Couples Core Training • 2014-2015 • 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 couples sessions, so couples can transfer these skills into their lives every day. Working with couples in these ways presents new challenges to therapists as well as powerful new opportunities for 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
  • Conducting healing portrayals within couples therapy sessions

A major theme of our work will be to catalyze couples 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 couples treatment. Perceiving, receiving and expressing in the Seven Channels of Experience will also be featured.

As a participant in this core training you will be sharing your own video-taped 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 couples therapist.

Weekend 1: October 11-12, 2014

Weekend 2: November 22-23, 2014

Weekend 3: January 10-11, 2015

Weekend 4: March 21-22, 2015

Weekend 5: May 30-31, 2015

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 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.

For more information about this course or to register, contact David Mars.