AEDP Institute

AEDP Advanced Immersion Course – Hong Kong, China

Cruising Freely Between Science and Art (逍遙科學藝術間): Self-in-Transformation in the Theory and Practice of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

November 18 – 20, 2018

Objective Aiming as an introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for colleagues in the mental health field (social work, counselling, clinical psychology, psychiatry), this three-day Immersion Course will focus on the phenomenology of relational attachment, emotional transformation and transcendence.

At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to:

  1. Understand Transformance: Foundational to AEDP. Being a change based therapy model, AEDP champions healing from the get-go.
  2. Understand Undoing Aloneness: The emotional experience of being alone in facing trauma in the there-and-then is being corrected in the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Understand Privileging the Positive and the New: Meaning right and true, ‘positive’ may include but not exclusively referred to positive emotion.
  4. Understand the Phenomenology of 4 States and 3 State Transformational Process: Universal and implicit in all psychotherapeutic models, AEDP explicitly describes this map/compass of transformation.
  5. Understand Processing of Emotions: A bottom up embodied experience, emotions are through to completion.
  6. Understand Metaprocessing and Core State: Unique to AEDP, these states seamlessly integrate with positive psychology and contemplative traditions.
  7. Understand How The Above Fits Together: Integrating AEDP theory with the art of practice in treatment.


The format of the seminar presentation will be conducted with three pedagogical styles, didactic lecture (33%), experiential exercises (33%) and video discussions (33%):

Didactic Lectures: Focusing on the phenomena of psychological trauma, assessment and treatment interventions, the clinical material will be presented in English and supplemented by Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin). A handout containing power-points of the lecture and reading material will be given to each participant.

Experiential Exercises and Micro-Skills Development: The presenter will lead the audience in a series of experiential exercises designed for self-help use and also for clinicians to teach clients/patients in psychological resource development, as such accelerating the healing of the traumatic experience. Each participant is encouraged to practice during the session with guidance from the presenter.

Video Demonstration and Case Discussion: Video demonstrations of live patients in various phases of trauma treatment will be shown, with a play-by-play, and moment-to-moment commentary from the presenter.

All efforts will be made to so that the clinical material as practical as possible to facilitate immediate use by the Mental Health Clinician (Social Worker, Psychologist, Physician) with his/her client.During any part of the presentation, interactive questions and discussions from the audience are welcomedand encouraged.

Lecture Themes

Centering on the assessment and treatment interventions of trauma through the lens of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), the three-day immersion course will focus on three inter-related strands:

En-Train Safety and Security:An AEDP therapist seeks to co-create a safe and secure base from which a patient’s painful and previously overwhelming relational experiences can be explored and cognitively and emotionally integrated into a coherent narrative. Guided by interventions that are affirming, explicitly empathic, affect regulating, and emotionally engaged, the discussion will focus on the ability to facilitate and co-construct a secure patient therapist relationship from the get go.

En-Courage the Experience and Expression of Core Affect: AEDPis fundamentally an experiential model of psychotherapy that fosters the provision and facilitation of new healing experiences involving state transformations of both mind and body. At the core of AEDP is a theoretical model of “The Four States and Three State Transformations” outlining a process of therapeutic movement from Defense to Core Affect to Core State.  This discussion will concentrate on these phenomena and clinical proficiency in facilitating the process of state transformation through stage-appropriate strategies of intervention.

En-Trance of Core State: In both theory and practice, AEDP is a synthetic, integrative   model of change for the better. AEDP therapists seek to facilitate positive transformation and to process emotional experiences to completion as indicated by 1) the release of adaptive action tendencies in the wake of deep emotional experiencing and 2) a patient’s integration of these actions with coherent cognitions about her/his autobiographical narrative and current state.  Effective AEDP treatment fosters a patient’s emergent and deep understanding of his/her own dynamics, tendencies and processes of healing. Moreover, the process of transformation of the self in the context of a healing relationship is, in itself, a positive affective change process.

Experiential Exercises and Micro-Skills Development 

Aiming to equip mental health clinicians with self-help therapeutic tools for use with their patients/clients, a series of experiential practices designed to enhance and nurturing the development of psychological resources will be demonstrated throughout the workshop. Attendants are expected to participate followed by guided self-practices:

Self Healing AEDP Practice: Resource tool created and developed from the AEDP tradition, designed to emulate the language and the flow of treatment within a session

Butterfly Meditation Practice: Resource tool created with guided imagery to augment the transformative process during treatment.

Cloud Meditation Practice: Resource tool created with guided imagery to augment contemplative presence of the therapist.

Video Demonstration and Case Discussion

There will be five to six video real client video demonstrations, at least three of which will be Chinese clients. Choice of videos to be decided collaboratively with Course participants live.

Meet the Instructors

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Danny YeungDanny Yeung, MD, CCFP, CGPP, FCFP, Head of International Development and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute, is a trainer and supervisor of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for post-graduate mental health professionals in Hong Kong, China, United States and Canada.

An Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine with cross appointment at Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Danny also serves as a Consultant Physician / Psychotherapist of Assertive Community Treatment Team and Mental Health Court Support Program for the Department of Psychiatry of Mount Sinai Hospital. His unique contribution as a family doctor and a psychotherapist in the ACT Team, unparalleled globally, was instrumental in helping his team to win the American Psychiatric Foundation Advancing Minority Mental Health Award in 2007 and the Leading Practices Award presented by Ontario Hospital Association in 2007. He was also personally honored with the Joel Sadavoy Community Mental Health Award for 2011, Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 2012 and Peter R. Newman Humanitarian Award for 2013.

Danny is the lead author of Rainbow After: Psychological Trauma and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, arguably one of the original trauma treatment manuals published in Chinese. He coauthored Portrait of the Soul, a study of nine personality styles, currently in its 6th edition. Together with Dr. Diana Fosha, he also coauthored a chapter in the Casebook of Psychotherapy Integration published by American Psychological Association.

Danny has trained and supervised, since 2005, over 200 mental health clinicians, including social workers, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists in Hong Kong in AEDP. He founded the AEDP Training Program in Hong Kong, fostering the birth of the AEDP Supervisors there.

Danny served in a crisis response team for a group of Canadian survivors in the September 11 terrorist attacks. During the SARS crises in 2003, he was a lead trainer in Toronto for psychological crisis response for the Chinese community. Following the Great Earthquake in China 2008, he served as a consultant to Wenchuan Earthquake Psychological Assistance Team during the post-512 earthquake relief efforts. Passionate in promoting psychotherapy training with China, he traveled to Mianzhu Sichuan to share his work in AEDP. Hundreds of his trauma treatment manuals were donated in dedication to the survivors and families of the earthquake.

Danny holds a Doctor of Medicine from University of Toronto. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is also appointed by the College as Psychotherapy as Mentor for the Collaborative Mental Health Network and a Peer Assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He is serving as the President of the Working With Families Institute. And, since 1989 he has maintained a private practice in family medicine and psychotherapy in Toronto.

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Kwok Wing WuKwok Wing Wu is a registered clinical psychologist working for the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong. Inspired by the work of Dr. Fosha, he has received five-years of advanced training in AEDP with Dr. Yeung. He worked closely with Dr. Yeung and his colleagues to establish the first centre based AEDP service in Hong Kong that serves the local Chinese community. With tremendous support from the MHAHK, he coordinated all trainings, supervision, services and publications in Hong Kong. The journey of his learning in AEDP reached a climax in 2010 when Dr. Fosha came to Hong Kong. From her direct teaching, he further developed a deep sense of trust with the essence of AEDP, experiencing a sense of coming home in the journey of his work in psychotherapy.


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