Ben Medley, LCSW, Anna Christina Sundgren, MA, Diana Fosha, PhD, 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 email@example.com 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 | Diana Fosha, PhD
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.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
Fees, Registration and Scholarships
This course is Sold Out. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
- Course includes 80 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 Presenter
Ben Medley, LCSWBen 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). (Read More…)
Anna Christina Sundgren, M.A.
Anna Christina Sundgren, M.A. is a Licensed Psychotherapist Certified AEDP therapist and Supervisor, Trained Mindfulness Teacher, and Retreat leader. Working as a private practitioner in Stockholm, Sweden since 1999, and teaching and
supervising AEDP for many years and has been part of this growing community since 2013.
Anna Christina has developed and supervised a relational Infant Observation method inspired from AEDP, together with a colleague, to help Therapy students develop their sense of non-verbal communication in therapies. She has been presenting in ES1 and guest presenter at Immersion courses, EA and Lead Assistant. Together with Annika Medbo she teaches Core Training in Scandinavia and internationally online. She is one of the founders of the Swedish AEDP Community, and a member of the AEDP (Read More…)
Diana Fosha, PhD
Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP™ psychotherapy, a healing-based, transformation-oriented treatment model. And she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion-transformation focused trauma treatment model. Fosha’s work focuses on integrating positive neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on promoting flourishing as a seamless part of the AEDP therapeutic process of transforming emotional suffering. Drawing on affective neuroscience, attachment theory, mother-infant developmental research, and research documenting the undreamed-of plasticity in the adult brain, AEDP is an experiential clinical practice which reflects the integration of science, (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…)
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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