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)

ES2 is for those 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

ES2 is offered in two formats: 

  • 10-Day Retreat-Style Courses: sign up once, participate in a 10 day course offered across two 5-day “retreats” held a few months apart in the same location.
  • 2-Day Courses: offered in many locations around the world these courses are usually offered on Saturdays & Sundays; participants register for one 2-day course at a time; those who complete any five 2-Day Courses will have completed the equivalent of an ES2 Ten-Day course. 


10-Day Retreat-Style Courses

Advanced Skills (ES2) 10-day Retreat-Style Course Los Angeles 
October 2020 / April 2021


2-Day Courses

Advanced Skills 2-day Course: Transforming Entrenched Defenses, Pathogenic Affects and Trauma States in AEDP LIVE ONLINE from NYC
Presented by: SueAnne Piliero, PhD
Live Online | Saturday, June 20 & Sunday, June 21, 2020

Advanced Skills 2-day Course: Using AEDP’s Representational Schemas to Scaffold the Therapist’s Presence, Persistence and Precision 
Presented by: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
Boston Metro Area, MA, USA | Dates: TBD


Courses in Progress, 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 September 2020 
October 2019 / March 2020 / September 2020



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

how inspiring and effective that ES1 course was for him…

what Advanced Skills did for her…

Past AEDP Advanced Skills (ES2) Courses

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