SPR 2018 Amsterdam

An important topic at the January EC meeting was to connect with the local organizing committee in  Amsterdam. We met with our colleagues Jack Dekker, Kim de Jong, and Simone Popping (a member of the conference organizer company). We heard detailed information on the plans for the Amsterdam meeting and had a tour of both the modern campus of the Vreije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU, https://www.vu.nl/en) and the closing dinner venue at Rode Hoed (http://www.rodehoed.nl/nl). All of us at the EC felt that the VU campus was a perfect venue for an SPR meeting. The buildings are modern, beautifully decorated, the rooms spacious with all the tech resources for sessions, and there are plenty of very comfortable spaces for informal meeting and get togethers. We’ll have all the ingredients for a memorable conference. The venue of the banquet is full of character and will be a nice surprise and perfect way to say “até breve” to our friends and colleagues.  

Hope to see you all in Amsterdam!

Conference Updates



Interactive dialogue focused on developing a Bayesian Network Model of psychotherapeutic change in complex relational systems.
Sophie Holmes and Maxwell Fraser
Date: 6/27/2018
9:30:00 AM- 12:30:00 PM
You are invited to a dialogue focused on developing a model of psychotherapeutic change in complex treatment-resistant individuals and their relational systems. Standard research methodologies make it difficult to integrate the relevant change-factors and how these factors influence each other, because they form a non-linear complex system, which is interacting and responding, and resulting in emergent phenomenon. Bayesian Network modelling is a reflexive methodology that is well suited to tracking pathways of influence and emergent phenomenon. This workshop is phase one, of a four phase conversational & interactive process. We will offer for discussion our draft conceptual model of the key measurable factors we have found influential in facilitating change and the pathways in which they make an impact. Emerging out of this dialogue other relevant factors will be added and these influences mapped. The aim is to refine the quality and precision of therapeutic decision-making by developing a naturalistic framework which guides clinicians in conceptualizing, generating a non-blaming formulation and pragmatic treatment planning for all the members of these complex relational system.

Continuing Education Credits

Thanks to the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, we are pleased to offer APA continuing education credits at the 2018 Amsterdam conference.
Most of the preconference workshops, discussion groups, plenary sessions, and panels will offer Continuing Education credit. CE credit is offered for $60 and can be purchased through the conference website or at the registration desk when you arrive at the conference.

The APA-approved CE is sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29). SAP and SPR have a long history of shared interests, shared passions, and shared members. SAP meets the unique needs of those interested in psychotherapy, whose members include practitioners, scholars, students, and mental health professionals from around the world who exchange ideas to advance psychotherapy.

If you are interested in joining SAP/Division 29, please visit their website at: http://societyforpsychotherapy.org/
and you will find a wealth of benefits, such as:

  • Free subscriptions to the journal, Psychotherapy, and the newsletter, Psychotherapy Bulletin
  • Networking and Referral Sources
  • Opportunities for Leadership
  • Opportunities for Research Grants and Awards
  • CE credits
  • Listserv membership

Greetings from Amsterdam!

The local organizing committee is excited that the Amsterdam conference is drawing closer. We’re working hard to make the SPR conference in Amsterdam a great experience for all of you and hope to welcome a large number of psychotherapy researchers from all over the world. In the coming months, we will inform you through a series of newsletters of the conference program, social events during the conference, and places to visit in Amsterdam and beyond. We hope to welcome you in Amsterdam in June!

Jack Dekker (chair of the local organizing committee)
Kim de Jong (vice-chair of the local organizing committee)

Discounted flights to Amsterdam

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport can be easily reached by airplane from most cities around the world, and hosts a wide variety of airlines, including budget airlines. From the airport, it is a short 20 minute train ride to the conference location.

We were able to negotiate a discount for those of you who would like to fly KLM/Air France/Delta Airlines.

To book a discounted flight, go to http://globalmeetings.airfranceklm.com and enter the code 32516AF.

The travel period for which the discount is valid is June 22 to July 5th.

Booking your hotel

We are offering hotel deals in the vicinity of the conference through a special booking portal. Prices range between 75 and 229 EUR per night. Amsterdam is a very popular tourist destination, so you are advised to book your hotel early. Please be aware that the hotel deal that we are offering includes breakfast for all the nights, as well as the option to cancel up to one night in advance. In some cases internet rates can be found at lower rates, but these often do not offer the rooms under the same conditions.

Go directly to the booking page

Or check out the descriptions of the hotels at the conference website here

Conference banquet

The conference banquet will be held in De Rode Hoed (“the Red Hat”), a former clandestine church right on a gracht (“canal”) in the old city center of Amsterdam. We will be offering a unique experience in a lovely, historical building. Long tables will be lined up on the balconies of the 17th century building family style. Downstairs areas will be reserved for those who have trouble climbing the stairs. On the podium a band will be playing soft music during dinner, and after dinner they will play music from the 1960s until the present that will make you want to move your feet, in true SPR tradition. For those who prefer to talk, there are tables in the lounge and bar area for people to sit and talk with friends.   Make sure to reserve your tickets in time, because we can only host 400 people maximum.




