New York City Multi-Faculty ES2 Helmed by Ben Medley
January to May, 2019
This course is for Psychotherapists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFT’s, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, Masters and Doctoral students and interns in mental health and the healing arts and sciences.
About AEDP: Healing-oriented and attachment-based, AEDP’s practice translates current neuroscience and developmental research into moment-to-moment clinical practice. Simultaneously experiential and relational in its in-depth emotional explorations, AEDP’s interventions are deeply rooted in the dynamics of the transformational process that emerges in environments where the individual feels safe and known.
About Advanced Skills (ES2): AEDP Advanced Skills course will provide advanced, practical skills for the application of AEDP as well as a review and deepening of the theory underlying the practice. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, different types of clinical interventions so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to “do” AEDP. Each day’s teaching will include didactic presentations of theory along with video of actual sessions conducted by AEDP Faculty followed by small group experiential exercises.
Daily routine: AEDP skills are introduced each morning first with their theoretical foundations and then with illustrations by way of clinical videotapes; skills are then practiced in group experiential exercises each afternoon.
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 faculty are excellent as academics, clinicians and teachers. And they have skilled accompaniment from a large number of Experiential Assistants – up to and most often including one Experiential Assistant for every three participants. Participants rave about the excellent attention and support they receive in this unique learning environment; and faculty clinical video demonstrates “AEDP in action.”
January 11 (orientation evening)
January 12 – 13, 2019
February 9 – 10, 2019
March 9 – 10, 2019
April 13 – 14, 2019
May 18 – 19, 2019
Course Helm, Ben Medley, LCSW plus 5 AEDP Faculty Presenters
As Course Helm, Ben Medley will ensure continuity for participants and assistants across weekends as well as do guest teaching and presentations of clinical work in several weekend sessions.
Weekend One: Processing Emotions Through to Completion via the 4 State Model
Faculty, Benjamin Lipton, LCSW
Weekend Two: Working with Maladaptive Affects in AEDP through Fierce Love
Faculty, SueAnne Piliero, PhD
Weekend Three: Working with Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Faculty, Jerry Lamanga, LCSW
Weekend Four: Advanced Defense Restructuring and Anxiety Regulation
Faculty, Steve Shapiro, PhD
Weekend Five: Bringing it all Together: Affirmation, Advanced Metaprocessing &
the Neurobiological Self
Developer of AEDP, Diana Fosha, PhD
Course Summary, Objectives and Prerequisites:
Summary and Prerequisites:
AEDP Advanced Skills is for licensed practitioners who have completed both Immersion and Essential Skills (ES1). Though it is not required, to get the most out of ES2 we recommend that you have begun the practice of videotaping client sessions and that you have had some supervision from an AEDP supervisor (or particpated in Core Training).
Practical in its orientation, ES2 focuses on helping participants learn both new advanced AEDP skills, and cultivate and fine-tune the AEDP skills they already have. In both left-brained and right-brained ways we aim to teach you concrete and specific interventions and techniques that will help you with your more challenging clients. While reviewing and deepening your AEDP essential skills throughout, the Advanced Training will teach advanced skill sets necessary to the in-depth practice of AEDP, with theoretical foundations and clinical videotapes, as well as with group experiential exercises.
The goal is to help you really “work it,” AEDP style, while troubleshooting what stands in the way of your doing so. Participants can expect to develop more of a felt sense of how to entrain the quintessentially AEDP practice of “stay with it and stay with me” and how to keep the transformational process unfolding in all states.
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate how to accurately moment-to-moment track and differentiate different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process.
- Describe different attachment styles and utilize different interventions according to attachment style.
- Apply various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy.
- Select ways to access core affective experiences.
- Utilize the healing potential of innate transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing.
- Explain parts/multiplicity with clients.
- Detect when affective experience is genuine versus defensive.
- Identify and formulate mourning the self in sessions.
- Arrange appropriate self-disclosure with clients to create safety and attachment security.
Course Location, Dates and Times:
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA)
40 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Weekend 1: Friday, January, 11 (orientation evening)
Saturday, January 12 – Sunday, January 13, 2019
Weekend 2: Saturday, February 9 – Sunday, February 10, 2019
Weekend 3: Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10, 2019
Weekend 4: Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14, 2019
Weekend 5: Saturday, May 18 – Sunday, May 19, 2019
Weekend 1 Evening Orientation: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (4 hrs with one 15-min break)
Afternoon Session: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (3 hrs with one 15-min break)
Course Fee, Registration and Continuing Education (CE)
Continuing Education: AEDP’s application for 65 CE credit has been submitted. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the status.
