AEDP Institute

AEDP Skills Courses:

Essential Skills (ES1) and 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.

AEDPfC Skills Course: To learn about the 1 week Skills course in AEDPfC (AEDP for Couples) click here.

To learn more about AEDP Essential Skills and Advanced Skills courses, 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 Intro webinar and when you complete it you will be eligible for a $100 credit towards a future Immersion course. 


Essential Skills (ES1) Courses Starting Soon:

ES1 Three-Long-Weekends Course in New York City SOLD OUT! Join the waiting list now.
October 2019 / January 2020 / May 2020

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in New York City  SOLD OUT! Join the waiting list now.
November 2019 / March 2020

ES1 Retreat-Style Course in Denver  Registration is open 
March 2020 / July 2020


Essential Skills (ES1) Courses in Progress:

ES1 Three-Long-Weekends Course in Boston  SOLD OUT! In progress, registration is closed 
March 2019 / June 2019 / October 2019


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


Advanced Skills (ES2) Courses Starting Soon:

ES2 Retreat-Style Course in Los Angeles Registration is open
March 2020 / October 2020


Advanced Skills (ES2) Courses in Progress:

ES2 Retreat-Style Course in Stockholm SOLD OUT! In progress, registration is closed 
October 2019 / March 2020

ES2 Retreat-Style Course in Israel SOLD OUT! In progress, registration is closed 
Sponsored by AEDP Israel. To be added to the wait list please contact Idit Ronen-Setter:
May 2019 / November 2019


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

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


Past AEDP Advanced Skills (ES2) Courses

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