AEDP Institute

SEMINAR: Karen Pando-Mars – Lexington (Boston Area), MA, March 2020

Healing Relational Trauma 2:
Therapist Metaskills to Guide Treatment with each Attachment Style

An AEDP Institute Sponsored, AEDP New England Live Seminar
with AEDP Senior Faculty Member Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

 

 

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.


This workshop will focus on how therapists can better attune and resonate with patients, helping them to be seen and heard, aiming to set the conditions to establish a secure base in which our patient’s self-at-best can arise. Sometimes the patient’s attachment strategy can challenge the therapist’s capacity to be present, responsive, attuned and empathic. Clinicians often ask “Who is better suited to work with whom in terms of matching attachment styles?” I want to propose that it is not actually the patient’s attachment style itself that challenges therapists to feel inadequate or unable to empathize or triggers our self-at-worst attachment strategy. Rather, my reaction to the specific behavior that is manifesting in the moment is what drives me outside of my capacity to respond with the help that is needed. This workshop is about expanding the clinician’s capacity to respond moment-to-moment by deepening understanding about what is going on with whom and how to tailor the therapist’s stance with respect to patient’s distinctive attachment strategies.

This workshop will identify classic blind spots that get elicited by specific aspects of each attachment strategy. We will break down the configuration of each attachment style into its affect regulation strategies and defenses, caregiver hallmarks and the subsequent relational attitudes and patterning, and the seeds of resilience. Video of psychotherapy sessions will also be shown to illustrate the interplay of how these strategies can be further depicted on AEDP’s representational schemas and how we can intervene experientially to engage positive neuroplasticity. I will also describe the way therapists can use specific metaskills to address the impact of relational trauma that drive self-at-worst insecure attachment strategies. Metaskills is a term used by Amy Mindell (1995, 2002) to describe the background feeling attitudes and qualities therapists display that can be used in service of the patient’s therapy. AEDP’s interventions about making the implicit explicit and making the explicit relational can be helpful to apply with specificity to each attachment style. The aim of this workshop is to move towards establishing a base of connection through which our patient’s self-at-best can be engaged to gain traction and momentum for treatment.

By attending this workshop, participants will learn to:.

  • How psychotherapists can draw upon attachment theory and intersubjective connection to set the conditions for building a secure base to bring patient’s self-at-best to the fore.
  • The configuration of each attachment style and how the original caregiver relationship sets up self-at-best (secure) and self-at-worst (insecure) attachment strategies and what this implies for the therapist activities.
  • AEDP’s representational schemas to organize therapist activities and interventions with each attachment style.
  • Identify patient’s affect regulation strategies and how to intervene with patients who are over-regulated and patients who are under-regulated.
  • Use distinct therapist metaskills to address the implicit patterning of different attachment strategies.
  • How therapist self-disclosure and affirmation can be tailored according to each attachment style to help patients know that they matter in the specific way that they need to matter.
  • Using AEDP’s experiential focus and interventions to stimulate neural circuitry and engage the potential of positive neuroplasticity to rewire the patient’s internal working model.

 

Agenda:

9:00–9:15        Introduction and Orientation to the day
9:15–10:30      Overview and theoretical underpinnings. The configuration of each   attachment style; therapist metaskills and blind spots with each style.
10:30–10:45    Break
10:45–12:30    Videotape and specific practices with audience participation
12:30–1:30      Lunch
1:30–3:00        Videotape and specific practices with audience participation
3:00–3:15        Break
3:15–4:30        Videotape with specific practices with audience participation
4:30–5:00        Small and large group discussion and wrap-up


Meet the Presenters

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-19-26-amKaren 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, Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapies, and chaired the AEDP Institute Education Committee from 2011-2018.

She presents trainings and workshops in AEDP, including leading Essentials Skills courses across the United States and internationally. She is known for her presence, candor and warmth, and the clarity with which she translates complex theory into user-friendly practices. Videotapes of her clinical work are deeply moving and inspiring to psychotherapists learning to be more effective in helping their clients to change and transform.

Ms. Pando-Mars' brings a passionate interest in how AEDP puts attachment theory and related neuroscience into explicit and experiential practice in helping patients to heal from relational trauma. Licensed since 1989, her background in somatic and experiential therapies includes Biofeedback, Focusing, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray-Worldplay, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. These influences are deeply woven throughout her work. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in the Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

Her most recent publication Tailoring AEDP interventions to attachment style,” 2016 Transformance Journal, 6 (2) is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be co-authored with Diana Fosha and published by Norton & Co.

 


Date, Time and Location

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location:
The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library
33 Marrett Rd
Lexington, MA 02421


Fees, Registration:

CE credits included in the seminar fee: 6.5

 

Fees:

  • $140 Member Price (must be logged in to register)
  • $145 Non-Member Early Bird (by February 6, 2020)
  • $155 Non-Member Regular Price (starts February 7, 2020)

 

Non-Member Registration

Special pricing:    

  • Graduate Students in their last year of training as well as soon-to-be-licensed Interns & Trainees: A limited number of $50 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 admin@aedpinstitute.org to begin the application process. If you do not meet the criteria you may qualify for a Diversity Scholarships (below).
  • Diversity Scholarships: a limited number of $50 Diversity Scholarships are available
    • please email:  Matt Fried and Yuko Hanakawa, Co-Chairs, The Diversity Committee at aedp.dscholarship@gmail.com 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.

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Continuing Education (CE)

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Satisfactory Completion
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Psychologists
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. 6.5 CE hours

Psychoanalysts
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. (6.5) clock hours.  Live in-person.

Social Workers
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other states’ licensing board approvals for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
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 6.5 contact hours. Live in-person.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and other states’ licensing board approvals 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 are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes MFTS and Counselors.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (6.5) hours.

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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. (6.5) contact hours.  Live in-person.
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. (6.5) contact hours.  Live in-person.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 6.5 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. (6.5) contact hours.  Live in-person.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
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TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (6.5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2020.  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.

Educators
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (6.5) CE Hours.

Nurses
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (6.5) contact hours.

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