Essential Skills Course Objectives

Module 1: Healing from the Get-Go, Undoing Aloneness & the Clinical Roadmap for the AEDP Transformation Journey

  • Describe how transformance, a central construct in AEDP psychotherapy, drives positive change.
  • Describe the AEDP 4-State Transformational Model and cite each of the 4 states. 
  • Describe the concept of ‘undoing aloneness’ and how it gets put into practice in the relational co-creation of safety.
  • State the vitality affects of transformative change which occurs during therapy.
  • Role-play “meta-therapeutic” processing from a client’s perspective.
  • Demonstrate moment-to-moment tracking.

Module 2: Attachment & Relational Work: Undoing Aloneness in Clinical Action

  • Describe how attachment history informs emotional experience and sense of self. 
  • Apply the Self-Other-Emotion Triangle, as a framework for guiding relational interventions.
  • Target their relational interventions to correspond to where the client is on the Self-Other-Emotion Triangle.
  • Role-play how to embody the AEDP stance of explicit care and compassion for the client. 
  • Name and identify receptive affective experiences and the blocks, i.e., defenses against them.
  • Tailor interventions to attachment styles.

Module 3: State 1: Working with Defense and Anxiety

  • Describe the AEDP Triangle of Experience.
  • Describe and name different types of defenses.
  • Describe Cost/benefit analysis of defenses and their consequences.
  • Apply interventions to soften and bypass defenses.
  • Describe AEDP Self-at-Best versions of the triangle.
  • Name multiple AEDP interventions to reduce anxiety.
  • Role-play intervention strategies for reducing defenses and anxiety.

Module 4:  State 2 Work: the Processing of Core Affective Experience

  • Name the different kinds of core affective experiences and  different kind of experiential processing that can be used to work with them.
  • Utilize moment-to-moment tracking, a foundational AEDP skill, to assess the client’s experience State 2 therapeutic interventions, and their effectiveness.
  • Describe and process a core affective experience to completion, or to a corrective emotional experience.
  • Define the technique of “portrayal” and describe its clinical uses in facilitating the processing of affective experiences to completion.
  • Name 3 different types of portrayals used to process core affective experience.

Module 5: The Processing of Transformational Experience & The Integration of Transformation into Self State 3 & State 4 Work

  • Apply the 4 state map of AEDP as a framework for processing the full range of affects
  • Track the process of affective experience across the 4 State map of AEDP.
  • Target their interventions to correspond to where the client is on the 4 State map of AEDP.
  • List 6 transformational affects in AEDP that lead to transformative change to maximize patient’s healing.
  • Utilize Metaprocessing, ie. the process of reflecting on positive therapeutic experiences, as a primary focus of facilitating and integrating emergent, adaptive therapeutic changes. 
  • Demonstrate how to help a client develop a new working model of secure attachment and relational capacity.
  • Demonstrate how a therapist’s mindful, authentic open-hearted embrace of a patient’s gratitude facilitates transformance. 
  • Describe how to facilitate state transformations.
  • Describe how transformance is the overarching motivational force driving positive change.
  • Utilize moment-to-moment tracking to assess the client’s experience of the effectiveness of AEDP therapeutic interventions.