Course Fee includes CE Credits
- $3,200 One payment, non-members*
- $3,250 Payment plan, non-members* requires $500 deposit
*AEDP Institute Members save $50. Log in to access the discounted Member Registration button.
AEDP Diversity Scholarships are available for this course.
For more information and to download an application please go here.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
COURSE QUESTIONS, REGISTRATION and PAYMENT PLANS CONTACT
Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner
866-992-9399 x 105
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Meet the Helm and Faculty:
Ben Medley, LCSW
Ben Medley is an AEDP Supervisor who brings a wide array of unique experiences to the role of helming this Essential Skills course. He has presented nationally and internationally, including co-presenting 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” both with AEDP West in California and in New York City. He has also taught/presented with the Essential Skills course in Parma, Italy; taught/ presented in Ithaca with the Central New York AEDP community; has taught/presented in the one-time only ES3 in NYC and has assisted in numerous Essential Skills and Immersion courses. Ben also created and launched AEDP Jumpstart, a short-term AEDP supervision group format for those beginning AEDP supervision and/or beginning to review video of clinical material. 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. His paper “Recovering the True Self: Affirmative Therapy, Attachment and AEDP in Psychotherapy with Gay Men” is being published with the SEPI Journal: the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. In addition to being a certified AEDP Supervisor, Ben is also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT) Supervisor and has taught and presented his clinical work with courples. An AEDP video of the training “Feeling Like a Man” will be available soon. Ben earned his degree in Clinical Social Work with the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Benjamin Lipton, LCSW
Benjamin Lipton, 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, Somatic Experiencing, 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.
SueAnne Piliero, PhD
SueAnne Piliero, is senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute. Dr. Piliero travels nationally and internationally to teach AEDP to a broad range of clinical audiences. She has given seminars and experiential workshops to various universities and health organizations nationwide.
Dr. Piliero is a lead trainer and a sought-after individual and small group consultant for clinicians around the world. She is known for her warm, engaging teaching style and her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. She is also known for her powerful clinical work. Her clinical videotapes demonstrate how even the most traumatized individuals can be transformed.
Dr. Piliero received her doctorate from Adelphi University, and her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard. Her clinical interests and specialties are in trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and the ways in which the mind, body, and spirit are powerfully poised to transform them. She teaches, supervises and is in private practice in New York City.
Jerry Lamagna, LCSW
Jerry Lamagna, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Westfield, New Jersey. After completing his graduate studies at Adelphi University in 1993, he participated in a six month residency at the Caron Foundation’s Center for Self Development, and for six years thereafter his work focused on issues in chemical dependency/ACOA treatment. He currently works with individuals in AEDP psychotherapy, addressing problems related to trauma, dissociation, addiction, depression, low self worth and personality disorders. Throughout his career, Mr. Lamagna’s interest in affect based, experiential treatment approaches has led to his extensive training in psychodrama, EMDR, ego state therapy, trauma/dissociative disorder treatment, and most recently, AEDP. The study of these modalities has inspired his ongoing efforts to integrate relational, intra-psychic, and experiential elements into his clinical work. Mr. Lamagna, along with Dr. Kari Gleiser has developed a modified version of AEDP for the treatment of dissociative disorders. He has presented at national conferences sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), the International Experiential and Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA), the New Jersey chapter of NASW and the AEDP Institute. In January 2007, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation published a paper written by Mr. Lamagna and Dr. Gleiser entitled “Building a secure internal attachment: An intra-relational approach to ego strengthening and emotional processing with chronically traumatized clients.” A subsequent article, “Of the self, by the self and for the self:Internal Attachment, attunement and psychological change” was published in the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration in 2012.
