AEDP Institute

AEDP for Couples (AEDPfC) Hybrid Essential Skills Course 2019

“Because of AEDP and AEDP for Couples, the way that I work has been deeply transformed. My couples are experiencing healing in a more accelerated way along with a more grounded felt sense between them of feeling more deeply connected and in love with each other. Love indeed does feel good!”

— Tami Chelew, LMFT AEDP San Diego


This is a five-day combined Didactic and Essential Skills course in the AEDP for Couples (AEDPfC) method.

This course will present the theory and practice of AEDP for Couples and will provide experiential exercises to help participants 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 AEDPfC will be introduced with theoretical foundations and videotape illustrations in the morning, followed by small group experiential practice periods in the afternoon. Participants will cultivate accessing the Seven Channels of Experience and will practice methods to most effectively create a secure base and amplify the felt experience of love in couple treatment.

Course Objectives: Participants will learn how to

  • Distinguish the four states of AEDP in couple treatment
  • Identify three ways to soften defenses to build an atmosphere of safety
  • Identify three ways to regulate anxiety between couple members
  • Define three early signs of dorsal vagal response (Porges’ Polyvagal Theory)
  • Name two types of healing portrayals to treat trauma in couple treatment
  • Recognize the Seven Channels of Experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual and Imaginal)

The clinical video featured 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 or infidelity
  • Sexual dysfunction

Meet the Trainers:

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.


Course Location, Dates, and Times:

Location:
Unity of Vancouver
5840 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Dates: Tuesday, June 18 – Saturday, June 22, 2019

Times: Daily 9am – 5:30pm

For daily agenda click here


Course Fee, Continuing Education (CE) and Registration

Continuing Education: This program is eligible for 32.5 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.

Course Fee includes 32.5 CE Credits

Registration 

  • $1,399 (USD) – Online registration, one payment in full  

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AEDP Diversity Scholarships are available for this course.

For more information and to download an application please go here.

COURSE QUESTIONS, REGISTRATION and PAYMENT PLANS CONTACT

Contact Karen Newell at R. Cassidy Seminars: AEDP’s CE and Registration Partner by calling 866-992-9399 x 105 or send an email to karen@rcassidy.com

ADA ACCOMODATIONS:

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


Continuing Education

This program is eligible for 32.5 CE Hours of continuing education credit through our co-sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars. CE Credits are included in the course fee. 

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 offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 32.5 CE hours.

Psychoanalysts
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. 32.5  clock 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) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. 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
NY:R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-006. This program is approved for 32.5  contact hours live.
OH:R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 32.5  clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/ Marriage and Family Therapists: 
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.
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: 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.  32.5  Continuing Education Credits/Hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 32.5 contact hours.
NY-LMFTs:R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 32.5  contact hours.
OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 32.5  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.  32.5 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Creative Arts Therapists
NY:
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. 32.5  contact 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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