NYC Workshop • Steven S. Shapiro, PhD with Natasha Prenn, LCSW

What Feeling? Working With Patients Who Don’t Take Easily To AEDP: Extended Defense Work, Building Self and Self-Compassion

This training will focus on learning practical tools to track patient material moment by moment, using both verbal and somatic cues, in an active and focused manner with a particular focus on removing barriers to deeper affective work. The goals will be to learn ways to transform resistance and accelerate the treatment process by exploring specific techniques to diminish and restructure defenses, anxiety and other inhibitory forces; separate anxiety and defense from expressive core affective phenomena; encourage a new and corrective experience; and access underlying healing resources and their associated adaptive action tendencies.

The format will include teaching modules to understand fundamental concepts with viewing of patient videos to illustrate the concepts, micro-analyzing them together in workshop style, as well as group exercises, taught by Steve. In addition, each afternoon there will be focused small group experiential skill building exercises, led by Natasha to enhance practical application and facilitate mastery of these skills.

Course Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn to accurately track and differentiate different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process.
  2. Understand various ways to bypass resistance and restructure defenses.
  3. Understand various ways to reduce anxiety and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy.
  4. Describe ways to access underlying core affective experiences and utilize their healing potential as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing.

About Natasha Prenn

Natasha Prenn, LCSW, is a senior faculty member of the AEDP Institute. Natasha was drawn to AEDP because of its focus on how to actually help people change! She is currently writing and presenting on the vocabulary of right-brain language in experiential treatments, on the effective use of self and self-disclosure, and on how to teach the building blocks of AEDP. Natasha, an engaging teacher, is noted for her ability to translate AEDP theory into user-friendly steps, and for her enthusiastic belief that the mechanisms of the magic of AEDP are teachable and therefore learnable skills. She was the lead faculty and curriculum coordinator of the pilot AEDP Essential Skills Course in New York City and most recently the first AEDP Advanced Skills Course. In addition to her clinical practice, she offers individual and group AEDP supervision in person and via Skype. She is the founding co-editor of Transformance: the AEDP Journal, and she is currently writing the AEDP Skills Manual with Dr. Diana Fosha.

About Steve Shapiro

Dr. Steven S. Shapiro is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical and teaching experience. Through his full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia, he conducts individual, couples and family psychotherapy; training for therapists; parenting education and seminars on various mental health topics to clinicians, parents, educators and paraprofessionals. His specializations include the treatment of personality disorders, adolescents and their families, substance abuse and psychiatric emergencies.

Dr. Shapiro is a trained Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) provider and a volunteer for the American Red Cross in their Disaster Response Network. He has held teaching positions at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and other universities.  His experience working in an acute setting with involuntarily committed adolescents and adults has helped inform his work regarding transforming resistance.

Course Fee

The course fee is $695 and includes 15 hours of continuing education credit through R Cassidy Seminars.  To view the CE accreditation statement click here. To view our cancellation/refund policy click here.

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Questions? Please contact Temim Fruchter, AEDP Administrator

Event Details:


06/29/2013 - 06/30/2013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Mt. Sinai West
1000 Tenth Avenue (betw. 58th & 59th)
New York, NY

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