AEDP Institute

AEDP Essential Skills Agenda

WEEK 1

DAY 1

9:00 – 9:30
Course Overview, Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
Healing from the Get-Go:  Transformance–the wired in motivational force toward healing–is the bedrock of AEDP theory and practice.  Today we will learn the ways in which Transformance informs the AEDP therapeutic stance and fundamental technique of moment-to-moment tracking

11:15 – 11:30     Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  We will use this knowledge along with the technical roadmap of the 4 State/3 State Transformation model to begin to facilitate the processing of emotional and relational experiences.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises*

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 2

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
What Do I say, How Do I Say It and Then What Do I Do? We will learn entry points: how and when to intervene using the ‘experiential language’ of AEDP

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions.  We will explore the use of self and self-disclosure to deepen the work and foster safety and connection in all our therapeutic dyads.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 3

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
Building, Renovating, and Reconstructing a Secure Therapeutic Attachment:  Its Not a Once and For All Kind of Deal:  This day we will look at how to build a secure therapeutic attachment from the beginning of treatment and beyond

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions: The ongoing security of that attachment depends on each in the dyad to grow and change to accommodate greater risk taking, intimacy, safety, and exploration at deeper levels of vulnerability.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 4

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
Working with Defense and Anxiety in AEDP:  When Defenses Don’t Melt and Anxiety Doesn’t Dissipate:  This module will focus on how to work with defenses and inhibitory affects to promote access to State 2 coreaffective experience. You’ll learn how to use the Triangle of Experience to make sense of clinical phenomena and guide your choice of interventions

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  We will expand our repertoire of interventions for anxiety regulation and for defense work in AEDP, learning about bypassing, melting, validating and restructuring defenses.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 5

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
Integration in Action:  We will explore the crucial role of Meta-therapeutic Processing (Metaprocessing for short) to foster and amplify the transformational power of explicitly reflecting upon the experience of change for the better.

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  We will add the reflective technique of Metaprocessing to the experientially driven techniques of emotion and relational processing that we have already developed this week in order to facilitate the anchoring of new therapeutic experiences in explicit awareness and memory.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

 

WEEK 2

DAY 1

9:00 – 9:30
Course Overview, Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15

Reviewing and Anticipating: Special Attention to State 2 Adaptive and Maladaptive Core Affective Experience (CAE):  This session will recapture some of what was learned in week 1, forecast work with portrayals which will be elaborated later in the week, discuss the different kinds of State 2 CAE that we want to deepen and expand and give special attention to maladaptive CAE

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  While we are not deepening these, our witness, presence, capacity and willingness to co-regulate can offer tremendous healing potential.  Finally, we will look at the risk of leaving people alone in our attempts to “undo aloneness.”

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 2

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
Working with Defense and Anxiety in AEDP: When Defenses Don’t Melt and Anxiety Doesn’t Dissipate – Part 2:  This module will focus on how to work with defenses and inhibitory affects to (a) transform self-at-worst into self-at-best and (b) promote access to State 2 core affective experience.

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  We will also explore strategies from intra-relational AEDP and learn how to use parts work to deal with more recalcitrant trauma-based defenses and anxiety.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 3

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
The Experience of Emotional Experience:  Processing Emotions to Completion:  Helping patients to access and viscerally experience previously blocked core emotions in the context of a secure therapy dyad is the central agent of therapeutic change in AEDP. In this module, we will focus on tracking where we are at any given moment in the 4 State model of emotion processing and we will learn State specific skills for accessing, deepening and sufficiently processing core emotions.

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  We will focus on the powerful technique of portrayals for helping patients to bring online cognition, emotion and somatic experiences associated with core emotion in order to release their adaptive action tendencies, transform trauma-based internal working models, and reduce the energetic drain of anxiety and defenses.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 4

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
Working with Transformational Experience: Transformational Affects and Core State:  AEDP is a treatment model that places transformation and the provision of new experiences at the center of its approach. Today’s training day explores how AEDP works to create the conditions for positive change and makes the most of these change moments when they occur.

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  a look at ways to facilitate moments that fuel “upward spirals” where healing begets waves of positive affect that in turn beget additional rounds of healing.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

DAY 5

9:00 – 9:30
Today’s Overview

9:30 – 11:15
Reviewing What We’ve Learned: Watching and Tracking Together:  This afternoon’s session will be more of a spontaneous, co-created response to the whole week, and indeed, the whole course.  We will take time to watch a video (or two) through the eyes of what we now know to solidify all the learning that has taken place during the course

11:15 – 11:30      Break

11:30 – 1:00
Clinical Decision Making via reviewing client sessions:  There will also be more time than usual for review, discussion, and still-unanswered questions.

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch

2:00 – 2:15
Big Group Q&A and Review Directions for Experiential Exercises

2:15 – 4:00
Small Group (Triad) Experiential Exercises

4:00 – 4:15      Break

4:15 – 5:00
Big Group Process/Q&A/Check Out

*What we consider AEDP’s “essential skills” will be didactically demonstrated and experientially explored so that participants develop both a felt sense and a cognitive understanding of them.  A key component of the experiential practices is the opportunity to “try on” sets of interventions as a therapist and to receive them as a client. We have found that learning new skills can give rise to experiences of safety, attachment security, transformation, increased therapeutic courage, and related phenomena; precisely the kinds of experiences AEDP facilitates for its clients.  The concentrated time that participants spend together immersed in learning inevitably leads to the development of a culture of trust and generosity that allows for risk-taking and a supportive environment that is uniquely suited for optimal learning.