AEDP Institute

Immersion May 2022 Live Online and Highly Interactive

Immersion

The Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma:
Healing at the Edge of Transformational Experience

Presented by AEDP Founder and Director, Diana Fosha, PhD
and Guest Presenters

Thursday  – Monday  | May 19 – 23, 2022

Days 1 – 4: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Day 5: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Times for each session are listed as Eastern Time USA

Who the Immersion course is for

Content level of this course: Beginner to Intermediate

This AEDP course is open to all Licensed Mental Health Providers including Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. If you have a question about the relevance of this course for you and/or your eligibility for this course please contact admin@aedpinstitute.org with your credentials before registering. For information about whether this course offers Continuing Education credits for your license, see the bottom of the page. Course Content Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This course is intended for practitioners interested in AEDP,  Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. Our focus is on AEDP’s transformational theory and practice using AEDP work at the edge of healing experience to repair attachment trauma. Making extensive use of clinical videotapes of actual therapy sessions as well as one half day of experiential work guided by assistants. The aim of this course is to introduce AEDP and facilitate its integration into clinical practices that make use of other experiential, body-focused, trauma-based, relational and/or psychodynamic methods.

AEDP seeks to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of overwhelming suffering and to engage innate healing forces within, i.e., transformance, so as to heal trauma, restore vitality to self experience, and engender resilience.

AEDP Immersion is the first course in a series of certification courses for licensed therapists who are seeking to become AEDP Certified

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.

Course Summary

Course Objectives

Agenda

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Online Course Benefits

Includes 1 year free AEDP Membership ($130 value)!


Location | Dates | Times

Please check these dates and times closely for conflicts with Local Holidays, Religious Holidays, etc.

Location: Live Online and highly interactive! (Note, this course may or may not be recorded. If recorded, you will have the option to turn off your video camera.)
AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s

Dates:
Thursday  – Monday  | May 19 – 23, 2022

Times for each session: Eastern Standard Time U.S. + Canada
Days 1-4: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Day 5: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Registration Fee | Scholarships

Note: Immersion is limited to 80 participants. Immersion Courses almost always sell out. We recommend early registration to ensure your spot. 

Registration Fee (includes 34 CE)
One Payment: USD $1,599

Payment Plan: USD $1,649
Payment plan (requires USD $500 deposit due at registration – Call Karen Newell 866-992-9399)

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Scholarships

Scholarships for self identified Black clinicians are available. Please go here.
Diversity Scholarships and Financial Scholarships have been filled. We are no longer accepting applications.


Meet the Lead Presenter

Diana Fosha, PhD, Co-Director of AEDP Research

Diana Fosha, PhD, the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), is also Co-Director, with Shigeru Iwakabe, PhD, and Jennifer Edlin, MFT, of AEDP research.  For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for AEDP's healing-oriented experiential therapy. AEDP’s transformational theory, which elaborates the basis for putting positive neuroplasticity into clinical action, is similarly receiving increasing recognition. Drawing on affective neuroscience, attachment theory, mother-infant developmental research, and research documenting the undreamed-of plasticity in the adult brain, AEDP has developed an experiential clinical practice which reflects the integration of science, research and practice in psychotherapy.

Diana has always been passionate about phenomenology, meticulously examining the process of therapy by repeatedly watching, tracking, naming and defining micro change processes. This is a qualitative phenomenological research of its own kind, which has resulted in AEDP’s extensive and original phenomenology of the transformational process, and the close and detailed description of transformational affects, e.g., the healing affects, the tremulous affects, and core state. These concepts are closely aligned to and grounded in observational clinical data and they turn out to be universal: their experiential validity is evident in that the subjective experience of  therapists from many cultures across the globe -- Brazil, China, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Sweden, to name just a few-- resonate with these phenomena.

Since 2015, Diana Fosha’s deep commitment to research has extended to formal empirical research into AEDP outcome and process. This has involved supporting the development of AEDP’s PRN (Practice Research Network), a community of researchers and AEDP clinicians collaborating on AEDP clinical research.

