Saturday and Sunday March 7 – 8, 2020
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
This is an Advanced Skills (ES2) 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 Advanced Skills (ES2) 2-Day 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 email@example.com.
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.
Title of this Advanced Skills (ES2) 2-Day 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.
- 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
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, Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapies, and chaired the AEDP Institute Education Committee from 2011-2018.
She presents trainings and workshops in AEDP, including leading Essentials Skills courses across the United States and internationally. She is known for her presence, candor and warmth, and the clarity with which she translates complex theory into user-friendly practices. Videotapes of her clinical work are deeply moving and inspiring to psychotherapists learning to be more effective in helping their clients to change and transform.
Ms. Pando-Mars' brings a passionate interest in how AEDP puts attachment theory and related neuroscience into explicit and experiential practice in helping patients to heal from relational trauma. Licensed since 1989, her background in somatic and experiential therapies includes Biofeedback, Focusing, 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.
Her most recent 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
The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library
33 Marrett Rd
Lexington, MA 02421
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 – March 8, 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:
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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
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.
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 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.
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: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (13) hours.
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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: 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) 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
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-00-434-0220 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 3/31/2020. 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: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (13) contact hours.
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