can do to contribute to justice for journalists. 

The aim of the webinar is to create awareness about the increased unsafety for journalists, its effects on personal health and on the sense of safety in greater society, and ways to support and advocate for journalists.

Sanne Terlingen (Speaker) is an award-winning investigative reporter from the Netherlands. She is currently working for Argos, the main investigative radio programme at the Dutch public radio. She is also the co-founder of Lost in Europe, a cross border project of trauma aware-journalists who investigate how it is possible that thousands of child refugees disappeared after arrival in Europe.  The past three years, Terlingen worked with over hundred survivors of organized child abuse. Before she joined Argos, she worked for OneWorld, and as a freelance correspondent from several countries in Africa. She is also an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Trond Idaas (Speaker) is a Special adviser at the Norwegian Union of Journalists, specializing in the work environment, the safety of journalists, and media policies. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Åbo Akademi University (Finland) in post-traumatic stress among journalists. Idaas has performed a number of studies on journalists covering serious crime, the Tsunami 2004/2005, terror in Norway 2011 and sexual harassment/metoo. The studies investigate work-specific sources for trauma among journalists, social support, post-traumatic stress, posttraumatic growth and wellbeing. Trond Idaas is a former journalist in Aftenposten, Norway's largest printed newspaper. He is also a former member of The National Commission for UNESCO and the Council of Europe’s Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists. He is the national contact for Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University, New York.

Robert van der Noordaa (Speaker) is a Dutch engineer and analyst who has previously lived a number of years in Russia and Ukraine, which aroused his interest in studying and analyzing Russian propaganda, disinfo and trolls. After finishing his post-academic journalism studies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam he started developing ways to detect trolls and disinfo campaigns on social media. His work has been published by a wide variety of newspapers, think tanks and media such as Volkskrant, Groene Amsterdammer, Integrity Initiative, Atlantic Council, Bellingcat, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and others. In 2019 (with partner Richard Odekerken) he founded software company ‘Trollrensics’ which specializes in analysis of hybrid warfare, troll armies and propaganda on various social media platforms.

Professor Jana Javakhishvili, PhD (Speaker) is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute of Addiction Studies at the Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. She specializes in working with individuals, families, groups and communities, which are traumatized as a result of military conflicts and displacement, natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Her research interests concern mental health problems of war-and political oppression-affected populations. She served as an ESTSS president in the years 2019-2020.

Dr. Joanne Mouthaan (Moderator) is senior assistant professor and educational coordinator for the Clinical Psychology Department of Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her work focuses on prevention and etiology of trauma-related psychopathology, risk screening and early (e-health) interventions. Dr. Mouthaan is part of the International Consortium to Predict PTSD (ICPP) and a member of the CONNECT research group that takes part in the pan-European longitudinal study of psychosocial reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic (the ADJUST Consortium). She currently studies (digitally) innovative strategies to teach (online) therapeutic skills in the context of trauma and suicide prevention for which she received governmental and university grants. Dr. Mouthaan is part of the editorial board of the European Journal for Psychotraumatology, chair of the Dutch psychotrauma association (NtVP), and treasurer of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).