Ben Medley, LCSW, Anna Christina Sundgren, MA, Annika Medbo, MA
Five Friday – Monday Modules
November 4, 2022 thru June 12, 2023
9:00 am – 1:30 pm Eastern US & Canada
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 country, including 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your credentials before registering. For information about whether this course offers Continuing Education credits for your license, see the bottom of the page.
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. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, different types of clinical interventions so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to “do” AEDP. Each day’s teaching will include didactic presentations of theory along with video of actual sessions conducted by AEDP Faculty followed by small group experiential exercises.
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. In online courses, exceptionally effective experiential exercises are held in online “breakout rooms.”
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. 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.
Description: AEDP Essential Skills, aimed at practitioners, will provide practical skills for the application of AEDP. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, skill sets, concrete and specific. 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. The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each week, with theoretical foundations and with videotapes and group experiential exercises in the afternoon.
In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both (i) undo professional aloneness and (ii) engage in rigorous clinical teaching with skilled accompaniment. We are proud to say that our ES courses feature a high number of highly skilled assistants.
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. Each module participants spend time in small groups practicing essential AEDP skills they have just learned. 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 this type of learning.
Module 1: November 4 – 7, 2022 | Ben Medley, LCSW
HEALING FROM THE GET-GO, UNDOING ALONENESS & THE CLINICAL ROADMAP for AEDP’s TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY
Module 2: January 13 – 16, 2022| Anna Christina Sundgren, MA
ATTACHMENT & RELATIONAL WORK: UNDOING ALONENESS IN CLINICAL ACTION
Module 3: February 24 – 27, 2023 | TBD
STATE 1: THE TOP OF THE TRIANGLE of EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH DEFENSE AND ANXIETY
Module 4: April 14 – 17, 2023 | Annika Medbo, MA
STATE 2 WORK: THE PROCESSING of CORE AFFECTIVE EXPERIENCE
Module 5: June 9 – 12, 2023 | Ben Medley, LCSW
THE PROCESSING of TRANSFORMATIONAL EXPERIENCE & THE INTEGRATION OF TRANSFORMATION INTO SELF STATE 3 & STATE 4 Work
- Demonstrate an AEDP therapist stance: welcome, affirm, validate, orient
- Construct safety and undo aloneness
- Apply moment-to-moment tracking to clinical practice
- Construct dyadic safety and connection
- Build and rebuild a secure attachment
- Integrate healing and transformance from the get-go
- Classify different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process
- Analyze the 4 State Transformational Process: Working with relational trauma in a first session
- Integrate Meta-therapeutic processing and transformational processes
- Relate the experience of emotional experience: processing emotions to completion
- Define attachment styles and utilize different interventions according to attachment style
- Utilize various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy
- Describe how to regulate/alleviate anxiety and traces of shame
- Identify and access core affective experiences
- Identify expressions of transformance in clients
- Practice utilizing transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing
Location, Dates & Times
Please check dates and times closely for conflicts with local holidays, religious holidays, etc.
Location: Live Online and highly interactive
AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s
Friday – Monday
2022: November 4 – 7
2023: January 13 – 16, February 24 – 27, April 14 – 17, June 9 – 12
North Americans: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Italians & Swedes: 3:00* p.m. – 7:30 p.m, *except for the first two days of module one. Note that European clocks change in October; U.S. clocks change during module one on November 6.
All participants: please check all meeting times for your time zone. We use US Eastern time zone in all of our communications.
Prerequisites and Continuing Education (CE)
Prerequisite: to attend ES1 you must have completed AEDP Immersion
Continuing Education: A Certificate of Completion for the course will be provided by the AEDP Institute.
Course includes 80 CE hours (certificates provided by AEDP’s CE partner R Cassidy Seminars) for many/most US practitioners. It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if the CE credit offered meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board. Click here to see details and requirements for earning CE.
Fees, Registration and Scholarships
Scholarships are available. To learn more and apply, please go here.
Meet the Presenters
Ben Medley, LCSW
Ben Medley, LCSW earned his degree in Clinical Social Work with the NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a private practice in NYC. Ben is a member of the AEDP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and teaches nationally and internationally in the AEDP Immersion and Essential Skills courses. Ben created and presented "Clinically Oppressed: Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization Using AEDP" and co-created and co-presented with AEDP faculty member Ben Lipton the workshop "Feeling Like a Man: Using AEDP to Overcome Shame and Heal Attachment Trauma with Gay and Straight Men"(also available on-demand).
Before private practice, Ben began a mental health program for study abroad students with the Scuola Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy; worked in the Jewish Board of Family Services LGBTQ Unit; and worked in Greenwich House's HIV Mental Health and Chemical Dependency programs. Ben is also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy Supervisor. His paper "Recovering the True Self: Affirmative Therapy, Attachment and AEDP in Psychotherapy with Gay Men" is published with the SEPI Journal: the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and he has written a chapter on using portrayals to process core affective experience for Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering Into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0 Washington D.C.: APA (2021).
Anna Christina Sundgren, MA
Anna Christina Sundgren, MA is a Licensed Psychotherapist, teacher and Supervisor. She has been in private practice in Stockholm, Sweden for more than 20 years. Anna Christina became a certified AEDP-therapist in 2015, and an AEDP Supervisor in 2016. She studied Jungian Psychology, is trained in Short-term Dynamic Therapy and is a Mindfulness Instructor and retreat leader.
Anna Christina has worked with group- and individual therapy for male perpetrators in domestic violence treatment. She co-developed and supervised a relational Infant Observation method inspired from AEDP to help therapy students develop their sense of non-verbal communication. She has assisted in Immersion and Essential Skills courses as well as presenting her own work. She has presented workshops and Introduction Courses in Sweden and Europe. Together with Annika Medbo she teaches Core Training in Scandinavia and online. Anna Christina also provides Zoom Supervision.
She is one of the founders of the Swedish AEDP Community, and a member of the AEDP International Committee. Anna Christina is a devoted AEDP therapist and supervisor who loves helping therapists to grow and flourish through AEDP while creating safety and a warm and caring atmosphere, a platform for exploration together.
Annika Medbo, MA
Annika Medbo, MA is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Licensed Physiotherapist, AEDP Supervisor and teacher. She has a private practice in Stockholm.
Annika´s clinical interests are in trauma and dissociation with a special interest in the use and development of non-verbal processes that can work to enhance and facilitate
growth and healing. This interest started before AEDP when Annika was working in psychiatric clinics and striving to meet her patients “beyond diagnosis”, listen to the
nonverbal “calls” for connection, rather than focusing on defenses and pathology. Her interest for nonverbal processes expanded when she supervised psychotherapy students in Infant Observation at a major Psychotherapy Institute in Stockholm. When Annika discovered AEDP, she found a theoretical base and language for these kind of processes. She loves to develop ways to teach about the 'creative right brain' and the capacity in the human being to find new, personal ways to heal and grow if provided with 'the right circumstances'. In her teaching her strivings are to 'simplify the complexity' and teach the theory from the 'bottom up'.
She has assisted and presented internationally at Essential Skills (ES1)and has been a Guest presenter at the Immersion Course (London, 2020 with Diana Fosha). She supervises and teaches, together with Anna Christina Sundgren, AEDP Core Trainings nationally and internationally and is one of the founders of the Swedish AEDP Community.
In addition to AEDP, Annika is trained in body-oriented Psychotherapy.
Instructional Methodology: 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. In online courses, exceptionally effective experiential exercises are held in online “breakout rooms.”
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. 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 – generally 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.
Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification
AEDP Certification: To be eligible for AEDP Certification, clinicians must demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical model and proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. Certification requirements.
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