AEDP Institute

AEDP for Couples (AEDPfC) Core Training: Metro Washington DC, 2019

This course will present the theory and practice of AEDP for Couples and will provide supervision of each group member’s videotaped session each weekend to help participants learn to better somatically track and affectively regulate two people at a time in couple’s treatment.  AEDP for Couples is a powerful, somatically-oriented and affective neuroscience and attachment-based method.  Left-brain and right-brain learning will be combined to equip you to effectively treat couples with greater confidence, enjoyment and ease.

The skill sets necessary to practice AEDP for Couples will be introduced with theoretical foundations and fresh videotape of clear illustrations from treatment sessions from David Mars or Karen Pando-Mars. This will be followed by fifty minutes of supervision for each group member.   Participants will cultivate and practice accessing the Seven Channels of Experience and will communicate with each other via methods that build deep relational safety in the Core Training group.  These same methods effectively create safety and amplify the felt experience of love between couple members in couple treatment.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Name the four states of AEDP for Couples theory and treatment
  • Identify three ways to begin to establish a secure base in the first session of treatment
  • Describe two ways to regulate emotional reactivity in each couple member when either is triggered
  • Name the Seven Channels of Experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual and Imaginal)

Additional Learning Objectives:

  • Detect, reflect and amplify the healthiest aspects of 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 within each couple’s dynamics
  • Apply healing portrayals to treat trauma within couple sessions
  • Evoke new responses in couple treatment that affirm the felt-valuing of the self, partner and the relationship
  • Help couple members meltdefenses of intellectualization and hyper-emotionality to regulate affect and encourage state shifts that create new therapeutic experiences
  • Find points of agreement in values and shared longings in couple members that catalyze transformance and affirm safety
  • Facilitatecouple members to process previously warded-off experiences as the other partner serves as an increasingly secure base to witness explicitly
  • Facilitate meta-therapeutic processing as it applies to couple members’ nutritive experiences within the self and with the other
  • Explore the core affect of surprise and its emergence during new experiences that lead to freshly falling in love with the partner
  • Form bridges between couple members that link meaning in pioneering a new chosen future together
  • Mobilize transformance strivings between sessions as daily relational invitations for breakthroughs and relational repairs as a normal way of living every day

The clinical video featured by faculty 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

Course Location, Dates and Times:

Silver Springs, MD

January 12 – 13, 2019
February 23 – 24, 2019
May 18 – 19, 2019
July 27 – 28, 2019
October 5 – 6,2019

Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

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Course Fee, Continuing Education (CE)
and Registration

Continuing Education: This program is eligible for 65 CE Hours of continuing education credit through our partner R. Cassidy Seminars. CE Credits are included in the course fee. Participants must have paid course fee, signed in and signed out, attended the entire course and completed an evaluation 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. Please see the bottom of the page for State and Licensing Board Specifics.

Maximum Participants: 10

$3,200* Single Payment, non-members
$3,250* Payment Plan ($500 deposit required at registration), non-members

*Save $100 if you register by November 8, 2019

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

Application and Registration Process:
Step 1: Please download (below) and complete your application – send it to Dr. David Mars as indicated on the form
Step 2: Dr. Mars will review your application and be in touch with next steps
Step 3: If your application is accepted, Dr. Mars will let you know and the Institute will be in touch with you regarding registration and payment

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Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner
866-992-9399 x 105


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

Meet the Lead Faculty:

David Mars, M.F.T., Ph.D.

davidmars-copyDavid Mars, Ph.D. is the developer of AEDP For Couples. He has specialized in the somatically focused treatment of couples and groups for four decades, as an innovator in developing process-oriented, somatically, and empathically focused couple treatment. David has trained, supervised and consulted with Dr. Diana Fosha, the originator of AEDP since 2005.

David develops and presents training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally that focus on the AEDP for Couples model.  He is the lead supervisor of the AEDP for Couples Core Training.  He teaches at AEDP Immersion Courses, the Essential Skills Program and leads two ongoing AEDP for Couples supervision groups.  He is one of the founders of AEDP West. David is also on the adjunct faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco where he infused AEDP into his teaching of courses on the Clinical Relationship.

David’s style as a presenter is described as inspiring, warm and deeply personable.   He quickly evokes trust from his audiences, which ushers in a deep level of transparent exchange of ideas and points of view about how therapists can more effectively treat the historical trauma and deprivation that underlies marital dysfunction.  Perhaps most importantly, participants are moved to apply what they learn in these training programs, due to the depth of experience they take in while witnessing videos, live demonstrations and engaging in experiential practices.

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-19-26-amKaren Pando-Mars, MFT, is a psychotherapist in San Rafael, California, and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of this transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West, Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapies, and chaired the AEDP Institute Education Committee from 2011-2018.

She presents trainings and workshops in AEDP, leads Essentials Skills courses, and is co-faculty of AEDP for Couples across the United States and internationally. She is known for her presence, candor and warmth, and the clarity with which she translates complex theory into user-friendly practices. Videotapes of her clinical work are deeply moving and inspiring to psychotherapists learning to be more effective in helping their clients to change and transform.

Ms. Pando-Mars' brings a passionate interest in how AEDP puts attachment theory and related neuroscience into explicit and experiential practice in helping patients to heal from relational trauma. Licensed since 1989, her background in somatic and experiential therapies includes Biofeedback, Focusing, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray-Worldplay, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. These influences are deeply woven throughout her work. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in the Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

Her most recent publication Tailoring AEDP interventions to attachment style,” 2016 Transformance Journal, 6 (2) is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be co-authored with Diana Fosha and published by Norton & Co.

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