Befriending AEDP’s Triangles: Making use of AEDP’s three representational schemas to guide your interventions and potentiate positive neuroplasticity

with Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

Wednesday – Friday, November 2 – 4, 2022
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Eastern Time USA + Canada

Who the Advanced Skills Course is for:

  • AEDP Level 2 clinicians who have completed Immersion plus either Essential Skills (ES1), or Core Training, or the equivalent in AEDP supervision (30 hours Small Group or 20 hours Individual).
  • Level 3+ AEDPers are encouraged to participate to refresh AEDP skills and reconnect with faculty and community.

Advanced Skills Course Overview

Practical in orientation, every Advanced Skills Course focuses on helping you both learn new, Advanced AEDP skills, and cultivate and fine-tune the AEDP skills you already have. Each course will include didactic presentations of theory along with video of actual clinical sessions conducted by AEDP Faculty followed by an afternoon of small group experiential exercises.

In both left-brained and right-brained ways, our Advanced Skills faculty will teach concrete, specific interventions and techniques that will help you with the in-depth practice of AEDP and help you with your more challenging clients.

Course Description

The experiential focus in AEDP aims to harness positive neuroplasticity. Our effectiveness is tripled in its impact when we make use of AEDP’s three representational schemas: The Triangle of Experience, the Self-Other-Emotion Triangle, and the Triangle of Relational Comparisons to guide our interventions and clinical decision making. With the four-state transformational process map in the background, this training illustrates the value of these three triangles. Using clinical videotape, we will notice how they provide underlying structure for moment-to-moment therapeutic activities and fortify the AEDP therapist’s use of self: our presence, precision, and persistence.

Therapists’ use of self, and clarity of recognizing markers of our patient’s experience, play a huge part in how we attune to and engage with our patients: 1) how we perceive and respond to how they show up, 2) how we identify transformance motivational forces at play, and 3) how we search to discover the roots of each patient’s suffering and the dynamics that underlie their functioning. Understanding how each triangle provides a window into patterns of emotional regulation, internal working models and relational strategies will help us befriend the triangles: appreciating how they organize experience and help us to meet our clients and help them to feel met. How AEDP therapists lean into AEDP’s transformational focus and make use of these three representational schemas maximizes our effectiveness to potentiate positive neuroplasticity and helps us help our patients have the specific healing transformation they need.

We will have both didactic teaching with video illustration and experiential exercises guided by our dedicated and knowledgeable experiential assistants.

Course Objectives and Agenda to follow

Meet the Presenter

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, California, and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of this transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West and chaired the AEDP Institute Education Committee from 2011-2018.  Since 2020, Ms. Pando-Mars is a member of the AEDP DBEI (Diversity, Belonging, Equity and Inclusion Committee). Ms. Pando-Mars’ passionate interest in what cultivates deep connection between Self and Other has been furthered by attachment theory and related neuroscience. She is known for her presence, warmth, and the clarity of her presentations. Videotapes of her clinical work are moving and inspiring examples of how AEDP explicit relational and experiential practices can help patients heal from relational trauma. (Read More…)

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

Location, Dates & Times

Dates: Days – of Week
Wednesday – Friday, November 2 – 4, 2022

Time: Three 5-hours sessions
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Time Eastern time USA + Canada

Location: Live Online and highly interactive
AEDP’s Live, Online Learning: Requirements & FAQ’s


This is an Advanced Skills Course (not a seminar). You must be AEDP Level 2 or above meaning:

  • you must have completed Immersion, and
  • you must have also completed either Essential Skills (ES1), Core Training, or the equivalent in AEDP supervision (30 hours Small Group or 20 hours Individual)

Registration, Fees and Scholarships: 

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Non-Member Course Fee: $640.00 USD | Member Course Fee: $590.00

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Scholarships are available. To learn more and apply, please go here.

Course Credit

This course counts toward AEDP Certification. Any five modular Courses are considered the equivalent of any 10-Day Retreat-Style Course. Completion of this course does not guarantee certification. To be eligible for AEDP Certification, clinicians must demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical model and proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. Certification requirements.

ADA Accommodations | Attendance | Refund Policy | Questions

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact Marilia Rodriguez, or call 813-553-1294 thirty days or more before the event so we can be sure to accommodate you.

Attendance and Makeup Policy & Refunds


Course and all customer service related questions:
Please contact Customer Service Administrator
Marilia Rodriguez
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm PST