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ES1 Retreat Style Course in Durham – 2017

This retreat style ES course arose in response to requests over the years from people – both in the US and throughout out the world — for whom the 5 weekends of travel a year required by the standard ES course was just not feasible.  So in response to popular demand, we now launch the Retreat-style Essential Skills course. It will be offered in two parts over two separate weeks in Durham, North Carolina.

AEDP Essential Skills, aimed at practitioners, will be practical. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, skill sets, concrete and specific. Different skill sets will be introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each weekend, so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP. The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each weekend, with theoretical foundations and with videotapes and group experiential exercises in the afternoon.

In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and  deeply we seek to both (i) undo aloneness and (ii) engage in rigorous clinical teaching with skilled accompaniment. We are proud to say that our ES  courses feature a high number of highly skilled assistants – and this course is no different.

Natasha Prenn, LCSW and Jeanne Newhouse, NCPsyA will co-helm Week 1  and Week 2.  Guest presenters via Skype.


Week 1:
Monday, February 13th through Friday, February 17th, 2017
Co-Helms: Natasha Prenn, LCSW, Jeanne Newhouse, NCPsyA
Guest Faculty Via Skype: Diana Fosha, Ph.D.
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm except for the Monday evening, which runs until 7:00pm.

Week 2:
Monday, June 12
th through Friday, June 16th, 2017
Co-Helms: Natasha Prenn, LCSW, Jeanne Newhouse, NCPsyA 
Guest Faculty Via Skype: TBA
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm except for the Monday evening, which runs until 7:00pm.

Healing-oriented and attachment based, AEDP’s practice translates current neuroscience and developmental research into moment-to-moment clinical practice. Simultaneously experiential and relational in its in-depth emotional explorations, AEDP’s interventions are deeply rooted in the phenomenology and dynamics of the transformational process that emerge in environments where the individual feels safe and known. Intuitively resonant, AEDP has been called “deceptively simple.”

Essential skills will be experientially explored and didactically demonstrated so that participants will develop both a (right brain mediated) felt sense as well as a (left brain mediated) understanding of them. The training will include didactic material, clinical videotapes of actual sessions from AEDP faculty members and Dr. Diana Fosha, daily experiential exercises, and small and large group processing. A key component of the experiential practices is the opportunity to “try on” sets of interventions as a therapist and to receive them as a client. So learning new skills can give rise to experiences of safety, attachment security, transformation, and related phenomena that occur with AEDP treatment. The concentrated time that participants spend together immersed in learning AEDP aims to foster a culture of trust and generosity that allows for risk-taking and a supportive environment that is uniquely suited for optimal learning.


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • accurately moment-to-moment track and differentiate different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process
  • understand different attachment styles and utilize different interventions according to attachment style
  • understand various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy
  • access core affective experiences
  • utilize the healing potential of innate transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing

Course Location:

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (ERUUF)
4907 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707
Course Room: Fellowship Hall (located across from the Sanctuary)

Local Accommodations:

These are just two of many hotel options available in the Durham area:

21C Museum Hotel
111 North Corcoran Street
Durham, NC 27701

The Downtown Durham Marriott
201 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701


Prerequisites: We highly recommend that you have completed Immersion before taking ES1. If you are committed to learning AEDP and have not yet taken Immersion you must take Essential Skills (ES1) Readiness Webinar prior to beginning ES1. Note however that the webinar is by no means a substitute for Immersion and if you were to decide to pursue certification in AEDP you will have to take Immersion.


  • $3,200 – Online registration, one payment in full
  • $3,400 – Online registration, two payments
  • $50 additional discount for AEDP Institute Members



AEDP Institute
Karen Newell
866-992-9399 x 105


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

Continuing Education

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out 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.

Psychologists; R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.   82.5 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Social Workers:

R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE Provider #1082 is an approved provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. Social workers will receive 82.5 continuing education clinical social work clock hours for participating in this course.

NC ONLY: North Carolina Counselors and MFTs can only receive 15 CE hours through APA per renewal period (every two years). Otherwise, all state Licensing boards offer 82.5 CE.

NJ: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #31 Course #XXX from XX/XX/2015 to XX/XX/2017. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): General Social Work Practice XX

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 82.5 contact hours live.

OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 82.5 clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/ Marriage and Family Therapists:

IL:  R. Cassidy Seminars is approved to offer continuing education to Marriage and Family Therapists by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation provider #168000141.  82.5Continuing Education Credits/Hours

OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 82.5 clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs.  Provider Number 151.  82.5 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

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.

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