AEDP Institute

AEDP Certification

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy is a comprehensive, integrative theoretical and clinical model. It is rigorous, unique, and effective. To be eligible for AEDP Certification, clinicians must demonstrate mastery of the theoretical model, proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall understanding and commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. You can apply for certification at the recommendation of your AEDP faculty supervisor.

A Common Path to AEDP Certification (just one example!)
Immersion => ES1  => ES2 or Supervision Option (see below)  => 20 hrs Individual Supervision  => Apply for Certification

Many other paths are possible. See the guidelines and talk with your supervisor about a path that works best for you.

AEDP Certification Requirements

We are here to support every candidate in reaching their goal of excelling as an AEDP therapist and we recognize that individuals learn at different paces, begin training in AEDP with diverse skill sets, and have a variety of previous clinical experiences. Immersion and Supervision are the only absolutely required “major trainings” you must complete before applying – the rest of your training depends on what best meets your needs. If you are interested in becoming AEDP Certified we strongly encourage you to discuss your path to certification with an AEDP supervisor.

To apply for Certification in AEDP you must complete Level 3* and then pursue certification. 

All applicants for AEDP Certification must complete:

• Immersion 

plus either 2 Skills Courses or the equivalent number of Supervision Options in bottom box
Note: Skills courses can only be taken/counted once towards certification.

• Essential Skills (ES1)
• Advanced Skills (ES2)

plus one of the following Supervision Options
All Supervision Options can be taken more than once, with all hours counting towards certification.

Core Training – 5 weekends
Small Group Supervision30 Hours
Individual Supervision20 Hours 

If you are a licensed clinician or equivalent and you have completed both Immersion and one Supervision Option, plus you have completed another 2 items from boxes 2 & 3 above, you will be considered AEDP Level 3* and you may apply for AEDP Certification as follows:

 Complete 10 or more hours of additional Individual Supervision Note: to become AEDP Certified you must have been supervised by at least two supervisors including one faculty member. If by the time you reach Level 3 you have not been supervised by a faculty member, this is the time to get faculty supervision.

• Submit proof of licensing (or equivalent), a faculty recommendation, and two videotapes with transcripts per the Certification Guidelines.

Most people require more than the minimum as described above to be granted AEDP Certification. For more details see our Guidelines Page

What Do the Training Levels and AEDP Certification Mean?

A therapist’s AEDP Level as listed in our directory, indicates that they’ve completed the training, supervision and/or certification review as described below or in more detail on our Level Descriptions Page.

*  AEDP Level Definitions

The following AEDP Level descriptions apply to the vast majority of AEDP therapists. Exceptions are occasionally made for therapists with exceptional training experiences.

Level 1 AEDP therapists have completed 1 major AEDP training, usually Immersion or Essential Skills (ES1).

Level 2 AEDP therapists have completed Immersion plus either another major AEDP training (usually Essential Skills, ES1) or a Supervision Option: Core Training, 30 hours Small Group Supervision or 20 hours Individual Supervision.

Level 3 AEDP therapists have completed Immersion, a Supervision Option (Core Training, 30 hours Small Group Supervision, or 20 hours Individual Supervision), PLUS any 2 of the following:
– ES1,
– ES2,
– Core Training,
– 30 hours Small Group Supervision,
– 20 hours Individual Supervision

Certified AEDP Therapists are licensed (or equivalent) clinicians who have completed the AEDP Certification process after prerequisite training and supervision.

Certified AEDP Therapist & Supervisor: an AEDP Certified Therapist who has completed an additional review process to become a Certified AEDP Supervisor.

Want to get Certified in AEDP? Get Connected!

Besides meeting the requirements and following the guidelines, we strongly encourage candidates to get involved in the AEDP Community. This participation will be taken into account in the overall assessment of a candidate’s application. Here’s how:

Attend Workshops, Seminars & Conferences (Live and Online!)

Become a Member

Participate in our Listserv

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