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DATE(S): June 11-14, July 9-12, Sept 10-13, Oct 22-25 (2021) Jan 7-10 (2022)
LOCATION: Live Interactive Online Webinar (8 seats remaining)
PRESENTER(S): SueAnne Piliero, PhD 
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Course Information

Essential Skills Five Modules North America

AEDP Essential Skills, aimed at practitioners, will provide practical skills for the application of AEDP. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, skill sets, concrete and specific. Different skill sets will be introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each week, so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP. The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each week, with theoretical foundations and with videotapes and group experiential exercises in the afternoon.

In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both (i) undo professional aloneness and (ii) engage in rigorous clinical teaching with skilled accompaniment. We are proud to say that our ES courses feature a high number of highly skilled assistants.

What we consider AEDP’s “essential skills” will be didactically demonstrated and experientially explored so that participants develop both a felt sense and a cognitive understanding of them.  A key component of the experiential practices is the opportunity to “try on” sets of interventions as a therapist and to receive them as a client. We have found that learning new skills can give rise to experiences of safety, attachment security, transformation, increased therapeutic courage, and related phenomena; precisely the kinds of experiences AEDP facilitates for its clients. Each day course faculty lead small groups in practicing essential AEDP skills.  The concentrated time that participants spend together immersed in learning inevitably leads to the development of a culture of trust and generosity that allows for risk-taking and a supportive environment that is uniquely suited for optimal learning.

This seminar offers 75 CE hours.

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


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.


Target Audience:

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

Intermediate Course Content Level


Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an AEDP therapist stance: welcome, affirm, validate, orient

  • Construct safety and undo aloneness

  • Apply moment-to-moment tracking to clinical practice

  • Construct dyadic safety and connection

  • Build and rebuild a secure attachment

  • Integrate healing and transformance from the get-go

  • Classify different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process

  • Analyze the 4 State Transformational Process: Working with relational trauma in a first session

  • Integrate Meta-therapeutic processing and transformational processes

  • Relate the experience of emotional experience: processing emotions to completion

  • Define attachment styles and utilize different interventions according to attachment style

  • Utilize various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy

  • Describe how to regulate/alleviate anxiety and traces of shame

  • Identify and access core affective experiences

  • Identify expressions of transformance in clients

  • Practice utilizing transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing



Module 1: taught by course helm SueAnne Pilierio, PhD
1a: HEALING FROM THE GET GO! The ABC’s of AEDP including our Transformance stance, moment to moment tracking, & experiencing over explaining.
1b: THE CLINICAL ROADMAP OF AEDP We are a 4-State Model with intentional experiential language for AEDP interventions.

Module 2: AEDP Faculty Guest Presenter: Kate Halliday, LCSW
2a: AEDP AND ATTACHMENT  Using AEDP’s relational focus to build, renovate & reconstruct a secure therapeutic attachment.
2b: STATE 1: THE TOP OF THE TRIANGLE Working with Anxiety and Defense

Module 3: July 16-19 |  taught by course helm SueAnne Pilierio, PhD
3a: STATE 2: EXPANDED ADAPTIVE AND MALADAPTIVE CORE AFFECT How we recognize these Affects and what we do.
3b: METAPROCESSING - AN AEDP HALLMARK Capitalizing on the experience in the room to integrate and cement transformational processes.

Module 4: August 6-9 | taught by AEDP Faculty Ronald Frederick, PhD
4a: STATE 1, DEFENSES, IN DETAIL  Transforming resistance and high anxiety.
4b: STATE 2 TO STATE 3: EMOTION PROCESSING AND PORTRAYALS How to access, deepen and process core affect to completion.

Module 5: September 24-27 taught by course helm SueAnne Pilierio, PhD
5a: STATE 3 TO STATE 4: TRANSFORMANCE   Working with Transformational affects and core state
5b: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER Reviewing and metaprocessing together what we’ve learned.