AEDP Institute

The Science and Practice of Facilitating Deep Transformational Change Across Therapeutic Techniques – Recorded for On Demand, Online Learning

An Exchange between AEDP,  Memory Reconsolidation & Contemplative Psychotherapy

presented by Bruce Ecker, LMFT, Diana Fosha, PhD, and Joseph Loizzo, PhD

This seminar will provide a practical overview of three complementary approaches to transformational change in psychotherapy. We define transformational change as fundamental and radical change that persists irreversibly, to differentiate it from superficial, incremental change which is either transitory, clinically insignificant or maintained only by persistent counteractive effort.

Bruce Ecker will show how research on memory reconsolidation, the brain’s innate process for revising memory, translates into a transformational clinical methodology. He will define the specific therapeutic factors that result in the “erasure” of problematic emotional schemas driving the client’s unwanted behaviors and states of mind, and which appear to be universal common factors in transformational therapies like, for example,  Coherence Therapy and AEDP.

Joseph Loizzo, referencing Porges’ polyvagal theory, will focus on the transformational impact and psychotherapeutic use of embodied contemplative methods, focusing on those from the Indic tradition. He explains how these methods deepen the impact of mindfulness and compassion-based methods by mixing sympathetic arousal with high vagal tone, to promote flow states which in turn help tap and transform normally unconscious subcortical structures and processes.

Diana Fosha, covering research into the factors that promote positive neural plasticity as well as the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, will discuss how  metatherapeutic processing, or metaprocessing, following in the wake of successful trauma processing, seamlessly allows the transformation of  emotional suffering into well being.  This AEDP technique uses the experiential exploration of the embodied experience of transformation to turbo-charge the healing process, leading to enhanced resilience and flourishing.

This seminar will feature presentations, close analysis of videotapes by all three presenters, and  opportunity for a lively exchange and dialogue among the three presenters, Through didactics, clinical videotapes and experiential exercises Ecker, Fosha & Loizzo will portray three frameworks for facilitating transformational change and will engage in a lively exploration of the elements they share and don’t share.

The central message of this workshop is that consistently facilitating transformational change is a well-established reality, and the clinical field’s standard of effectiveness needs to be re-calibrated accordingly.

Participants will be able to:

  • List the three steps of the reconsolidation process for unlearning and erasing an emotional schema.
  • Describe the three distinct markers of transformational change that both neuroscientists and clinicians use to verify that reconsolidation and erasure have occurred.
  • Summarize metatherapeutic processing, and its role in the transformational process
  • Demonstrate metaprocessing, anchoring new therapeutic experiences in explicit awareness and memory.
  • Explain how therapies based on embodied contemplative practices differ from mindfulness- and compassion-based therapies.
  • Diagram how contemplative practices use positive imagery and prosody to access and reconsolidate implicit traumatic memories.
  • Discuss how contemplative practices use movement and breath-energy work to induce peak positive affects and flow states that deepen unlearning and accelerate transformation


Meet the Presenters

Bruce Ecker, LMFT is co-originator of Coherence Therapy, co-director of the Coherence Psychology Institute, and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain: Eliminating Symptoms at Their Roots Using Memory Reconsolidation; the Coherence Therapy Practice Manual & Training Guide; and Depth Oriented Brief Therapy: How To Be Brief When You Were Trained To Be Deep and Vice Versa. Clarifying how transformational change takes place is the central theme of Bruce Ecker’s clinical career, and he has contributed many innovations in concepts and methods of experiential psychotherapy. Since 2006 he has driven the clinical field’s recognition of memory reconsolidation as the core process of transformational change and has developed the application of this brain research breakthrough to advancements in therapeutic effectiveness and psychotherapy integration. Bruce is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops internationally, and has taught extensively in clinical graduate programs.



