Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 9am – 6pm
Sol Healing and Wellness Center
18305 Ann Place, Austin, TX 78728
A vegetarian lunch will be provided onsite, along with coffee, tea, and light snacks in the morning and afternoon.
Intro to AEDP: How to Be a Transformational Therapist and Put Neuroplasticity into Everyday Action
I am delighted to invite you to a one-day overview of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Experiential, relational, and healing-oriented, AEDP is well-suited for transforming suffering related to attachment wounds, complex trauma, and chronic depression and anxiety.
I have structured this seminar around a 5.5-hour video presentation of AEDP by its developer, Diana Fosha, PhD. In line with AEDP’s experiential and relational orientation, I will carve out ample space during the video screening for real-time sharing and discussion with an emphasis on eliciting right-brain, body/emotion-focused responses. And I will lead three experiential exercises to give participants an internal felt sense of AEDP in action.
In the video, Diana outlines AEDP’s key components and reviews in detail AEDP’s centerpiece – a four state model of change that has transformed my work with clients. This is a phenomenological model, meaning that it describes the actual experience of a human being when positive neuroplasticity is in action. Diana’s video presentation includes two hours of footage from sessions with four clients. Each vignette provides a unique and moving example of transformation and of how the four state model and AEDP’s distinctive relational stance are used to guide and accelerate the healing process.
This seminar will provide ample exposure to AEDP’s hallmark techniques of dyadic affect regulation (to undo aloneness and process traumatic experience), healing-oriented emotion processing, and metatherapeutic processing (to process transformational experience), which can consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity, and deepen receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood.
We will explore 5 aspects of how to be a transformational therapist:
- Being a “transformance” detective: how to set positive neuroplasticity into action by entraining transformance, the innate drive to heal, moment-to-moment, session-to-session
- Stay with it and stay with me: how to use dyadic affect regulation and the lived experience of the therapeutic relationship to co-create safety and connection, so as to make possible the work of deep emotional processing
- Existing in the heart and mind of the other: how to use the patient’s receptive affective experienceand sense of feeling felt and being seen to deepen resilience and sense of self
- Working with intense emotion: how to experientially work with intense emotional experience in order to transform suffering into flourishing
- Reflecting on transformational experience is itself transformational: how to use AEDP’s metatherapeutic processing methodology to make the most out of each change-for-the-better moment, activating positive spirals of energy and vitality that upgrade the system and fuel further explorations
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Identify transformance manifestations in patients
- List 2 techniques to set positive neuroplasticity into action
- Describe how to foster a therapeutic stance that makes dyadic affect regulation possible
- Demonstrate 3 interventions to work with intense emotion
- Use the patient’s experience of transformation to activate further healing and consolidation of gains already made