Research meets Practice: the Stabilization Controversy


Joany Spierings, Suzy Matthijssen, Gijs van Vliet

Chair(s): Iva Bicanic

Sunday 19 june 2016

10:45 - 12:45h at World Forum Theater

Categories: Complex PTSD, Research, Techniques, Stabilization


The workshop will start with a presentation of the newest research findings for the treatment of complex trauma.These findings contradict long (and dearly) held beliefs about the treatment of complex clients with psychosis, borderline personality disorder, major depression, dissociative symptoms etc. The evidence from research conflicts with the felt reality from the workfloor, in the office.

Are the worries and precautions of clinicians working with these clients outdated, and should they be replaced by an eagerness to treat-right-away? In this interactive workshop some complex cases are presented. During the presentation of the cases, the audience will be asked: what would you do, at this moment in treatment, and why would you make that choice? What are essential reasons to postpone trauma confrontation?

The workshop will provide an in depth discussion of the implications of research findings for actual clinical practice; how can they be integrated?

Learning objectives

1. The participants will have an overview over the latest research on the treatment of complex trauma

2. The participants can evaluate the implications of these reseach findings for their own client population

3. The participants can formulate conflicting perspectives and make deliberate choices in their treatment plans

4. The participants can formulate follow up questions for future research