Transformance Journal: Event Region: Europe

Immersion Course • 2016 • Rome, Italy

AEDP Immersion in Rome, Italy
April 14th – 17th, 2016

Undoing Aloneness & the Transformation of Emotional Suffering

At the Istituto Di Scienze Cognitive

With Diana Fosha, Ph.D.

This 4-Day Immersion Course in AEDP is recommended to all professionals doing therapy with individuals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counselors, and students training in these professions. It will be of great interest to those wishing to transform their clinical practices by translating cutting edge developments in attachment and neuroscience research into systematic teachable and learnable interventions.

We are wired for growth, healing, and self-righting, and for resuming impeded growth. Until recently, focused on pathology, our field lacked concepts to capture the thrust toward health residing within us all. Transformance, Diana Fosha’s powerful construct, changes all that: supported by cutting edge research in neuroplasticity, transformance defines the innate motivation toward healing and self-repair, and is at the core of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a transformational and healing-oriented – rather than psychopathology based – model of therapy. Drawing on emergent research in neuroscience, development, and neuroplasticity, and with transformance as its cornerstone, AEDP rectifies the bias towards pathology: building on our natural resilience, AEDP’s therapeutics is based in our innate healing capacities, including our innate capacities for deep connection.

One of the fastest-growing approaches to working with attachment trauma, AEDP emphasizes the importance of undoing aloneness and the co-creation of safety: with accompaniment, patients can risk revisiting past trauma and suffering. AEDP is unique in its intimate yet rigorous way of working with relational experience moment-to-moment. Healing and neuroplasticity are set in motion through fully experiencing previously feared emotions in a secure relationship, and through gentle, yet focused, explicit attention to the experience of healing within the patient-therapist relationship. Specific AEDP intervention strategies, rooted in the phenomenology of the transformational process, are designed to work explicitly, dyadically, and experientially with intense traumatic emotions in a way that brings resilience to the fore, and fosters patients’ feeling deeply seen, recognized, cared about and understood. Processing both traumatic and restorative emotional experiences, the transformational process AEDP unleashes culminates in vitality, energy, and the non-finite positive emotion-fueled spirals of resilience, well-being and creativity that are so highly correlated with health. As suffering is transformed, there is a deepening of receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood. Patients’ internal working models of attachment are also transformed.

AEDP works at the emergent edge of the human spirit where recognition, integration, and nonfinite transformational spirals activate resources and generate well-being, love, play, connection, resilience, immune health, creativity and compassion.

Through extensive audio-visually recorded actual therapy sessions, this immersion course will provide ample exposure to AEDP’s hallmark techniques that: (i) actively and explicitly work with the experience of the attachment, here-and-now, in the therapeutic dyad; (ii) use dyadic affect regulation to undo aloneness and process intense overwhelming emotions; and (iii) actively, explicitly and experientially work to process intense emotional experiences until adaptive healing resources are released. The clinical videotapes will also demonstrate the technique of metatherapeutic processing, AEDP’s unique and systematic set of interventions for processing transformational experience, which expands healing, fuels upward spirals of positive affect, vitality, and energy and which can consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, and expand relational capacity.

In this training you will learn:

  • How to recognize transformance and put it into clinical action
  • The map of AEDP, i.e., the phenomenology of the transformational process to guide moment-to-moment tracking and choice of interventions
  • How to work experientially with relational experience in a way that is both safe and effective
  • How to facilitate the dyadic affect regulation of previously feared-to-be-unbearable emotions
  • Work with intense emotional experience, so as to be able to transform suffering into resilience
  • How to work to increase patients’ receptive capacity, i.e., capacity to “take in” aspects of the attachment experience
  • Metatherapeutic processing techniques, i.e., how to use the patients’ experience of transformation to activate further healing and greater consolidation of gains already made

Click here to learn more about the AEDP Immersion course.


