AEDP™ Psychotherapy Essential Skills (ES1) April 2023 – January 2024 | Five Modules

Level 2 Certification Course

Presented by AEDP™ Institute Faculty:
Ronald Frederick, PhD
Anna Christina Sundgren, MA
Richard Harrison, PhD
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
Sigal Bahat, MA

Live Online, Five 4-Day Modules, April 2023 – January 2024
Designed for Time Zones: Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East

Who the Essential Skills (ES1) Course is for:

This is an AEDP certification course open to AEDP Level 1 clinicians, i.e. those who have completed Immersion. Participants must be licensed mental health providers practicing legally in their state, province, or countryincluding 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 with your credentials before registering.

Course Description

AEDP psychotherapy is an empirically supported approach that seeks to alleviate patients’ psychological suffering by helping them process the overwhelming emotions associated with trauma in a way that facilitates corrective emotional and relational experiences that mobilize changes in the brain.

AEDP Essential Skills is the second course in a series of certification courses for licensed therapists who are seeking to become AEDP Certified

AEDP Essential Skills provides practical skills for the application of AEDP as well as a thorough immersion in the theory underlying the practice. Different skill sets will be introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each module, so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP.

Faculty Steeped in Theoretical Framework, Clinical Teaching from Videotapes, Experiential Exercises. These are the hallmarks of AEDP trainings. At AEDP Institute, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both undo professional aloneness and engage in rigorous clinical teaching with skilled accompaniment. 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 four participants. Participants rave about the excellent attention and support they receive in this unique learning environment.

Routine for each module: AEDP skills are introduced with their theoretical foundations and with illustrations by way of clinical videotapes. Skills are then practiced in small group experiential exercises.  Experiential practice time makes up roughly 40% of the course.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the theoretical foundations of AEDP
  • Identify and demonstrate core elements of AEDP’s therapist stance: welcome, affirm, validate, orient 
  • Integrate healing and transformance from the get-go
  • Apply moment-to-moment tracking of emotional states and their markers to clinical practice
  • Construct dyadic safety and connection to promote exploration and risk-taking, and foster the capacity for optimal affective experience 
  • Identify and respond to different aspects within the Triangle of Experience to facilitate affective experience and processing to completion, optimize “attunement” and accelerate the healing process
  • Explain how to assist in the processing of emotions to completion to activate deep transformational processes
  • Define the four types of attachment styles: secure, anxious-ambivalent, disorganized and avoidant and demonstrate how to utilize different interventions according to attachment style
  • Utilize various interventions to regulate/alleviate anxiety and traces of shame, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy
  • Identify and access core affective experiences including anger, sadness, fear and joy Identify the presence and/or expressions of transformance, the overarching motivational force driving positive change in AEDP, in clients
  • Demonstrate utilizing transformance affects as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing

Course Topics

Module 1: April 21 – 24, 2023 | Ronald Frederick, PhD | 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Healing from the Get-Go, Undoing Aloneness & the Clinical Roadmap for AEDP’s Transformation Journey

Module 2: June 2 – 5, 2023 | Anna Christina Sundgren, MA | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
“Attachment & Relational Work: Undoing Aloneness in Clinical Action”

Module 3: August 4 – 7, 2023 | Richard Harrison, PhD 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
“State 1: The Top of the Triangle of Experience Working with Defense and Anxiety”

Module 4: October 27 – 30, 2023 | Karen Pando-Mars, MFT | 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
“State 2 Work: the Processing of Core Affective Experience”

Module 5: January 5-8, 2024 | Sigal Bahat, MA | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
“The Processing of Transformational Experience & The Integration of Transformation into Self State 3 & State 4 Work”

Daily Schedule

View the daily agenda for all 5 modules here.

Recommended Readings

Location: Live Online and highly interactive

AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s

Dates & Times

  • Sessions run Friday – Monday
  • Online sessions use the U.S. Eastern Time Zone
  • Please double check the meeting times for your local time zone if not U.S. Eastern Time Zone by visiting or your resource of preference.
  • Please check the dates and times closely for conflicts with Local Holidays, Religious Holidays, etc.
  • Participants must commit to all 5 modules.

