AEDP Institute

AEDP Advanced Skills (ES2) Retreat-Style, Stockholm, Sweden

October 2019 and March 2020

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This course is for Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, Masters and Doctoral students and interns 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

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 Helm and Guest Presenter: Ben Medley, LCSW-R

As course helm, Ben will serve to ensure continuity across and between days and weeks of the course and as such be the de facto course lead. Ben will also guest teach in support of the course’s Lead Presenters.

Week One, October 2019: Evening orientation October 3 + full day training October 4 – 8 

Lead Presenters Jerry Lamagna, LCSW & Kari Gleiser, PhD

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

Lead Presenters Steve Shapiro, PhD & Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

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:


Skeppsbron 10
111 30 Stockholm, Sweden

Dates and Times

Week 1: October 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019: evening orientation 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 4, 2019 – Tuesday, October 8, 2019: 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: March 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020: evening orientation 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 27, 2020 – Tuesday, Friday, 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)

Course Fee, Registration and Certificate of Completion 

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Non-Member Course Fee:

  • $3,200  USD One time payment, non-members

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Diversity Scholarships – A limited number of AEDP Diversity Scholarships are available for this course. Click HERE for the application.

Certificates of Completion will be provided by AEDP Institute at the end of the course for those who have paid for the course, signed in and signed out each day (for proof of attendance) and completed evaluations for each course session. Certificates will indicate 65 Hours of training. Partial credit is not available.

Please Note: If you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your licensing board’s approval, contact your board directly before you register to obtain a ruling.

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.

Course questions, Registration and Payment Questions, Disability / Special Needs Accommodations* please email 

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

Meet the Helm and Faculty Presenters:

Ben Medley, LCSW

Ben Medley, LCSW loves supervising clinicians learning AEDP! He has a private practice in NYC where he works with individuals and couples and supervises both in-person and online. In addition to being a certified AEDP Supervisor, Ben is also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT) Supervisor. He has presented nationally and internationally, including co-presenting with AEDP faculty member Ben Lipton the workshop Feeling Like a Man: Using AEDP to Overcome Shame and Heal Attachment Trauma both with AEDP West in California and in New York City. He has also taught/presented with the Essential Skills course in Parma, Italy; taught/ presented in Ithaca with the Central New York AEDP community; has assisted with the NY Immersion Course with Diana Fosha; and has assisted in Essential Skills courses with Natasha Prenn, Ben Lipton and Eileen Russell. Ben also created and launched AEDP Jumpstart, a short-term AEDP supervision group for those beginning AEDP supervision and/or beginning to review video of clinical material. Before private practice, Ben began a mental health program for study abroad students with the Scuola Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy; worked in the Jewish Board of Family Services LGBTQ Unit; and worked in Greenwich House's HIV Mental Health and Chemical Dependency programs. His paper "Recovering the True Self: Affirmative Therapy, Attachment and AEDP in Psychotherapy with Gay Men" is being published with the SEPI Journal: the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and, in 2019, Ben will be helming the five-weekend ES2 training in New York City. Ben earned his degree in Clinical Social Work with the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

jerry-lamagnaJerry Lamagna, LCSW is a senior faculty member with the AEDP Institute and a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and Westfield, New Jersey. His early career focused specifically on treating adult children raised in alcoholic families, where exposure to clinical challenges associated with complex trauma inspired him to pursue training in approaches like psychodrama, EMDR, ego state therapy, trauma/dissociative disorder treatment, IFS and of course, AEDP.

In 2004, Jerry, along with Dr. Kari Gleiser developed a modified version of AEDP for the treatment of dissociative disorders. Since then, Jerry has authored three articles on AEDP and its application in treating complex trauma and in 2015 released a three DVD training video of his teaching and live clinical work. In addition to writing, supervising and providing psychotherapy, Jerry teaches AEDP in North America and Europe.

Steve Shapiro, PhD

Steve ShapiroSteve Shapiro, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who maintains a full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia and has over twenty years clinical and teaching experience.  He has been practicing various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT), such as Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), since the mid-1990’s. He is a Senior Faculty and founding member of the AEDP Institute and has been studying with Dr. Diana Fosha, the developer of AEDP, since 2003

Dr. Shapiro conducts lectures, workshops and ongoing training internationally.  His presentations are often commended for translating complex clinical theory into clear, precise, and practical techniques which are easily understandable and readily applied immediately in clinical settings by therapists of all orientations.

For 16 years, Dr. Shapiro was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), an emergency psychiatric hospital, where he worked with a range of severe disorders and those committed involuntarily to treatment. This intensive experience has helped inform Dr. Shapiro’s specializations and approach to transforming resistance with those who are considered challenging due to a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or excessive anxiety and dysregulation.

Kari Gleiser, PhD

kgleiser_anw-copyKari Gleiser, PhD, completed her doctoral work at Boston University and her internship through Dartmouth Medical School with a focus on trauma and PTSD. In her practice, she specializes in applying AEDP to the treatment of complex trauma, dissociative disorders and personality disorders. Dr. Gleiser is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Integrative Health in Hanover, New Hampshire, a trauma center dedicated to multi-modal healing of mind, body and spirit. She has served a term on the board of directors of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation (NESTTD), where she chaired a committee on education and outreach. In collaboration with Jerry Lamagna, Dr. Gleiser has developed an “intra-relational” model of therapy, which imports AEDP’s relational and experiential interventions to patients’ internal systems of dissociated self-states. Dr. Gleiser has written several clinical papers and book chapters and has presented on applying AEDP to treat dissociative disorders at various international conferences.

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-19-26-amKaren 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, leads Essentials Skills courses, and is co-faculty of AEDP for Couples 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.