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Meet the Presenter

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Course Fee and CE Credits

  • € 800,00 (VAT included)

To Register: 

  1. Request the registration form from:
  2. Transfer the course fee to:
    Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – Sassari –
    Beneficiario Istituto di Scienze Cognitive srl
    IBAN IT 84 D 01005 17200 0000 0000 4496
  3. Send the application form with a copy of the transfer receipt to

This program is eligible for CE Hours of continuing education credit through our co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars. To view the CE accreditation statement click here.  CE Credits are included in the course fee.

For our cancellation/refund policy click here.

Course size is limited to 85 participants and our Immersion Course almost always sells out. We recommend early registration to ensure your spot!

Course Location

Courtyard Rome Central Park
Via Giuseppe Moscati 7
Rome  00168  Italy

Questions about this course?

Contact Us

or contact Istituto Di Scienze Cognitive – Tel. 079/230449 – Fax. 079/9578217


ES1 Retreat Style Course in Europe • Stockholm, Sweden & Parma, Italy – 2016/2017

Healing-oriented and attachment based, AEDP’s practice is radical in its translation of current neuroscience and developmental research into moment-to-moment clinical practice. Experiential in its relational work and in using in-depth emotional explorations, AEDP’s interventions are deeply rooted in the phenomenology and dynamics of the transformational process that emerge in environments where the individual feels safe and known. Intuitively resonant, AEDP has been called “deceptively simple.”

The AEDP Essential Skills course, aimed at clinical practitioners, will be practical. Our goal is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, AEDP skill sets, that are concrete and specific. Different skill sets will be introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each module, so that participants will emerge with both an understanding & a felt sense of how to practice AEDP. The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each module, with theoretical foundations and faculty videotapes in the morning, and closely assisted, group experiential exercises in the afternoon.

This European AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) course will be offered in a format of three modules, of four days each. This format arose in response to requests over the years from people throughout out the world — for whom the five weekends of travel a year required by the standard AEDP ES course was just not feasible.  In response to popular demand, we now launch the 3 module format AEDP Essential Skills course in Europe (in Stockholm, Sweden; and Parma, Italy), the first ever in Europe.

Ron J. Frederick, PhD AEDP Institute Senior Faculty member, will be leading this course along with guest faculty (TBD) and a group of highly skilled assistants.

Course Date & Times:

Module 1: Transformance, Experiential Tracking, Attachment 
Stockholm, Sweden
May 19 – 22, 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm


  • Engaging Healing from the Get-Go: Transformance Detection; Affirmation & Delight
  • Moment-to-Moment Tracking: Working Directly with Moment-to-Moment Experience
  • Working Explicitly and Experientially with Attachment (part 1): Focus on here-and-now. Experiential Work with receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, loved, and known
  • Working Explicitly and Experientially with Attachment (part 2): Transforming the Internal Working Model

Module 2: Defenses, Anxiety, Emotion Processing
Parma, Italy
November 24 – 27, 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm


  • Top-of-the-Triangle Work in AEDP: Working with Anxiety and Defense (State 1 work: Part 1)
  • Resistance: Working with Anxiety and Defense (State 1 work: part 2)
  • Working with Emotion: Dyadic Affect Regulation, Portrayals (State 2 work: part 1)
  • Working with Emotion: Processing Emotional Experience to Completion (State 2 work: part 2)

Module 3: Metaprocessing: Working With Transformational Experience 
Parma, Italy
May 4 – 7, 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm


  • Metaprocessing: Working with Transformational Experience in AEDP (State 3 work: part 1)
  • The Transformational Spiral: Working with Positive Affective Experience (State 3 work: part 2)
  • Core state: Truth, Integration and Reflection. Making New Meaning (State 4 work)
  • Metaprocessing the AEDP ES1 Course Experience: Constructing our own coherent & cohesive narrative