Diana Fosha, PhDis the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment; she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. Based in New York City, where she lives and practices, she has been on the faculties of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Centers (now Mount Sinai) in NYC, and of the doctoral programs in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies and The City University of New York. Diana Fosha is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000), and of numerous articles on an attachment-emotion-transformation focused experiential treatment model. She is senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), part of Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology series, and co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Essentials of AEDP Supervision (APA, 2016). APA has issued 3 DVDs of her APA work. [Learn more and purchase here.]  She has contributed chapters to, among others, Clinical pearls of wisdom: 21 leading therapists offer their key insights, edited by M. Kerman (Norton, 2009); Complex traumatic stress disorders: An evidence-based clinician’s guide, edited by C. Courtois & J. D. Ford (Guilford, 2009);   Healing trauma: Attachment, mind, body and brain, edited by Marion Solomon and Daniel Siegel (Norton, 2003); and to The comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy, Volume 1: Psychodynamic and object relations therapies, edited by J. J. Magnavita (Wiley, 2002). For the last 20 years, she has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing oriented attachment, emotion and transformation focused therapy.

Known for her powerful, precise yet simultaneously poetic and evocative affective writing style, Diana’s phrases — “undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “True Other,” “make the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “judicious self-disclosure” — capture the ethos of AEDP.

Joseph (Joe) Loizzo, MD, PhD is a contemplative psychotherapist, clinical researcher, and Buddhist scholar-teacher who integrates ancient contemplative science and technology with current breakthroughs in neuroscience and optimal health. After training in psychiatry at Harvard and completing a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Columbia, he founded Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, a non-profit that trains people from all walks of life in timeless contemplative skills informed by practical neuropsychology to empower themselves and others to cultivate a wise mind, warm heart, and altruistic way of life in our interdependent world.

On faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, Dr. Loizzo lectures widely on the role of meditative learning in the future of heath, education, and leadership, and teaches regular public classes and workshops at Nalanda Institute New York, Tibet House US, and Nalanda Institute hubs in San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, and Mexico. He has published frequent chapters and articles on contemplative science in the Annual Review of Psychiatry, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, Biomed Central and Alternative Therapies. His books include Nagarjuna’s Reason Sixty with Chandrakirti’s Commentary; Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration, and most recently an edited a volume of essays, Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Healing and Transformation. Dr. Loizzo has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife, Gerardine, and their sons Maitreya and Ananda.


Requirements, Fees, Registration and Credits

On Demand Trainings are to be viewed on your private computer or smart device. They are intentionally not downloadable; we “stream” them. So, having a high speed Internet connection is important to having a good learning experience.

This training is intended to be viewed only by mental health professionals and students in mental health or related fields. You will be asked to provide evidence of your professional credentials before completing registration and payment.

This is a 6 hour seminar. It consists of 3 videos, roughly 2 hours each. You can stop and restart watching at any time, but you will need to make note of where you left off as the system does not “remember” where you left off. You may of course rewatch portions of the seminar at any time – once you purchase it you have lifetime access to the content – though you may not share the program with others – you will agree to strict professional privacy agreement before making your purchase.

Fees and Registration (does not include continuing education credits – see below for more information) :

  • $149
  • $129 AEDP Institute Members only, you must be logged in to receive the discounted price.


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Continuing Education Credits

Only paid seminar registrants will be eligible to purchase CE credits through R. Cassidy Seminars.

This is a pre-recorded on-demand Distance Learning Video, which is considered a home study course. If you would like to earn 6 CEs for the course a test must be taken after watching the video.

There is a $25 fee associated with taking the test to earn your certificate. Upon completing the video there will be a link to take the test for CE.

The NYSED has asked its providers to remind New York Licensees that only 12 Home Study contact hours are allowed per license renewal period. The remainder of your required contact hours must be live courses.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid course fee, submitted signed verification statement, completed evaluation, and completed post-test with passing grade of 75% in order to receive a certificate. Failure to complete and submit these materials will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (6) 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. (6) clock hours.

Social Workers 
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and 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 4.75 contact hours self-study.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists 
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA 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 approval, 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 Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (6) 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. (6) contact hours.
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) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. (6) CE Hours. Provider #151

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) contact hours

Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA Provider approved by CCAPP; CCAPP Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (6) CEHs. CCAPP is an IC&RC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (6) hours general and/or (6) hours (specific specialization), Expires 3/31/2019.  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..

CA: R. Cassidy Seminars is a provider approved by the Dental Board of California as a registered provider of continuing education. RP# 4874. (6) CE Hours. Some state dental boards are reciprocal. Check with your licensing board to be sure.

CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (6) contact hours. Many state nursing boards are reciprocal with other states. Check with your licensing board to be sure.

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (6) CE Hours.

This course is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

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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.