Transformance Journal: Training Type: Couples Course

AEDP for Couples Hybrid Course: Immersion + Essential Skills • July 2016

Retreat Style 5-Day Course

At the Columbia School of Social Work, New York, NY

July 11 – 15, 2016



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This new AEDP for Couples course is a five-day, retreat style course that is a hybrid of our “traditional” Immersion and Essential Skills courses. This intensive course is designed to introduce this method that often leads to fast transformation of the internal working model of couples. The skill sets necessary to practice AEDP for Couples will be introduced with theoretical foundations and videotape illustrations in the morning, followed by group experiential exercises in the afternoon.

AEDP for Couples harnesses powerful biological drives to heal. The method, guided by the AEDP model, incorporates attachment research and Polyvagal theory. It creates a somatic holding of each of the couple members through the Seven Channels of Experience: Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual and Imaginal. From this place of safety, new experiences of love – and the longing to be loved – emerge and guide both the therapist and the couple to transformation.

The course will be co-taught by beloved teachers David Mars, Ph.D. and Karen Pando-Mars, MFT both senior faculty of the AEDP Institute. David Mars is the developer of AEDP for Couples.

In addition to presenting the theory and practice of AEDP for Couples this course will provide experiential exercises including small group supervision to help participants somatically track and affectively regulate two people at a time in couple treatment. Our goal is to equip therapists to effectively treat couples with greater confidence, enjoyment and ease.

Course Objectives: Participants will learn how to

  • Distinguish the four states of AEDP in couple treatment
  • Identify three ways to reduce defenses to build an atmosphere of safety
  • Detect and follow the healthiest aspects of each couple member
  • Demonstrate skills to regulate emotional reactivity in each couple member
  • Define and be able to regulate at least three early signs of dorsal vagal response (Porges’ Polyvagal Theory)
  • Utilize methods to assist couple members to process emotional experience to completion
  • Apply three types of healing portrayals to treat trauma in couple treatment
  • Recognize and use each of the Seven Channels of Experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual and Imaginal)

Further Objectives: By the end of this program participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and facilitate the AEDP Four State model of transformation in the context of couple treatment.
  • Navigate defenses and anxiety to build an atmosphere for sharing regulated affective experiences in couples treatment.
  • Detect and follow transformance drives and selectively amplify positive affective experiences between the couple members.
  • Expand each partner’s receptive affective capacity.
  • Broaden the window of affect tolerance by addressing both deactivating (avoidant) and hyperactivating (anxious/ambivalent) attachment strategies.
  • Recognize and regulate the early signs of dorsal vagal response (Porges’ Polyvagal Theory) and dissociation related to unresolved trauma.
  • Help each couple member process emotional experience to completion in the presence of and accompanied by his or her partner.
  • Facilitate a range of healing portrayals to treat the trauma that underlies the stuckness and reactivity in each couples’ patterning.
  • Metaprocess change moments through all Seven Channels of Experience (Mars) to help transform each couple member’s internal working model to integrate and stabilize gains.

The clinical video featured each day will include heterosexual and same-sex couples in treatment for the following:

  • Chronic Dissociation and Distancing
  • Sexual abuse and neglect
  • Hot and Cold Conflict including the threat of divorce
  • Addiction issues
  • Infidelity
  • Sexual dysfunction

Meet the Trainers:

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Course Location

Columbia School of Social Work in NYC
1255 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027

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Fee and Credits

  • $1,399
  • $50 discount for AEDP Institute Members
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Course size limited to 64 participants.

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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.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (32.5) hours.

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 32.5 continuing education clock hours.

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NJ: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #31 Course #683 from 03/30/2016 to 03/30/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 32.5  
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 32.5 contact hours live
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (32.5) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB 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 ASWB 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.  (32.5) hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (32.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 (32.5) CE 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.

Grievance Procedure: “If you are not completely satisfied with this seminar and wish to withdraw from the program, just notify our onsite staff of your intention to leave prior to the first morning break and we will mail you 100% of your registration fee – no questions asked. ”For complaints received after the completion of the event our customer service department will:

1. note the complaint in the participants file
2. offer a credit to a future event or a refund
3. notify the CE Coordinator of the complaint

The CE Coordinator will take necessary action to prevent future dissatisfaction
Participants of approved continuing education courses by The New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners have the option to appeal to the Board if an attendee is displeased with the results of the process. Phone: 973-504-6495.

