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Advanced Skills Weekend: Using AEDP’s Representational Schemas to Scaffold the Therapist’s Presence, Persistence and Precision - LIVE ONLINE

The experiential focus in AEDP aims to harness positive neuroplasticity. In this advanced skills weekend training, we will explore that how we specifically engage positive neuroplasticity with each client we treat is tripled in its impact when we make use of AEDP’s three representational schemas to guide our interventions and clinical decision making: The Triangle of Experience, the Self-Other-Emotion triangle and the Triangle of Relational Comparisons. With the four-state transformational process map in the background, this weekend will illustrate the use of these three representational schemas using clinical examples to show how they provide underlying structure for moment-to-moment clinical activities, and fortify the AEDP clinician’s metaskills of presence, persistence and precision.

Therapists’ affective competence plays a huge part in generating the effectiveness of our treatment: 1) how we perceive and respond to the client’s presenting issues, 2) how we identify transformance motivational forces at play, and 3) how we search to discover the roots of a patient’s suffering and the dynamics that underlie their functioning. I believe how AEDP therapists lean into AEDP therapeutic stance and put the three representational schemas to use with presence, precision and persistence helps us to meet our clients and helps them to feel met. In this way we can maximize the effectiveness of AEDP’s experiential focus to potentiate positive neuroplasticity and help our clients to have the specific healing and transformation to address what has brought them to seek psychotherapy.

We will have both didactic teaching with video illustration and experiential exercises guided by our dedicated and knowledgable experiential assistants.

This workshop offers 13.5 CE hours.

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.



Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in San Rafael, California. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of its transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West, Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapies in San Rafael, and currently is a supervisor for the Bay Area Core Training. She presents AEDP trainings around the San Francisco Bay Area and offers individual and small group supervision to psychotherapists. She is known for her warmth and approachability, and her ability to create safety in the supervisory relationship. Ms. PandoMars' long-time interest in deepening connection between self and other has been grounded through AEDP's precise tracking of attachment principles and related neuroscience, and this influence is woven throughout her work with individuals, couples and groups. Licensed since 1989, her background in somatic and experiential therapies includes Focusing, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in her Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

Target Audience:

This course is for Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, in mental health and the healing arts and sciences.- Intermediate to Advanced Levels


Course Objectives:

  • Identify two ways the therapist’s presence impacts the client. 
  • Identify the purpose of therapist persistence in experiential process
  • Demonstrate how the triangle of experience supports therapist precision in AEDP
  • Show two AEDP interventions that can harness positive neuroplasticity
  • Describe what drives the self-at-worst constellation
  • Describe what drives the self-at-best constellation  
  • Name the three corners of the Triangle of Experience 
  • Identify the three corners of the Self-Other-Emotion triangle
  • Apply two ways therapists can bring the patient’s self- at-best to the fore
  • List two mechanisms of attachment theory that influence the AEDP therapist stance
  • List two mechanisms of intersubjective connection that influence the AEDP therapist stance
  • Name the three corners of the triangle of relational comparisons


All hours shown in Pacific (US) time.

DAY one: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
8am – 8:3o Welcome and orientation
8:30 – 9:45 Didactic and Video illustration:  How AEDP’s Representational Schema’s and therapist metaskills help to hone an experiential focus and engage positive neuroplasticity
9:45 – 10:15 – break
10:15 – 11:15 Video Illustration/Discussion
11:15- 12:00  Small group orientation practice
12:30 -1 large group Q&A

Day two: Thursday, October 15th, 2020
8am – 8:3o Welcome and orientation
8:30 – 10. Didactic and Video illustration:  AEDP’s constructs of self-at-best and self-at-worst on the representational schemas: implications for treatment
10 – 10:30 – break
10:30 – 12:30 Small group experientials
12:30 -1 large group Q&A

Day three: Friday, October 16th, 2020
8am – 8:3o Welcome and orientation
8:30 – 10. Didactic and Video illustration: Pulling it all together: AEDP’s representational schemas, therapist’s metaskills & metaprocessing lead to transformational outcome
10 – 10:30 – break
10:30 – 12:30 Small group experientials
12:30 -1 large group CLosure