Important note: Modules 1 & 4 begin at 12:00 pm EST. All others begin at 11:00 am.

April 21-24 | 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Ronald Frederick, PhD
June 2-5 | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm | Anna Christina Sundgren, MA
August 4-7 | 11:00 am – 3:30 pm | Richard Harrison, PhD
October 27-30 | 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
January 5-8, 2024| 11:00 am – 3:30 pm | Sigal Bahat, MA

Registration, Course Fees and Scholarships

To attend you must be a licensed therapist who is AEDP Level 1 (completed AEDP Immersion).

  • Course includes 85 CE*
  • $3,150 USD Member Course Fee (must be logged in to register)

Payment plan: $500 due at registration – email Marilia at to schedule your installments

Sold out with a waitlist- please email Marilia at to be added to the list.

  • Course includes 85 CE*
  • $3,200 USD Non-Member Course Fee

Payment plan: $500 due at registration – email to schedule your payment plan

Are you a Member? Log in to get your Member discount

Scholarship seats are filled, no longer accepting applications for this course!

Meet the Presenters

Ronald J. Frederick, PhD

Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, senior faculty member of the AEDP Institute, co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Los Angeles, California and author of the award winning books Living Like You Mean It (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and Loving Like You Mean It (Central Recovery Press, 2019). Since 1994, Dr. Frederick has been training in, practicing, and teaching the AEDP model of psychotherapy, and has received extensive training and supervision from Dr. Fosha. Past experience includes fourteen years as a Clinical Supervisor at Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Park House Day Treatment Program, a post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Psychology and HIV in the AIDS Center Program at Roosevelt Hospital, NYC, where he later worked as a staff psychologist, and a year-long training rotation in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC. Dr. Frederick supervises trainees in the AEDP model, and has co-facilitated, with Dr. Fosha, AEDP numerous Immersion Courses and workshops. (Read More…)

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Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, California, and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of this transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West and chaired the AEDP Institute Education Committee from 2011-2018.  Since 2020, Ms. Pando-Mars is a member of the AEDP DBEI (Diversity, Belonging, Equity and Inclusion Committee).

Ms. Pando-Mars’ passionate interest in what cultivates deep connection between Self and Other has been furthered by attachment theory and related neuroscience. She is known for her presence, warmth, and the clarity of her presentations. Videotapes of her clinical work are moving and inspiring examples of how AEDP explicit relational and experiential practices can help patients heal from relational trauma. (Read More…)

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Sigal Bahat, MA

Sigal Bahat, MA is a faculty member of AEDP™ Institute and the Israeli Ambasador. She teaches and supervises AEDP, in Israel, US and internationally, and leads an Israeli AEDP Core Training group. She has a private practice in Israel and also works remotely. Sigal started her career as a Dance Movement Therapist, and then completed training both as an Expressive & Creative psychotherapist, and as a Bio-energetic Analyst. She is certified and has many years of experience as a teacher of somatic-mindfulness approaches.

The Alexander Technique, The Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement. Meeting AEDP and Dr. Diana Fosha met a decades-long quest to actively engage the intra-intimate-connections between psyche & soma.

Sigal on AEDP: “At last I met a model that made sense to me in the deepest manner, both theoretically and clinically – (Read More…)

Continuing Education Credit

This program is generally eligible for  85 CE hours of continuing professional development credit.* Participants must have paid course fee, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive CE. R. Cassidy Seminars is our CE partner and will provide CE certificates. In addition, a certificate of completion will be provided by the AEDP Institute. Partial credit is not available.

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

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

ADA Accommodations | Attendance | Refund Policy | Questions

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact Marilia Rodriguez, or call 813-553-1294 thirty days or more before the event so we can be sure to accommodate you.

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds


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Marilia Rodriguez