The Alchemy of Authenticity: Transforming Hostility and Avoidance with AEDP

an AEDP Workshop at Mount Sinai West (formerly Roosevelt Hospital) in New York City

with Benjamin Lipton, LCSW

When patients present with hostility or avoidance, they are implicitly communicating a history of attachment trauma that is haunting them in the here and now. Feelings of shame, rage and contempt, beliefs of hopelessness and helplessness, and an interpersonal disposition of mistrust are all external signals of what’s happening neurobiologically in response to deeply wired-in expectations of threat. AEDP—with its demonstrated success in “operationalizing” research findings on attachment and neurobiology—offers specific methods for setting in motion a person’s positive transformational processes toward healing even in the face of dominant forces of hostility and avoidance that perceive such opportunities as threats to one’s very survival. Using videos of actual therapy sessions as well as opportunities for experiential practicing of what you will be learning, this workshop will demonstrate specific relational and somato-sensory strategies for working with challenging defensive legacies of significant attachment trauma.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the neurobiological underpinnings of hostility and avoidance
  • Apply two specific AEDP strategies for positively engaging and softening hostility
  • Detect moment-to-moment, emergent experiences of safety and connection
  • Apply two specific AEDP interventions for transforming shame into safe-enough vulnerability
  • Apply two specific AEDP strategies for regulating anxiety
  • Explain the essential role of authenticity in working with attachment trauma and utilize this understanding in their clinical work

Meet the Presenter

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9:00 – 9:30
Welcome and Intro Meditation

9:30 – 10:45
Didactic Presentation with Video: The neurobiology of attachment trauma and specific clinical strategies for addressing hostility


Didactic Continued

12:00 – 12:15
Q & A Group Discussion

12:15 – 1:30

1:30 – 3:00
Didactic Presentation With Video II: Clinical strategies for working with avoidance

3:00 – 3:15

3:15 – 4:30
Small Group Breakouts for Experiential Module

4:30 – 5:00
Large Group Processing/Q & A/Closure

Fees and Credits

  • $149



Who Should Attend

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 6 CE hours.

Social Workers
This organization, R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 continuing education social work clock hours.

New Jersey Social Workers: This course is approved by the Association of Social work Boars – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #31 Course #605 from 01/12/2016 to 01/12/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 6.
New York Social Workers: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0006. 6 contact hours live.

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists:
NJ: New Jersey Counselors and MFTs are approved through the APA. See Psychologists approval above.
NY: There are no CE requirements for New York Counselors and MFTS

Grievance Procedure
“If you are not completely satisfied with this seminar and wish to withdraw from the program, just notify our onsite staff of your intention to leave prior to the first morning break and we will mail you 100% of your registration fee  – no questions asked.”
For complaints received after the completion of the event our customer service department will:
     1.   note the complaint in the participants file
     2.   offer a credit to a future event or a refund
     3.   notify the CE Coordinator of the complaint
The CE Coordinator will take necessary action to prevent future dissatisfaction
AEDP Institute Refund and Cancellation Policy: Full refund, less a $25 administrative fee , is available if written notice of withdrawal is received by the AEDP Institute 2 weeks before the program begins. The full course fee is forfeited if withdrawal is received less than 2 weeks prior to the program, but can be transferred to another AEDP Institute organized program and must be used within 18 months of withdrawal or else it is forfeited.

Participants of approved continuing education courses by The New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners have the option to appeal to the Board if an attendee is displeased with the results of the process. Phone: 973-504-6495.

Program Cancellation/Changes: The AEDP Institute reserves the right to cancel a program prior to its start, in which case a full refund will be issued to participants for any tuition fees paid for the course. The AEDP Institute is not responsible for any non-refundable attendee expenses/fees (such as travel, hotel arrangements) associated with the course. In the rare situation that the AEDP Institute needs to make changes to an advertised faculty presenter or course module, tuition fees will not be refunded.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Disability Access:
If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

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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