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/
The AEDP Institute is committed to making ADEP training available to as many mental health professionals as possible worldwide and to promote diversity in all its many forms with a variety of scholarships. For more information please visit: https://aedpinstitute.org/scholarships-award-criteria-application/
Alongside the Institute's training, the UK AEDP community hosts workshops for UK and Irish practitioners to learn together and details of these are posted below.
AEDP Institute events
Neuroplasticity in Action:
Rewiring internal working models of attachment
Ronald Frederick, PhD
4:30pm - 7:30pm GMT
Friday 17 March 2023
Live online seminar
Earlybird Fee (ends 5 Jan 2023):
USD $85 AEDP members
USD $99 Non-members
Seminar Fee (after 5 Jan 2023):
USD $95 AEDP members
USD $105 Non-members
While open to others around the world, this seminar has specifically been offered by Ron at a time that's convenient for the UK community. We hope that you can join us.
Lessons about emotion and connection form instructional blueprints that get stored in memory systems outside of our awareness. Left unchallenged, they persist into adulthood and directly affect the ways we respond to our emotions and how we interact in our intimate relationships. With its focus on the here-and-now relational experience, the AEDP model of psychotherapy is ideally suited to unlocking and reworking internal working models of attachment. This workshop will focus on both the theory and technique of the AEDP model, making extensive use of videotaped material to illustrate how we can help our clients break free from old patterns and realize a broader range of personal and relational possibilities. In particular, we will examine and explore how therapeutic affective engagement and disclosure be maximized to help facilitate emotional and relational transformation.
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:
Moment-to-Moment Tracking in AEDP
Strengthen right-brain skills with moment-to-moment tracking for healing outcomes in AEDP
Friday 22 January &
Friday 5 February 2021
Understand and begin to use right-brain to moment-by-moment and micro track and trust our intuition
Through M2M tracking, identify elements of the 'AEDP Change Triangle' to lessen client anxiety and defense and move towards accessing transformational emotion and experiences
Identify when self-disclosure is judicious and clinically useful though micro-tracking and witnessing
Use and expand present-moment interventions (emotional and relational) and platform this to client for their use and understanding
Identify somatic processes and mindfulness within the dyad to identify and deepen affective states and healing trajectories
M2M track through meta-processing throughout and end of sessions as a key AEDP component to create safety, strengthen attachment and reflection and process capacity
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.
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.
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.
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.