Level 2 Certification Course
Presented by AEDP™ Institute Faculty:
Kate Halliday, LCSW
Mary Androff, MD
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
Ben Medley, LCSW
Live Online, Five 4-Day Modules, October 2023 – May 2024
Designed for Time Zones: Americas
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 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.
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.
If you are interested in persuing AEDP certification, the Essential Skills is the second course in a series of certification courses for licensed therapists.
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 in 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 Experiential Assistants. 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.
- 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 – 5:
Module 1: “Healing from the Get-Go, Undoing Aloneness & the Clinical Roadmap for AEDP’s Transformation Journey”
Module 2 :”Attachment & Relational Work: Undoing Aloneness in Clinical Action”
Module 3: “State 1: The Top of the Triangle of Experience Working with Defense and Anxiety”
Module 4: “State 2 Work: the Processing of Core Affective Experience”
Module 5: “The Processing of Transformational Experience & The Integration of Transformation into Self State 3 & State 4 Work”
Suggested Readings for each module
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 http://www.24timezones.com/ 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.
Times: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time
2023 – 2024
Module 1 | October 6-9, 2023 | Kate Halliday, LCSW
Module 2 | December 1 – 4, 2023 | Mary Androff, MD
Module 3 | January 19-22, 2024 | Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
Module 4 | March 22-25, 2024 | Ben Medley, LCSW
Module 5 | May 10 – 13, 2024 | Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
Registration, Course Fees and Scholarships
Course Fee: Includes 85 CE*
Member Registration: $3,209 USD (please log in to register)
Member Registration with a payment plan: $3259 (requires a deposit of $500 due at registration and 8 monthly payments of $351.12 starting one month after your registration date)
To attend you must be a licensed therapist who is AEDP Level 1 (completed AEDP Immersion).
Course Fee: Includes 85 CE*
Non-Member Registration: $3259 USD
Non-Member Registration with a payment plan: $3309 (requires a deposit of $500 due at registration and 8 monthly payments of $344.87 starting one month after your registration date)
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Scholarship seats are filled, no longer accepting applications for this course!
Meet the Presenters
Kate Halliday, LCSWKate Halliday, LCSW, is Senior Faculty, AEDP Institute from Ithaca, New York. Throughout Kate’s nearly 30 years as a psychotherapist, She has always been better at noticing the ways her clients are remarkable, resilient, and lovable than theorizing about the ways they are wounded. Kate has always been drawn to images, representations, and experiences of transformation. Music, poetry, literature, the natural world, and emotional relationships have always been her education. When Kate started learning to be a teacher of young children (in her first career she worked for Head Start and in elementary schools), and then to be a therapist, it was the magic of witnessing change and growth in other human beings that enlivened the experience for her. In psychotherapy, this led Kate to study Family Systems Theory and Narrative Therapy, then EMDR, and finally AEDP. (Read More…)
Mary Androff, MD
Mary Androff, MD, is a faculty member of AEDP™ Institute. Based in Minneapolis-St Paul, works in a private psychotherapy and integrative psychiatry practice and also provides psychiatric consultation for an Assertive Community Treatment team. Her journey to AEDP began with STEM (chemistry at University of Illinois), then medicine (Washington University-St Louis), then psychiatric residency (University of Washington, Seattle), then training in psychodynamic psychotherapy alongside daily yoga and meditation practices.
Seeking a way to integrate all these threads and hoping to discover a more coherent theoretical framework, Mary found her professional home when she took the AEDP Immersion course. She went on to receive certification as an AEDP therapist in 2015 and as an AEDP supervisor in 2020. She founded AEDP Minnesota in 2017. She has run multiple study and consultation groups, assisted at ES1 and ES2 courses in NYC and online, participated as a treating clinician in the AEDP research program, and provides individual and group AEDP supervision.
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.
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’s explicit relational and experiential practices can help patients heal from relational trauma. (Read More…)
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. (Read More…)
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education: 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. RCassidy, 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.
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Click on the link above to the continuing education credit(s) currently available* for this training. Each local and National professional board has its own specific Rules and Regulations for Continuing Education Credit Approval and Acceptance. Check with your State Regulatory board if you have questions or concerns not clarified by the information provided below. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact our CE and Registration Partner, R. Cassidy Seminars Karen Newell, email@example.com, 866-992-9399 x 105 before the event.
Important Note: California Mental Health Providers: At this time R Cassidy Seminars does have sponsorship with California CE Boards.
Psychologists: R Cassidy Seminars can award CE to New York Psychologists only
Please note that applications have been submitted to additional licensing boards. Please check back if you do not see your approval board listed.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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