AEDP Institute

Online Learning: Transforming Resistance with Steve Shapiro, PhD 2017-2018

Small Group Live Webinar Training – 30 Hours of Training

Ironically, many clients interfere with the very progress they seek through their own resistance to the psychotherapy process. 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.

The instructor will teach the fundamentals of two Experiential Dynamic Therapies (EDTs), melded together in a way that he finds highly compatible. AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) is relatively more anxiety-regulating with a focus on underlying healthy resources, using an inter-personal/ relational focus, whereas STDP (Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) is relatively more challenging to defensive barriers when needed, using an intrapsychic focus, and a tendency to prioritize accessing the unconscious. Understanding both allows the clinician a broad range and flexibility that is efficient, effective and powerful.

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. 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.


  • The formats will involve 1) review of various modules (see topics below), covered sequentially with accompanying video demonstrations from the instructor, and 2) individual supervision of participants’ patient videos in the context of a group setting. In this training, all will participate equally,  but you will have the option to either present your work or not. The latter option might apply if you are not ready to present because you want to gain further skill, exposure or a knowledge base first.  In any case, much growth can be expected from immersion with numerous videos from the instructor and participants.
  • Each meeting, the instructor will teach for approximately 1/2 to 2/3 of the time on a particular topic, combining both didactic modules and video presentation to demonstrate the techniques vividly. During the first several  meetings, however, the presenter will use the entire meeting to present the initial basic modules:
    • Clinical maps: moment to moment tracking of verbal and somatic responses; understanding aspects of personality; trial therapy.
    • Removing barriers safely: understanding defensive operations, transforming resistance, defense restructuring, bypassing and therapeutically challenging defenses.
    • Keeping motivation high and inhibition low: anxiety monitoring and anxiety regulation, pathways of anxiety, assessing anxiety and affect tolerance, optimal window of anxiety.
    • Accessing healthy resources: facilitating affective experience, components of emotion, portrayals, corrective emotional experience, accessing the unconscious, relational interventions.
  • Other formats will be used flexibly such as: skill building exercises, instructional videos and role-playing.
  • Comments:
    • Studying material in this format, with abundant video viewing, is very powerful and effective in developing advanced clinical skills that can be used in your practice immediately. For intensive learning and advancement to the next level of expertise it is important to be e immersed in the material.
    • Reviewing your own work (and many others) with attention to various issues highlighted by the instructor is an effective way to translate theory into practical application.
    • There are other benefits to this format which do not involve technique per se, but instead relate to developing therapist emotional capabilities because of the repeated exposures to multiple patient videos each meeting: desensitization to intense emotion, improved anxiety/ affect tolerance, tolerating individual differences/ avoiding therapist agenda, comfort with defenses/ resistance, development of emotional courage, increased comfort with self supervision and consultation, understanding multiple styles and ways to intervene, etc.
    • The training group will be comprehensive in its scope, with significant amount of technique taught, as well as development of therapist emotional competence; consequently while trainees need only sign up for the current year, I anticipate that 2 – 3 years will be necessary to achieve full competency.


  • This small group training is well-suited for those with at least a moderate degree of experience/familiarity with experiential dynamic therapies. Because the material will be taught starting with the most basic principles and building from there incrementally, with increasing complexity, an advanced level of experience/skill is not necessary. More important is the presence of an open and curious mind, as well as a desire to integrate theory and technique in a way that is precise and systematic (“left brain/ science”), while also being authentic, flexible and compassionate (“right brain/ art”).
  • Teaching will be conducted in a principle-centered manner to optimize building of internal “cognitive maps” that will flexibly guide trainees in a variety of scenarios (“teaching to fish instead of giving a fish”).
  • Together, we will create a learning environment that promotes the learning and practicing of new skills as rapidly as possible within a compassionate and supportive group.


  1. To develop reliable, internal clinical maps that will flexibly and accurately guide assessment of the patient and, consequently, therapist interventions/ clinical stance. This will help the therapist gain a better understanding of the internal world of each patient, in each moment, and consequently, a better sense how to relate to create optimal attunement/ alliance and how to intervene to facilitate transformational opportunities for growth/healing (theory).
  2. To develop practical clinical skills as rapidly as possible to function in an effective, deep and efficient manner (technique).
  3. To develop 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. The approach should be deeply rewarding to practice (therapist benefit). (professional development).
  4. To improve therapist ability to detect 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)
    • It is been my experience, both personally, as well as in providing consultation/supervision, that this is an important area and can be a barrier to further growth if not addressed. After all, unlike carpenters or physicians, WE, our “SELVES”, are the tools of our trade. This area is particularly important for advanced students who have at least a foundational grasp of theory and technique.

To view curriculum click HERE.

Meet the Presenter

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Steve ShapiroSteve 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 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.

Location, Dates and Times:

Location: Online via a HIPAA compliant platform. No cost to participant.

Dates and Times:
10 Fridays, per academic year (Sept – June)
1:00 PM  –  4:00 PM EST (3 hours)

September 22, 2017
October 20, 2018
November 17, 2017
December 15, 2017
January 19, 2018
February 16, 2018
March 16, 2018
April 20, 2018
May 18, 2018
June 15, 2018

Fees and Registration:

Maximum Participants: 20


Application and Registration Process:
Step 1: Please download (below) and complete your application – send it to Dr. Steve Shapiro as indicated on the form
Step 2: Dr. Shapiro will review your application and be in touch with next steps
Step 3: If your application is accepted, Dr. Shapiro will let you know and the Institute will be in touch with you regarding registration and payment

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CE Credits are not included in the price of the course. CE’s will cost $25, payable at that time to RCassidy (AEDP will provide links and information at the end of the course).

Questions about this course? Please contact Steve Shapiro

Continuing Education

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion

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.

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. 30 CE hours.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.   30 clock hours.

Social Workers
R.Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 30 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 30 contact hours live.
OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 30 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/ Marriage and Family Therapists:
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL:  R. Cassidy Seminars is approved to offer continuing education to Marriage and Family Therapists by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation provider #168000141.  30 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015.  30 contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 30 contact hours.                                                               OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 30 clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs.  Provider Number 151.  30 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. 30 contact hours.

Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

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