DeRubeis’ guide to Amsterdam (and beyond)

Robert J. DeRubeis, Ph.D. is no stranger to Amsterdam. He has travelled there many times and has spent a sabbatical and a visiting scholarship in Amsterdam in the past 5 years. While staying there, he has done his share of travelling in the area. Here are his favorite things to do in and around Amsterdam.

  1. Take a stroll through some of the lesser known areas of Amsterdam’s city centre. Start at the Resistance Museum (Plantage Kerklaan 61A; verzetsmuseum.org), which offers a marvelous and moving experience, similar to visiting the Anne Frank house, but a lot less busy, and offering a wider range of information on Amsterdam in WWII. Walk past the Hortus Botanicus, the University of Amsterdam’s scientific greenhouse, towards the Waterlooplein, which offers a permanent flea market, past the City Hall, into the Staalstraat, which hosts one of the best chocolate makers in the Netherlands, Puccini Bomboni (Staalstraat 17; puccinibomboni.com). It offers basically any flavor you would ever want to combine with chocolate. Continue across the Halvemaansbrug towards the lively Rembrandtplein, an area with lots of bars, café’s and clubs.  Drop by Café Schiller (Rembrandtplein 24; cafeschiller.nl); for a drink; it is an especially fun place in the evenings. On late week nights it might be harder to get in, as it used as the décor of a Dutch late night show. Just around the corner from the Rembrandtplein is the restaurant Guts and Glory (Utrechtsestraat 6; gutsglory.nl), which offers surprise menu’s with a theme. They may only serve chicken dishes for a month, or serve Japanese style food. Check out their website for the flavor of the week. Reservations are recommended, as this is one of the most popular restaurants in Amsterdam amongst the hip and happening inhabitants of Amsterdam. The same owners also have a restaurant a few blocks from the Anne Frank House, named Breda (Singel 210; breda-amsterdam.com) with a similar concept.
  2. Make sure to go the Museumplein (museum square) when you are in Amsterdam. It is a collection of the some of the best museums in Amsterdam, and together they contain some of the most famous paintings in the world. Perhaps the best thing about the Museumplein, is the view it offers at the Rijksmuseum, a building designed by famous architect Cuypers that has the majestic look of a Disneyland castle. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most photographed spots of Amsterdam. While the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum both are amongst the best visited places in Amsterdam, the Stedelijk Museum is often skipped by tourists, but has a wonderful collection of modern and contemporary art that is really worth a visit.
  3. A place I never fail to visit while I am in Amsterdam is the Upstairs pancake house (Grimburgwal 2; upstairspannenkoeken.nl). It is a unique experience; the steepest stairs I have ever entered going into a restaurant, a collection of teacups hanging from the ceiling, and Dutch style pancakes (yes, you can eat them for dinner) that are out of this world. The owners are really friendly and add to the overall experience. The area also has nice shops. Not too far from there is my favorite clothing store, State of Art (Heiligeweg 35; stateofart.com). The clothing is high quality, in a unique style, and has almost reasonable prices. Some of the shirts I bought there I have owned for years, and they still look brand new.
  4. My favorite brewery De Molen (Doortocht 4, Bodegraven; brouwerijdemolen.nl) is situated outside of Amsterdam, in the lovely town of Bodegraven. It is a lovely 2h bike ride from Amsterdam, and can also be reached by public transport. If you are a beer enthusiast, you absolutely need to go there. If you cannot make it to Bodegraven, the Bierkoning (Paleisstraat 125; bierkoning.nl), which translates to “Beer King”, is a good alternative. They offer a vast collection of bottled beers from all of the world, including some that you can get almost nowhere else.
  5. Although Amsterdam has a lot to offer, I would like to state that it is extremely easy to go to other cities by train. One of my favorite cities to go to is Rotterdam, which can be reached by a high speed train in only 40 minutes. Rotterdam is home to one of my Top 5 museums in the world, the Boijmans Van Beuningen (Museumpark 18, Rotterdam; boijmans.nl). The art deco style building has a lovely collection in general, but is especially worth visiting for their collection of Salvador Dali paintings. The long-term curator of the museum had developed a close working relationship with Dali and had a great understanding of his work. Before visiting the Boijmans, I saw Dali as a curiosity, but I left there thinking he is one of the greatest artist of that time period. Equally easy to reach is The Hague, which is a pleasant typically Dutch city, and has a great collection of museums. Especially worth visiting is the Mauritshuis (Plein 29, Den Haag; mauritshuis.nl), which hosts both Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with Pearl Earring and Fabritius’ The Gold Finch (made famous by the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt), as well as works by famous painters as Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Van Ruysdael, and Rubens.

49th International Annual Meeting
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 27-30 2018

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