Making Good Use of Suffering: Intra-Relational AEDP Work with Pathogenic Affects

An AEDP Southwest Workshop at the Albuquerque Museum in Historic Old Town Albuquerque NM

with Jerry Lamagna, LCSW

This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities of working with clients mired in overwhelming affective experiences. In AEDP, pathogenic affects linked to “self-at-worst” such as unbearable aloneness and “toxic” levels of shame and anxiety have often been viewed as experiences holding little therapeutic potential. The goal has traditionally been to get past them so that underlying core affects can be accessed and processed therapeutically.

Joining differentiation techniques drawn from Buddhist psychology, Gestalt therapy and IFS, with AEDP’s experiential tracking, metaprocessing, and mindful attention to relational and intra-relational experience, Mr. Lamagna will demonstrate how such moments of overwhelm can offer patients profound opportunities for self-recognition, self-regulation and self-compassion.

Rather than processing core affects derived from categorical emotions like anger and grief, such work engenders core affect linked to interconnection, recognition and self-understanding. These moments of coherence and integration in turn provide experiences of strength, hope, safety, and mastery that fuel ongoing change-for-the-better.

Meet the Presenters

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Fee and Credits

  • $130 group of 3 or more & students
  • $145 early bird (up to 2 weeks prior – through Oct 10, 2015)
  • $170 regular fee (after Oct 10, 2015)

Register at the AEDP Southwest Site

Includes continental breakfast, snacks, coffee/tea, and 6 Continuing Education credits for masters level clinical psychotherapists (non-psychologists). You will have 90 minutes for lunch on your own. We will provide a list of nearby Old Town restaurants.

Event Details:


9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Registration starts at 8:30 am


The Albuquerque Museum in Historic Old Town
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM

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