Events and training
The patient needs to have an experience, a new experience, and that experience should be good. The aim and method of AEDP is the provision and facilitation of such experiences from the first moments of the first contact, and throughout thereafter.
Diana Fosha, 2002
Formal training in AEDP, as well as workshops and events, are provided by the AEDP Institute. For further information on these and the route to certification, please visit: https://aedpinstitute.org/aedp-training/ Alongside this, the UK AEDP community hosts regular workshops for UK and Irish practitioners to learn together and details of these are posted below.
AEDP Institute events
Intro to AEDP:
How to be a transformational therapist and put neuroplasticity into everyday action
Diana Fosha PhD
Pre-recorded, on-demand distance learning video
USD $159 AEDP members
USD $179 Non-members
Through extensive audio-visually recorded actual therapy sessions, this workshop will provide ample exposure to AEDP’s hallmark techniques of dyadic affect regulation (to undo aloneness and process traumatic experience), healing-oriented emotion processing, and metatherapeutic processing (to process transformational experience) which can consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity and deepen the receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, felt, loved and understood.
In this training, we will explore five aspects of how to be a transformational therapist:
be a transformance detective: how to set positive neuroplasticity into action by entraining transformance, the innate drive to heal, moment-to-moment, session to session
stay with it and stay with me: how to use dyadic affect regulation and work experientially with the therapeutic relationship, to co-create safety and connection, so as to do the work of deep emotional processing
existing in the heart and mind of the other: how to work experientially with receptive affective experience, and use the client’s sense of feeling felt and being seen, to deepen our clients’ resilience and sense of self
how to work with intense emotion: how to experientially work with and process intense emotional experience in order to transform suffering into flourishing
work with transformational experience: how to use AEDP’s groundbreaking metatherapeutic processing methodology to make the most out of each change-for-the-better moment to activate non-finite positive spirals of energy and vitality to upgrade the system and fuel engaged explorations
AEDP UK Event Series:
Falling in Love with State 1
For therapists wanting to broaden their AEDP practice by increasing their
understanding of State 1
Dr Maria Angelina
Fridayay 23 October
Fee: £50 donation to a charity of your choice
State 1 in the four-state transformational model of AEDP constitutes both the red light phenomena of defenses and emotion inhibiting affects such as anxiety, shame and guilt, as well as the green light signals of transformance drive (e.g. resilience, motivation to heal). States 2, 3 and 4 embody softening of defenses to allow for the processing to completion of core affective experiences, successive rounds of metaprocessing and the emergence of core state (i.e. new understandings and truths about the self). Inevitably, we want to accompany our clients past the murkiness of defense-laden State 1 experiences to the breakthrough healing phenomena of subsequent states.
Within this trajectory, State 1 often gets a bad rap. Clinicians feel disheartened and stymied, if much of their ongoing sessions with clients remain in the first state. In this context, we may question our self-efficacy as psychotherapists and approach sessions with ambivalence, anxiety or self-doubt. We sometimes experience a lack of accomplishment or a sense of personal failure when we remain, time and time again, in the muddled waters of state 1.
Through both didactic discourse and the presentation of video recordings of sessions, this workshop will help clinicians to:
dispel some of the myths about State 1
appreciate and grasp the profundity of this first transformational state
embrace the intricacies, nuances and richness of State 1
work more effectively in State 1 by broadening one’s skill set and developing more tools.
Essential Skills (ES1)
Formerly retreat style,
now online - live and highly interactive
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT & Ben Medley, LCSW
8 x 4.5 hour sessions
2:00pm – 6.30pm BST
Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 July 2020
Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 July 2020
8 x 4.5 hour sessions
2:00pm – 6.30pm BST
Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 Nov 2020
Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 Nov 2020
$3,200 USD One time payment
$3,250 USD 5-Payment Plan with a first payment of $650 USD due at registration
AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) will provide practical skills for the application of AEDP as well as a thorough immersion in the theory underlying the practice. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, different types of clinical interventions so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to 'do' AEDP. Each day’s teaching will include didactic presentations of theory along with video of actual sessions conducted by AEDP Faculty followed by small group experiential exercises.
In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both undo professional aloneness and engage in rigorous clinical teaching. Our faculty are excellent as academics, clinicians and teachers. Participants deeply appreciate how effectively faculty presenters’ clinical video demonstrates 'AEDP in action'. They are accompanied by a large number of skilled Experiential Assistants – up to and often including one Experiential Assistant for every three participants. Participants rave about the excellent attention and support they receive in this unique learning environment.
AEDP UK Event Series:
Increasing the therapist’s embodied presence in online work
Prioritising the regulation of the therapist’s Autonomic Nervous System as a vehicle in the service of dyadic regulation and promoting the E of AEDP
Sunday 17 May 2020
3:00pm – 6.15pm BST
This event is for anyone who has previously attended an AEDP training.
To be ‘self at best' as a therapist, provide a secure holding environment and dyadically regulate our clients, our own autonomic nervous system (ANS) needs to be calm. However, as we adapt to the current environment as therapists - including working fully online - our ANSs are primed to respond and at times shift into a reactive mode. As Stephen Porges’ work has shown, this has a critical influence on the processes linked to regulation: the somatic, somatic-respiratory, non-verbal, right-brain to right-brain communications.
