The AEDP Institute is, as of 2021, asking those who wish to be Experiential Assistants to please apply.
As you consider applying, please keep in mind the Institute’s sincere goals for Assistants, participants and the larger AEDP community which include:
- To create a meaningful learning experience for the EA. Experiential Assistants repeatedly tell us that supporting and guiding less experienced AEDPers in the role of EA is one of the most effective and meaningful ways to build their skills and confidence in the practice of AEDP. And EAs are invited to sit in, free of charge, on any course in which they assist; with courses online it’s easier than ever to join in and get a refresher.
- To create a supportive, effective learning environment and experience for course participants who are newer to AEDP and often to experiential psychotherapy in general.
- To be reminded that AEDP is not only a therapeutic model but, when we are together in person or online, we are a community.
Prerequisites for Being an EA in this Immersion Course
To apply, you must have completed both AEDP Immersion and Essential Skills (ES1) plus either some supervision or some Advanced Skills.*
*If you have not completed these but you have been an EA (or shadowed as an EA in an Immersion) before, we may make an exception for you. Please indicate that you would like to be considered for an exception when you complete your application.
Striving for Diversity
Our goal is that each AEDP Institute sponsored course will have as diverse a group of EAs as possible. We strive to include:
- Diversity in AEDP experience and Assisting experience: it’s important that we include new EAs, include EAs who have assisted just once or twice who want to continue to hone their skills, and include EAs who have assisted quite a bit who can support and mentor the newer assistants alongside faculty and Lead Assistants.
- Diversity in social identities: languages spoken, countries lived in, age and gender identity, race, religion and ethnicity, sexuality, ability and more!