Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3, 2020
Transforming Entrenched Defenses, Pathogenic Affects and Trauma States in AEDP
Presented by AEDP Faculty Member SueAnne Piliero, PhD and Experiential Assistants
This is an Advanced Skills 2-Day Course which counts toward AEDP Certification. It is for AEDP Level 2* or above licensed clinicians who are looking to develop or refresh their AEDP skills.
Level 2 AEDPers who complete any five 2-Day Advanced Skills Courses will be promoted to Level 3.
Level 3+ AEDPers are encouraged to participate to earn CE’s while refreshing AEDP skills and reconnecting with faculty and community.
*AEDP Level 2 clinicians have completed Immersion plus either Essential Skills (ES1), or Core Training, or the equivalent in AEDP supervision (30 hours Small Group or 20 hours Individual).
This course is for AEDP Level 2 and above Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, in mental health and the healing arts and sciences.
About AEDP: Healing-oriented and attachment-based, AEDP’s practice translates current neuroscience and developmental research into moment-to-moment clinical practice. Simultaneously experiential and relational in its in-depth emotional explorations, AEDP’s interventions are deeply rooted in the dynamics of the transformational process that emerges in environments where the individual feels safe and known.
Prerequisites: AEDP Advanced Skills Courses are for licensed practitioners who are Level 2 or above; i.e. they have completed both AEDP Immersion and either AEDP Essential Skills (ES1), Core Training, or its equivalent in AEDP Supervision hours. If you are unsure of your Level and would like to participate in an Advanced Skills Course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Advanced Skills Courses: Practical in orientation, every Advanced Skills Course focuses on helping you both learn new, Advanced AEDP skills, and cultivate and fine-tune the AEDP skills you already have. Each course will include didactic presentations of theory along with video of actual clinical sessions conducted by AEDP Faculty followed by an afternoon of small group experiential exercises.
In both left-brained and right-brained ways, our Advanced Skills faculty will teach concrete, specific interventions and techniques that will help you with the in-depth practice of AEDP and help you with your more challenging clients.
Daily routine: AEDP skills are introduced each morning first with their theoretical foundations and then with illustrations by way of clinical videotapes; skills are then practiced in group experiential exercises each afternoon.
Faculty, Experiential Assistants and Clinical Video: These are the hallmarks of all AEDP trainings. In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both undo professional aloneness and engage in rigorous clinical teaching. Our faculty are excellent as academics, clinicians and teachers. Participants deeply appreciate how effectively faculty presenters’ clinical video demonstrates “AEDP in action.” And faculty have skilled accompaniment from a large number of Experiential Assistants – up to and often including one Experiential Assistant for every three participants. Participants rave about the excellent attention and support they receive in this unique learning environment.
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Title of this Advanced Skills 2-Day Course: Transforming Entrenched Defenses, Pathogenic Affects and Trauma States in AEDP
Working with entrenched defenses, pathogenic affects and trauma states ain’t easy. It requires a strong therapeutic presence: leading boldly; co-regulating, psychobiologically attuning to our patients, our self, and the dyad moment-to-moment.
It requires tenaciously advocating and championing our patients’ capacity to heal and be whole when they see and feel nothing but darkness. It requires building capacity within our SELVES to “be with” and “stay with” deep emotional pain, grief, shame, rage, unbearable states of aloneness. In short, it requires “Fierce Love.”
In this two-day course, we will explore in depth the central place of pathogenic affects (e.g. feelings of worthlessness, toxic shame, unbearable states of aloneness) in trauma, and the entrenched relational defenses they give rise to in trauma, and the integral part that therapeutic presence, active engagement, and active relational interventions play in transforming these entrenched defenses and that pathogenic affects that give rise to them.
Through lecture, videotape of actual sessions and/or live demos you will see, hear, and witness how the therapist’s fierce love—i.e. her strong, attuned, leading and constant lending of her self in breaking through entrenched defenses and assiduously championing the patient’s core authentic self—lead to deep healing and transformation.
