Essential Skills • 2012-2013 • Vancouver, BC

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and Continuing Education Co-sponsor
Lifespan Learning Institute

Fall 2012– Spring 2013

Vancouver, BC

LEARN AEDP In-Depth, Systematically & Experientially

We will be offering our AEDP Essential Skills course in Vancouver starting December 2012. The course will be held over 5 three-day weekends (Fridays from 1pm – 7pm, Saturdays from 9am – 5pm; Sundays from 9am – 2pm). The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each weekend, with theoretical foundations and with videotapes, followed by live demonstrations and group experiential exercises in the afternoons.

AEDP Essential Skills, aimed at practitioners, will be practical. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, skill sets, concrete and specific. Different skill sets will be introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each weekend, so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP.

Theory, Videotapes, Experiential Learning:

Participants will learn the AEDP clinical roadmap, decision tree, protocol, and the right-brain language of experiential treatment. The training will include didactic material, clinical videotapes of actual sessions from AEDP faculty members and Dr. Diana Fosha, daily experiential exercises, and small and large group processing.

Essential skills will be experientially explored and didactically demonstrated so that participants will develop both a (right brain mediated) felt sense as well as a (left brain mediated) understanding of them:
— the entrainment of transformance and healing forces within the self
— how to translate social engagement neuroscience to clinical work
— how to engender secure attachment from the get-go, and thereafter
— how to work with patients who do not take to AEDP
— promoting right brain experience: gaze, contact, tone, lexicon
— how to work with resistance to right-brain experience
— self-at-best/self-at-worst
— moment-to-moment tracking
— the four state and three-state transformations of the transformational process
— working with defenses: bypassing defenses, defense restructuring
— undoing unbearable aloneness
— pressuring with empathy
— dyadic affect regulation: attunement, disruption, repair
— phenomenology of affective experiences, transformational markers
— metaprocessing: how AEDP interventions register inside the patient
— metatherapeutic processing of transformational experience
— the healing-oriented phenomenology of AEDP: categorical emotions, healing affects, receptive affective experiences
— the integration of right-brain and left-brain experience to unleash cascading transformations, and solidify therapeutic gains


The Vancouver course will be helmed by KAREN PANDO-MARS, MFT, who will co-teach it with AEDP Institute Faculty members (TBA). Experienced, local AEDP practitioners will assist with the experiential practices.

Topics/Skill Sets:

Each module will be co-taught by (i) Karen Pando-Mars together with (ii) the AEDP Faculty member listed below (TBA) for each module.

Module 1: How to Entrain Healing and Transformance from the Get-Go: “What to Say and How to Say it”

Module 2:  How to Work with Defenses, Anxiety and Shame, i.e., Top-of-the-Triangle-of-Experience Work in AEDP

Module 3:  How to Explicitly and Experientially Work with Attachment in AEDP

Module 4: How to Work with Emotion in AEDP: Emotion, Channels of Experience and Processing to Completion

Module 5:  How to Metaprocess Transformational Experience and Engender Resilience

Dates and Times:

Module 1: October 5-7, 2012
Module 2: December 7-9, 2012
Module 3: January 26-28, 2013
Module 4: March 8-10, 2013
Module 5: May 18-20, 2013 The course will be held over five, three-day weekends meeting on Fridays, 1 pm-7pm, Saturdays from 9am -5pm; Sundays from 9am-2pm).



Application Procedure:

Step 1.
Scroll down to the “Click Here to Apply” link and fill out the online application.

Step 2.
There will be a link to place a deposit or pay for the course in full via PayPal. If paying by check or money order (payable in US funds only), please make payable to “AEDP Works” and mail to:

AEDP Institute
PO Box 414
137 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Attention: Ginny Vaughn


The Essential Skills course fee is $3,350 within the US, ($3,400 outside of the US) but if payment is made in full within one week of submitting your application, the fee will be:

Within the US: $3,150 ($200 savings) or $3,100 for members
Outside of the US: $3,200 ($200 savings) or $3,150 for members


There are two options to pay for the Essential Skills course:

1. Five Individual Payments of $670 (within the United States)
Five Individual Payments of $680 (outside of the United States)
*Additional $50 discount off one module for AEDP Institute members.

2. Payment in Full: (Within the United States): $3,150 ($200 discount of the regular rate of $3,350 if paid in full within one week of submitting your application).

(Outside of the United States): $3,200 ($200 discount off the regular rate of $3,400 if paid in full within one week of submitting your application).

*Additional $50 discount for AEDP Institute members.

AEDP MEMBERS: Please choose MEMBERS option on PayPal drop-down menu to receive your $50 discount.

If paying by PayPal, your payment must be made prior to your arrival to the course, as we are not equipped to accept credit cards at the venue.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

A one-year financial commitment is required. There is $40 non-refundable fee for withdrawal until two weeks before the start of the course. After that date, no refunds. Thereafter, even if you choose to withdraw from the course, you will be responsible for the tuition payment in full.

Please note: A one-time deposit is required within one week of submitting your application to secure your place in the course. For modules 2-5, payment can be made on the first day of the module if paying by check. If paying by PayPal, payment must be made prior to your arrival to the course since we are not equipped to accept credit cards at the venue.


The AEDP Essential Skills course will count towards certification, and in combination with 20 hours of individual or group supervision, will raise you to a Level 2 AEDP practitioner in our online Therapist Directory.

CE Hours Credits:

This program is eligible for CE Hours of continuing education credit through our co-sponsor Lifespan Learning Institute. The CE Credit fee is $50 + $2.50 processing fee. The cost of the program with CE Credit is US $1,500; $1,450 @ membership price.

If you have already registered for the program without CE Credit and wish to add it, please contact Terri Castillo on to update your registration as soon as possible or the onsite coordinator on the morning of the workshop. It is the responsibility of individuals requesting CE to determine that their state licensing board accepts CE accredited by at least one of the following accreditations. Certificates will be emailed to you after verification of attendance.

CE Accreditation

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More Information:

For more information about the AEDP Essential Skills course, please contact Terri Castillo, Administrative Assistant at
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