Essential Skills • 2015-2016 • Retreat Style Course in NYC (Sold Out!)

This retreat style ES course arose in response to requests over the years from people – both in the US and throughout out the world — for whom the 5 weekends of travel a year required by the standard ES course was just not feasible.  So in response to popular demand, we now launch the Retreat-style Essential Skills course. It. will be offered in two parts over two separate weeks in New York City.

In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and  deeply we seek to both (i) undo aloneness and  (ii) engage in rigorous clinical teaching with skilled accompaniment. We are proud to say that our  ES  courses feature a high number of highly skilled assistants – and this course is no different.

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. The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each weekend, with theoretical foundations and with videotapes and group experiential exercises in the afternoon.

Module details to follow; Ben Lipton, LCSW will helm Week 1 and Eileen M. Russell, Ph.D. will helm Week 2.  Guest presenters TBA.


Week 1:
August 23rd 2015 – August 28th 2015

Ben Lipton, LCSW  – Helm
Sunday, August 23rd 2015:  7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Monday, August 24th through Friday, August 28th, 2015:  9:00 am-5:00 pm

Week 2:
April 24th 2016 – April 29th, 2016

Eileen M. Russell, Ph.D. – Helm
Sunday, April 24th, 2016:  7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Monday, April 25th through Friday, April 29th, 2016:  9:00 am-5:00 pm

The New York Open Center, Inc
22 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016

Healing-oriented and attachment based, AEDP’s practice translates current neuroscience and developmental research into moment-to-moment clinical practice. Simultaneously experiential and relational in its in-depth emotional explorations, AEDP’s interventions are deeply rooted in the phenomenology and dynamics of the transformational process that emerge in environments where the individual feels safe and known. Intuitively resonant, AEDP has been called “deceptively simple.”

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 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. A key component of the experiential practices is the opportunity to “try on” sets of interventions as a therapist and to receive them as a client. So learning new skills can give rise to experiences of safety, attachment security, transformation, and related phenomena that occur with AEDP treatment. The concentrated time that participants spend together immersed in learning AEDP aims to foster a culture of trust and generosity that allows for risk-taking and a supportive environment that is uniquely suited for optimal learning.


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • accurately moment-to-moment track and differentiate different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process
  • nderstand different attachment styles and utilize different interventions according to attachment style
  • understand various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy
  • access core affective experiences
  • utilize the healing potential of innate transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing

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