Immersion November 2023

The Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma:
Healing at the Edge of Transformational Experience

Presented by AEDP Institute Sr. Faculty Member

Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

and Guest Presenters

Live Online and Highly Interactive
Thursday – Monday | November 30 – December 4, 2023 | 10:30 am – 7:00 pm EST

Who the Immersion course is for

Immersion is for licensed mental health practitioners (or the local/regional equivalent to ‘licensed’*) as well as interns legally practicing under the license of a supervising practitioner. 

These licensed mental health practitioners include: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychotherapists, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. 

*Every country / state / province has different rules regarding licensing. While AEDP™ Institute is generally familiar with navigating the licensing process in the U.S., we are not familiar with the process and regulations in most other countries. Our practice is to consult local AEDP practitioners for information on the nuances of education, licensing and other regulations in their areas.

If you have a question about the relevance of this course for you and/or your eligibility for this course please contact with your credentials before registering.

For information about whether this course offers Continuing Education credits for your license, see the bottom of the page. Course Content Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course is intended for practitioners interested in AEDP™. Our focus is on AEDP transformational theory and practice using AEDP work at the edge of healing experience to repair attachment trauma. Making extensive use of clinical videotapes of actual therapy sessions as well as one half day of experiential work guided by assistants. The aim of this course is to introduce AEDP and facilitate its integration into clinical practices that make use of other experiential, body-focused, trauma-based, relational and/or psychodynamic methods.

AEDP seeks to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of overwhelming suffering and to engage innate healing forces within, i.e., transformance, so as to heal trauma, restore vitality to self experience, and engender resilience.

AEDP Immersion is the first course in a series of certification courses for licensed therapists who are seeking to become AEDP Certified

AEDP Immersion: Theoretical Framework, Clinical Teaching from Videotapes, Experiential Exercises:  

The Immersion course is an individualized but structured training of AEDP psychotherapy’s rigorous transformational phenomenology and its experiential psychotherapy techniques. During this intensive training, the Institute’s highly credentialed and skilled faculty teach theoretical underpinnings and practical methods for the application of the AEDP model. Participants in the course learn AEDP techniques for working experientially with relatedness and emotional experience including: undoing their patients’ aloneness, dyadically regulating intense emotion, and processing emotional experiences including corrective moments when care, support, affirmation and compassion are emotionally “taken in”. Course participants witness, track, discuss and begin to practice these AEDP hallmark techniques. Case examples are used throughout to demonstrate therapeutic interventions using videotaped sessions of the presenter’s own AEDP work with clients, including making use of many of the videos of AEDP clinical work that are part of APA’s Clinical Videos series. For a half a day on the 7th day of the course –by which time participants have been exposed to ample didactic materials and clinical videotapes illustrating the principles being taught in live clinical action, participants’ new skills are practiced in small group experiential exercises bringing AEDP theory and clinical practice to life: furthermore, these hands-on practice exercises are conducted under the close supervision of certified AEDP therapists and are an important aspect of AEDP’s deliberate practice approach to teaching and training.

What an Average Day Looks Like:

  • Introduction to AEDP: AEDP as a transformational, healing oriented model of therapy.
  • Transformance (i.e., AEDP’s term for the innate, wired in drive to heal) vs resistance as motivational constructs in AEDP.
  • Present empirical evidence showing the transdiagnostic effectiveness of AEDP to both significantly diminish negative symptoms of psychopathology, e.g., depression, maladaptive cognitions, and enhance positive aspects of functioning, e.g., self-compassion, and self-esteem.
  • Present empirical evidence showing the long-term effectiveness of AEDP and the maintenance of therapeutic gains (significantly diminishing negative symptoms of psychopathology, e.g., depression, maladaptive cognitions, and significantly enhancing positive aspects of functioning, e.g., self-compassion, and self-esteem) at one year.
  • The AEDP Road Map: The phenomenology of the four state transformational process.
  • The Triangle of Experience: Using the Triangle of Experience to guide AEDP work with defenses, inhibitory affect and other obstacles to emotion processing.
  • The Triangle of Experience: Using the Triangle of Experience to map patients’ emotion regulation strategies in AEDP clinical work.
  • The Triangle of Social Experience: Using the Triangle of Social Experience to map patients’ internalization of experiences of marginalization, oppression, and racialized trauma and to guide work to acknowledge, validate and transform experiences of invisibility.
  • The Therapeutic Stance of AEDP: affirmation, validation, dyadic mindfulness, dyadic affect regulation, judicious self disclosure, cultural humility, developing cultural comfort, curiosity and advocacy for the patient’s experience.
  • Relational work, moment-to-moment tracking and the dyadic repair of attachment trauma: the focus on receptive affect.

Learning Objectives



Empirical Support

Meet the Lead Presenter

Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

Jerry Lamagna, LCSW is a Sr. Faculty member of AEDP™ Institute and a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and Westfield, New Jersey. His early career focused specifically on treating adult children raised in alcoholic families, where exposure to clinical challenges associated with complex trauma inspired him to pursue training in approaches like psychodrama, EMDR, ego state therapy, trauma/dissociative disorder treatment, IFS and of course, AEDP. In 2004, Jerry, along with Dr. Kari Gleiser developed a modified version of AEDP for the treatment of dissociative disorders. Since then, Jerry has authored three articles on AEDP and its application in treating complex trauma and in 2015 released a three DVD training video of his teaching and live clinical work. In addition to writing, supervising and providing psychotherapy, Jerry teaches AEDP seminars and all AEDP Certification courses: Immersion, Essential Skills, Advanced Skills and Core Training. When courses were taught in person he taught in both North America and Europe.