Steve Shapiro, PhD
Steve Shapiro, a licensed psychologist, has been practicing various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) since the mid-1990’s, including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (STDP). He has been studying AEDP with Dr. Fosha since 2003 and is a founding member of the AEDP Institute, where he is a senior faculty member. Dr. Shapiro provides training in the form of seminars, group supervision and private individual supervision. He has lectured and given workshops to the mental health community through various agencies and organizations. He is the former Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), an emergency psychiatric hospital, where he worked primarily with severe personality disorders and those involuntarily committed to treatment. Dr. Shapiro conducts seminars and workshops on various topics in his other areas of specialization, which include: adolescents and their families, parenting, communication principles, personality disorders, involuntary treatment (adolescents and others), psychiatric emergencies and crisis intervention. He has held adjunct professor positions at Drexel/Hahnemann University and the University of the Sciences. Dr. Shapiro maintains a full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia.
Director: Diana Fosha, PhD
Diana Fosha, is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment; she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. Based in New York City, she has been on the faculties of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Centers (now Mount Sinai) in NYC, and of the doctoral programs in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies and The City University of New York. Diana Fosha is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000), and of numerous articles on an attachment-emotion-transformation focused experiential treatment model. She is senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), part of Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology series, and co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Essentials of AEDP Supervision (APA, 2016). APA has issued 3 DVDs of her APA work. [Learn more and purchase here.]
She has contributed chapters to, among others, Clinical pearls of wisdom: 21 leading therapists offer their key insights, edited by M. Kerman (Norton, 2009); Complex traumatic stress disorders: An evidence-based clinician’s guide, edited by C. Courtois & J. D. Ford (Guilford, 2009); Healing trauma: Attachment, mind, body and brain, edited by Marion Solomon and Daniel Siegel (Norton, 2003); and to The comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy, Volume 1: Psychodynamic and object relations therapies, edited by J. J. Magnavita (Wiley, 2002).
Dr. Diana Fosha graduated magna cum laude with a BA in psychology from Barnard College and received her PhD in clinical psychology from the City university of New York (CUNY). For the last 20 years, she has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing oriented attachment, emotion and transformation focused therapy.
Known for her powerful, precise yet simultaneously poetic and evocative affective writing style, Diana’s phrases — “undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “True Other,” “make the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “judicious self-disclosure” — capture the ethos of AEDP.
AEDP’s application for CE credit has been submitted. Please email email@example.com for the statusFebruary 9 2019
Steve Shapiro, PhD – San Francisco Bay Area: Larkspur, CA
an AEDP 2-Day Seminar
at Hospice by the Bay, Larkspur, CA
with Steve Shapiro, PhD
Ironically, many clients interfere with the very progress they seek either through their own resistance to the psychotherapy process or because their anxiety is too high and there is too much dysregulation to use the process effectively. Not infrequently, they terminate prematurely before reaching their goals. This results in tragic consequences for the client, as well as frustration and a sense of failure for the therapist. While clients enter treatment with conscious motivation, resistance is unconscious and, therefore, difficult to address without a coherent system. Therapists typically interpret resistance in a personal way becoming confused, frustrated, and hopeless, with a tendency to hold the client responsible and label him/her as “unmotivated or resistant”. Participants will learn to move beyond resistance and simple symptom management into deep, transformational processes that releases resources of health and resilience. Learn to accelerate treatment using innovative techniques that implore clients to abandon chronic coping patterns that were once necessary, but have long outlived their usefulness and are now causing untoward suffering.
Therapists offer the promise of help often based on the presumption that the client will arrive with sufficient initial motivation, openness and willingness to face painful realities. Frequently this is not the case. Clinicians are rarely adequately prepared to address resistance directly and therapeutically, making it difficult to help more challenging clients. Defenses can be seen as “a problem,” rather than an inevitable part of the process; defense restructuring can mistakenly be understood as an adversarial task, that we then avoid, rather than a compassionate and collaborative venture.
Therapists of all orientations and levels of experience will gain a clear understanding of the nature and function of defences, and ways to transform them therapeutically so clients can align with the healthy, buried and previously inaccessible internal resources, as well as effective ways to regulate anxiety when it is too high. The principles taught can be readily integrated with your existing orientation and skill set. By adopting an active, focused, precise, experiential, attachment-based and emotionally engaged stance, therapists can create the safety and attunement necessary for patients to risk abandoning their resistance and shift to healthier functioning. The ultimate goal is to accelerate the healing process for clients, but also to help clinicians practice in a way that substantially reduces counter transference, is deeply rewarding, effective, and authentic, fully compatible with your personal and professional history.
