AEDP™ Psychotherapy 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

The Essential Skills (ES1) Course is a certification course designed for licensed AEDP level 1 Immersion graduates

Upcoming Essential Skills Courses – Registration is Open!

APRIL 2024 – JANUARY 2025 (Cypress)

Presented by: Kate Halliday, LCSW, Mary Androff, MD, Anna Christina Sundgren, MA, Kari Gleiser, PhD
Designed for: Graduates of AEDP Immersion
CE’s / AEDP Certification Credit: 85 CE | Counts toward AEDP Certification
Live Online: April 12, 2024 – January 13, 2025
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JUNE 2024 – JANUARY 2025 (Willow)

Presented by: Richard Harrison, PhD, Sigal Bahat, MA, Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, Benjamin Lipton, LCSW
Designed for: Graduates of AEDP Immersion
CE’s / AEDP Certification Credit: 85 CE | Counts toward AEDP Certification
Live Online: June 21, 2024 – January 20, 2025
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Who the Essential Skills Course is for: 

Essential Skills is for Immersion Grads who are licensed mental health practitioners (or the local/regional equivalent to ‘licensed’*) as well as interns legally practicing under the license of a supervising practitioner. 

These licensed mental health practitioners include: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychotherapists, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. 

*Every country / state / province has different rules regarding licensing. While AEDP™ Institute is generally familiar with navigating the licensing process in the U.S., we are not familiar with the process and regulations in most other countries. Our practice is to consult local AEDP practitioners for information on the nuances of education, licensing and other regulations in their areas.

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 each course page.

Course Overview: 

AEDP Essential Skills course will provide practical skills for the application of AEDP as well as a thorough immersion in the theory underlying the practice. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, different types of clinical interventions so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to “do” AEDP. Each day’s teaching will include didactic presentations of theory along with video of actual sessions conducted by AEDP Faculty followed by small group experiential exercises.

Instructional Methodology: 

AEDP skills are introduced with their theoretical foundations and then with illustrations by way of clinical videotapes; skills are then practiced in group experiential exercises. In online courses, exceptionally effective experiential exercises are held in online “breakout rooms.”

Faculty, Experiential Assistants and Clinical Video:

These are the hallmarks of all AEDP trainings. In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both undo professional aloneness and engage in rigorous clinical teaching.  Our faculty are excellent as academics, clinicians and teachers. Participants deeply appreciate how effectively faculty presenters’ clinical video demonstrates “AEDP in action.” And faculty have skilled accompaniment from a large number of Experiential Assistants. Participants rave about the excellent attention and support they receive in this unique learning environment.


Closed for Registration … Now in Progress

Essential Skills (Mango) February – October 2024
Presented by: H. Jacquie Ye-Perman, PhD, Kari Gleiser, PhD, Ronald Frederick, PhD, Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, Richard Harrison, PhD
Module 1 begins February 22 thru October 27, 2024 |Times: 5:30:00 – 10:00 PM EST USA

Essential Skills November 2023 – July 2024
Presented by: Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, Annika Medbo, MA, Richard Harrison, PhD
Module 1 begins November 3, 2023 thru July 15, 2024 |Times: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM EST USA

Essential Skills October 2023 – May 2024
Presented by: Kate Halliday, LCSW, Mary Androff, MD Karen Pando-Mars, MFT and Ben Medley, LCSW
October 6, 2023 thru May 13, 2024 | Friday – Monday | 12:00 – 4:30 EST USA

Past AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) Courses

*Prior to 2021 the Institute allowed some individuals the following exception to taking Immersion prior to 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.” Starting in January, 2021 this alternative is no longer offered.