Restoring Resilience Using AEDP: Discovering Your Clients’ Capacity to Heal

an AEDP West Workshop at the San Francisco Theological Seminary “Castle at the Top of the Hill in San Anselmo, CA

with Eileen Russell, PhD

As clinicians, we can marvel at certain clients who bounce back from severe trauma and worry about others whose recovery seems glacial.  How do we understand resilience if we resist a black and white way of claiming that it is or is not there?  Is it possible to promote resilience in our clients?  Is building resilience simply a matter of acquiring skills that were missed along the way?  Or might resilience also be a more inherent capacity that is already working on behalf of the client all the time?  Is a resilience orientation compatible with depth-oriented psychotherapy?

This presentation will explore a way of understanding resilience that opens our minds and hearts to that resilient partner-in-healing that resides in each of our clients.

Through videotape and discussion, Dr. Eileen Russell will show how the work of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), focuses on affect, the body, and the therapeutic relationship, to restore resilience.  She will outline a theory of resilience that is detailed in her upcoming book, Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Clients’ Capacity for Healing (W.W. Norton & Co.), and show how healing involves a movement from expressions of resilience as resistance to forms of resilience that help individuals transform, thrive, and flourish.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn to:

  • Define the essence of resilience from an AEDP perspective
  • Distinguish between resilience potential and resilient capacity
  • Describe how resilience may be expressed through resistance or through transformance
  • Presentation of the basic theoretical concepts and practical interventions of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Presentation of the concepts of self-in-transition and the transformational other
  • Learn AEDP skills to help clients move to more open, expansive expressions of resilience in the processing of healing attachment trauma
  • Explain the importance of deepening naturally-occurring positive emotional experience in restoring mature resilience

Meet the Presenters

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Fee and Credits

  • $149
  • Professional • $129
    Early Bird registration before September 15 – $119
  • Student/Intern • $69
    Early Bird registration before September 15 – $59
  • CEs Available
    6 CE’s for MFT’s, LCSW’s • $15
    Psychologist CE’s • $20
  • Last Day of Registration is October 1.


This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credits for MFT’s and or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (CE Provider No. PCE 4322). California Psychological Association will provide continuing professional education for psychologists. (CE Provider No. AED001). AEDP West maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For our cancellation/refund policy click here.

Event Details:


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Drive Castle at the Top of the Hill
San Anselmo, CA

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