- construct reliable, internal clinical maps that will flexibly and accurately guide assessment of the patient and, consequently, therapist interventions/ clinical stance, particularly understanding the difference between high anxiety and high defense.
- demonstrate the ability to respond in the moment effectively to the patient’s need based on a moment to moment psychodiagnostic assessment of various aspects of the patient’s experience, especially considering whether the patient is responding with high anxiety or high defense
- relate practical clinical skills as rapidly as possible to function in an effective, deep and efficient manner (technique).
- create a therapy style that is not only effective, accelerated and reduces suffering as rapidly as possible (patient benefit), but that is authentic and unique for each individual clinician, based on his both his/her professional experience/orientation, as well as his/her personality. (professional development).
- integrate therapist awareness of his/her emotional reactions in various scenarios, to develop greater affect/anxiety tolerance, to welcome and use countertransference in a positive/effective manner (personal/emotional)
Meet the Presenters
Steve Shapiro, PhD
Steve Shapiro, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who maintains a full-time private practice in suburban Philadelphia and has over twenty years clinical and teaching experience. He has been practicing various forms of Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT), such as Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), since the mid-1990’s. He is a Senior Faculty and founding member of the AEDP Institute and has been studying with Dr. Diana Fosha, the developer of AEDP, since 2003
Dr. Shapiro conducts lectures, workshops and ongoing training internationally. His presentations are often commended for translating complex clinical theory into clear, precise, and practical techniques which are easily understandable and readily applied immediately in clinical settings by therapists of all orientations.
For 16 years, Dr. Shapiro was the Director of Psychology and Education at Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES), an emergency psychiatric hospital, where he worked with a range of severe disorders and those committed involuntarily to treatment. This intensive experience has helped inform Dr. Shapiro’s specializations and approach to transforming resistance with those who are considered challenging due to a history of trauma, a high degree of resistance, or excessive anxiety and dysregulation.
Date, Time and Location
Date: Saturday, February 9th – Sunday, February 10th, 2019
(must register for both days, cannot attend one day only).
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Hospice by the Bay
17 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Second Floor Conference Room #205
Larkspur, CA 94939
February 9, 2019
9:00 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:45
Moment to moment tracking
10:45 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:30
Understanding high anxiety/dysregulation and high defense/resistance. Two different skill sets
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:30
Treatment of high defense
2:30 – 3:45
Treatment of high defense: video demonstration and discussion
3:30 – 3:45
3:45 – 4:00
4:00 – 4:30
February 10, 2019
9:00 – 9:30
Follow up from Day 1.Q & A
9:30 – 10:45
Understanding resistance to connection with therapist: Didactic and video demonstration
10:45 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:30
Treatment of high anxiety
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:30
Treatment of high anxiety: video demonstration and discussion
3:30 – 3:45
3:45 – 4:00
4:00 – 4:30
Fees, Credits and Registration:
SOLD OUT! – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the registration waitlist.
- Member Price $300
- Non-Member Early Bird $375 (ends January 10, 2019)
- Non-Member Regular Price $390 (begins January 11, 2019)
- Registration Day of: $450
Special pricing – limited seats available:
- Masters & Doctoral Students as well as soon-to-be-licensed Interns & Trainees: $50
- must email copy of student ID or proof of Internship/Trainee Program to email@example.com
- Diversity Scholarships: $150
- must email firstname.lastname@example.org with: Seminar Title, Full Name, License type, Agency/Hospital
email: Matt Fried and Yuko Hanakawa, Co-Chairs, The Diversity Committee at
with the name of this seminar, Applicants Name, license type, Agency/hospital
(D.S. criteria is listed below)
Diversity Scholarships (DS) are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need and membership in one or more diversity categories (listed at the bottom of the page).
All prospective trainees who have financial needs such that they could not take AEDP training without DS, are encouraged to apply. Those applicants who are ethnic/racial minority, sexual orientation minority, immigrants, and/or who work for underserved, financially struggling patient populations are given priority in receiving the DS. Socio-economic disadvantage is considered a legitimate and distinct diversity category while at the same time linked to other diversity categories.
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.
Psychologists R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 13 CE hours.
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Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists:
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Creative Arts Therapists
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Questions about this Workshop?February 9 2019