AEDP™ Psychotherapy Essential Skills (ES1) March 2023 – November 2023 | Five Modules

Level 2 Certification Course

Presented by AEDP™ Institute Faculty:
Richard Harrison, PhD
Sigal Bahat, MA
Ronald Frederick, PhD
Annika Medbo, Psych
Kari Gleiser, PhD

Live Online, Five 4-Day Modules, March 3, 2023 – November 13, 2023

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

About Essential Skills (ES1): AEDP Essential Skills course will provide 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 week, so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP.

Routine for each module: 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. 

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 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.

To see a listing of AEDP therapists who act as Experiential Assistants, click here.

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 and related affects as catalysts to maximize patient’s healing and actualization

Course Topics

Module 1: Richard Harrison, PhD
Healing from the Get-Go, Undoing Aloneness & the Clinical Roadmap for AEDP’s Transformation Journey

Module 2: Sigal Bahat, MA
“Attachment & Relational Work: Undoing Aloneness in Clinical Action”

Module 3: Ronald Frederick, PhD
“State 1: The Top of the Triangle of Experience Working with Defense and Anxiety”

Module 4: Annika Medbo, Psych
“State 2 Work: the Processing of Core Affective Experience”

Module 5: Kari Gleiser, PhD
“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.

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.

Important Note: Module 2 is 11:00 – 3:30 pm EST.  All other modules are 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST

Module 1: Friday March 3 – Monday March 6, 2023 | 12:00 – 4:30 pm EST 
Module 2: Friday May 12 – Monday May 15, 2023 | 11:00 – 3:30 pm EST
Module 3: Friday July 7 – Monday July 10, 2023 | 12:00 – 4:30 pm EST
Module 4: Friday Sept 22 – Monday 25, 2023 | 12:00 – 4:30 pm EST
Module 5: Friday Nov 10 – Monday 13, 2023 | 12:00 – 4:30 pm EST

Registration, Course Fees and Scholarships

To attend you must be a Level 1 AEDP licensed therapist who has taken AEDP Immersion

  • $3,200 USD Non-Member Course Fee

Payment plan: $500 due at registration – Call Karen Newell 866-992-9399

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

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Sigal Bahat, MA

Sigal Bahat, MA is a faculty member of AEDP™ Institute and the Institute’s ambassador to the AEDP in Israel region. 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…)

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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Kari Gleiser, PhD

Kari is a senior faculty member of the AEDP Institute.  In her private practice, she specializes in applying AEDP to the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. For 14 years, Dr. Gleiser was the co-founder/co-director of the Center for Integrative Health in Hanover, NH, a trauma center dedicated to multi-modal healing of mind, body and spirit.

Dr. Gleiser has co-developed an “intra-relational” model of therapy that imports AEDP’s relational and experiential interventions to patients’ internal systems of dissociated self-states. Dr. Gleiser has written clinical papers and book chapters and presents internationally on trauma treatment. She also explores the intersection of psychotherapy and spirituality, as well as the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. She now lives in Tuscany, Italy.

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