AEDP Institute

AEDP Advanced Skills Modular Course: Live, Online

Using AEDP’s Representational Schemas to Scaffold the Therapist’s Presence, Persistence and Precision 

Presented by AEDP Faculty Member Karen Pando-Mars, MFT and Experiential Assistants


Wednesday October 14 –  Friday October 16, 2020 | 3 half-days


This is an Advanced Skills Modular 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.

Any five Modular Advanced Skills Courses are considered the equivalent of any 10-Day Retreat-Style Course.

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 Licensed Mental Health Providers including Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. If you have a question about the relevance of this course for you and/or your eligibility for this course please contact with your credentials before registering. For information about whether this course offers Continuing Education credits for your license, see the bottom of the page.

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

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.

To see a listing of AEDP therapists who act as Experiential Assistants, click here.

Course Description:

Title of this Advanced Skills Modular Course: Using AEDP’s Representational Schemas to Scaffold the Therapist’s Presence, Persistence and Precision

Course Description: The experiential focus in AEDP aims to harness positive neuroplasticity. In this advanced skills weekend training, we will explore that how we specifically engage positive neuroplasticity with each client we treat is tripled in its impact when we make use of AEDP’s three representational schemas to guide our interventions and clinical decision making: The Triangle of Experience, the Self-Other-Emotion triangle and the Triangle of Relational Comparisons. With the four-state transformational process map in the background, this weekend will illustrate the use of these three representational schemas using clinical examples to show how they provide underlying structure for moment-to-moment clinical activities, and fortify the AEDP clinician’s metaskills of presence, persistence and precision.

Therapists’ affective competence plays a huge part in generating the effectiveness of our treatment: 1) how we perceive and respond to the client’s presenting issues, 2) how we identify transformance motivational forces at play, and 3) how we search to discover the roots of a patient’s suffering and the dynamics that underlie their functioning. I believe how AEDP therapists lean into AEDP therapeutic stance and put the three representational schemas to use with presence, precision and persistence helps us to meet our clients and helps them to feel met. In this way we can maximize the effectiveness of AEDP’s experiential focus to potentiate positive neuroplasticity and help our clients to have the specific healing and transformation to address what has brought them to seek psychotherapy.

We will have both didactic teaching with video illustration and experiential exercises guided by our dedicated and knowledgable experiential assistants.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify two ways the therapist’s presence impacts the client.
  • Identify the purpose of therapist persistence in experiential process
  • Demonstrate how the triangle of experience supports therapist precision in AEDP
  • Show two AEDP interventions that can harness positive neuroplasticity
  • Describe what drives the self-at-worst constellation
  • Name the three corners of the Triangle of Experience
  • Identify the three corners of the Self-Other-Emotion triangle
  • Apply two ways therapists can bring the patient’s self- at-best to the fore
  • List two mechanisms of attachment theory that influence the AEDP therapist stance
  • List two mechanisms of intersubjective connection that influence the AEDP therapist stance
  • Name the three corners of the triangle of relational comparisons

Click here for course agenda

Meet the Presenter

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, California, and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of this transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West and chaired the AEDP Institute Education Committee from 2011-2018.

Ms. Pando-Mars' passionate interest in what cultivates deep connection between Self and Other has been furthered by attachment theory and related neuroscience. She is known for her presence, warmth, and the clarity of her presentations. Videotapes of her clinical work are moving and inspiring examples of how AEDP’s explicit relational and experiential practices can help patients heal from relational trauma.

Ms. Pando-Mars arrived to AEDP with background in somatic and experiential therapies, including Focusing, Biofeedback, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray-Worldplay, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. These influences are deeply woven throughout her work. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in the Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

She presents workshops on AEDP,  teaches and leads Essential and Advanced Skills courses, Core training and supervision across the United States and internationally.  Her publication “Tailoring AEDP interventions to attachment style,” 2016 Transformance Journal, 6 (2) is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be co-authored with Diana Fosha and published by Norton & Co.


Course Location, Dates and Times 

Location: Live, Online

Dates (3 half day sessions) : Wednesday October 14 – Friday October 16, 2020 

Times for each session: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific Time | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time (go here to convert to your time zone)

Course Fee and Registration:

Important: This is an Advanced Skills Course (not a seminar). Pre-requisites: you must be AEDP Level 2 or above meaning, you must 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). 


Registration Fee includes 13.5 CE Credits

  • $590 Member Price (must be logged in to register)
  • $640 Non-Member Price


Non-Member Registration

Learn about our ‘pay-what-you-wish’ pilot program for self-identifying Black mental health professionals here.

Diversity Scholarships: For more information and to download an application please click here.

Extra Help During the Pandemic:

  • Covid Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available for licensed therapists in practice. If you are unable to afford the full course fee because you have been especially hard hit by the Covid virus, please contact us at with Covid Scholarship in the subject line and briefly tell us why you need the scholarship.

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Course Questions & Registration Contact

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

ADA Accommodations:

Please contact our office 866-992-9399 if you have questions about disability access or accommodations.

Continuing Education

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

Live Interactive Webinar
Satisfactory Completion
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

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. 13.5 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. (13.5) clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
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.  (13.5) 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 13.5 contact hours Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (13.5) hours.
MA-LMHCs: This program has been approved for 13.5 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. MaMHCA Approval #20-0171.
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 (13.5) CE hours.
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. (13.5) contact hours. Live online.
NY-LMFTs: 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 marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (13.5) contact hours. Live online.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (13.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 13.5 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. (13.5) contact hours. Live online.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0221 for (13.5) 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, (13.5) 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 (13.5) CE Hours.

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (13.5) contact hours


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.

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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