AEDP Advanced Skills Modular Course: Live, Online, with Diana Fosha, PhD

AEDP’s Magnificent ‘9+1’ Affective Change Processes

Presented by Diana Fosha, PhD and Experiential Assistants


Friday – Monday, November 3 – 6, 2023  |  11:00 am – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Prerequisites: AEDP Advanced Skills Courses are for licensed practitioners who are Level 2 or above; See details further below.


Course Description:

AEDP has always been a multifaceted transformational therapy. Naturally occurring, adaptive, affective change processes have always been at the heart of AEDP’s healing oriented, radically relational, transformational practice. And, the clinical, practice-based theory of AEDP has also grown: It has expanded, deepened and been put to the test hundreds of thousands of times in transformational moments between patients and us, their AEDP therapists, worldwide.

With the advent of empirical research into AEDP’s effectiveness (Iwakabe et al, 2020), the need to systematize, codify and measure outcome and process in AEDP therapy has led to the development of what we have come to call The Magnificent 9 +1 Affective Change Processes Scale. This scale describes what makes AEDP, and why it’s proving to be so effective for so many patients.  This scale describes what makes AEDP AEDP, and attempts to capture what makes it effective for so many patients. These discrete AEDP affective change processes provide the scaffolding for AEDP’s clinical practice and transformational theory. They in essence operationalize and account for how change takes place in AEDP.

This course explores 9 affective change processes specific to AEDP, as well as the mystery “+1”. The 9 affective change processes are: i. Transformance detection & affirmation of the self; ii. Noticing & seizing a moment of change for the better; iii.  Undoing aloneness; iv. Facilitating access to bodily-based experience; v. Working to dismantle defenses; vi. Dyadic affect regulation; vii. Experientially processing core affective experience, aiming toward a corrective emotional experience; viii. Broadening & building transformational experience, i.e., metatherapeutic processing; ix. Promoting integration and processing core state experiences.

This Advanced Skills training is in keeping with the AEDP model: from experience comes insight and meaning. Insight and meaning are incredibly important and indeed transformational, but understanding follows from experience. Which is why we are teaching the fundamentals of AEDP’s transformational theory at the end of your advanced ES2 training, not at the beginning. Now that you have had so much training in AEDP and so many experiences with and in AEDP, this is an opportunity to reflect and integrate and experience (via the realization affects) that a new and deeper understanding has the potential to re-organize everything that came before it, and thus can lead to more rounds of the transformational spiral.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the nine essential components of AEDP’s Magnificent 9 + 1 affective change processes
  • Recognize the different ways in which early relational learning shows up in the here-and-now experience of the client.
  • List the factors that foster positive neuroplasticity and demonstrate how they can be put to good use in psychotherapy.
  • Explain and demonstrate how AEDP’s technique of undoing aloneness can be used to disconfirm early learning and promote a corrective relational experience in therapy.
  • Understand the essential elements needed to promote emotional processing and working toward a corrective emotional experience and how to make use of them in therapy.
  • Explain and demonstrate how metaprocessing can be maximized to deepen transformation and the integration of new learning.
  • Interpret and unpack the “+1” Unmasked: The Spirit of AEDP

Course Agenda:

Meet the Presenter

Diana Fosha, PhD

Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP™ psychotherapy, a healing-based, transformation-oriented treatment model. And she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion-transformation focused trauma treatment model. Fosha’s work focuses on integrating positive neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on promoting flourishing as a seamless part of the AEDP therapeutic process of transforming emotional suffering. Drawing on affective neuroscience, attachment theory, mother-infant developmental research, and research documenting the undreamed-of plasticity in the adult brain, AEDP is an experiential clinical practice which reflects the integration of science, (Read More…)


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)

If you have a question about the relevance of this course for you and/or your eligibility for this course please contact with your credentials before registering.

This course counts toward AEDP Certification:

This course counts toward AEDP Certification. 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. Learn more here.

Course Dates and Times 

Location: Presented Live, Online

Dates: Friday – Monday | November 3 – 6, 2023 

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

CE: 17

Registration and Course Fee:

  • $649 Member Price (must be logged in to register)
  • $679 Non-Member Price

Scholarships are available. To learn more and apply, please go here.

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Continuing Education

Heisel and Associates Approving Boards

Heisel and Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Heisel and Associates maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Heisel and Associates, Provider Number 1253, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Heisel and Associates maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/3/2023 to 5/3/2026.

Heisel and Associates has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6603. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Heisel and Associates is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by Heisel and Associates, an NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #111326, Heisel and Associates is responsible for all aspects of the programs.

New York Department of Education State Board for Psychology
New York Department of Education State Board for Social Work
New York Department of Education State Board for Mental Health Practitioners

Florida Board of Psychology
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling
Ohio Psychological Association
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Indiana State Board of Psychology
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