AEDP Institute

AEDP for Couples Master Class

This class is a four hour intensive exploration of the AEDP for couples model in a group format limited to 25 people. We will discuss how the model works with a high conflict couple who have significant mutual unresolved trauma and a disorganized presentation.  David Mars will show video of his work with a couple to support teaching points. He will provide specific training in ways to assist clients with affect regulation in couples who are both highly reactive and prone to dissociation.  Participants will be invited to share case examples for discussion.  Active role play will be used to show how the methods presented can be applied to a myriad of clinical situations.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify three early markers of dorsal vagal response
  • Name three methods to regulate dorsal vagal response
  • Specify two methods to interrupt and down-regulate rising sympathetic arousal shown in defensive anger

Meet the Presenter

David Mars, M.F.T., Ph.D.

davidmars-copyDavid Mars, Ph.D. is the developer of AEDP For Couples. He has specialized in the somatically focused treatment of couples and groups for four decades, as an innovator in developing process-oriented, somatically, and empathically focused couple treatment. David has trained, supervised and consulted with Dr. Diana Fosha, the originator of AEDP since 2005.

David develops and presents training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally that focus on the AEDP for Couples model.  He is the lead supervisor of the AEDP for Couples Core Training.  He teaches at AEDP Immersion Courses, the Essential Skills Program and leads two ongoing AEDP for Couples supervision groups.  He is one of the founders of AEDP West. David is also on the adjunct faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco where he infused AEDP into his teaching of courses on the Clinical Relationship.

David’s style as a presenter is described as inspiring, warm and deeply personable.   He quickly evokes trust from his audiences, which ushers in a deep level of transparent exchange of ideas and points of view about how therapists can more effectively treat the historical trauma and deprivation that underlies marital dysfunction.  Perhaps most importantly, participants are moved to apply what they learn in these training programs, due to the depth of experience they take in while witnessing videos, live demonstrations and engaging in experiential practices.

Fees and Registration

  • Individual Registration: $120, $105 early registration, received by 5/09/17.
  • Group Registration: $100 per person for groups of two or more, $90 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 5/09/17. PLEASE NOTE: Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount. Registration fee includes coffee, tea and snacks.

Event Registration

Date, Time and Location 

Date: June 18, 2017

Time:  9:00am – 1:15pm

Newton at the Walker Center
144 Hancock Street
Auburndale, MA

Continuing Education

Participants MUST attend 100% of the program to earn the 4 CEUs approved. CEU certificates will be given at the end of the event after you are fully paid and have completed the evaluation form. Details for approved professions: 4CEUs have been approved for licensed Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology and Nursing professionals by Commonwealth Educational Seminars. Licensed Mental Health Counselors can earn 4 CEUs as Therapy Training Boston has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6707. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Therapy Training Boston is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Event Details:


9:00 am - 1:15 pm


Newton at the Walker Center
144 Hancock Street
Auburndale, MA,

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