Keynote Speaker

Integration of psychological and biological determinants of stress and trauma: a novel road for new interventions?

Christiaan H. Vinkers is psychiatrist at GGZ in Geest and associate professor at the department of psychiatry and the department of anatomy and neurosciences at Amsterdam UMC/VUmc. His key interest is vulnerability and resilience to stress.

Christiaan studied Pharmacy (2005), Law (2009), and Medicine (2009) at Utrecht University. In 2009, he finished his PhD thesis on fundamental neurobiological research and the GABA system (cum laude). Subsequently, he started his clinical training to become a psychiatrist and continued to carry out clinical research related to risk and resilience for psychiatric disorders and the role of the GABA system. In 2014, he became a psychiatrist and researcher at the Rudolf Magnus Brain Center. In 2018, he strated as researcher and psychiatrist at Amsterdam UMC/VUmc and GGZ inGeest.

His overall research objective is to investigate the neurobiological background of stress resilience and vulnerability including (epi)genetic, neuroendocrine, and brain circuitry factors, with a special interest in the GABA system. Traumatic stress, especially during early life, is a major risk factor for the development of almost all psychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia. Moreover, stress has persistent effects on brain structure and functionality. However, considerable inter-individual differences exist in outcomes after trauma exposure. Despite decades of research, we still cannot predict which individuals are at risk and which individuals are resilient following traumatic stress. Therefore, his goal is to shed more light on the neurobiological basis of stress susceptibility. His work is sponsored by grants of the the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO, VENI), ZonMW, the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, NARSAD, the Dutch Brain Foundation, and Neuroscience Cognition Utrecht.


Keynote Speaker

The AIP Theoretical Model and the Expansion of Human Resilience Understanding

Ignacio (Nacho) Jarero, Ph.D., ED, D., is theworld pioneer in the provision of EMDR therapy in a group format in-person and online, AIP-informed Advance Psychosocial Interventions for Trauma-Exposed Populations, and AIP-informed Procedures for in-person and remote support. He is an Expert Certified TeleMental Health Clinician and Member of the Council of Scholars for the Future of EMDR Therapy Project. For his humanitarian services around the world with nearly 200 deployments since 1998, he received the Francine Shapiro Award, the International Crisis Response Leadership Award, and the Psychotrauma Trajectory Award. For his research work with EMDR therapy, he received the EMDRIA Outstanding Research Award. Dr. Jarero is EMDR Institute Senior Trainer of Trainers and Advance Specialty Trainer and has conducted seminars and workshops worldwide with participants from 67 different countries.

He is a co-author of the EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents and Ongoing Traumatic Stress (EMDR-PRECI)©, the Protocol for Paraprofessionals use (PROPARA)©,the Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization (ASSYST)© AIP-informed procedures in a group, individual, and remote formats, and the EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol (EMDR-IGTP)© that has been provided worldwide with thousands of natural or human provoked disaster survivors and populations with recent, present or past prolonged adverse experiences. He is also the author of the AIP-informed Advance Psychosocial Interventions for Trauma-exposed Populations Training Program©.

Dr. Jarero is EMDR Mexico Co-Founder, Latin American & Caribbean Foundation for Psychological Trauma Research (Francine Shapiro Award Winner), Founder & President, International Center of Psychotraumatology, Founder & President, Iberoamerican Journal of Psychotraumatology and Dissociation, Co-Founder & Editor in Chief, and the Mexican Association for Mental Health Support in Crisis (AMAMECRISIS, NGO), Founder & President.


Keynote Speaker

Fostering Resilience in Complex Trauma Survivors Using EMDR Therapy Lessons Learned over Three Decades

Deborah L. Korn, PsyD maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA, and is an adjunct training faculty member at the Trauma Research Foundation in Boston. She has been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute for the past 28 years, is the former Clinical Director of the Women’s Trauma Programs at Charter Brookside and Charles River Hospitals, and is a past board member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD). Dr. Korn has authored or coauthored numerous articles and chapters focused on EMDR therapy, including comprehensive reviews of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD.

Dr. Korn is an EMDR International Association-approved consultant and is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She has been a regular presenter at the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Conference and was invited to present EMDRIA’s very first “Masters Series” class. She recently spent two years serving on the Council of Scholars associated with the Future of EMDR Therapy Project. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. As a clinician, teacher, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Korn is known for her knowledge and integration of many different trauma-focused clinical models. Every Memory Deserves Respect, her new book about EMDR therapy—co-authored with Michael Baldwin and written for the layperson—was released in May 2021.