AEDP Institute

SEMINAR: Jerry Lamagna – Toronto, Canada

Blinded by the Light

A primer on AEDP work with complex trauma and dissociation

An AEDP Toronto Seminar at Oakham House, Ryerson with Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) is an experiential therapy informed by the latest attachment research and affective neuroscience, and guided by the principle, “Stay with it and stay with me”. While such experiential invitations are very helpful in fostering change for many patients in therapy, they run completely counter to everything survivors of complex trauma have needed to do to survive horrific abuse, neglect and personal betrayal.

In this workshop, Jerry Lamagna LCSW provides a primer on treating complex trauma, suggesting important modifications to AEDP that focuses the therapeutic work on stabilization, titrated relational contact, the establishment of internal and external safety/communication/collaboration and self building in preparation for later work with trauma processing and integration.

Meet the Presenter

Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

jerry-lamagnaJerry Lamagna, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Westfield, New Jersey. After completing his graduate studies at Adelphi University in 1993, he participated in a six month residency at the Caron Foundation’s Center for Self Development, and for six years thereafter his work focused on issues in chemical dependency/ACOA treatment. He currently works with individuals in AEDP psychotherapy, addressing problems related to trauma, dissociation, addiction, depression, low self worth and personality disorders. Throughout his career, Mr. Lamagna’s interest in affect based, experiential treatment approaches has led to his extensive training in psychodrama, EMDR, ego state therapy, trauma/dissociative disorder treatment, and most recently, AEDP. The study of these modalities has inspired his ongoing efforts to integrate relational, intra-psychic, and experiential elements into his clinical work. Mr. Lamagna, along with Dr. Kari Gleiser has developed a modified version of AEDP for the treatment of dissociative disorders. He has presented at national conferences sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), the International Experiential and Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA), the New Jersey chapter of NASW and the AEDP Institute. In January 2007, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation published a paper written by Mr. Lamagna and Dr. Gleiser entitled “Building a secure internal attachment: An intra-relational approach to ego strengthening and emotional processing with chronically traumatized clients.” A subsequent article, "Of the self, by the self and for the self:Internal Attachment, attunement and psychological change" was published in the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration in 2012.

Date, Time and Location

Date: Saturday October 20, 2018

Oakham House, Ryerson
63 Gould Street, Toronto

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fees, Registration and Continuing Education (CE):

Pre-registration required.

To register:
Mail check for $175, payable to Simone Levey, to:
151 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 1H1

or send an Interac e-transfer to

Early bird fee: $150 by August 30.

Cancellation Policy: $50 nonrefundable fee after September 20.

This training may be cancelled if insufficient registrations are received by August 30th; you will be notified and your money refunded in that event.

There will be a small Master Class offered by Jerry on Sunday October 21 for those with some training in AEDP.

Please inform Simone Levey at the email address above if you are interested in attending.


Event Details:


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Oakham House, Ryerson
63 Gould Street
Toronto, Canada,

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