Meet the Guest Presenters

Nicky Cameron, LCSW

Nicky Cameron, LCSW

Nicky Cameron, LCSW, is a native of Jamaica. Driven by her unyielding determination to reduce suicide rates, normalize mental health hygiene, and mental health illness among youth, she founded Ideal Case Management Services, and Emergent Counseling & Consulting. Nicky is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has accumulated over two decade’s worth of experience serving in various capacities within the field of Behavioral Health.

Nicky is a Youth Mentor, and has been recognized in her community for mobilizing large youth groups to perform community service projects. She is a Behavioral Health Case Management Supervisor, a Motivational Speaker, and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor and Mentors other mental health clinicians.

Nicky embraces a spiritual path to healing, and believes in the body’s organic intelligence. She is trained in integrative body-based therapies such as: AEDP™, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brain-spotting, EMDR, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping).

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Peter Muhwati, CSW

Peter Muhwati, CSW, is a Clinical Social Worker from Zimbabwe living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He uses attachment-based, experiential approaches to therapy with individuals and couples. His clinical experience also includes work within palliative care in Zimbabwe.

Peter hopes one day to be Certified in the AEDP model. He completed his higher education at Penn State University and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Following his undergraduate degree, he entered the religious life of the Franciscan Friars. He is still guided by Franciscan Spirituality. Peter is married with two children.

James Santos

As a member of the AEDP DBEI committee, James Santos provides a passion and presence to promote diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion. James Santos has worked in many multicultural settings in downtown Lousiville, KY, and led trips internationally where he provided pastoral care and education, helping groups navigate new cultural and spiritual experiences.

James’s areas of competency and experience include being a practitioner, educator, and facilitator of diversity and inclusion in various contexts. In addition to his private practice work at Cornerstone Care, James serves as a corporate chaplain and life coach (Read More…)

H. Jacquie Ye-Perman, PhD 

H. Jacquie Ye-Perman, PhD  is an AEDP Certified Supervisor and Therapist, and a licensed psychologist in private practice in Iowa, U.S. I provide online individual and group supervision in the U.S., China, and internationally. I also travel to China to teach AEDP courses, and I assist in AEDP courses in the U.S. and Canada. I am enthusiastic about the topic of cross-cultural applicability of AEDP and have written and presented on this topic with Diana Fosha at the SEPI 2019 conference.

I grew up in China and moved to Canada in 2001, to study psychology, and to look for an answer to my life. Encountering Diana Fosha and AEDP marked the end of my wandering, and the beginning of my path of clarity, determination, and joy, incidentally in both professional and personal life. I find it invigorating to be living amongst my fellow AEDP-ers, (Read More…)

Location | Dates | Times

Location: Live Online and highly interactive!
AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s

Includes 1 year free AEDP Membership, after the completion of the course($130 value)

Dates: Thursday – Monday | November 30 – December 4, 2023
Please check these dates and times closely for conflicts with Local Holidays, Religious Holidays, etc.

Times for each session: Thursday – Sunday 10:30 am – 7:00 pm | Monday 10:30 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time USA

Registration Fee | Scholarships

Note: Immersion Online is limited to 80 participants. Immersion Courses almost always sell out. We recommend early registration to ensure your spot. 

Registration Fee (includes 34 CE)

One Time Payment: USD $1659

Payment Plan: USD $1699
*requires $500 deposit due at registration and 5 monthly installments of $239.80 which will start one month after your registration date.

*The Immersion Program includes 1 AEDP Course Completion Certificate, 1 Year AEDP Membership ($130 value) including Free Transformance Talks (a member favorite!), Member discounts on Seminars and courses, plus up to $250 Savings on Essential Skills (a limited time offer)

No longer accepting scholarship applications for this course

Continuing Education: This course is eligible for 34 CE

Outside of the U.S. and Canada:
Heisel and Associates holds no CE provider status with any other non-U.S. licensing/certification boards.

U.S. and Canada: This training is co-sponsored by AEDP Institute and Heisel and Associates. To receive CE Participants must have:

  • Registered an account on the Heisel and Associates website (see below)
  • Attended the entire session (partial credit is not available)
  • Completed an evaluation

CE: If you would like CE credit for this training, you must create an account here or click on the button below. You will need your license information to create your account. You only need to create one account for all AEDP trainings.

Upon completion of the training complete these 5 easy steps to receive your CE certificate:

  1. Log onto your Heisel and Associates account
  2. Go to “My Account”
  3. Click on “My Webinars”
  4. Complete the eval
  5. Download the certificate

American Psychological Association
Heisel and Associates is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Heisel and Associates maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Heisel and Associates, Provider Number 1253, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Heisel and Associates maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/3/2023 to 5/3/2026.

Heisel and Associates has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6603. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Heisel and Associates is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by Heisel and Associates, an NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #111326, Heisel and Associates is responsible for all aspects of the programs.

New York:
New York Department of Education State Board for Psychology
New York Department of Education State Board for Social Work
New York Department of Education State Board for Mental Health Practitioners

Florida Board of Psychology
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling

Ohio Psychological Association
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapists BoardOhio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

Kentucky Board of Examiners in Psychology
Kentucky Board of Social Work
Kentucky Board of Licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists

Indiana State Board of Psychology
Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board

Heisel and Associates holds CE provider status for Canada.

Outside of the U.S. and Canada:
Heisel and Associates holds no CE provider status with any other non-U.S. licensing/certification boards.

It is the responsibility of attendees to contact their state licensing/certification board to determine if CE credit offered by Heisel and Associates meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact Marilia Rodriguez, or call 813-553-1294 thirty days or more before the event so we can be sure to accommodate you.

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds


Course and all customer service related questions:
Please contact Customer Service Administrator
Marilia Rodriguez