Proposed NEW AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) Retreat-Style Course 2020, LIVE ONLINE (Formerly Scheduled for London)

July & November, 2020

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 Essential Skills (ES1): AEDP Essential Skills course will provide practical skills for the application of AEDP as well as a thorough immersion in 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. Participants deeply appreciate how effectively faculty presenters’ clinical video demonstrates “AEDP in action.” And faculty have skilled accompaniment from a large number of Experiential Assistants – up to and often including one Experiential Assistant for every three participants. Participants rave about the excellent attention and support they receive in this unique learning environment.

To see a listing of AEDP therapists who act as Experiential Assistants, click here.

Course Co-Helms: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT & Ben Medley, LCSW

As course helms, Karen and Ben will serve to ensure continuity across and between days and weeks of the course and as such be the de facto course co-leads. They will also each teach three days in their respective weeks, and their guest AEDP faculty presenters will teach the remaining 2 days of each week.

Session One: What would have been 5 full days (40 hours) in-person in London, is now 40 hours, in-person online: ten 4-hour sessions (across 10 days)
ew times / dates: Each day 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm BST (UK time)/ i.e. 9.00 am – 1.00 pm (Eastern, US)

Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17 + Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24, 2020 (formerly:  July 10 – 14)

Lead faculty: Karen Pando-Mars, MFT,  plus AEDP faculty guest presenter Kate Halliday, LCSW 

Day 1&2: Healing from the Get-Go: Transformance, Stance and Moment-to-Moment Tracking
Day 2&3: What Do I Say and When Do I Say It? The 4 State Model, Experiential Language and Use of Self
Day 3&4: Building, Renovating and Reconstructing a Secure Therapeutic Attachment:  It’s Not a Once and for All Kind of Deal
Day 4&5: Working with Defense & Anxiety Part 1
Day 5&6: Integration in Action: Meta-therapeutic processing and transformational processes

Daily agenda: odd days are primarily didactic and clinical video, even days are primarily experiential work.

Session Two: this session will be on-site and follow the schedule written below if coronavirus conditions allow. Otherwise it will move to Live Online with ten 4-hour sessions November 9 – 13 + November 6 – 20.

If the session is held live and in-person: Friday, November 13 – Tuesday November 17, 2020 

Lead faculty: Ben Medley, LCSW,  plus AEDP faculty guest presenter Yuko Hanakawa, PhD

Day 1: Reviewing and Anticipating: Special Attention to State 2 Adaptive and Maladaptive Core Affective Experience
Day 2: Working with Defense and Anxiety Part 2
Day 3: The Experience of Emotional Experience:  Processing Emotions to Completion
Day 4: Working with Transformational Experience: Transformational Affects and Core State
Day 5: Reviewing What We’ve Learned: Watching and Tracking Together
For daily agenda of live in person session click here

Course Summary, Objectives and Prerequisites:

What we consider AEDP’s “essential skills” will be didactically demonstrated and experientially explored so that participants develop both a felt sense and a cognitive understanding of them.  A key component of the experiential practices is the opportunity to “try on” sets of interventions as a therapist and to receive them as a client. We have found that learning new skills can give rise to experiences of safety, attachment security, transformation, increased therapeutic courage, and related phenomena; precisely the kinds of experiences AEDP facilitates for its clients. Each day course faculty lead small groups in practicing essential AEDP skills.  The concentrated time that participants spend together immersed in learning inevitably leads to the development of a culture of trust and generosity that allows for risk-taking and a supportive environment that is uniquely suited for optimal learning.

Course Objectives:
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an AEDP therapist stance: welcome, affirm, validate, orient
  • Construct safety and undo aloneness
  • Apply moment-to-moment tracking to clinical practice
  • Construct dyadic safety and connection
  • Build and rebuild a secure attachment
  • Integrate healing and transformance from the get-go
  • Classify different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process
  • Analyze the 4 State Transformational Process: Working with relational trauma in a first session
  • Integrate Meta-therapeutic processing and transformational processes
  • Relate the experience of emotional experience: processing emotions to completion
  • Define attachment styles and utilize different interventions according to attachment style
  • Utilize various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy
  • Describe how to regulate/alleviate anxiety and traces of shame
  • Identify and access core affective experiences
  • Identify expressions of transformance in clients
  • Practice utilizing transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing

We highly recommend that you complete Immersion before taking Essential Skills (ES1). If you are committed to learning AEDP and have not yet taken Immersion, please complete the recorded webinar Intro to AEDP prior to starting ES1.  Note, however, that Intro to AEDP is by no means a substitute for Immersion and Immersion is a requirement for AEDP certification.  You will earn 6 CE for taking this course.  Once you have completed the course you will eligible for a $100 USD credit towards a future Immersion course. 

Course Location, Dates and Times:

Session 1 : July, 2020, Live Online
July 13 – 17 + July 20 – 24, 2020  (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm BST (UK time) / 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern US)

Session 2: November, 2020
Friday, November 13 – Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Location for Session 2 if coronavirus conditions allow:
Resource for London
356 Holloway Road
London, England, N7 6PA

Course Fee, Continuing Education (CPD)
and Registration

This course is for Psychologists (Introductory-Intermediate Level), Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers (Beginning-Intermediate Level), Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists.

Continuing Education: This program is generally eligible for 65 CPD Hours of continuing professional development credit. Participants must have paid course fee, signed in and signed out, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate from the AEDP Institute which they may share with their licensing board to apply for such credit. Partial credit is not available. The course has been approved in the US for CE credit but American participants – like all participants – should check with their licensing bodies before the course begin to ensure they will receive credit they may be expecting/requiring.

Non-member Course Fee:
$3,200 USD  One time payment
$3,250 USD  5-Payment Plan (1st payment of $650 USD due at registration)
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Diversity Scholarships are available for this course! For more information and to download an application please click here.



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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.

To see our Refund Policy or to file a Grievance, click here.