AEDP Institute

AEDP Advanced Skills (ES2) Retreat-Style, Los Angeles

March & October 2020

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This course is for 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 is for licensed practitioners who have completed both AEDP Immersion and AEDP Essential Skills (ES1). If you have not completed ES1 but have completed Immersion and Core Training (or a significant number of AEDP Supervision hours) and would like to participate in ES2, please contact admin@aedpinstitute.org.

About Advanced Skills (ES2): Practical in its orientation, Advanced Skills (ES2) focuses on helping you both learn new, advanced AEDP skills, and cultivate and fine-tune the AEDP skills you already have. Each day’s teaching will include didactic presentations of theory along with video of actual clinical sessions conducted by AEDP Faculty followed by 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 (though in Stockholm the ratio may be somewhat different). 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 Co-Helms: Benjamin Lipton, LCSW and Ron Frederick, PhD

As course helms, Benjamin and Ron will serve to ensure continuity across and between days and weeks of the course and as such be the de facto course co-leads. Ron will guest present during Benjamin’s helm week and Ron with guest present during Ron’s helm week. They will also host at least one more guest presenter during each week of the course.

Week One, March 2020: Evening orientation March 26 + full day training March 27 – 31 

Lead Faculty Benjamin Lipton, LCSW + Guest Faculty TBA

Week Two, October 2020: Evening orientation October 1 + full day training October 2 – 6

Lead Faculty Ron Frederick, PhD + Guest Faculty TBA


Daily Topics:

  • “Oh, won’t you stay just a little bit longer:” Scaffolding and fine-tuning the experiential interventions of interpersonal and intrapsychic work.
  • “What feeling?:” Working with patients who don’t easily take to AEDP
    • Advanced Defense Work Part 1: Building self and self compassion.
    • Advanced Defense Work Part 2: When defenses don’t melt and can’t easily be bypassed.
  • Pathogenic Affects: Working with shame and guilt in AEDP.
  • “It feels good like I know it should:” Increasing receptive affective capacities aka “taking it in.”
  • Attunement, Co-regulation, and “Fierce Love:” 3 Essential skills in healing attachment trauma and transforming the self.
  • Just Portrayals: An emotion processing option.
  • When Positive Experiences Trigger Negative Reactions: Trauma, dissociation, ‘parts’ work; AEDP-IR.
  • Pathogenic/Maladaptive Affects: Extended state 1 work; use of self; top-down as well as bottom-up restructuring strategies.
  • Advanced Metaprocessing: Memory reconsolidation at work.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the specific clinical markers of each of the 4 states in the AEDP Model of Emotion Processing
  • Utilize the skill of moment-to-moment tracking to facilitate processing core affects to completion
  • Demonstrate two techniques for deepening a client’s access to adaptive core affects
  • Distinguish adaptive from maladaptive core affects
  • Define “portrayal” and identify different types of portrayals
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to utilize portrayals in clinical work to process core affect
  • Discover the central place of pathogenic affects (e.g. feelings of worthlessness, shame, unbearable aloneness, etc.) in trauma.
  • Explain 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.
  • Show what we really mean by “undoing aloneness”, how to regulate fear and shame, champion the patient’s self-at-best, and experiential work with relational experience—all key ingredients in transforming trauma and the self.
  • Describe how to be more affectively engaged, relationally courageous (i.e. “fierce love”) and make more purposeful use of their own emotional experience in their work with clients.
  • Identify three phobias associated with trauma work based on the Structural model of dissociation.
  • Describe two AEDP-based therapeutic interventions that aid in the patient’s development of emotion regulation.
  • Name two affective change processes in AEDP that can help stabilize patients in early trauma treatment.
  • Define “Intra-relational AEDP” and identify two goals associated with its use.
  • Explain how to reliably track patients’ position on the triangles and determine when the patient is functioning in the realm of feeling, defense or anxiety.
  • Designate the different levels or subcategories of feeling, defense and anxiety.
  • Demonstrate how to use knowledge about the patients position to guide therapeutic interventions.
  • Explain concrete steps to restructure defenses and reduce barriers to connection in the therapy relationship.
  • Establish ways to track and regulate anxiety so that it is in an optimal range.
  • Demonstrate skills for accessing internal affective resources and unconscious material so they are available for therapeutic exploration.
  • Differentiate between empathy and affirmation
  • Explain the the importance of metatherapeutic processing
  • Integrate affirmation into their technical repertoire of interventions

Course Location, Dates and Times:

Location:
American Jewish University
Familian Campus
15600 Mulholland Drive
Bel Air, CA 90077

Simple Dormitory Lodging is available at AJU. If interested, please click here

Dates and Times

Week 1: March 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020: evening orientation 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 27, 2020 – Tuesday, March 31, 2020: daily from 9 am – 5 pm

  • Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (4 hrs with one 15-min break)
  • Afternoon Session: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (3 hrs with one 15-min break)

Week 2: October 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020: evening orientation 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 2, 2020 – Tuesday, October 6, 2020: daily from 9 am – 5 pm

  • Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (4 hrs with one 15-min break)
  • Afternoon Session: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (3 hrs with one 15-min break)

Course Fee, Registration and Continuing Education (CE)

Continuing Education: This program is eligible for 65 CE Hours of continuing education credit through our partner R. Cassidy Seminars. CE Credits are included in the course fee. Participants must have paid course fee, signed in and signed out, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Please see the bottom of the page for State and Licensing Board Specifics.