- Demonstrate how to be more affectively engaged, psychobiologically attuned, relationally courageous (i.e. fierce love) and make more purposeful use of their own emotional experience in your work with patients
- Summarize what therapeutic presence really means—being inside the patient’s world and our patients knowing it, feeling it, and viscerally registering it—and the integral part it plays in transforming pathogenic affects.
- Integrate micro moment-to-moment tracking, a key ingredient in our clinical work
- Differentiate adaptive from maladaptive affective experience
- Discover the central place of pathogenic affects (e.g. feelings of worthlessness, toxic shame) in trauma
- Summarize what we really mean by “undoing aloneness”, e.g. how to really “be there” “bear witness” and “be with” our patients in these unbearable states of pain, terror, and utter aloneness in order to transform these trauma states
- Develop skills for working with “child/trauma parts” to facilitate self-to-self healing
- Formulate how to pendulate, co-regulate and provide dyadic affect regulation, essential components in working with trauma
- Explain and show how to reliably use your Self as the corrective emotional experience for your patients (e.g. through self disclosure of feelings and patient’s impact on you)
- Construct ways to work with toxic shame and pathogenic affects through “Fierce Love”
- Discover how to transform maladaptive beliefs about Self and Other through structural rebuilding of the Self and uncoupling dynamics
Meet the Presenter
SueAnne Piliero, PhD
SueAnne Piliero, Ph.D. is Faculty Emerita and Supervisor. She is also a founding member of the AEDP Institute having worked with Diana Fosha at the very beginning of AEDP and for 20 years thereafter, traveling nationally and internationally to teach AEDP to clinicians and mental health professionals around the world. Dr. Piliero was a lead trainer in the AEDP Institute’s Essential Skills Courses, and a highly sought after consultant.
Dr. Piliero is known for her warm, engaging teaching style and her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity.
Dr. Piliero has developed a relationally bold clinical method called Fierce Love. Her clinical work, which embodies Fierce Love, powerfully demonstrates how even the most traumatized patients can be transformed.
Dr. Piliero received her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Her clinical interests and specialties are in trauma, dissociation, toxic shame, and the ways in which the mind, body, spirit is powerfully poised to transform them.In addition to AEDP, Dr. Piliero is trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, and Parts work, all of which she weaves into her clinical work. She teaches, consults, and maintains a private practice in New York City.
Course Location, Dates and Times
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)
40 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Saturday, May 2 & Sunday May 3, 2020
9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
Course Fee and Registration:
Registration Fee includes 13 CE Credits
- $590 Member Price (must be logged in to register)
- $640 Non-Member Price
Special pricing – limited seats available:
- Diversity Scholarships: a limited number of Diversity Scholarships are available
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Course Questions & Registration Contact
Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner:
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm PST
Please contact our office 866-992-9399 if you have questions about disability access or accommodations.
This seminar is for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists
Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in and out each day, attended the entire seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out each day will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at www.ceuregistration.com
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 13 CE hours
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (13) clock hours. Live in-person.
NJ SW: ASWB ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16.)
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other states’ licensing board approvals for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Social Work boards accept either APA, or ASWB, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Social Workers.
IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000782. (13) hours.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 13 contact hours. Live in-person.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13) clock hours, #RCST110701
Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other states’ licensing board approvals for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes MFTS and Counselors.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (13) hours.
MA-LMHC: Application for MaMHCA continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 866-992-9399 ext. 105 for the status of LMHC CE Certification.
MA-LMFT: This course has been filed with the MA MFT board; approval pending
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (13) contact hours. Live in-person.
NY-LMFTs: This activity has been filed with NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education for (13) CE hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 13 CE hours.
Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. (13) contact hours. Live in-person.
Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0221 for (13) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (13) hours general. Expires 3/31/2021. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (13) CE Hours.
CA: CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (13) contact hours.
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Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
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