Essential Skills (ES1) Five Modules: October 2021 – May, 2022; with Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

and AEDP Faculty Guest Presenters, Kate Halliday, LCSW and Dale Trimble, MA

This course is closed with a waitlist. Please email to add your name to the waitlist.

This live online Essential Skills course is being presented in Five Modules, Sunday – Wednesday (4 hr. days).

This AEDP course is open to Licensed Mental Health Providers practicing legally in your state, province, or country, including Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. 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 the bottom of the page.

About AEDP: Healing-oriented and attachment-based, AEDP’s practice translates current neuroscience and developmental research into moment-to-moment clinical practice. Simultaneously experiential and relational in its in-depth emotional explorations, AEDP’s interventions are deeply rooted in the dynamics of the transformational process that emerges in environments where the individual feels safe and known.

About Essential Skills (ES1): 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.

Routine for each module: 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.

To see a listing of AEDP therapists who act as Experiential Assistants, click here.

Course Summary

Course Objectives

Topics and Faculty by Module

AEDP Faculty Member Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, will teach modules 1, 3 & 5 and serve to ensure continuity across modules. 

Module 1 taught by course helm Karen Pando-Mars, MFT | October 24-27, 2021
HEALING FROM THE GET GO! The ABC’s of AEDP including our Transformance stance, moment to moment tracking, & experiencing over explaining.
1b: THE CLINICAL ROADMAP OF AEDP We are a 4-State Model with intentional experiential language for AEDP interventions.

Module 2 taught by AEDP Faculty Guest Presenter Kate Halliday, LCSW | November 14-17, 2021
AEDP AND ATTACHMENT  Using AEDP’s relational focus to build, renovate & reconstruct a secure therapeutic attachment.
2b: STATE 1: THE TOP OF THE TRIANGLE Working with Anxiety and Defense

Module 3 taught by course helm Karen Pando-Mars, MFT | January 16-19, 2022
STATE 2: EXPANDED ADAPTIVE AND MALADAPTIVE CORE AFFECT How we recognize these Affects and what we do.
3b: METAPROCESSING – AN AEDP HALLMARK Capitalizing on the experience in the room to integrate and cement transformational processes.

Module 4 taught by AEDP Faculty Guest Presenter Dale Trimble, MA | February 20-23, 2022
4a: STATE 1, DEFENSES, IN DETAIL  Transforming resistance and high anxiety.
4b: STATE 2 TO STATE 3: EMOTION PROCESSING AND PORTRAYALS How to access, deepen and process core affect to completion.

Module 5 taught by course helm course helm Karen Pando-Mars, MFT | May 1-4, 2022
STATE 3 TO STATE 4: TRANSFORMANCE   Working with Transformational affects and core state
5b: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER Reviewing and metaprocessing together what we’ve learned.

Course Location | Dates | Times

Location: Live Online and highly interactive
AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s

Times: Daily (4 hour days)
Eastern Standard Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Dates: Sunday – Wednesday | October 2021 – May 2022

Module 1 October 24-27, 2021
Module 2 November 14-17, 2021
Module 3 January 16-19, 2022
Module 4 February 20-23, 2022
Module 5 May 1-4, 2022

Registration Fee | Scholarships

You must be a Level 1 AEDP therapist (have completed Immersion) to attend this course.

Non-Member Course Fee $3,200 USD  One time payment
$3,250 USD  Payment plan: $500 due at registration – Call Karen Newell 866-992-9399

Member Course Fee $3,150 USD  One time payment (Are you a Member? Log in to get a Member discount)
$3,200 USD  Payment plan: $500 due at registration – Call Karen Newell 866-992-9399

This course is closed with a waitlist. Please email to add your name to the waitlist.


Learn about our ‘pay-what-you-wish’ pilot program for self-identifying Black mental health professionals here.

Diversity Scholarships: For more information and to download an application please click here.

Covid ScholarshipsIf you are unable to afford the full course fee because you have been especially hard hit by the Covid pandemic, please contact us at with Covid Scholarship in the subject line and briefly tell us why you need the scholarship.

Meet the Faculty:

Course Helm: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

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Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for 75 CE hours of continuing professional development credit.* Participants must have paid course fee, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive CE. RCassidy, is our CE partner and will provide CE certificates. In addition a certificate of completion will be provided by the AEDP Institute. Partial credit is not available.

Go here for a list of professions included, state approval and other details on CEs for this course.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds:

Certification: Completion of this course does not guarantee certification. To be eligible for AEDP Certification, clinicians must demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical model and proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. Certification requirements.


Course Questions: Contact

Payment, CE and Registration Questions: Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner
866-992-9399  X105
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm PST