Course Fee includes 65 CE Credits

  • $3,200  One payment, non-members*
  • $3,250  Payment plan, non-members* requires $500 deposit

*AEDP Institute Members save $50. Log in to access the discounted Member Registration button.

Non-Member Registration

Diversity Scholarships

AEDP Diversity Scholarships are available for this course.
For more information and to download an application please go here.

 

Lodging 

Booking Deadline for Week 1 is  March 12, 2020;  Booking Deadline for Week 2 is September 17, 2020

Simple dormitory lodging will be available. All reservations are on a first come first serve basis and your information must be received 2 weeks in advance of course start dates.

Please click here to book lodging.

 

COURSE QUESTIONS, REGISTRATION and PAYMENT PLANS CONTACT

AEDP Institute
Karen Newell
karen@rcassidy.com
866-992-9399 x 105

ADA ACCOMODATIONS:

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


Meet the Lead Faculty:

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW

Ben LiptonBenjamin Lipton, LCSW, is a founding faculty member of the AEDP Institute.  He is based in New York City and travels nationally and internationally to teach and present AEDP to a broad range of professional audiences.  Mr. Lipton pioneered the first AEDP Advanced Core Training programs (Bay Area and Seattle) and currently co-leads the AEDP Retreat Style Essential Skills course.  His open and engaging teaching style and skill in translating complex ideas into clear and accessible learning points receives consistent praise from his audiences.  Mr. Lipton is the editor of From Crisis to Crossroads: Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (Haworth Press) and has published many clinical articles and book chapters in psychology and social service journals over the past two decades.  His most recent article, co-authored with Diana Fosha, is on working with attachment in AEDP;  Attachment as a Transformative Process in AEDP: Operationalizing the Intersection of Attachment Theory and Affective Neuroscience.  Mr. Lipton has held adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work and he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.  Previously, he was the Director of Clinical Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first and largest HIV/AIDS service organization.  In addition to his expertise in AEDP, Mr. Lipton has training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Solution-Focused therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Mr. Lipton is committed to the foundational principle of human development that change for the better, at every level of civilization, flourishes when people feel safe enough to be curious and take necessary risks.  He is passionately dedicated to bringing this alive in both his practice and teaching.

Ronald J. Frederick, PhD

Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Los Angeles, California and author of the award winning book Living Like You Mean It (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and the forthcoming book Loving Like You Mean It (Central Recovery Press, 2019). Since 1994, Dr. Frederick has been training in, practicing, and teaching AEDP, and has received extensive training and supervision from Dr. Fosha. Past experience includes fourteen years as a Clinical Supervisor at Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Park House Day Treatment Program, a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Psychology and HIV in the AIDS Center Program at Roosevelt Hospital, NYC, where he later worked as a staff psychologist, and a year-long training rotation in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC.  Dr. Frederick supervises trainees in AEDP, and has co-facilitated, with Dr. Fosha, AEDP Immersion Courses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Big Sur, and San Diego. Noted for his warmth, humor, and engaging presentation style, Dr. Frederick is a popular speaker and trainer for both general and professional audiences worldwide. He regularly leads workshops at the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center, and the Cape Cod Institute, has provided professional trainings for the Lifespan Learning Institute, Professional Psych Seminars (PPS), and Premier Education Solutions (PESI), and frequently speaks to national, state, and local organizations.  Dr. Frederick now teaches and has a private practice in Los Angeles, California.


Continuing Education

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. CE Credits are included in the course fee.

A link to your evaluation and certificate will be emailed to you from R. Cassidy a few days after the event’s completion.

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 following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

Psychologists
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. 65 CE hours

Psychoanalysts
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. 65 clock hours.

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
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 65 contact hours live
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 65 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 ASWB approval, 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 Counselors.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  65 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. 65 contact hours.
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. 65 contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 65 clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 65 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. 65 contact hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA:
Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for 65 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, 65 hours general. Expires 3/31/2019.  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.

Educators
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is 65 CE Hours.

Nurses
CA:
Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for 65 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.

To see our Refund Policy or to file a Grievance, click here.