AEDP Institute

FAQ’s AEDP for Couples

This page is a work in progess.

About the AEDP Institute’s historical connection with “AEDP for Couples / AEDPfC”

For many years and until 2019 the AEDP Institute offered couple therapy trainings in a particular method largely developed by former faculty member David Mars. The method drew from AEDP, somatic work and Arnold Mindell’s Process Work. While Mars was on the faculty of the AEDP Institute, this method was referred to as AEDP for Couples or AEDPfC.

In fall 2019 the AEDP Institute and David Mars split. David Mars is no longer part of the AEDP Institute Faculty, nor is he in any way associated with or in any way endorsed by the AEDP Institute. Furthermore, to prevent confusion regarding the source of ongoing training and supervision in the model of couple therapy, at the time of the split the AEDP Institute asked Mars and others to stop using the names “AEDP for Couples” / “AEDPfC.”

Until December 1, 2019 the AEDP Institute supported a dual certification in AEDP and AEDP for Couples. Several individuals completed the intensive requirements of this dual certification program and many others completed some amount of training – in some cases a significant amount – in the AEDPfC method. In an aim to recognize the hard-earned skill and experience of these individuals, a (permissioned) list of these professionals along with their AEDPfC “Training Units” earned through the AEDP Institute by December 1, 2019 is being developed. You can already add your Training Units to your Directory page, and soon you will be able to have your name listed on our special, soon to be published webpage. 

How can I get recognition for the training I completed in AEDPfC while it was offered through the AEDP Institute? What are AEDP Couples Training Units?

Every training or supervision hour completed in AEDP (ongoing) and in AEDPfC (prior to December 1, 2019) are advertisable on the AEDP website on this page and, for Directory participants, in the AEDP Therapist Directory as “Training Units.”  This allows those who trained in AEDPfC to be recognized by the public among all AEDP trained therapists for their AEDPfC training as of December 1, 2019.

Training Units are calculated using a formula that weights different types of training more or less heavily: ex: hours being an Experiential Assistant in a course or hours in Individual Supervison count as more Training Units than (for example) core training hours; and core training hours count more than hours spent in a large group training. For more information click here.

I am AEDP Certified and was working towards becoming dual-certified in AEDPfC. What do I do now?

Every training completed in AEDPfC – every hour of supervision and every seminar or course completed as of December 1, 2019 – will count as advertisable “Training Units” in the AEDP directory and on a special page of AEDP for Couples trained therapists, here. This will allow you to be recognized by the public among all AEDP trained therapists for your completed AEDPfC training.

As of December 2019, the AEDP Institute will no longer be supporting the AEDP-AEDPfC Dual Certification.

Please contact us at questions-comments@aedpinstitute.org with whatever questions, concerns, comments and suggestions you might have.

I have been working simultaneously on my AEDP certification and my dual-certification in AEDPfC. What do I do now?

Every training you completed in AEDPfC – every hour of supervision and every seminar or course completed as of December 1, 2019 – will count towards advertisable “Training Units” in the AEDP directory and on a special page of AEDP for Couples trained therapists, here. This will allow you to be recognized by the public among all AEDP trained therapists for your AEDPfC training.

You may continue your training in AEDP towards achieving AEDP Certification, but unfortunately there is no longer a way to become Certified in AEDPfC through the Institute.

Please contact us at questions-comments@aedpinstitute.org with whatever questions, concerns and comments you might have.

Does the Institute plan on offering another form of couple therapy training?

This is to be determined.  Please contact us at questions-comments@aedpinstitute.org with whatever questions, concerns, comments and suggestions you might have.

Can I access old AEDPfC webpages?

You may access the old About AEDPfC page here

You may access the old AEDPfC Certification page here