The Therapist as Organizing Other: Regulating and building self-structure in dysregulated clients through an AEDP lens
Presented by AEDP Sr. Faculty Member Jennifer Edlin, MFT and Experiential Assistants
Thursday – Saturday April 22 – 24, 2021
Online, Three 5-hour sessions, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (Pacific Time US)
This is an Advanced Skills Modular Course which counts toward AEDP Certification should that be your goal. It is for AEDP Level 2* or above licensed clinicians who are looking to develop or refresh their AEDP skills.
Any five modular Courses are considered the equivalent of any 10-Day Retreat-Style Course.
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 Licensed Mental Health Providers including Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. If you have a question about the relevance of this course for you and/or your eligibility for this course please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your credentials before registering. For information about whether this course offers Continuing Education credits for your license, see the bottom of the page.
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.
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Unwilled and unwanted aloneness in the face of overwhelming experience often leaves people feeling unbearably disconnected from self and other. For some, their response to this disconnection takes the form of sympathetic hyperarousal. We see this in our clients who are reeling rather than feeling and dealing. These clients are easily flooded, impulsive, hypervigilent and overwhelmed by emotion, connection and experience. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) fosters the healing of relational trauma through the use of the therapist’s self and the accompaniment of the client, processing together what was too much for the client to face alone. Through tracking and helping to regulate the moment-by-moment somatic experience of the client, providing a secure base (and helping the client to make use of this base), and harnessing the innate drive within all of us to heal and transform, we as therapists can help our clients to move from dysregulation to deeper connection with self and other and a renewed sense of self-compassion and their own efficacy in the world.
This workshop begins with an introduction to AEDP, focusing on the questions AEDP therapists ask themselves to help orient their work with dysregulated clients. The workshop focuses on both theory and clinical technique, and makes extensive use of videotaped clinical work to demonstrate the application of AEDP interventions and theory in work with dysregulated clients. We look at work over the course of treatment, session by session with one client and across years with another, and explore creating a sense of safety, accessing and processing core affective experiences to completion, and finally metaprocessing the new experiences of self and other to allow a profound shift from older internal working models that led to dysregulation and a sense of overwhelm, to new ways of relating to self and other. Significant time will be devoted to experiential exercises for participants to directly apply the learning each day.
- Name at least four questions AEDP therapists ask themselves to help guide and focus their work with clients.
- Identify three different ways to track a client’s anxiety during sessions.
- Apply interventions that make use of the therapeutic relationship to regulate a client’s anxiety.
- Direct clients toward their body to track and regulate anxiety moment-by-moment.
- Detect and apply techniques to assist clients to slow down and return to moments of emotional importance.
- Name at least two interventions to help build receptive affective capacity in clients.
- Differentiate between a defensive response on the part of the client and a gap in the client’s experience.
- Define metatherapeutic processing.
- Apply metatherapeutic processing in work with dysregulated clients to help build a coherent narrative.
- List at least three interventions to help the client a client stay with the process of reflecting on and integrating change for the better.
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Meet the Presenter
Jennifer Edlin, MFT
Jennifer Edlin, MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland, California. Jenn received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a JD/MBA degree from New York University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. From the moment she attended her first AEDP Immersion Course, Jenn was taken by AEDP and the permission to be authentic and to use the therapist’s whole self in service of clients’ healing and transformation.
Jenn is developing AEDP theory and clinical interventions to use with dysregulated and underregulated clients, and has presented her work in 2019 in Boston, Portland and the Denver Immersion course. In the years since she joined the AEDP Institute Faculty Jenn has been a Co-Director of the AEDP research project, working closely with Diana Fosha and Shigeru Iwakabe.
Jenn is gifted with left brain rigor and right brain intuition. We who know her are struck with the breadth and depth of her intellect, the bigness of her heart, her attunement and sensitivity, her remarkable capabilities in a multitude of areas, her huge capacity to integrate it all and translate it into effective action AND her passion for, commitment and devotion to AEDP.
Course Dates, Times, and Location
Dates: Thursday – Saturday April 22 – 24, 2021 (this course will be taught over 3 five hour days)
Times for each session: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (Pacific Time USA)
Requirements to Participate Effectively Online:
You will need a private space with a reliable Internet connection for a desktop/laptop computer that has video and microphone. New to Online Learning? Basic technical training and support is provided in advance of and throughout the Online course. Click HERE for AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s.
Prerequisites, Attendance and Cancellation
Important Prerequisite This is an Advanced Skills Course (not a seminar). Pre-requisites: you must be AEDP Level 2 or above meaning:
- you must have completed Immersion, and
- you must have also completed either Essential Skills (ES1), Core Training, or the equivalent in AEDP supervision (30 hours Small Group or 20 hours Individual)
Registration and Course Fee, including 14.25 CE
- $590 Member Price (must be logged in to register)
- $640 Non-Member Price
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Extra Help During the Pandemic:
- Covid Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available for licensed therapists in practice. If you are unable to afford the full course fee because you have been especially hard hit by the Covid virus, please click here for the application process.
Refund and Attendance Policy
- Prior to 10 days before a course begins: we will refund your payment minus a 10% banking and administrative fee (based on the full course/seminar fee).
- After 10 days no refund.
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Per APA rules and AEDP policy, full attendance is required to obtain CE – no partial credit will be given. Those who attend the course and complete the evaluation form will receive continuing education credits.
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