AEDP Institute

AEDP SEMINAR, LIVE ONLINE, 2021: Benjamin Lipton, LCSW:

Getting Started – or Restarted – with AEDP

Specific Strategies for Bringing the Theory and Heart of Experiential Therapy Into Your Clinical Practice

This seminar is sold out with a waitlist. Please email to add your name to the waitlist.

Friday December, 3 + Saturday December 4, 2021 
10:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time USA + Canada

This seminar is intended for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists. Course Content Level: Beginner + Intermediate

Seminar Description:
Attachment, embodiment, resilience and transformation are all buzzwords in the psychotherapy zeitgeist. Many models reference one or more of these concepts as their core therapeutic principles. Fewer models explicitly translate these broad concepts into specific and refined intervention strategies that operate moment-to-moment in the clinical process. In other words, understanding change processes intellectually is a very different skill set from working with them experientially in clinical work. AEDP, with its dual clinical focus on: a) directly translating attachment and resiliency research into the clinical practice of fostering a greater sense of security within oneself even in an often insecure world and b) naming, tracking and experientially amplifying the specific, physiological, moment-to-moment markers of positive transformation, offers specific, strategic techniques that foster a client feeling deeply recognized and understood, safe enough and secure enough, and as a result, curious and increasingly capable in relation to Self and others.

This seminar is designed to lift the AEDP theory we will be learning off the page (or Powerpoint slide) and deliver it to you as a lived, embodied experience.  For therapists new to AEDP, this workshop will provide you with a starter kit of these techniques. For those of you who are more experienced in the model, this seminar will collaboratively build upon what you know and address common challenges we face when working experientially as we watch actual clinical video over the course of the day.

Main Points of Seminar:

  • The main theoretical foundations for AEDP: an attachment-based, emotion focused, experiential, body-centered, and transformation-based model
  • How to utilize nonverbal, physiologically focused “Right-Brain to Right-Brain” interventions in the service of facilitating secure attachment
  • How to track physiological and affective markers moment-to- moment in order to soften defenses and gain access to adaptive emotions
  • How to apply the foundational AEDP technique of experiential meta-processing to guide your work moment to moment in a session
  • How to share your own emotional experience in ways that deepen rather than divert from the healing process
  • How to stay “dropped down” and focused on experiential exploration of emotion when the urge to explain wants to overtake you or your client

Learning Objectives:

  • Name 3 core concepts of AEDP
  • Utilize 1 right brain to right brain intervention to create greater safety
  • Practice moment-to-moment tracking
  • Express judicious self-disclosure of therapist’s experience to foster connection, soften defenses and regulate shame
  • Classify defense, anxiety and emotion
  • Practice the intervention of meta processing

Meet the Presenter

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW

Ben LiptonBenjamin Lipton, LCSW, is a founding faculty member of the AEDP Institute.  He is based in New York City and travels nationally and internationally to teach and present AEDP to a broad range of professional audiences.  Mr. Lipton pioneered the first AEDP Advanced Core Training programs (Bay Area and Seattle) and currently co-leads the AEDP Retreat Style Essential Skills course.  His open and engaging teaching style and skill in translating complex ideas into clear and accessible learning points receives consistent praise from his audiences.  Mr. Lipton is the editor of From Crisis to Crossroads: Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (Haworth Press) and has published many clinical articles and book chapters in psychology and social service journals over the past two decades.  His most recent article, co-authored with Diana Fosha, is on working with attachment in AEDP;  Attachment as a Transformative Process in AEDP: Operationalizing the Intersection of Attachment Theory and Affective Neuroscience.  Mr. Lipton has held adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work and he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.  Previously, he was the Director of Clinical Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first and largest HIV/AIDS service organization.  In addition to his expertise in AEDP, Mr. Lipton has training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Solution-Focused therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Mr. Lipton is committed to the foundational principle of human development that change for the better, at every level of civilization, flourishes when people feel safe enough to be curious and take necessary risks.  He is passionately dedicated to bringing this alive in both his practice and teaching.

Dates, Times, Location

Friday December, 3 + Saturday December 4, 2021 

Times for each session: 
10:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time USA + Canada

Please go here for the agenda

Location: Live, Online

Fees, Registration and Continuing Education (CE): 

CE credits: 8

View CE Information here

Registration Fees (including 8 CEs):

This is a seminar, not an AEDP Certification Course; by participating you will earn CE credit; you will not fulfill any requirements for AEDP Certification.

  • $150 USD AEDP Institute Member Price (must be logged in to register)
  • $175 USD Non-Member Price
  • Scholarships (details below)

This seminar is sold out with a waitlist. Please email to add your name to the waitlist.

Special pricing available:    


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

Diversity Scholarships: a limited number of 50% Diversity Scholarships are available please apply here.

Covid ScholarshipsA 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 Covid virus, please click here for the application process.

Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for 8 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 provides by the AEDP Institute. Partial credit is not available.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the Attendee to determine if the CE credit offered by R.Cassidy Seminars meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board.

Go here for a list of professions included, state approval and other details on CEs for this course.

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

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds:

Certification: Completion of this course does not guarantee 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.


Course Questions: Contact

Payment, CE and Registration Questions: Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner
866-992-9399  X105
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm PST