Transformance Journal: Training Type: Essential Skills Level 3

Ongoing Learning Community • 2015-2016 • New York

The AEDP Ongoing Learning Community

with Natasha Prenn, LCSW and her able assistants.

The AEDP Ongoing Learning Community is a unique opportunity to continue your AEDP learning with a group of experienced AEDP clinicians. It is a didactic course, a gathering and a chance to stay connected and fully immersed in AEDP.

It’s especially designed for Advanced Level AEDP Social Workers, Psychologists, MFTs, Counselors and Nurses

We will divide our time between didactic, experiential exercises, demonstrations, role plays, videotapes of the work, and make sure to keep ourselves rooted in the theory as well. We will deepen our left-brain understanding by reading through the greatest hits of AEDP articles, books, and AEDP friendly authors.

An organic next step to the AEDP Advanced Skills, the first-ever AEDP Learning Community will dig even more deeply into the theoretical underpinnings of our clinical decision making and case conceptualization: emotion theory, attachment theory, transformation studies, mother-infant research, trauma studies will all be grist for the clinical mill. And most importantly we will expand our understanding of why we are doing what we mostly now know how to do!

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and utilize various ways to build receptive affective capacity.
  • Define AEDP theoretical terms like the triangle of experience,  `true self,’ `true other,’ attachment and `core state.’
  • Utilize strategies for undoing unbearable aloneness
  • Describe how core state is an end point in AEDP spiral of transformation, and distinguish it from state one: cognitive process.
  • Formulate the shift from reporting to relating and from reflective listening to experience in the present moment.

Training Dates and Times:

Week 1: Molly Morgan
Rowing Together: Explicit Experiential Work with Relational Experience
Friday, September 18, 2015 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Reading: Fosha, D. (2001). The dyadic regulation of affect. Journal of Clinical Psychology/In Session. 57 (2), 227-242. All readings are available on the AEDP website under “articles.”

Week 2: Martina Verba, PhD
AEDP: Men, Sex and How to Start to Talk About All That!
Friday, October 30, 2015 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Reading: Fosha, D. (2004). “Nothing that feels bad is ever the last step:” The role of positive
emotions in experiential work with difficult emotional experiences. Special issue on Emotion, L.
Greenberg (Ed.). Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 11, 30-43.

Week 3: Ben  Medley, LCSW
Keep On Going: Nothing That Feels Bad Is Ever The Last Step.
Friday, December 11, 2015 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Reading: Fosha, D. (2005). Emotion, true self, true other, core state: toward a clinical theory of
affective change process. Psychoanalytic Review. 92 (4), 513-552.

Week 4: Kate Halliday, LCSW
The Truth of Brokenness and the Possibility of Triumph
Friday, January 29th, 2016 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Lipton, B., & Fosha, D. (2011) Attachment as a Transformative Process in AEDP:
Operationalizing the Intersection of Attachment Theory and Affective Neuroscience. Journal of
Psychotherapy Integration. 21 (3), 253-279.

Week 5: Jeanne Newhouse, NCPsyA
Pride and Joy: The Power of Positive Emotion
Friday, March 11th, 2016 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Fosha, D. (2007). AEDP: Transformance In Action. Connections & Reflections.
Fosha, D. (2007). “Good Spiraling:” The Phenomenology of Healing and the Engendering of
Secure Attachment in AEDP. Connections & Reflections. Summer 2007.
Fosha, D. (2009). Emotion and Recognition at Work. The Neuropsychotherapist. Jul/Sep 2013
(2), 28-51.

Week 6: Karen Minsberg, LCSWTBA
Friday, May 13th, 2016 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Prenn, N. (2011). Mind the Gap: AEDP Interventions Translating Attachment Theory into
Clinical Practice. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. 21 (3), 308–329.
Prenn, N. (2009). I second that emotion! On self-disclosure and its metaprocessing. In A.
Bloomgarden & R. B. Menutti, (Eds.), The therapist revealed: Therapists speak about selfdisclosure
in psychotherapy (pp. 85-99). New York: Routledge.

Training Agenda:

1:00-1:30: Introduction to Section
1:30-3:00: Didactic, experiential ex, videotape, role plays
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-5:30 Didactic, videotape, demo, experiential exercise
5:30-6:00 Review of day’s learning/Q & A

Section 1 & 2:

  • Engender secure attachment with all your patients
  • Practice your moment-to-moment tracking skills
  • Practice metaprocessing as a key intervention in AEDP

Section 3 & 4:

  • Hone the language of interventions
  • Learn how to privilege the positive; help patients get to know how to take in feeling good
  • Explore somatic correlates of emotion to harness change for the better

Section 5 & 6:

  • Utilize different ways to stay with and deepen affect
  • Understand AEDP’s use of self and different kinds of self-disclosure
  • Utilize strategies to build and expand receptive affective capacity, perceptive skills and expressive skills

Meet the Trainer:

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Training Location:

Tournesol Wellness
26 E. 36th Street
New York, NY, 10016


  • $1,200 for non-members
  • $1,150 for AEDP Institute Members

To Register please contact Carrie at

Continuing Education

This event is cosponsored 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. 28.5 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 28.5  continuing education clinical social work clock hours for participating in this course.

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

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 28.5  contact hours

OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 28.5  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. 28.5 Continuing Education Credits/Hours

OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 28.5 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.  28.5 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 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.