AEDP Institute Refund and Cancellation Policy: If you wish to withdraw from the Hybrid-Immersion/Essential Skills Course, you must do so in writing. Full amount, less a $100 administrative fee, is refundable if written notice of withdrawal is received by the AEDP Institute 60 or more calendar days before the program begins. If you withdraw 30 to 59 calendar days before the program begins, the tuition fee paid will be refunded less a $500 fee. This $500 fee can be transferred to another AEDP Institute organized program and must be used within 18 months of withdrawal or else it is forfeited. The full tuition is forfeited if written notice of withdrawal is received less than 30 calendar days prior to the start of the course or if withdrawal occurs after the program begins.

Program Cancellation/Changes: The AEDP Institute reserves the right to cancel a program prior to its start, in which case a full refund will be issued to participants for any tuition fees paid for the course. The AEDP Institute is not responsible for any non-refundable attendee expenses/fees (such as travel, hotel arrangements) associated with the course. In the rare situation that the AEDP Institute needs to make changes to an advertised faculty presenter or course module, tuition fees will not be refunded.

Couples Core Training • 2015-2016 • San Francisco

Meet the Course Supervisor, David Mars, Ph.D.

We will focus on the AEDP for Couples model of therapy, which privileges finding and amplifying the felt experience of love in the room from the first session and evokes powerful transformance drives for healing.

Teaching will focus on accelerated methods for creating safety and treating the underlying attachment level trauma that underlies marital distress and disconnection. We will be deepening the skills necessary to hold dyadic affect regulation within couple sessions, so couples can transfer these skills into their lives every day. Working with couples in these ways presents new learning challenges and opgportunities to therapists, as well as powerful new methods to evoke accelerated transformational healing of historical trauma and deprivation that inevitably “pops up” in committed relationships.

Topics for this year’s Core Training include:

  • Treating couples recovering from affairs
  • Addressing sexual issues within the marriage
  • Treating the impact of financial betrayals
  • Transforming patterns of chronic dissociation
  • Reviving and restoring “stale and bitter” relational patterns
  • Help hot and cold conflict transform to bring peace and justice to the whole family
  • Conducting healing portrayals within couple therapy sessions

A major theme of our work will be to catalyze couple therapists’ capacities to bring more experiences of dignity, deep fairness and the “undoing of aloneness” of young sub-parts of couple members that were historically neglected or abused. David will expand on and deepen the theory and practice of AEDP for Couples on the Saturday morning of each module with evocative videotape of a couple in treatment. Prior to each weekend of training, David will send participants a transcript with a micro-analysis of the session that will be presented, identifying the key interventions that emphasize how to apply the Four States and Three State Transformations of AEDP in couple treatment. Also featured each weekend will be invitations to practice deepening witnessing capacity for perceiving, receiving and expressing in the Seven Channels of Experience. (See the Transformance Journal or for more information.)

As a participant in this core training you will be sharing your own videotaped couple session each training weekend. You will receive supervision, constructive group witnessing and focused assistance directed by your request. You can also choose the opportunity for “live role-play re-dos” with alternative interventions to keep fine-tuning your work with couples. It is part of the intention of this training series to support those who practice EFT, PACT and other methods of treating couples to integrate the AEDP for Couples model into your palette of skills as a couple therapist.

Weekend 1: October 24 and 25, 2015

Weekend 2: December 5 and 6, 2015

Weekend 3: January 9 and 10, 2016

Weekend 4: March 19-20, 2016

Weekend 5: May 21-22, 2016

Continuing Education Credits

This program is eligible for 70 hours of continuing education credit through our co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars. To view the CE accreditation statement click here. CE Credits are included in the fee.

Course Location

The Center For Transformative Therapies
705 Fourth Street, Ste 200
San Rafael, CA 94901

Course Fee

The fee for the AEDP Couples Core Training is $3,300. Course size is limited to 10 participants. A $200 discount is available if full payment is made at the time of registration.

A one-year financial commitment is required. View our cancellation/refund policy.



To secure your spot and arrange for a payment plan, please contact Karen at 866-992-9399 x105