From these research activities, in collaboration with her colleagues, Diana has been evolving AEDP's basic research stance: Like AEDP itself, research into AEDP processes and outcome is a collaborative creative endeavour amongst researchers, clinicians, and patients, based on mutual respect and appreciation, highest rigor and precision, open investigative attitude, and finally, the shared and generative joy of discovery.

Their work is reflected in empirical research on AEDP. The first paper documenting the effectiveness of AEDP was published in 2020 in the APA Journal Psychotherapy (Iwakabe, Edlin, Fosha, Gretton, Joseph, Nunninck, Nakamura & Thoma, 2020) and the second paper, which documents the long-term effectiveness of AEDP and the maintenance of gains after the termination of therapy, is being submitted for publication.

 


Guest Presenters

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW

Ben LiptonBenjamin Lipton, LCSW, is a founding faculty member of the AEDP Institute.  He is based in New York City and travels nationally and internationally to teach and present AEDP to a broad range of professional audiences.  Mr. Lipton pioneered the first AEDP Advanced Core Training programs (Bay Area and Seattle) and currently co-leads the AEDP Retreat Style Essential Skills course.  His open and engaging teaching style and skill in translating complex ideas into clear and accessible learning points receives consistent praise from his audiences.  Mr. Lipton is the editor of From Crisis to Crossroads: Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (Haworth Press) and has published many clinical articles and book chapters in psychology and social service journals over the past two decades.  His most recent article, co-authored with Diana Fosha, is on working with attachment in AEDP;  Attachment as a Transformative Process in AEDP: Operationalizing the Intersection of Attachment Theory and Affective Neuroscience.  Mr. Lipton has held adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work and he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.  Previously, he was the Director of Clinical Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first and largest HIV/AIDS service organization.  In addition to his expertise in AEDP, Mr. Lipton has training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Solution-Focused therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Mr. Lipton is committed to the foundational principle of human development that change for the better, at every level of civilization, flourishes when people feel safe enough to be curious and take necessary risks.  He is passionately dedicated to bringing this alive in both his practice and teaching.

Ben Medley, LCSW

Ben Medley, LCSW earned his degree in Clinical Social Work with the NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a private practice in NYC. Ben is a member of the AEDP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and teaches nationally and internationally in the AEDP Immersion and Essential Skills courses. Ben created and presented "Clinically Oppressed: Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization Using AEDP" and co-created and co-presented with AEDP faculty member Ben Lipton the workshop "Feeling Like a Man: Using AEDP to Overcome Shame and Heal Attachment Trauma with Gay and Straight Men"(also available on-demand).

Before private practice, Ben began a mental health program for study abroad students with the Scuola Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy; worked in the Jewish Board of Family Services LGBTQ Unit; and worked in Greenwich House's HIV Mental Health and Chemical Dependency programs. Ben is also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy Supervisor. His paper "Recovering the True Self: Affirmative Therapy, Attachment and AEDP in Psychotherapy with Gay Men" is published with the SEPI Journal: the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and he has written a chapter on using portrayals to process core affective experience for Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering Into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0 Washington D.C.: APA (2021).

Peter Muhwati, CSW

Peter Muhwati, CSW,  is a Clinical Social Worker from Zimbabwe living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He uses attachment-based, experiential approaches to therapy with individuals and couples. His clinical experience also includes work within palliative care in Zimbabwe.

Peter hopes one day to be Certified in the AEDP model. He completed his higher education at Penn State University and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Following his undergraduate degree, he entered the religious life of the Franciscan Friars. He is still guided by Franciscan Spirituality.

Peter is married with two children.

Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for 34 CE hours of continuing professional development credit.* Participants must have paid course fee, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive CE. RCassidy, is our CE partner and will provide CE certificates. In addition a certificate of completion will be provided by the AEDP Institute. Partial credit is not available.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Go here for a list of professions included, state approval and other details on CEs for this course.

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

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds:

Questions:

Course Questions: admin@aedpinstitute.org

Payment, CE and Registration Questions: Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner

karen@rcassidy.com
866-992-9399  X105
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm PST