AEDP Institute

SEMINAR: Jerry Lamagna – Denver, CO

Blinded by the Light

A primer on AEDP work with complex trauma and dissociation

An AEDP Rocky Mountains event
with Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

AEDP is a psychotherapeutic approach 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.

Main points of workshop.

  1. AEDP is an integrative model of psychotherapy that draws on experiential and relational elements in its approach to healing.  Focus on felt experience and relational contact often needs to be modified when working with highly traumatized patients.
  2. It is important for AEDP trained clinicians working with highly traumatized patients to have an understanding of dissociation and its impact on their patient’s psychological functioning.
  3. While experiential therapies emphasize the expression of categorical emotions like anger and grief in healing, it is important for AEDP therapists to develop skillfulness in working with other, less intense affective change processes to promote healing.
  4. The Structural Dissociation Model (Steele, Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, 1994?) provides a means for orienting/organizing psychotherapeutic work with trauma and dissociation, one that takes into account the needed capacities and the many fears often associated with processing traumatic memories.
  5. Clinical flexibility, patience, self regulation/awareness, moment to moment attunement, and knowledge of the dynamics of each patient’s internal system are crucial to effective trauma treatment.

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 13, 2018

TBD in Denver, CO

Time: 8:45 am – 5:00 pm

Fees, Registration and Continuing Education (CE):

On-Line Registration:  Registration is limited to psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, graduate students and interns only.  Please complete the registration form and click on submit then proceed to the PayPal button below.   Please choose the registration option applicable to you from the drop down menu.  As a member benefit, AEPD Rocky Mountains members (not the same as AEDP Institute members) receive a discount.  To become a member please go to Membership.  Otherwise, please choose the non-member professional or student/intern rate.  Your registration is not complete until you have submitted the registration form AND completed your payment through paypal.


Early Registration July 2, 2018-August 13, 2018
Members of AEDP Rocky Mountains: $150
Non AEDP Rocky Mountain Member Professional Rate: $180
Student/Intern Rate: $90

Regular Registration August 14, 2018-September 13, 2018
Members of AEDP Rocky Mountains: $175
Non AEDP Rocky Mountain Member Professional Rate: $205
Student/Intern Rate: $110

Late Registration Begins September 14, 2018
Members of AEDP Rocky Mountains: $210
Non AEDP Rocky Mountain Member Professional Rate: $235
Student/Intern Rate: $125

Register Here

Continuing Education

Building Healthy Relationships, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6722.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Building Healthy Relationships, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Licensing Boards and education program regulations change.  Please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and for reciprocal approval as approvals vary per board regulations.  Your should save the course outline, the certificate of completion and any other documentations required by your board and contact your state board or licensing organization to determine specific filing requirements.  If you have questions about this course meeting your specific boards approval or CE requirements, we recommend that you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.


Event Details:


8:45 am - 5:00 pm