AEDP Institute

AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) July 2020 & February 2021; Live and Highly Interactive Online – Formerly London

This online course is to be presented during hours that work well for Europe as well as North & South America, east, central and west coast (early-riser) time zones. Registration for this course is now closed.

About AEDP: Healing-oriented and attachment-based, AEDP’s practice translates current neuroscience and developmental research into moment-to-moment clinical practice. Simultaneously experiential and relational in its in-depth emotional explorations, AEDP’s interventions are deeply rooted in the dynamics of the transformational process that emerges in environments where the individual feels safe and known.

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.

Daily routine: 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 three 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 Co-Helms: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT & Ben Medley, LCSW

As course helms, Karen and Ben will serve to ensure continuity across and between days and weeks of the course and as such be the de facto course co-leads. They will also each teach three days in their respective weeks, and their guest AEDP faculty presenters will teach the remaining 2 days of each week.

Module One: Eight 4.5-hour sessions, 2 pm – 6.30 pm London time (check for hours in your time zone below)
Tuesday, July 14 – Friday, July 17 +  Tuesday, July 21 – Friday, July 24 2020

Lead faculty: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT,  plus AEDP faculty guest presenter Kate Halliday, LCSW 

Day 1: Healing from the Get-Go: Transformance, Stance and Moment-to-Moment Tracking
Day 2: The 4 State Model, Experiential Language and Use of Self
Day 3: Building, Renovating and Reconstructing a Secure Therapeutic Attachment:  It’s Not a Once and for All Kind of Deal
Day 4: Working with Defense & Anxiety Part 1
Day 5: Integration in Action: Meta-therapeutic processing and transformational processes
For daily agenda click here.  

Module Two: 4.5-hour sessions, 2 pm – 6.30 pm London time (check for hours in your time zone below)
Tuesday, November 10 – Friday, November 13 + Tuesday November 17 – Friday November 20, 2020

NEW DATES IN 2021: Tuesday – Friday, February 23-26 + March 2-5, 2021

Lead faculty: Ben Medley, LCSW,  plus guest presenter Diana Fosha, PhD

Day 1: Reviewing and Anticipating: Special Attention to State 2 Adaptive and Maladaptive Core Affective Experience
Day 2: Working with Defense and Anxiety Part 2
Day 3: The Experience of Emotional Experience:  Processing Emotions to Completion
Day 4: Working with Transformational Experience: Transformational Affects and Core State
Day 5: Reviewing What We’ve Learned: Watching and Tracking Together
For original daily agenda (when course was scheduled to be in-person) click here. This agenda is being modified to include all the same components in a slightly different set up to accomodate the online format. See Module One agenda above for roughly what to expect in November. 

Course Summary, Objectives and Prerequisites:

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 day course faculty lead small groups in practicing essential AEDP skills.  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 optimal learning.

Course Objectives:
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • 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

We highly recommend that you complete Immersion before taking Essential Skills (ES1). If you are committed to learning AEDP and have not yet taken Immersion, please complete the recorded webinar Intro to AEDP prior to starting ES1.  Note, however, that Intro to AEDP is by no means a substitute for Immersion and Immersion is a requirement for AEDP certification.  You will earn 6 CE for taking this recorded Intro to AEDP course.  Once you have completed the course you may request a $100 USD credit towards a future Immersion course. 

Course Location, Dates and Times: Registration for this course is now closed. 

Location: Online (was originally scheduled, pre-Covid, for London)

Time zones are designed to accomodate Europe & the Americas

Module 1: Eight total sessions, 4.5 hours each day, Tuesday, July 14 – Friday, July 17 +  Tuesday, July 21 – Friday, July 24 2020
London time: 2 pm – 6.30 pm
East Coast North America: 9 am- 1.30 pm
West Coast North America: 6 am – 10.30 am

Module 2:

NEW DATES IN 2021: Tuesday – Friday, February 23-26 + March 2-5, 2021
London time: 2 pm – 6.30 pm
East Coast North America: 9 am- 1.30 pm
West Coast North America: 6 am – 10.30 am

Requirements to Participate Effectively Online:

You will need a private space with a reliable Internet connection for a desktop/laptop computer that has video and microphone. New to Online Learning? Basic technical training and support is provided in advance of and throughout Immersion Online.

Click HERE for AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s.

Online Course Benefits

Here’s What AEDP Online Skills Course Participants Say They Especially Appreciate about the Setting:

  • how connected I felt to faculty, assistants and other participants
  • the experiential exercises, such an invaluable part of this learning process, were deep, moving, and full of growth edges and just WOW!
  • it’s so encouraging to experience the potential of both learning online and practicing therapy online
  • being comfortable in my own home
  • how the faculty are so close up – it’s as if they are speaking directly to me
  • I hope you continue to offer Skills courses online; not only for the intimacy and connection the experience brings, but because it’s much more accessible for people like me who cannot travel easily.

Course Fee, Continuing Education (CPD)
and Registration

This course is for Psychologists (Introductory-Intermediate Level), Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers (Beginning-Intermediate Level), Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists.

Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for 65 CPD Hours of continuing professional development credit. Participants must have paid course fee, signed in and signed out, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate from the AEDP Institute which they may share with their licensing board to apply for such credit. Partial credit is not available. The course has been approved in the US for CE credit but American participants – like all participants – should check with their licensing bodies before the course begin to ensure they will receive credit they may be expecting/requiring.

