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Experience Teaches: A Deeper Exploration of Our Own Capacity for Therapeutic Courage Through Opportunities for Experiential Practice with Colleagues

Participants who have completed at least AEDP Essential Skills 1 are invited to consolidate and extend their mastery and artistry as AEDP clinicians.

Each meeting of the “block” of training will provide opportunities to refresh understanding of interventions learned in the Skills courses.

The meetings will consist of a didactic component, each time focusing on specific interventions, using videotaped clinical sessions or demonstrations to illustrate. Participants will then be dispatched to breakout rooms in groups of four to practice using the interventions with one another. There are four rotating roles in each group of four: therapist, client, assistant/coach, and witness/observer.

Following this experiential component, participants will return to the large group for a Q&A time and for an opportunity Metaprocess the experiences they have shared.

This seminar offers 12 CE hours.

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



Kate Halliday, LCSW is a psychotherapist based in Ithaca New York. She has been in private practice since 1998 after a number of years spent in community human service agencies.

Over the course of a long career, Kate has been influenced and enlivened by a wide variety of experiences and teachers. She began her career as a nursery school and elementary school teacher, and went on to train as a clinical social worker. A writer and a pragmatist, she was initially drawn to Solution Oriented and Narrative therapy. A longing to feel more effective in treating trauma led her to train in EMDR in 2000, and in 2009 she began learning AEDP. Like many of us in the AEDP community, Kate fell in love with the model from the first moment she saw Diana Fosha present a videotape; and in the years since, Kate has enjoyed every moment of AEDP-related experience.

After several years of assisting in Essential Skills courses, Kate recognized that her longing for more ongoing lived experience of AEDP might be realized by generating an AEDP community where she lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Kate began offering AEDP training groups to local clinicians there in April, 2015, and is delighted that the project has taken wings. There are now ongoing groups studying and being supervised in AEDP with her. Many of these clinicians attend Institute trainings elsewhere, and some are now Experiential Assistants in Essential Skills classes. Kate’s original commitment was to make AEDP accessible and affordable to clinicians in her local region which is far removed from a large urban center; this remains a primary interest for her as she considers how AEDP may be promoted around the world.

Kate’s clinical work, evolving from early training in Developmental Psychology and subsequent professional experiences, has focused on Trauma, Dissociation, and their repair. She has always had a commitment to serving her own GLBT community, and for the past decade or more she has had something of a speciality in work with transgender people. She is also re-discovering a passion for time limited treatment as she participates in the AEDP Research project.

Kate currently supervises both in her office and over Zoom. She's been pleased to discover that the process of remote meeting turns out to offer most if not all of the emotional intimacy and efficacy of in person sessions. Especially for those of us in far-flung locations, online supervision and even therapy offer opportunities for personal and professional growth (and delight!).


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists


Course Objectives:

  1. Identify Therapeutic Presence, as conceptualised by AEDP.
  2. List specific AEDP skills used to invite clients towards internal focus.
  3. Describe AEDP’s conceptualization of State One processes of Anxiety and Defenses.
  4. Identify areas of constriction in clients’ physical experience to access avenues for exploration and emotional remediation.
  5. Recognize and describe how AEDP conceptualises the therapist as the “unit of intervention”.
  6. Deploy AEDP theory and interventions to support their own internal regulation as they develop Therapeutic Presence in practice sessions with colleagues.
  7. Demonstrate expanded repertoire of AEDP skills during targeted practice of specific AEDP interventions during experiential exercises with colleagues



Day 1; November 29, 2020
10:00 EST – 10:30 Course Overview
10:30 – 11:30 Didactic with Video illustration:
*AEDP starts inside us: practices to jump start, and inhabit, our
Therapeutic Presence.
(Including practices to support this process in “tele therapy”)
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 1:00 Experiential small groups (in breakout rooms)
1:00 — 1:30. Large group Q&A and Metaprocess


Day 2: December 20, 2020

10:00 EST – 10:30 Review Day 1
10:30 – 11:30 Didactic with Video illustration:
**The gentle art of purposeful interruption in AEDP; honing skills to help
move our clients out of content and into process from the get-go.
(with special considerations for working via video therapy.)
(Including practices to support this process in “tele therapy”)
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 1:00 Experiential small groups (in breakout rooms)
1:00 — 1:30. Large group Q&A and Metaprocess


Day 3: January 15, 2021

10:00 EST – 10:30 Review Day 2
10:30 – 11:30 Didactic with Video illustration:
***State One work IS AEDP! Ways to track, celebrate, and amplify
possibility, glimmers and sparkles; how this bravery in ourselves often
permits State Two Core Relational, and Core Affective experience
for our clients. (Including special notice of strategies for use on line)


Day 4: February 21, 2021

10:00 EST – 10:30 Review Day 3
10:30 – 11:30 Didactic with Video illustration:
*Didactic with Video illustration and demonstration:
Inviting the body into sessions: AEDP interventions work to deepen
experience. Expanding our repertoire and comfort with inviting and
exploring somatic input from our clients.(With special recognition of the benefits and challenges inherent in
sessions where the client’s body is not physically in the same room as the therapist!)
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 1:00 Experiential small groups (in breakout rooms)
1:00 — 1:30. Large group Q&A and Metaprocess