AEDP Institute

AEDP Skills Courses: Advanced Skills (ES2)


“The AEDP Essential Skills course is absolutely one of the best psychotherapy trainings I have ever done. The format is a perfect balance of didactics, video observation and experiential practice (doing it!), with loads of supportive individual attention and feedback. I can’t recommend this training enough!”
              – Victoria Lemie Beckner, PhD

What you will learn: AEDP Skills courses, Essential Skills (ES1) and Advanced Skills (ES2), provide therapists with practical skills for “doing” AEDP. Our aim is to teach concrete and specific skills in both left-brained and right-brained ways. Different skills are introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each day so that participants emerge with both an intellectual understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP.

Daily routine: AEDP skills are introduced each morning first with their theoretical foundations and then with illustrations by way of clinical videotapes; skills are then practiced in group experiential exercises each afternoon.

Faculty and Experiential Assistants: In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both undo professional aloneness and engage in rigorous clinical teaching from excellent faculty: at least two and more often three or more faculty present their work in a given Skills course.  And Faculty and students receive skilled accompaniment from committed assistants: all AEDP Skills courses feature a large number of Experiential Assistants – up to and most often including one Experiential Assistant for every three participants. To see a listing of AEDP therapists who act as Experiential Assistants, click here.

To learn more about an Advanced Skills course, click on a course listed below:

Advanced Skills (ES2)

This AEDP course is open to all Licensed Mental Health Providers including Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. 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.

Prerequisites: ES2 is for therapists who have achieved AEDP Level 2: licensed practitioners who have completed Immersion plus either: ES1 or Core Training or 30 hours Small Group Supervision or 20 Hours Individual Supervision. For more information on AEDP Levels, click here


Advanced Skills Retreat-Style Courses

10-Day Retreat-Style: sign up once, participate in a 10-Day course offered across two 5-day “retreats” held a few months apart in the same location.

Advanced Skills (ES2) Retreat-Style Course LIVE ONLINE (formerly Los Angeles) Sold Out – to join the waiting list email us:
October 2020 / April 2021


Advanced Skills Modular Courses

Modular: those who complete any five Modular courses will have completed the equivalent of an ES2 10-Day Retreat-Style course. 


Advanced Skills Modular: Navigating AEDP’s Experiential-Attachment Work in the Context of Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity
Presented by: Kari Gleiser, PhD
Live Online |  Sunday December 13 – Monday December 14, 2020 | 2 full-days  

This  course is sold out. To join the waitlist, please email


Advanced Skills Modular Course: Live, Online
Transforming Entrenched Defenses, Pathogenic Affects and Trauma States in AEDP

Presented by: SueAnne Piliero, PhD
Live Online | Wednesday, January 6 thru Friday, January 8, 2021 


Advanced Skills Modular: The Therapist as Organizing Other:  Regulating and building self-structure in dysregulated clients through an AEDP lens
Presented by: Jennifer Edlin, MFT
LIVE ONLINE, Three half-day sessions:  Thursday – Saturday April 22 – 24, 2021


Courses in Progress and/or Registration is Closed

Advanced Skills (ES2) 10-Day Retreat-Style Course in Stockholm SOLD OUT! Important Update! Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Week Two has been moved to Live, ONLINE 
October 2019 / March 2020 / September 2020

Advanced Skills 2-Day Modular Course: Live, Online
Transforming Entrenched Defenses, Pathogenic Affects and Trauma States in AEDP
 Sold Out – to join the waiting list email us:

Presented by: SueAnne Piliero, PhD
Live Online | Saturday, June 20 & Sunday, June 21, 2020 | 2 full-days


Hear and see what a recent participant has to say about:

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Past AEDP Advanced Skills (ES2) Courses


Advanced Skills Modular Course: Using AEDP’s Representational Schemas to Scaffold the Therapist’s Presence, Persistence and Precision | Presented by: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT | October 2020

ES2 Retreat-Style Course in Israel May 2019 / November 2019

ES2 Retreat-Style Course in New York City April 2019 / September 2019

ES2 5-Weekend Course in New York City  January 2019 thru May 2019

ES2 Advanced Skills Retreat-Style Course in Vancouver & Denver 2018  July 2018 / November 2018

  • ES2 San Francisco Bay Area 2016 - 2017
  • ES2 Boston 2016 - 2017
  • Advanced Skills • 2015-2016 • New York
  • Advanced Skills • 2014-2015 • New York
  • Advanced Skills • 2012-2013 • East Coast