Member Course Fee:
$3,150 USD  One time payment
$3,200 USD  5-Payment Plan: 
1st payment of $640 USD due at registration

Learn more about our ‘pay-what-you-wish’ pilot program for self-identifying Black mental health professionals here.

Diversity Scholarships: For more information and to download an application please click here.

Extra Help During the Pandemic:

  • Covid Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available for licensed therapists in practice. If you are unable to afford the full course fee because you have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, please contact us at with Covid Scholarship in the subject line and briefly tell us why you need the scholarship.
  • Extended Payment Plans: Take up to 12 months to pay for the course! Please email us at


Non-member Course Fee:
$3,200 USD  One time payment
$3,250 USD  5-Payment Plan (1st payment of $650 USD due at registration)
Are you a Member? Log in to get your Member discount!

Learn more about our ‘pay-what-you-wish’ pilot program for self-identifying Black mental health professionals here.

Diversity Scholarships: For more information and to download an application please click here.

Extra Help During the Pandemic:

  • Covid Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available for licensed therapists in practice. If you are unable to afford the full course fee because you have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, please contact us at with Covid Scholarship in the subject line and briefly tell us why you need the scholarship.
  • Extended Payment Plans: Take up to 12 months to pay for the course! Again, please email us at



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Meet the Faculty:

Kate Halliday, LCSW

Kate Halliday, LCSW is a psychotherapist based in Ithaca New York. She has been in private practice since 1998 after a number of years spent in community human service agencies.

Over the course of a long career, Kate has been influenced and enlivened by a wide variety of experiences and teachers. She began her career as a nursery school and elementary school teacher, and went on to train as a clinical social worker. A writer and a pragmatist, she was initially drawn to Solution Oriented and Narrative therapy. A longing to feel more effective in treating trauma led her to train in EMDR in 2000, and in 2009 she began learning AEDP. Like many of us in the AEDP community, Kate fell in love with the model from the first moment she saw Diana Fosha present a videotape; and in the years since, Kate has enjoyed every moment of AEDP-related experience.

After several years of assisting in Essential Skills courses, Kate recognized that her longing for more ongoing lived experience of AEDP might be realized by generating an AEDP community where she lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Kate began offering AEDP training groups to local clinicians there in April, 2015, and is delighted that the project has taken wings. There are now ongoing groups studying and being supervised in AEDP with her. Many of these clinicians attend Institute trainings elsewhere, and some are now Experiential Assistants in Essential Skills classes. Kate’s original commitment was to make AEDP accessible and affordable to clinicians in her local region which is far removed from a large urban center; this remains a primary interest for her as she considers how AEDP may be promoted around the world.

Kate’s clinical work, evolving from early training in Developmental Psychology and subsequent professional experiences, has focused on Trauma, Dissociation, and their repair. She has always had a commitment to serving her own GLBT community. She is also re-discovering a passion for time limited treatment as she participates in the AEDP Research project.

Kate currently supervises both in her office and over Zoom. She's been pleased to discover that the process of remote meeting turns out to offer most if not all of the emotional intimacy and efficacy of in person sessions. Online supervision and even therapy offer opportunities for personal and professional growth (and delight!).


Yuko Hanakawa, PhD

Yuko Hanakawa, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City. She was "raised" by AEDP from the very beginning of her career. While a doctoral student at Adelphi University, she met Dr. Diana Fosha who was a faculty member. Dr. Hanakawa has been captivated by the unfolding process of healing and growth that AEDP powerfully facilitates ever since.

Dr. Hanakawa has been particularly interested in the body-mind connection, memory reconsolidation, and the role of positive emotions in the process of transformation. Her paper, "Receiving Loving Gratitude: How a Therapist's Mindful Embrace of a Patient's Gratitude Facilitates Transformance," was published in the AEDP Transformance Journal, in 2011.  In addition to being trained by Dr. Fosha, she was in small group supervision with Dr. Jenna Osiason, and individual supervision with Dr. SueAnne Piliero.

Dr. Hanakawa feels passionate about cultivating ethnic/racial diversity in the AEDP community and serves as a co-chair of the Diversity Committee. She is also a member of the International Community Development committee, and has been creating AEDP communities among Japanese therapists in NYC and Japan. Along with Dr. Shigeru Iwakabe, she oversaw the Japanese translation of "The Transforming Power of Affect" by Dr. Fosha (2017); she also contributed a chapter to this book which focused on a clinical case conducted in Japanese.

Dr. Hanakawa was a faculty member at St. Luke’s Hospital where she directed the externship program, and taught and supervised staff and trainees. She maintains a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, offering in-person and on-line therapy and supervision. Additionally, she is certified in Neurofeedback and Hypnotherapy.  Dr. Hanakawa has presented locally and internationally and has supervised experiential groups in the AEDP Immersion and Essential Skills.


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).

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.

Ms. Pando-Mars arrived to AEDP with background in somatic and experiential therapies, including Focusing, Biofeedback, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray-Worldplay, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. These influences are deeply woven throughout her work. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in the Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

She presents workshops on AEDP,  teaches and leads Essential and Advanced Skills courses, Core training and supervision across the United States and internationally.  Her publication “Tailoring AEDP interventions to attachment style,” 2016 Transformance Journal, 6 (2) is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be co-authored with Diana Fosha and published by Norton & Co.


Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

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