Immersion Course Summary

AEDP Immersion: Theoretical Framework, Clinical Teaching from Videotapes, Experiential Exercises: The AEDP Immersion course will teach you how to work at the edge of transformational experience and how to use somatic-affective transformational markers to guide interventions. You will learn how to use AEDP’s rigorous transformational phenomenology to closely track clinical processes. Extensive use of clinical videotapes will demonstrate hallmark AEDP techniques.

In the Immersion course we also seek to undo clinicians’ aloneness by working to foster a vibrant community of like-minded, like-hearted others. It is the vision of the course to bring together clinicians from different perspectives who share an interest in AEDP specifically and/or in dynamic-experiential work in general, and who also each bring their own very special expertise, interest and experiences. In this way, Immersion is not only exciting and enlivening for its participants, but AEDP itself continues to be enriched and enhanced by being in communication with many deep sources of knowledge and wisdom.

What an Average Day Looks Like:

  • Theoretical presentations grounding the clinical work in the conceptual framework of AEDP’s healing oriented transformational theory.
  • Clinical teaching revolving around clinical videotapes, with a focus on the phenomenology of transformation as well as techniques and strategies of intervention. Special attention will be accorded to working with the experience of transformation, the healing affects, offering and receiving affirmation, and promoting core state experiencing, all in the context of transforming attachment trauma. In essence, this Immersion course is a soup-to-nuts course in AEDP.
  • And there is also opportunity to practice aspects of AEDP through structured experiential exercises.


  • The 4 State Transformational Process
  • Working with attachment trauma in a first session
  • Attachment: How to undo aloneness & how work experientially with attachment. Diving deeper into the origins of psychopathology and one of AEDP’s schemas, The Triangle of Experience
  • Healing trauma through portrayals
  • Attachment as a Transformative Process
  • Clinical work with Insecure attachment
  • The Triangle of Experience, Development of Psychopathology
  • Working Experientially with Attachment Trauma through Portrayals
  • Emotion: Working with the intense emotional experiences associated with trauma
  • Metaprocessing: Harnessing the positive affective experiences associated with healing and transformation
  • Emotional Processing to Completion
  • Use of the Therapist’s Self with More Defended Clients
  • Therapist Aims and Activities of the 4 State Transformational Process

Faculty, Experiential Assistants and Clinical Video: These are the hallmarks of all AEDP trainings. In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both undo professional aloneness and engage in rigorous clinical teaching.  Our lead faculty and guest presenters are excellent as academics, clinicians and teachers. Participants deeply appreciate how effectively faculty presenters’ clinical video demonstrates “AEDP in action.” And faculty have skilled accompaniment, on one half day of the Immersion course, from a large number of Experiential Assistants – up to and often including one Experiential Assistant for every four participants. To see a listing of AEDP therapists who act as Experiential Assistants, click here.

Videotapes Will Help You Learn and Practice How To:

  • entrain neuroplasticity and harness healing forces from the get-go
  • be a transformance detective
  • work experientially with the experience of attachment in the here-and-now therapeutic relationship
  • use affective/somatic markers to moment-to-moment track clinical process and guide interventions
  • recognize the phenomenology of the transformational process: the 4 states and 3 state transformations of AEDP
  • use dyadic regulation to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotional experience
  • use dyadic affect regulation to transform shame and fear; restore connection, flow and awe
  • regulate and process emotion to a transformational shift, from negative to a point where positive affects and adaptive action tendencies are released
  • use healing affects to foster True Self experience through being a True Other
  • metaprocess transformational experiences to engender upward spirals of resilience, health, creativity, & well-being, i.e., flourishing
  • promote core state and experiences of openness, compassion, self-compassion, flow, ease, wisdom, generosity, and calm