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

This Course is Designed For: Level 1 AEDPers: licensed therapists who have taken AEDP Immersion

Counts toward certification 

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Upcoming Courses: ES1 Five Modules

ES1: LIVE ONLINE: October 2021 – May, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST USA
Presented by: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT plus AEDP Guest Presentations
Module 1 begins October 24; Module 5 ends May 4, 2022
Learn more and Register This course is closed with a waitlist. Please email to add your name to the waitlist.

Closed for Registration … Now in Progress 

LIVE ONLINE: July – December, 2021 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST USA
Presented by: Ronald Frederick, PhD plus AEDP Guest Presentations
Module 1 begins July 23; Module 5 ends December 13, 2021

LIVE ONLINE : June 2021 – January 2022 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST USA
Presented by: SueAnne Piliero, PhD plus AEDP Guest Presentations
Module 1 begins June 11 2021; Module 5 ends January 10, 2022  

LIVE ONLINE: April –September 2021 | 12:00 – 4:00 EST USA
Presented by: Kate Halliday, LCSW plus AEDP Guest Presentations 
Module 1 begins April 16, 2021; Module 5 ends September 2021

Who the Essential Skills Course is for: 

This course is open to AEDP Immersion Graduates.

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 – up to and often including one Experiential Assistant for every four participants. Participants rave about the excellent attention and support they receive in this unique learning environment.




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

how inspiring and effective that ES1 course was for him…

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Past AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) Courses

Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE: Five Modules, February – June 2021 
Co-Sponsored by: AEDP Institute and AEDP Australia
Presented by: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT + Guest Faculty Kate Halliday, LCSW and Dale Trimble, MA
LIVE ONLINE | Five 4-day Modules | Module 1 begins February 2021; Module 5 ends June 2021

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 

Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE  | July 2020 & February 2021 | Presented by Karen Pando-Mars, MFT & Ben Medley, LCSW
Formerly scheduled for London 

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 

Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE | July & December 2020 | Presented by Jeanne Newhouse, NCPsyA and Karen Kranz, 
Formerly scheduled for Denver   

Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE  | July & November 2020 | Presented by Karen Pando-Mars, MFT & Ben Medley, LCSW
Formerly scheduled for London  

Essential Skills (ES1) LIVE ONLINE  | June & October 2020 | Presented by Ronald Frederick
Formerly scheduled for Los Angeles

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

*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.