Upcoming Seminars

 Sold Out  Week 1: April 4 - 9, 2019 Week 2: September 19 - 24, 2019 New York, NY (-2 seats remaining) Benjamin Lipton, LCSW and SueAnne Piliero, Ph.D. 

Course Information

AEDP Advanced Skills (ES2) Retreat Style

Practical in its orientation, ES2 focuses on helping participants learn both new advanced AEDP skills, and cultivate and fine-tune the AEDP skills they already have. In both left-brained and right-brained ways we aim to teach you concrete and specific interventions and techniques that will help you with your more challenging clients. While reviewing and deepening your AEDP essential skills throughout, the Advanced Training will teach advanced skill sets necessary to the in-depth practice of AEDP, with theoretical foundations and clinical videotapes, as well as with group experiential exercises.

The goal is to help you really “work it,” AEDP style, while troubleshooting what stands in the way of your doing so. Participants can expect to develop more of a felt sense of how to entrain the quintessentially AEDP practice of “stay with it and stay with me” and how to keep the transformational process unfolding in all states.

This course is for 65CE



SueAnne Piliero, Ph.D. is senior faculty and a founding member of the AEDP Institute. Dr. Piliero travels nationally and internationally to teach AEDP to a broad range of clinical audiences. She has given seminars and experiential workshops to various universities and health organizations nationwide.

Dr. Piliero is a lead trainer and a sought-after individual and small group consultant for clinicians around the world. She is known for her warm, engaging teaching style and her ability to communicate complex topics with humor and clarity. She is also known for her powerful clinical work. Her clinical videotapes demonstrate how even the most traumatized individuals can be transformed.

Dr. Piliero received her doctorate from Adelphi University, and her master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard. Her clinical interests and specialties are in trauma, PTSD, dissociation, and the ways in which the mind, body, and spirit are powerfully poised to transform them. She teaches, supervises and is in private practice in New York City.

Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, is a founding faculty member of the AEDP Institute. He is based in New York City and travels nationally and internationally to teach and present AEDP to a broad range of professional audiences. Mr. Lipton pioneered the first AEDP Advanced Core Training programs (Bay Area and Seattle) and currently co-leads the AEDP Retreat Style Essential Skills course. His open and engaging teaching style and skill in translating complex ideas into clear and accessible learning points receives consistent praise from his audiences. Mr. Lipton is the editor of From Crisis to Crossroads: Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (Haworth Press) and has published many clinical articles and book chapters in psychology and social service journals over the past two decades. His most recent article, co-authored with Diana Fosha, is on working with attachment in AEDP; Attachment as a Transformative Process in AEDP: Operationalizing the Intersection of Attachment Theory and Affective Neuroscience. Mr. Lipton has held adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work and he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. Previously, he was the Director of Clinical Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first and largest HIV/AIDS service organization. In addition to his expertise in AEDP, Mr. Lipton has training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Solution-Focused therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Mr. Lipton is committed to the foundational principle of human development that change for the better, at every level of civilization, flourishes when people feel safe enough to be curious and take necessary risks. He is passionately dedicated to bringing this alive in both his practice and teaching.


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists


Course Objectives:

- Identify the specific clinical markers of each of the 4 states in the AEDP Model of Emotion Processing

- Utilize the skill of moment-to-moment tracking to facilitate processing core affects to completion

- Demonstrate two techniques for deepening a client's access to adaptive core affects

- Distinguish adaptive from maladaptive core affects

- Define "portrayal" and identify different types of portrayals

- Demonstrate understanding of how to utilize portrayals in clinical work to process core affect

- The central place of pathogenic affects (e.g. feelings of worthlessness, shame, unbearable aloneness, etc.) in trauma.

- What therapeutic presence really means—being inside the patient’s world and our patients knowing it, feeling it, and viscerally registering it—and the integral part it plays in transforming pathogenic affects.

- What we really mean by "undoing aloneness", how to regulate fear and shame, champion the patient’s self-at-best, and experiential work with relational experience—all key ingredients in transforming trauma and the self.

- How to be more affectively engaged, relationally courageous (i.e. “fierce love”) and make more purposeful use of their own emotional experience in their work with clients.

- Identify three phobias associated with trauma work based on the Structural model of dissociation.

- Describe two AEDP-based therapeutic interventions that aid in the patient’s development of emotion regulation.

- Name two affective change processes in AEDP that can help stabilize patients in early trauma treatment.

- Define “Intra-relational AEDP” and identify two goals associated with its use.

- Explain how to reliably track patients’ position on the triangles and determine when the patient is functioning in the realm of feeling, defense or anxiety.

- Designate the different levels or subcategories of feeling, defense and anxiety.

- Demonstrate how to use knowledge about the patients position to guide therapeutic interventions.

- Explain concrete steps to restructure defenses and reduce barriers to connection in the therapy relationship.

- Establish ways to track and regulate anxiety so that it is in an optimal range.

- Demonstrate skills for accessing internal affective resources and unconscious material so they are available for therapeutic exploration.

- Differentiate between empathy and affirmation

- Explain the the importance of metatherapeutic processing

- Integrate affirmation into their technical repertoire of interventions


Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in and out each day, attended the entire seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out each day will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 65 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (65) clock hours.

Social Workers:
RR. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 65 continuing education clock hours.
NJ: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #31 Course #1528  from 10/15/2017 to 10/15/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s):,Clinical social work 65
NY:   R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 65 contact hours live.
OH: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 65 clock hours, #RCST110701.

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists:
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (65) hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (65) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (65) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (65) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 65 CE hours..

Creative Arts Therapists
R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (65) contact hours

This event cosponsored by R.Cassidy Seminars, PO Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402, (866) 992-9399

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.