A. van Minnen

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The diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differ between DSM-5 and ICD-11, which may affect the estimation of prevalence. The aim of this study was to investigate the concordance of ICD-11 and DSM-5, as compared to ICD-10 and DSM-IV, regarding PTSD caseness among Japanese people who had experienced different potentially traumatic events.

The results of this explorative study are supportive of the notion that PE and EMDR therapy can be successfully combined, and that sequence matters. First applying PE sessions before EMDR sessions resulted in better treatment outcome, and better subjective patient’s evaluations in terms of treatment helpfulness and preference.

Kindermishandeling en –verwaarlozing worden vaak gezien als een en hetzelfde probleem. Soms kan het echter nuttig zijn om ze uit elkaar te trekken, om op die manier meer inzicht te krijgen in de karakteristieken van beide fenomenen. Dat laat pedagoge Renate Buisman zien in haar proefschrift. Promotie op 28 mei.

NtVP bestuurslid Maartje Schoorl bekleedt per 1 mei de bijzondere leerstoel ‘Psychologische Beroepsopleidingen in de Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg met nadruk op evidence-based interventies’ aan de Universiteit Leiden. Haar benoeming door de Stichting Postdoctorale Opleidingen Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg PDO-GGZ Leiden/Rotterdam is voor een periode van vijf jaar.

This brief report presents a review of prolonged exposure (PE) therapy and its feasibility as a trauma therapy for PTSD in LMICs. First, we present a brief overview of PE as a first-line treatment for PTSD. Second, using South Africa as a case example, we present a brief overview of traumatic stress in South Africa and how mental healthcare has developed since the abolishment of apartheid in 1994. Lastly, we discuss the challenges pertaining to the dissemination and implementation of PE in LMICs and propose future perspectives regarding the implementation of ESTs such as PE in LMICs.

Caregivers play a key role in the success of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT). Yet, the effect of their alliance on treatment outcomes besides the other parties in treatment has hardly been studied. This study examined the working alliance (WA) of therapists, patients and caregivers in TF-CBT and its contribution on treatment outcome over time.

Many patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience dissociative symptoms. The question of whether these dissociative symptoms negatively influence the effectiveness of psychotherapy for PTSD is unresolved. The aim of this meta-analysis was to determine the influence of dissociative symptoms on psychotherapy outcome in PTSD.

This study aimed to explore posttraumatic growth (PTG) in displaced Syrians in the UK, using a mixed-methods approach. Fifty-four Syrian adults in the UK who left Syria as result of the war were recruited online to complete the PTG-Inventory. Five participants with high PTG scores were interviewed via Skype to explore their experiences of PTG. Interviews were analyzed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Results showed that displaced Syrians in the UK experience high levels of PTG. Major themes were valuing others more, pursuing a new career path, discovering inner strength, appreciation of life and detachment from it, and strengthened belief.

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