The good news is that our physical body, when we learn how to use it to support ANS regulation, offers an ever-existing resource we can be helped with rather simply. When our ANS is regulated it increases our embodied presence as therapists and supports our capacity to lead dyadic-regulation - in both our face-to-face and online client work.
This workshop will consist of experiential exercises with simple somatic interventions that promote ANS regulation and our sense of embodied presence. Left-brain explanations will be woven in provide a mindful understanding of what we are doing. This will be followed by experiential work in pairs in private zoom rooms and meta-processing our client's experience. The workshop will end back together to process our experiences as the therapist and to say good-bye.
The workshop aims to:
undo aloneness at this challenging time
support our own self-regulation as therapists
provide potential somatic interventions to add to our toolbox for online (and in-person) work
support the thriving of the UK AEDP community.
Awakening the Healing Power Within:
Insula, neuroception, dyadic contemplative presence
and Zhuangzi in AEDP
Danny Yeung, MD AEDP Senior Faculty Member
Friday 8 May 2020
10:00am - 6:00pm EST
(3:00pm - 11:00pm BST)
$150 USD AEDP members
$195 USD Non-members
Focusing on dyadic contemplative presence, this workshop aims to approach AEDP through the transtheorectical lens of therapeutic presence as a common factor of therapeutic effectiveness, promoting positive therapeutic alliance which is known to be the most robust predictor of treatment success.
This workshop is not about the AEDP therapist’s ‘doing’ in treatment, rather, it is about AEDP therapist’s ‘being’ in treatment, or the AEDP therapist’s inner life, care of self and the use of self. As such, this way of working with AEDP is from the inside out, emanating from the AEDP therapist’s way of ‘being’ into her/his therapeutic act of ‘doing’.
This workshop further explores the neurobiological underpinnings of dyadic contemplative presence, including the insula, middle prefrontal cortex and the smart vagus. Finally, situating ourselves in the Chinese cultural context, Zhuangzi, arguably the first existentialist psychotherapist living in the trauma ridden era of the Warring States, becomes an inspirational wise elder for contemporary AEDP therapists in the art and the practice of contemplative presence.
AEDP 4-day Immersion
The Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma: Healing at the Edge of Transformational Experience
with Diana Foscha and members of the AEDP Faculty
Thurs 20 - Sun 23 February 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm
AEDP [Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy] Immersion is the recommended first course for therapists who are seeking to become AEDP Certified. It is intended for clinicians interested in this healing-oriented, transformation-based therapeutic model – both its theory and phenomenology – and in exploring AEDP’s unique contributions to the treatment of attachment trauma.
Through the immersion course we also seek to undo clinicians’ aloneness by working to foster a vibrant community of like-minded, like-hearted others. It is the vision of the course to bring together clinicians from different perspectives who share an interest in AEDP specifically and/or in dynamic-experiential work in general, and who also each bring their own very special expertise, interest and experiences. In this way, immersion is not only exciting and enlivening for its participants, but AEDP itself continues to be enriched and enhanced by being in communication with many deep sources of knowledge and wisdom.
Use discount code AEDPEMP250 to receive a £250 discount
AEDP UK event series:
Introduction to AEDP
Poetry in Motion:
Dyadic regulation of emotion and transformation of the self
Saturday, 16 November 2019
10:00am - 4:30:pm
The Bowlby Centre
1 Highbury Crescent
London, N1 5RN
A one-day workshop introducing AEDP, a transformative, non-pathological model of change.
Presenters, Angela Massucco and Dr Heather Gretton will explore how creative and scientific elements of AEDP meet to access hidden resources and release resilience and positive growth at the very core of self.
Healing Relational Trauma:
The Science and Practice of Facilitating Deep Transformational Change with AEDP
Saturday, 28 September 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
Hilton London Olympia
Fee: £229 inc VAT
In this training, Dr Diana Fosha, developer of AEDP, will present both leading-edge neuroscience and recorded therapy sessions, to provide exposure to AEDP’s hallmark techniques of positive neuroplasticity entrainment, dyadic affect regulation, healing-oriented emotion processing and metatherapeutic processing. Combined, these techniques facilitate deep transformational change and heal relational trauma. In the process, they foster resilience, expand relational capacity, kickstart flourishing and deepen experiences of feeling seen, loved and understood. In this workshop, Dr Fosha and workshop participants will explore 5 aspects of how to be a transformational therapist.
London Salon/Study Group
Date to be announced
The salon meets twice a year, in the spring and autumn, to provide a supportive community as we develop our skill and experience of AEDP, and to have an opportunity to socialize with other AEDP therapists.
You are welcome to attend if you have attended many AEDP trainings, only a few or are brand new. We are confident that you will find something of value in the presentations and will enjoy our warm and vibrant community. Topics may be as far ranging as responding to defences, knowing where you are in the process-map of therapy or sharing the impact of working as an AEDP therapist on ourselves.
Please note: In order to protect client confidentiality, registration for salons is limited to people who have the training and educational qualifications to legally practice as a mental health practitioner, or who are enrolled in formal training to work in the field.