AEDP Institute

SEMINAR, LIVE ONLINE, November 5, 2022: Martina Verba, PhD

Relational Interventions as Part of the Cure: AEDP in the treatment of eating disorders

This seminar is intended for Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists.


While symptom-management and cognitive-behavioral techniques have long dominated the field of eating disorders treatment, experiential and attachment-based approaches to treatment have gained prominence in the past 10 years. With its dual treatment pathways, AEDP offers a way to heal trauma-borne psychological structures that fuel the reliance on eating disorder symptoms and foster enhanced wellbeing and vitality, both of which are greatly diminished when eating disorders are present. In this 4-hour seminar, we will explore the specific application of AEDP in the treatment of eating disorders and consider how we tailor AEDP interventions to eating disorder stages of recovery. The Seminar will be both interactive and didactic, using videotaped session material to illustrate the model in action.

The workshop will end with Q & A and conversation with participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why working experientially is helpful in treating eating disorders
  • Describe the evolution of eating disorder recovery over time
  • Match AEDP interventions with phase of eating disorder recovery

Meet the Presenter

Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW

Martina Verba, LCSW, DSW Martina Verba is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor in private practice in Westchester County. She fell in love with AEDP when she took Diana’s Immersion course in 2008. She has both assisted and lead-assisted for Immersion and Essential
Skills, as well as presented at Immersion. She has extensive experience working with patients with eating disorders and has developed a practice that integrates eating disorder treatment and AEDP.

She is on the faculty of the Integrative Trauma Treatment Program at the National Institute of Psychotherapies. Prior to finding AEDP, Martina worked as an eating disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, a staff therapist at Harvard University’s mental health service, an adjunct professor at Simmons College, and the Director of Counseling at a program for at-risk youth in Boston. She is the co-author of a chapter on safety in connection among at-risk adolescent girls in Urban Girls Revisited: Building Strengths (NYU Press, 2007). She received her undergraduate degree in from Harvard University, her Master of Social Work from Columbia University, her Master of Public Health from Harvard University, and her Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Martina brings authenticity, a sense of humor, and a profound appreciation for the process and practice of AEDP to her work with clients and supervisees. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband, soon-to-leave-the-nest daughter and 2 dogs. She is a white, cisgender heterosexual female (pronouns she/her).

Dates, Times, Location

Saturday, November 5, 2022

11:00 am – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time USA + Canada

Location: Live, Online

Fees, Registration and Continuing Education (CE): 

CE credits: 3.75

Registration Fees (including 3.75 CE):

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.

  • Members: $119.00 USD
  • Non-Members: $129.00 USD
  • Scholarships (details below)
Non-Member Registration

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.

Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for 3.75 CE hours of continuing professional development credit.* Participants must have paid course fee, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive CE. R Cassidy, 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