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DATE(S): Thursday - Saturday May 6 - 8, 2021 | North America, Eastern: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Live Interactive Online Webinar (-2 seats remaining)
PRESENTER(S): Karen Pando-Mars, LMFT 
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Healing Relational Trauma: Sensitivity and Blindspots Across Patterns of Attachment

Sensitivity and responsiveness are key to establishing attachment security. In this seminar we will explore how attachment theory and caregiver-infant interaction studies inform the therapist stance in AEDP. When we recognize the individual differences that arise with insecure patterns of attachment, in light of the fact that attunement is based on the dyadic interaction of the patient and the therapist, we can be better prepared to help each patient transform their suffering from relational wounding. Sometimes the pattern of attachment at play can challenge our capacity to be present, responsive, attuned and empathic. I propose that it is not actually the pattern itself that challenges us to feel inadequate or unable to empathize or triggers our self-at-worst attachment strategy. Rather, our reaction to the specific behavior that is manifesting in the moment may drive us outside our capacity to respond with the help that is needed. This seminar is about expanding the clinician’s capacity to respond moment-to-moment to an interaction that is co-created and informed not only by the pattern of attachment, but also by the various intersectionality’s that both therapist and patient bring to the dyad.

This seminar will identify classic blind spots that may arise with each attachment pattern. We will break down the configuration of each pattern into its affect regulation strategies and defenses, caregiver’s state of mind and this impact on self-other relational patterning, and the seeds of resilience.

Video of psychotherapy sessions will also be shown to illustrate the interplay of how these strategies can be further depicted on AEDP’s representational schemas and how we can intervene experientially to engage positive neuroplasticity. We will explore the way therapist’s sensitivity can play a part in enhancing attachment security and how metaskills can be chosen in service of the patient’s therapy. AEDP’s interventions about making the implicit explicit and making the explicit relational can be helpful to apply with specificity to each pattern of attachment. The aim of this seminar is to move towards strengthening a base of safety and connection through which our patient’s self-at-best can be engaged to gain traction and momentum for treatment.

This webinar offers 12.75 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.


Course Objectives

  1. Identify two characteristics of patterns of avoidant attachment styles.

  2. Identify two metaskills therapists can use when patients display avoidant patterns of attachment

  3. Describe two ways to intervene with dismissive defenses

  4. Describe two characteristics of anxious/ambivalent patterns of attachment

  5. Name two ways to regulate anxiety when clients are distressed.

  6. Identify two metaskills therapists can use when patients display ambivalent patterns of attachment

  7. Describe two characteristics of disorganization/unresolved trauma in patients.

  8. Name two interventions for working with a patient who is processing unresolved trauma.

  9. Describe two ways the therapist can intervene to help establish a secure base.

  10. Name two characteristics of sensitivity.



Daily Schedule: All times are Eastern Standard Time  

Day 1: Thursday, May 6, 2021
11:00 am - 11:30 am Welcome and Orientation
11:30 am – 1:15 pm Didactic: AEDP Theory and Therapist Stance, Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology & Neuroplasticity
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm BREAK
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Working with avoidant patterning with videotape illustration
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Large group discussion and Q&A
Day Two: Friday, May 7, 2021
11:00am - 11:30 am Morning reflections and Q & A
11:30am – 1:15 pm Working with ambivalent patterning and videotape illustration
1:15pm – 1:30 pm BREAK
1:30 – 3:00 pm Working with disorganization and videotape illustration
3:00 - 3:30 pm Large group discussion, Q&A

Day Three: Saturday, May 8, 2021
11:00am – 12:00 am Morning reflections and Q & A; small group discussion
12:00am – 1:15 am Didactic and discussion: Blind spots, sensitivity and metaskills across each pattern of attachment
1:15 am – 1:30 am BREAK
1:30 – 2:45 Videotape Illustrations and Discussion
2:45 - 3:30am Large group discussion, Q&A and Course Closure