AEDP SEMINAR, LIVE ONLINE: Ben Medley with special guest panelists

The Wounds We Cannot See: Transforming the trauma of oppression with AEDP

Seminar: Friday, October 9- Saturday, October 10, 2020 (with panel) | optional Minnesota focused discussion Sunday, October 11, 2020 (with a 2nd panel) 

Registration is now closed for this seminar

This live online seminar co-sponsored by AEDP Minnesota*.

*Featuring regional ‘breakout sessions’ for Minnesotans and other participants. Registration includes admission to a special 3 hour Minnesota focused panel discussion that will occur on Sunday, October 11 (in addition to the panel discussion on Day 2).

This AEDP seminar is open to all Licensed Mental Health Providers including Counselors, Doctors, Nurses, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, other Behavioral Health Therapists and related professionals. If you have a question about the relevance of this course for you and/or your eligibility for this course please contact with your credentials before registering. For information about whether this course offers Continuing Education credits for your license, see the bottom of the page.

Note from Ben Medley:

“In this workshop we will explore how interlocking systems of power, privilege and oppression affect our clients, ourselves and the therapeutic relationship. Socially constructed and maintained ideologies and systems of power-such as white supremacy, heterosexism, ableism and patriarchy- grant and deny people involvement in economic, political, cultural and social activities due to their various intersecting social identifications. Understanding the psychology of oppression and how all people have internalized, participated in and been affected by these societal structures and hierarchies is essential in helping clients transform the resulting psychological distress, trauma, shame and unbearable aloneness. Together we will explore how AEDP, when combined with an anti-oppression approach, can help the therapeutic dyad explicitly recognize the compromising effects of systems of power, privilege and oppression, alleviate suffering and undo aloneness to liberate our clients’ core selves, release adaptive action tendencies and build enduring resources.”

Seminar Description:

People belonging to oppressed social groups experience high levels of stress and negative life events. Oppression denies people involvement in economic, political, cultural and social activities due to their identification in regard to race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, socio-economic status and/or religion. The more these aspects of identity intersect, the more there can be an increase in oppression and psychological distress. This stress occurs not only as result of direct experiences of discrimination and prejudice, but also from a lack of connection to others and the culture at large.

AEDP views trauma as being alone with and overwhelmed by unregulated affective experiences. Oppression can not only result in disconnect from others on an institutional, societal and inter-relational level, but also from the self on an intra-relational level. The external messages associated with racism, ableism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, classism and xenophobia (to name a few of the “isms” and “phobias”) can also be internalized and negatively affect views of self and others. In essence, an insecure attachment relationship can be formed on any or all levels of connection (institutional, inter-relational and intra-relational), causing distress, emotional suffering and unbearable aloneness.

With a focus on undoing aloneness and creating secure attachment in the therapeutic relationship, AEDP, when employed with an anti-oppression approach, offers the clinician the theoretical knowledge and operational tools well-suited for addressing experiences of oppression. By explicitly recognizing and exploring the effects of oppression, and the emotions associated with these experiences, the AEDP therapist seeks to dyadically co-create new, positive experiences by deeply processing core affect in relationship to a supportive, authentic and emotionally present therapist. For the client, and perhaps even therapist, this creates the possibility of undoing internalized oppression and relating to self and others in new, healing ways.

By attending this workshop, participants will learn to:.

  • Define how oppression can be traumatic
  • Name and define 3 types of microaggressions
  • Describe how oppression can negatively affect a client’s relationship to the self
  • Recognize and know how to explicitly explore experiences of oppression with your clients
  • Demonstrate the AEDP stance, undo aloneness and foster secure connection with clients from oppressed social groups
  • Identify and work with experiences of oppression explicitly in each of the 4 States of the AEDP model
  • Recognize your own experiences of oppression, power and privilege and how this can intersect with your clients’ own social identities and experiences

 Go here for the Agenda

Note: This seminar is an updated version of “Clinically Oppressed: Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization with AEDP” presented by Ben on February 29, 2020. Hear what clinicians had to say about this February seminar below.




Meet the Presenter

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Meet the October 10th panelists

Joshua DeSilva, PsyD, CGP (he/him) is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia. He was recently appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve as a Member of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board and serves on the Health and Community Engagement committees of the Board. Dr. DeSilva’s private practice work focuses on antiracist and identity-affirming practice with LGBTQ+ clients, male-identified clients, clients who identify as BIPOC, and communities affected by chronic health conditions. Dr. DeSilva completed his pre-doctoral internship in psychology at Howard University Counseling Services in Washington, D.C. and has completed the 2-year training program in group psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is currently a Consultant Candidate with the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. His group and consulting work focuses on inclusion of historically marginalized voices and leadership development for leaders of color. Dr. DeSilva holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from George Washington University, is a Registrant in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist. He is passionate about intersectionality and life-long learning about identities. .