Throughout this training, essential skills will be experientially explored and didactically demonstrated so that participants will develop both a (right brain mediated) felt sense as well as a (left brain mediated) understanding of them. The training will include didactic material, clinical videotapes of actual sessions, daily experiential exercises, and small and large group processing. A key component of the experiential practices is the opportunity to “try on” sets of interventions as a therapist and to receive them as a client. So, learning new skills can give rise to experiences of safety, attachment security, transformation, and related phenomena that occur with AEDP treatment. The concentrated time that participants spend together immersed in learning AEDP aims to foster a culture of trust and generosity that allows for risk-taking and a supportive environment that is uniquely suited for optimal learning.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Accurately moment-to-moment track and differentiate different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process
  • Understand how to utilize the therapeutic relationship both implicitly and explicitly to establish safety, undo aloneness and foster exploration that leads to transformational experiences
  • Understand various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy
  • Access core affective experiences
  • Utilize the healing potential of innate transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing


Meet the Presenter

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Course Fee

  • €3,000


Course Locations

Module 1
Historiska Museet (The Swedish Historical Museum)
Narvavaegen 13-17

Modules 2 & 3
Schema Therapy Center Piazza
Badalocchio Sisto Rosa, 3/A
43126 Parma PR

Immersion Course • 2015 • Europe

AEDP Immersion in Stockholm, Sweden
September 7th – 11th, 2015

The Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma:
Healing at the Edge of Transformational Experience

Diana Fosha, Ph.D.

The European AEDP Immersion Course. We are excited to inaugurate our 1st ever European AEDP Immersion course, the 1st ever AEDP Immersion course outside of North America. We look forward to welcoming participants from all over the world.

Please note that we also plan to launch a European AEDP Essential Skills course in 2016, to be offered in two 1-week segments, separated by a few months, somewhere in Europe. Dates and locations TBA (to be determined) in the fall of 2015– stay tuned!. Inn the meantime, join us in Stockholm!

This 5-Day Immersion Course in AEDP is intended for practitioners interested in AEDP, in its transformational theory, and in exploring its applications to the treatment of attachment trauma. Our focus is on AEDP and the theory and practice informing AEDP work at the edge of healing experience to repair attachment trauma. Making extensive use of clinical videotapes of actual therapy sessions, the aim of this course is to foster proficiency in the practice of AEDP, as well as facilitate its integration into clinical practices that make use of other experiential, body-focused, trauma-based, relational and/or psychodynamic methods.

Click here to learn more about the AEDP Immersion course.

Course Fee and CE Credits

  • Full Payment Early Registration (ends Aug. 27th) $1,500.00   
  • Full Payment Registration $1,600.00   
  • Full Payment Member Early Registration (ends Aug. 27th) $1,450.00 
  • Full Payment Member Registration $1,550.00 

There is not a student rate, as the course is intended for practicing clinicians who have completed their post-graduate professional training.

This program is eligible for 32.5 CE Hours of continuing education credit through our co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars. To view the CE accreditation statement click here.  CE Credits are included in the course fee.

For our cancellation/refund policy click here.

Course Location

The Swedish History Museum
Narvavaegen 13-17

Lodging Information

We’ve been offered discounts from two very nice hotels in central Stockholm less than 10 minutes’ walk from the History Museum. Please book your hotel stays ASAP.

  • Hotell Örnsköld
    Nybrogatan 6, *** hotel
    Prices from 995-1795 SEK, breakfast included, and there might be even cheaper single rooms available.
    Please quote “conference Historiska” when booking.
  • Mornington Hotel Stockholm City
    Nybrogatan 53,  ****+ hotel
    Single room: 1900SEK breakfast incl., superior queen room 2300SEK, breakfast, bathrobe and free access to Health Club included.
    T: +46 8 507 330 00
    Please quote “conference Historiska” and booking no: G924056.
    15 single and 15 superior rooms have been booked at Mornington to lock in a reduced price.


Course size is limited to 85 participants and our Immersion Course almost always sells out.  We recommend early registration to ensure your spot!

Click Here to Register

To secure your spot and arrange for a payment plan, please contact Karen at 866-992-9399 x105

Questions about this course?

Email or call 866-992-9399.