AEDP Institute

AEDP for Couples Hybrid Essential Skills Course Agenda

TUESDAY AM
INTRO TO AEDP for COUPLES

9:00 – 10:00 am
Welcome. Introduction. Channels of experience meditation and opening check in.

10:00-10:30am
Process Language: Dyads: “You/we messages – switch to I” “For/against process language?” “Present tense – trauma treatment”

10:30 – 11:15
Following Transformance and The Four States: The therapist stance in establishing safety and undoing aloneness, amplifying positive affect, using the triangle of experience: Didactic AEDP and AEDPfC Foundations

 

11:15 – 11:30
Break

11:30 – 12:45
Video Illustration of the above teaching points

12:45 – 1:00
Announce small groups

1:00 – 2:15
LUNCH
Experiential assistants with small group participants

1:00 – 2:15
LUNCH

2:15 – 3:30
AEDP for Couples: A Somatic Holding model. Seven channels of experience; using the couch as a therapeutic nest; from the first session getting the couple to speak directly to each other from the heart. Recognizing signs of the Early Warning System that equips us to regulate each partner before dysregulation begins: Didactic Experiential Dyads: “Which channels of experience/core emotions are your strong suits and which are least accessible/triggering to you? 15 total min each.

3:30 – 3:45
BREAK

3:45 – 4:45
Video illustration demonstrating key skills of couple treatment described above

4:45 – 5:15
DEMO couple’s session with experiential assistant, couple and witness.

5:15 – 5:30
Metaprocess large group distillate of the day using process language

 

WEDNESDAY
CULTIVATING capacity for somatic awareness and using process language; build safety and regulate affect; build intimacy and sexual desire

 

9:00 – 9:30
Channels of experience meditation, REM reflections

9:30 – 11:00
Shape couple members facing and speaking directly to each other: build micro-moments of connection through somatic awareness and process language: Didactic and video illustration

11:00 – 11:15
Break

11:15 –1:00
Regulating affect, cultivating the felt experience of love and building sexual desire: Didactic and video presentation

1:00 – 2:15
LUNCH

2:15 – 2:30
Set-up the experiential exercises

2:30 – 2:45
Experiential groups orient and prepare for exercise

2:45 – 4:40
Three rounds of experiential practices: 35 minutes each with 5 min break in between: (20 min practice, includes 3-5 min to metaprocess, 15 min reflection)
First practice starts at 2:45pm, ends at 3:05pm, reflection til 3:20pm
Second practice starts at 3:25pm, ends at 3:45, reflection til 4:00pm
Third practice starts at 4:05pm, ends at 4:25, reflection til 4:40pm

4:40 – 4:55
Break

4:55  – 5:10
Small group reflection

5:15 – 5:30
LARGE GROUP: End of the day metaprocessing and reflections

 

THURSDAY
Internal Working Models and the Neuroscience of Transformation – challenging and high conflict couples

9:00 – 9:30
Channels of experience meditation and REM reflections

 

9:30 – 11:00
Polyvagal Theory: Applying perceptual skills of the earliest signs of Dorsal Vagal Response to direct trauma treatment within couple therapy: Didactic and video presentation

11:00 – 11:15
Break

11:15 – 1:00
Working with the challenges and fragility of insecure attachment and unresolved trauma: Didactic and video presentation

1:00 – 2:15
LUNCH

2:15 – 2:30
Set-up the experiential exercises

2:30 – 2:45
Experiential groups orient and prepare for exercise

2:45 – 4:40
Three rounds of experiential practices: 35 minutes each with 5 min break in between: (20 min practice, includes 3-5 min to metaprocess, 15 min reflection)
First practice starts at 2:45pm, ends at 3:05pm, reflection til 3:20p
Second practice starts at 3:25pm, ends at 3:45, reflection til 4:00p
Third practice starts at 4:05pm, ends at 4:25, reflection til 4:40pm

4:40 – 4:55
Break

4:55 – 5:10
Small group debriefing

5:15 – 5:30
LARGE GROUP: End of the day metaprocessing and reflections

 

FRIDAY
Healing Complex Trauma: Portrayal work in AEDP for Couples

9:00 – 9:30
Channels of experience meditation and REM reflections

9:30 – 11:15
The mysterious unfolding of precision and creativity in coconstructing healing portrayals in AEDPfC– finding the abandoned young self and bringing compassion and presence: Didactic and Video Illustration

11:15 – 11:30
Break

11:30 – 1:00
The art of creating a healing portrayal to redirect rage from the partner to its true target in historical trauma: Didactic and Video Illustration

1:00 – 2:15
LUNCH

2:15 – 2:30
Set up the group experiential exercises

2:30 – 2:45
Experiential groups orient and prepare for the exercise

2:45 – 4:55
Three rounds of experiential practices: 35 minutes each with a 5minute break in between: (20 min practice, includes 3-5 min to metaprocess, 15 min reflection)
First practice starts at 2:45pm, ends at 3:05pm, reflection til 3:20pm
Second practice starts at 3:25pm, ends at 3:45, reflection til 4:00pm
Third practice starts at 4:05pm, ends at 4:25, reflection til 4:40pm

4:40 – 4:55
Small group debriefing

4:55 – 5:10
BREAK

5:15 – 5:30
LARGE GROUP: End of the day metaprocessing and reflections

 

SATURDAY

9:00 – 9:30
Channels of experience meditation and REM reflections

9:30 – 10:30
Didactic and Video Illustration of a specialty area evoked by the previous four days of training.

10:30 – 10:45
Break

 

10:45 – 12:15
Extended Metaprocessing: Transformational Affects and Core State in couple work

12:15 – 1:30
LUNCH

1:30 – 1:45
Set up the group experiential exercises

1:45 – 2:00
Experiential groups orient and prepare for the exercise

2:00 – 3:55
Three rounds of experiential practices: 35 minutes each with 5 min break in between: (20 min practice, includes 5 min to metaprocess 15 min reflection)
First practice starts at 2:00pm, ends at 2:20pm, reflection until 2:35 pm
Second practice starts at 2:40 pm, ends at 3:00, reflection until 3:15 pm
Third practice starts at 3:20pm, ends at 3:40, reflection until 3:55 pm

3:55 – 4:10
Break

4:10 – 4:25
Small group debriefing and closure

4:30 – 5:30
LARGE GROUP: End of the day metaprocessing and reflections