Alea Holman,PhD is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Her scholarship focuses on the gendered and racialized experiences of children and families of color. Specifically, Dr. Holman examines mothers’ gendered racial socialization beliefs and practices with their Black and mixed-race children. Additionally, she investigates best practices for providing culturally-integrative, therapeutic, collaborative psychological assessment for children. Complementing her research program, Dr. Holman is a licensed psychologist and has practice-based experience working in schools, community mental health, and private practice. She received postdoctoral experience at WestCoast Children’s Clinic where she specialized in play-, attachment-, and trauma-focused therapy. Later, she served three years as a school psychologist at the California School for the Blind. Additionally, Dr. Holman facilitates trainings on topics including how to support healthy racial identities among children and families, and how to best advocate for students with special needs within the school setting. Dr. Alea Holman is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School Psychology doctoral program. She also received training from Columbia University (M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences; Health Promotion) and Stanford University (B.A. in Human Biology; minor in African & African American Studies).

Rick Laska, LICSW, CST, (he/him/his) is a white, married, non-monogamous, gay, cis-male and is the Director of Clinical Services at JustUs Health, a Minnesota nonprofit which works for equitable healthcare for people who experience injustice at the intersection of health status and identity. In addition to practicing AEDP in his client and supervisory work, Rick is trained in various trauma modalities to serve the LGBTQ+ community, communities of color, substance-using communities, and communities disproportionately impacted by HIV. Rick’s professional interests include desire, sexual trauma, sexual identity, sexual function, and sexual expression. He is striving to use his white privilege and position of leadership to elevate and support developing queer and BIPOC practitioners, as well as practitioners from other oppressed intersectional identities.

Alana Tappin, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the owner/operator of a private psychology clinic that specializes in the psychological support of marginalized and racialized identities. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she conducts psychological assessments, treatment and consultation to children, teens and adults. Dr. Tappin also provides supervision and training to students, pre-licensed and licensed mental health therapists. She has long had an interest in the psychological impact of racism and offers trainings on whiteness, shame and racism, and offers training in diversity,
equity and inclusion to community organizations. Dr. Tappin earned her doctorate degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus in 2012, with a specialization in family violence/trauma. She served as vice president for an organization connected to her doctoral program called Students for Multicultural Awareness, Research and Training (SMART). During her time in this organization, Dr. Tappin deepened her passion for social justice, and acquired skills necessary to educate and support mental health professionals as they journey toward compassionate and accountable psychological care for people with racialized identities. Dr. Tappin is the creator of the trainings called Shame Resilience and Transformational Skills for White People and Healing the Shame of Internalized Anti-Black Racialization. She is working on two book chapters: one aimed at exploring the black Canadian female identity and mental health and another exploring shame and whiteness.

Date, Time and Location


Friday October 9:  10:00am – 2:00 pm Eastern (4 hours)

Saturday October 10: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Eastern (5 hours)

Optional Sunday panel discussion, October 11: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern (3 hours)

Live Online via Zoom


Go here for the Agenda

Fees, Registration:

CE credits included in the seminar fee: 8.5


  • $150 USD Member Price (must be logged in to register)
  • $175 USD Non-Member

Registration is now closed for this seminar

Therapists of Minnesota, please email Mary Androff – to receive a regional promotion code and information on participating in a regional online community room throughout the seminar.

Special pricing:    

Learn about our ‘pay-what-you-wish’ pilot program for self-identifying Black mental health professionals here.

Diversity Scholarships: a limited number of $75 Diversity Scholarships are available. Please email: The Diversity Committee at with the name of this seminar, applicant name and license type, license number, and name of agency/hospital if applicable. Please note that the focus of the AEDP Diversity Initiative is to enable training for therapists coming from marginalized communities, who work with patients from those communities and intend to continue to do so, and who also evidence clear financial hardship.

Graduate Students in their last year of training as well as soon-to-be-licensed Interns & Trainees: A limited number of $75 Scholarship Seats are available. Candidates are encouraged to apply if they have financial needs such that they could not attend without the discount. For verification, please email copy of a current student ID or proof of Internship/Trainee Program to to begin the application process.

Extra Help During the Pandemic: If you are unable to afford the full course fee because you have been especially hard hit by COVID conditions, please contact us at with Covid Scholarship in the subject line and briefly tell us why you need the scholarship.


Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner:
866-992-9399  X105
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm PST


Please contact our office 866-992-9399 if you have questions about disability access or accommodations.

Continuing Education (CE)

This course is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 and AEDP Institute, 225 Broadway, Suite 3400, New York, NY 10007

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program

Satisfactory Completion Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in each day, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out each day 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. Certificates will be available following course completion at

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 8.5 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. (8.5) clock hours. Live online.

Social Workers
Clinically Oppressed: Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization with AEDP, Course #2854, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by R. Cassidy Seminars as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 02/18/2020 – 02/18/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 8.5 Clinical Practice continuing education credits.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Social Work boards accept either APA 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 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 8.5 contact hours. Live online.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (8.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (8.5) 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. (8.5) contact hours. Live online.

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. (8.5) contact hours. Live online.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (8.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 8.5 CE 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. (8.5) contact hours. Live online.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0222 for (8.5) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (8.5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2021. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (8.5) CE Hours.

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (8.5) contact hours

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