Essential Skills (ES1) Five Modules March – November 2023

Richard Harrison, PhD
Sigal Bahat, MA
Ronald Frederick, PhD
Annika Medbo, Psych
Kari Gleiser, PhD

Friday – Monday
March 3 thru November 13, 2023

Pre-requisite: Level 1 AEDPers: licensed therapists who have taken AEDP Immersion.
This ES1 counts toward AEDP certification

This AEDP course is open to AEDP Immersion Grads: Licensed Mental Health Providers practicing legally in your 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. For information about whether this course offers Continuing Education credits for your license, see the bottom of the page.

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

Module 2: Sigal Bahat, MA

Module 3: Ronald Frederick, PhD

Module 4: Annika Medbo, Psych

Module 5: Kari Gleiser, PhD

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

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

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

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

Meet the Presenters

Richard Harrison, PhD

Richard Harrison, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist and Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor with over 25 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, and group facilitator.He was trained and supervised in AEDP by Diana Fosha, founder of the model, and has taught with her at AEDP Immersion Courses in Vancouver and the UK. He currently teaches Essential Skills courses and Seminars for the Institute. Richard is also a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor. He maintains a full caseload with individuals and couples in private practice, and teaches and supervises graduate students in the Counseling Psychology and Psychiatry departments at the University of British Columbia. Richard also leads the weekly supervision group for participating therapists in phase two of the AEDP research study. (Read More…)

Sigal Bahat, MA

Sigal Bahat, MA 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…)

Annika Medbo, Licensed Psychotherapist and Licensed Physiotherapist

Annika Medbo is a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in Stockholm, Sweden. Her early work in psychiatric care with patients with severe psychosomatic problems sparked her keen interest in nonverbal communication. After years of training in Body oriented Psychotherapy and relational/affect focused psychotherapy, she finally found what she had been searching for in AEDP; a model that integrates the relational and body perspective, inter and intra psychic processes and right brain and left brain work. With the 4-State map as her “left brain guide” she could now be freer in “leaning into” the right brain part of the work.

Annika’s areas of interest in AEDP are in the use and development of the non-verbal processes, such as “micro attuning”, “going beyond mirroring” and bringing the therapist’s Self into the healing process. She loves to develop ways to teach about (Read More…)

Kari Gleiser, PhD

Kari Gleiser, PhD, completed her doctoral work at Boston University and her internship through Dartmouth Medical School with a focus on trauma and PTSD. In her practice, she specializes in applying AEDP to the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Dr. Gleiser is 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 several clinical papers and book chapters and has presented at international conferences. She also explores the intersection of psychotherapy and spirituality, as well as the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

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.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the Attendee to determine if the CE credit offered by R. Cassidy Seminars meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

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


Course and all customer service related questions:
Please contact Customer Service Administrator
Marilia Rodriguez

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Please contact our CE and Registration Partner, R. Cassidy Seminars
Karen Newell
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