[Atelier] Rescénarisation de l'imagerie : technique transdiagnostique en thérapie

Par le Pr Arnoud ARNTZ (Pays-Bas)


Le Pr Arnoud ARNTZ est professeur de psychologie clinique à l'Université d'Amsterdam (Pays-Bas).


Il a contribué au développement et à l'opérationalisation de la rescénarisation de l'imagerie dans la Thérapie des Schémas. Il prend en charge des patients souffrant de traumas (infantiles) sévères et de troubles de la personnalité.


Imagery Rescripting (ImRs) is getting increasingly popular among CBT therapists. For some problems it can be provided as a standalone treatment, for example for PTSD and for nightmares. For other problems, it can be easily integrated in C(B)T, and it is actually a standard ingredient of some CT protocols as well as of Schema Therapy. Imagery Rescripting has many attractive aspects, such as flexibility to adapt it to specific issues a patient is struggling with, its experiential nature that promotes change processes, and its suitability to focus on early adverse experiences that led to the development of the problems – a domain that has usually been neglected in CBT. Moreover, research indicates that patients tend to further improve after ImRs treatment, which is an attractive feature both for patients and for therapists.


In this workshop the basics of the technique as applied to process memories of traumatic and other adverse experiences in childhood will be explained and demonstrated. Participants will also practice with the technique in roleplays, so that following the workshop they will be able to apply the technique in their clinical practice.


Key learning objectives :

  • To understand the basic mechanism underlying Imagery Rescripting
  • To learn the basic application to (complex) childhood trauma including the skills to actually use it in clinical practice
  • To know how to deal with the major challenges in treatment
  • To understand how variations can be applied to treat recent adverse (traumatic) events

Training modalities :


Instruction, modelling by roleplaying by the trainer, practicing in roleplays by participants, central discussion. A treatment protocol will be available for participants.


Key references :

  • Arntz, A., & Weertman, A. (1999). Treatment of childhood memories; theory and practice. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37(8), 715-740.
  • Boterhoven de Haan, K., Lee, C., Fassbinder, E., Van Es, S., Menninga, S., Meewisse, M., … Arntz, A. (2020). Imagery rescripting and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing as treatment for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder from childhood trauma: Randomised clinical trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 217(5), 609-615. doi:10.1192/bjp.2020.158
  • Morina, N., Lancee, J., & Arntz, A. (2017). Imagery rescripting as a clinical intervention for aversive memories: A meta-analysis. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 55, 6-15.