AEDP Institute

Enriching Intersections of Two Models: Introduction to AEDP and IFS Approaches to Couples Therapy

In the last decade, two models of couples therapy have developed from different conceptual and therapeutic paradigms: AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and IFS (Internal Family Systems). Each of these models blend exploration of inner and outer systems in the domains of body, psyche and relational context. Yet they are distinct: based on different conceptual premises, characteristic practices, and ideas about pathways for healing and transformation.

This workshop will provide an introduction and deepening understanding of each of these models, blending teaching with demonstration, theory with application.  Similarities and differences between models will be elaborated in the service of exploring how the ideas and practices of one model can potentially enrich and deepen those of the other. Additionally, there will be exploration of whether these models can be blended and how, in order to strengthen therapists’ awareness and intention around particular clinical interventions in couples therapy.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to name at least four of the central and distinguishing principles of the IFS for Couples and AEDP for Couples models
  • Participants will have protocols for several clinical interventions for each model
  • Participants will be able to define two similarities and differences between the IFS and AEDP approaches

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: $175, $160 early registration, received by 5/06/17
  • Group Registration: $160 per person for groups of two or more, $145 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 5/06/17. PLEASE NOTE: Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount

Event Registration

Date, Time and Location 

Date: June 17, 2017

Time:  9:00am – 4:45pm

Newton at the Walker Center
144 Hancock Street
Auburndale, MA

Continuing Education

Participants MUST attend 100% of the program to earn the 6 CEUs approved for this program. CEU certificates will be given at the end of the event after you are fully paid and have completed the evaluation form. Details for your approved professions here: 6 CEUs have been approved for licensed Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychologist, Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Nurses by Commonwealth Educational Seminars. Licensed Mental Health Counselor’s can earn 6 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.
Six continuing education credits for Center for Self Leadership certification renewal have been approved.

Event Details:


9:00 am - 4:45 pm


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

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