AEDP Institute

AEDP SEMINAR, LIVE ONLINE: Ben Medley presents:

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

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

This live online seminar presented over two half days with a panel discussion on Day 2 is 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).


Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, in mental health and the healing arts and sciences. This course is for Beginning/Intermediate levels.

Note: This seminar is an updated version of “Clinically Oppressed: Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization with AEDP” presented by Ben on February 29, 2020. 

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


Friday, October 9, 2020: Day 1, four hours, (USA Eastern Time)
10:00–10:15 am  Welcome and Seminar Overview
10:15–11:45 am   The Trauma of Oppression
11:45–12:00 am   Break
12:00–1:45 pm     Overview of AEDP and video presentation
1:45–2:00 pm       Group Discussion

Saturday, October 10, 2020: Day 2, five hours, (USA Eastern Time)
10:00-10:15 am    Welcome and Agenda
10:15–11:45 am    Being an Anti-Oppression AEDP Therapist
11:45-12:00 am    Break
12:00–1:25 pm     Video Presentation
1:25-1:30 pm        Short break
1:30–2:30 pm       Panel Discussion
2:30-3:00 pm       Group Discussion and Closing

Optional: Sunday, October 11, 2020: Day 3 three hours (USA Eastern Time) 

Optional Bonus Panel Discussion: Minnesota focused panel discussion – Optional. AEDP is in the process of filing for 2.75 CE hours of Cultural Competence, Diversity and Ethics.

For more information go here.
10:00–10:15 am         Welcome and agenda
10:15 am-11:00 am    Review of content and implementation planning
11:00 am-12:00 pm   Panel discussion with Minnesota providers
12:00 pm-1:00 pm    Post panel discussion and questions

Meet the Presenter

Ben Medley, LCSW

Ben Medley, LCSW earned his degree in Clinical Social Work with the NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a private practice in NYC. Ben is a member of the AEDP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and teaches nationally and internationally in the AEDP Immersion and Essential Skills courses. Ben created and presented "Clinically Oppressed: Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization Using AEDP" and co-created and co-presented 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"(also available on-demand).

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. Ben is also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy Supervisor. His paper "Recovering the True Self: Affirmative Therapy, Attachment and AEDP in Psychotherapy with Gay Men" is published with the SEPI Journal: the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and he has written a chapter on using portrayals to process core affective experience for "Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering Into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0" Washington D.C.: APA (in press).

Meet the Panelists

Yuko Hanakawa, PhD

Yuko Hanakawa, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City. She was "raised" by AEDP from the very beginning of her career. While a doctoral student at Adelphi University, she met Dr. Diana Fosha who was a faculty member. Dr. Hanakawa has been captivated by the unfolding process of healing and growth that AEDP powerfully facilitates ever since.

Dr. Hanakawa has been particularly interested in the body-mind connection, memory reconsolidation, and the role of positive emotions in the process of transformation. Her paper, "Receiving Loving Gratitude: How a Therapist's Mindful Embrace of a Patient's Gratitude Facilitates Transformance," was published in the AEDP Transformance Journal, in 2011.  In addition to being trained by Dr. Fosha, she was in small group supervision with Dr. Jenna Osiason, and individual supervision with Dr. SueAnne Piliero.

Dr. Hanakawa feels passionate about cultivating ethnic/racial diversity in the AEDP community and serves as a co-chair of the Diversity Committee. She is also a member of the International Community Development committee, and has been creating AEDP communities among Japanese therapists in NYC and Japan. Along with Dr. Shigeru Iwakabe, she oversaw the Japanese translation of "The Transforming Power of Affect" by Dr. Fosha (2017); she also contributed a chapter to this book which focused on a clinical case conducted in Japanese.

Dr. Hanakawa was a faculty member at St. Luke’s Hospital where she directed the externship program, and taught and supervised staff and trainees. She maintains a private practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, offering in-person and on-line therapy and supervision. Additionally, she is certified in Neurofeedback and Hypnotherapy.  Dr. Hanakawa has presented locally and internationally and has supervised experiential groups in the AEDP Immersion and Essential Skills.


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.


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

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 closes Wednesday, October 7th.

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.

Non-Member Registration


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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