AEDP Institute

Relational Interventions as Part of the Cure: AEDP in the treatment of eating disorders

4-Hour SEMINAR, LIVE ONLINE, November 5, 2022: Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW

Who Should Attend

An All Levels seminar intended for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists.


While symptom-management and cognitive-behavioral techniques have long dominated the field of eating disorders treatment, experiential and attachment-based approaches to treatment have gained prominence in the past 10 years. With its dual treatment pathways, AEDP offers a way to heal trauma-borne psychological structures that fuel the reliance on eating disorder symptoms and foster enhanced wellbeing and vitality, both of which are greatly diminished when eating disorders are present. In this 4-hour seminar, we will explore the specific application of AEDP in the treatment of eating disorders and consider how we tailor AEDP interventions to eating disorder stages of recovery. The Seminar will be both interactive and didactic, using videotaped session material to illustrate the model in action.

The workshop will end with Q & A and conversation with participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why working experientially is helpful in treating eating disorders
  • Describe the evolution of eating disorder recovery over time
  • Match AEDP interventions with phase of eating disorder recovery

Seminar Agenda

Meet the Presenter

Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW

Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW  is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor in private practice in Westchester County, NY. She fell in love with AEDP when she took Diana’s Immersion course in 2008. She has both assisted and lead-assisted for Immersion and Essential Skills, as well as presented at Immersion. She has extensive experience working with patients with eating disorders and has developed a practice that integrates eating disorder treatment and AEDP. She is on the faculty of the Integrative Trauma Treatment Program at the National Institute of Psychotherapies. Prior to finding AEDP, Martina worked as an eating disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, a staff therapist at Harvard University’s mental health service, an adjunct professor at Simmons College, and the Director of Counseling at a program for at-risk youth in Boston. She is the co-author of a chapter on safety in connection among at-risk adolescent girls in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths (NYU Press, 2007). She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, her Master of Social Work from Columbia University, her Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and her Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Martina brings authenticity, a sense of humor, and a profound appreciation for the process and practice of AEDP to her work with clients and supervisees. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband, soon-to-leave-the-nest daughter and 2 dogs. She is a white, cisgender heterosexual female (pronouns she/her).

Dates, Times, Location

Saturday November 5, 2022

11:00 am – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time USA + Canada

Location: Live, Online

Registration, Fees and Scholarships: 

Registration Fees:

Non-Members: Registration including CE $129.00 USD

Members: Registration including CE $119 USD:


Scholarships are available. To learn more and apply, please go here.

Continuing Education (CE): 

Note: This AEDP Institute-sponsored seminar does not count towards AEDP Certification.

Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for  3.75 CE hours of continuing professional development credit.* Participants must have paid course fee, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive CE. R. Cassidy Seminars is our CE partner and will provide CE certificates. In addition, a certificate of completion will be provided by the AEDP Institute. Partial credit is not available.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program
Evaluations and Certificates are available online following course completion at

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the Attendee to determine if the CE credit offered by R. Cassidy Seminars meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

Go here for a list of professions included, state approval and other details on CEs for this course.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds:


Course Questions: Contact

Payment, CE and Registration Questions: Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner
866-992-9399  X105
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm PST