AEDP Institute

Advanced Skills Modular Course October 2021: with Benjamin Lipton, LCSW

Therapeutic Presence in AEDP

Friday – Sunday October 15 – 17, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time USA + Canada

Who the Advanced Skills Course is for:
AEDP Level 2 clinicians who 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).
Level 3+ AEDPers are encouraged to participate to earn CE’s while refreshing AEDP skills and reconnecting with faculty and community.

Course Description:

This Advanced Skills Module will address the role of Therapeutic Presence in the service of psychological healing and provide participants with specific tools to cultivate and strengthen their Therapeutic Presence.  We will learn effective clinical strategies for using Therapeutic Presence to help clients transform unbearable aloneness and psychic danger into a felt sense of accompaniment and capacity in their movement toward thriving and resilience.  In this era in which online therapy is now commonplace and necessary, particular attention will be paid to the unique demands related to Therapeutic Presence in the context of providing online psychotherapy.  

AEDP considers therapeutic presence not only as a relational precondition to therapy, but also as a specific, healing, affective change process in its own right.  From the get-go, AEDP therapists strive to actively and explicitly foster secure attachment by offering a new experience of emotional safety.  An AEDP therapist cultivates Therapeutic Presence in order to embody the characteristics of a loving, attuned and self-possessed Other.  And the AEDP therapeutic stance is welcoming, encouraging, affirming, transparent and explicitly emotionally engaged.  It is focused not only on the patient’s intrapsychic experience, but also on the relational “we-ness” of the therapeutic process.  The therapeutic emphasis is on “being there” and becoming a trusted companion in a shared, affective exploratory journey that promotes a client’s mastery and experientially heals trauma.

In this Advanced Skills Module, we will walk the talk of healing, in heart and mind and body, by helping you to develop and deepen your own capacities for Therapeutic Presence and practice using them in clinical work through experiential modules on each day of the training.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define the foundational components of Therapeutic Presence in clinical work.
  2. Develop Therapeutic Presence to inform your AEDP clinical stance.
  3. Develop Therapeutic Presence to increase effectiveness of affect regulation (both self and client).
  4. Utilize Therapeutic Presence to track the process of attunement, rupture, repair and re-coordination.
  5. Apply Therapeutic Presence across the 4 state model of AEDP.
  6. Apply the concept of “Being is the Doing.”
  7. Apply the PAIR model to clinical practice.
  8. Recognize the impact of intersectionality on Therapeutic Presence



Location: Live Online and highly interactive
AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s

Times: Daily (5 hour days)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern time USA + Canada

Dates: Friday – Sunday
October 15 – 17, 2021

Fees, Scholarships & CE

Non-Member Course Fee (includes 13 CE) |  $640 USD 
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Member Course Fee (includes 13 CE) | $590 USD  One time payment
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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.

CovidScholarshipsIf you are unable to afford the full course fee because you have been especially hard hit by the Covid pandemic, please contact us at with Covid Scholarship in the subject line and briefly tell us why you need the scholarship.

Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for 13.5 CE hours of continuing professional development credit.* Participants must have paid course fee, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive CE. RCassidy, is our CE partner and will provide CE certificates. In addition a certificate of completion will be provides by the AEDP Institute. Partial credit is not available.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the Attendee to determine if the CE credit offered by R.Cassidy Seminars meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

Go here for a list of professions included, state approval and other details on CEs for this course.

Meet the Presenter

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, 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.

Level 3+ AEDPers are encouraged to participate to earn CE’s while refreshing AEDP skills and reconnecting with faculty and community.

Advanced Skills Course Overview: 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.

Instructional Methodology: AEDP skills are introduced with their theoretical foundations and then with illustrations by way of clinical videotapes; skills are then practiced in group experiential exercises. In online courses, exceptionally effective experiential exercises are held in online “breakout rooms.”

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.

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

Certification: Completion of this course does not guarantee certification. To be eligible for AEDP Certification, clinicians must demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical model and proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. Certification requirements.

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds:


Course Questions: Contact

Payment, CE and Registration Questions: 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