Immersion Objectives

  1. Explain AEDP’s healing oriented transformational theory of transforming emotional suffering into flourishing and distinguish it from traditional models of therapy. (Fosha, 2021a, 2021 c)
  2. Discuss how AEDP metapsychology draws from research on neuroplasticity, and studies of positive emotion. (Fredrickson & Joiner, 2018; Hanson, 2017; Notsu et al., 2022; Shiota et al. 2017)
  3. Define the AEDP term, “transformance,” and contrast it with the concept of psychological “resistance”. (Fosha, 2021a; Russell, 2021)
  4. Describe what distinguishes the first session in AEDP and identify three elements of “healing from the get-go”. (DiCorcia et al, 2022; Iwakabe, Edlin & Thoma, 2022); Kranz, 2021)
  5. Describe how the descriptive phenomenology of the four-state transformational process informs the moment-to-moment tracking that guides therapist interventions in AEDP. (Fosha, 2018)
  6. Name the main features of the four states of AEDP’s 4-state transformational process. (Fosha, 2017)
  7. Define moment-to-moment tracking as it applies to AEDP relational and experiential work (Hanakawa, 2021)
  8. List 3 aspects of AEDP’s therapeutic stance aimed at building safety and trust between patient and therapist. (Lipton, 2021)
  9. List 3 aspects of AEDP’s therapeutic stance aimed at building safety and trust between patient and therapist where there are differences of power, race, culture, gender, and/or privilege between patient and therapist. (Davis et al. 2018; Medley, 2018; Simpson, 2016)
  10. Identify 3 aspects of AEDP’s therapeutic stance aimed at developing the therapist’s cultural competence. (Vigoda Gonzales, 2018a, 2018b)
  11. Summarize key aspects of AEDP theory and the four-state map that guides AEDP’s transformational process. (DiCorcia et al., 2022; Fosha, 2017a)
  12. List two AEDP interventions used to assist patients in tracking affective experience in their body. (Hanakawa, 2021)
  13. Name the three main categories of experience represented by the Triangle of Experience. (Pando-Mars, 2021)
  14. Contrast the concepts of “core affect”, “inhibitory affect and “defensive affect”. (Pando-Mars, 2021; Welling & Ofer, 2022) 
  15. Describe how to map out aspects of experience linked to racialized trauma (emotions, internalized inferiority/superiority, perception of other groups) using the Triangle of Social Experience.  (Medley, 2021, in preparation)
  16. List 3 ways to restructure defenses. (Frederick, 2021; Pando-Mars, 2021)
  17. List three AEDP interventions relevant to addressing defensive responses to feeling & connecting. (Frederick, 2021; Pando-Mars, 2021)
  18. Define the term “receptive affective experience” in AEDP relational work. (Fosha, 2017b; Frederick, 2021)
  19. Give 3 examples of “receptive affective experiences in AEDP relational work. (Fosha, 2017b)
  20. Name three AEDP interventions used to regulate anxiety and overwhelming affect. (Lamagna, 2021)
  21. Discuss therapeutic tasks and interventions to help patients tolerate, experience, and express emotional experience. (Ulvenes et al., 2014)
  22. Name three interventions that promote experiential processing of State 2 core affective experiences to the point of completion. (Lamagna, 2021; Medley, 2021)
  23. Define the experiential technique of portrayal and discuss how to guide patient to a direct encounter w/imagined other in language & action, setting the scene and deepening their contact with salient emotional experience. (Medley, 2021; Welling & Ofer, 2022)
  24. Describe the AEDP intervention of meta-therapeutic processing. (Fosha & Thoma, 2020) 
  25. Explain the difference between AEDP State 2. (Processing of Emotional Experience) and AEDP State 3 (Meta-processing of Transformational Experience) (Fosha, 2021b; Pascual Leone & Kramer, 2019)
  26. Utilize meta-therapeutic processing in clinical work to expand and consolidate in-session moments of therapeutic change.
  27. Name three transformational affects. (Fosha & Thoma, 2020; Yeung, 2021)
  28. Provide 3 examples of meta-processing questions inviting reflection on positive changes in thinking, feeling, somatic experience, or relational connection. 
  29. Define the AEDP concept of an “Upward spiral” of vitality and energy and name the states most associated with this intervention. (Fredrickson & Joiner, 2018; Yeung 2021)
  30. List six, phenomenologically distinct positive affective states (i.e., transformational affects) of AEDP State 3. (Fosha, 2021a)
  31. Describe 3 characteristics of the integration that we witness in State 4. i.e., core state. (Yeung, 2021)