AEDP Institute

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

an AEDP Workshop at Roosevelt Hospital, New York City

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

Eileen M. Russell, PhD

Eileen M. Russell, PhD, has been trained and supervised intensively in AEDP since 1996 by Diana Fosha, PhD and Jenna Osiason, PhD. In addition, Dr. Russell is trained in EMDR and in Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing. Dr. Russell received her doctorate from Fordham University and received her clinical training from New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and New York University Medical/Bellevue Hospital Center. Until 2004, she was senior psychologist at NYU Medical/Bellevue Hospital, where she worked with people dually diagnosed with substance dependence and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Russell is currently a part-time Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center where she supervises students in AEDP and dynamic psychotherapy and the lead supervisor of one of two New York City AEDP Core Training Groups. She has taught AEDP seminars at several universities and clinics in New York and New Jersey and supervises clinicians learning AEDP.

In her book, Restoring Resilience: Discovering your Clients' Capacity for Healing (W.W. Norton & Company, June 2015), Eileen draws on interpersonal neurobiology, affect regulation research, a number of theoretical orientations and clinical experience to show therapists how to build from what’s going right in clients’ lives, help them cultivate and deepen their native resilience and create lasting change. Together with Diana Fosha, she has co-authored a paper on "Transformational affects and core state in AEDP" for the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Her research and writing interests include the development of AEDP theory and practice, and spirituality in psychotherapy. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and New Jersey.

Fee and Credits

  • $149

Registration Now Open

This program is eligible for CE Hours of continuing education credit through our co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars. To view the CE accreditation statement click here.  CE Credits are included in the course fee. For our cancellation/refund policy click here.

Event Details:


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Mt. Sinai West
1000 Tenth Avenue (betw. 58th & 59th) Conference Room B, Second Floor
New York, NY

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