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

Due to Covid-19, Week 2 will be Live, ONLINE.  

October 2019 and September 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: Lead Presenters Jerry Lamagna, LCSW & Kari Gleiser, PhD

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

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

Wednesday – Saturday September 9 – 12 + Monday – Thursday Sept 14 – 17 


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: Week 1, Stockholm; Week 2, LIVE, ONLINE 

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: September, 2020 

  • Wednesday – Saturday September 9 – 12 + Monday – Thursday September 14 – 17
  • 4.5 hours per day for 8 course days (9 total days with a day off in the middle.)
  • 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Sweden time) | 6:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific) | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (Eastern)

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.

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