AEDP Institute

AEDP Skills Courses: Essential Skills (ES1)


“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 including 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 AEDP Essential Skills (ES1), click on a course listed below:

Essential Skills (ES1)

We highly recommend that you complete Immersion before taking Essential Skills (ES1). If you are committed to learning AEDP and have not yet taken Immersion, please complete the recorded webinar Intro to AEDP prior to starting ES1. Note, however, that Intro to AEDP is by no means a substitute for Immersion and Immersion is a requirement for AEDP certification. You will earn 6 CE for taking the recorded Intro to AEDP webinar and when you complete it you may request a $100 credit towards a future Immersion course.

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.


Upcoming Courses 

Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE  | 5 Modules November 2020 thru June 2021 | Co-sponsored by AEDP Brazil | Compatible time zones: the Americas & Brazil | Karen Kranz, PhD plus AEDP Guest Presentations 
This  course is sold out. To join the waitlist, please email – Important note, you must be an Immersion Grad to attend this ES1. If you have not taken Immersion, please do not email a request to be added to the wait list.

Closed for registration …. now in progress 

Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE  | June & October 2020 | Compatible time zones: the Americas | Presented by Ronald Frederick, PhD plus AEDP Guest Presentations
Formerly scheduled for Los Angeles


Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE  | July & November 2020 | Compatible time zones: Europe & the Americas | Presented by Karen Pando-Mars, MFT & Ben Medley, LCSW plus AEDP Guest Presentations
Formerly scheduled for London  


Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE | July & December 2020 Compatible time zones: the Americas | Presented by Jeanne Newhouse, NCPsyA and Karen Kranz, PhD plus AEDP Guest Presentations
Formerly scheduled for Denver   


Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE | August 2020 & January 2021 Compatible time zones: the Americas – especially east coast | Presented by Ben Medley, LCSW and Jerry Lamagna, LCSW plus AEDP Guest Presentations
Formerly Scheduled for New York City 

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 Essential Skills (ES1) Courses

Essential Skills (ES1) Three-Long-Weekends 10 Day Course in New York City  October 2019 / January 2020 / May 2020 moved online!

Essential Skills (ES1) 10-day Retreat-Style Course in New York City  November 2019 / March 2020 – moved online!

ES1 Three-Long-Weekends Course in Boston, MA, USA: March 2019 / June 2019 / October 2019

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in Los Angeles, CA, USA: January 2019 / May 2019

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in London, UK : December 2018 / April 2019

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in New York City, NY, USA: August 2018 / December 2018

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in New York City, NY, USA: May 2018 / October 2018

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in San Francisco, CA, USA: March 2018 / July 2018

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in Denver, CO, USA: 2017 – 2018

ES1 Essential Skills Retreat-Style Course in Vancouver, BC, CA: July 2017 / December 2017

ES1 Retreat Style Course in Durham, NC, USA: February 2017 / June 2017

ES1 Essential Skills Retreat-Style Course in New York City, NY, USA: 2016 – 2017

ES1 Essential Skills 5-weekends in New York City, NY, USA: 2016 – 2017

ES1 Retreat Style Course in Shanghai, China: 2016 – 2017

ES1 Essential Skills Course in Europe: Stockholm, Sweden & Parma Italy: 2016 – 2017

ES1 Essential Skills San Francisco Bay, CA, USA: 2015 – 2016

ES1 Essential Skills Course in Boston, MA, USA: 2015 – 2016

ES1 Essential Skills Retreat Style Course in New York City, NY, USA: 2015 – 2016

ES1 Essential Skills Course in Vancouver, BC, USA: 2014 – 2015

ES1 Essential Skills Course in New York City, NY, USA: 2014 – 2015

Essential Skills • 2013-2014 • New York
Essential Skills • 2013-2014 • West Coast
Essential Skills • 2012-2013 • Vancouver, BC