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AEDP Immersion Course Live Online 2021

Dates: Tuesday – Friday
September 21- 24 + September 28 – October 1 , 2021

Times for each session: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm Eastern Time USA

Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is one of the fastest growing approaches to working with attachment trauma. Its transformational theory, a basis for putting neuroplasticity and attachment theory into clinical action, is similarly receiving increasing recognition.

Until recently, the mental health field focused on pathology and lacked concepts to capture the motivational strivings for health. Drawing on neuroscience and developmental research, AEDP rectifies this bias towards pathology. AEDP asserts that we are wired for healing, self-righting and for resuming impeded growth.

This will be an interactive workshop: a collaborative process will be entrained between the presenters and workshop participants to support the emergence of the positive transformational phenomena that are at the heart of AEDP.

This program is for 34CE
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.


Jerry Lamagna, LCSW is a senior faculty member with the AEDP Institute and a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and Westfield, New Jersey. His early career focused specifically on treating adult children raised in alcoholic families, where exposure to clinical challenges associated with complex trauma inspired him to pursue training in approaches like psychodrama, EMDR, ego state therapy, trauma/dissociative disorder treatment, IFS and of course, AEDP.

In 2004, Jerry, along with Dr. Kari Gleiser developed a modified version of AEDP for the treatment of dissociative disorders. Since then, Jerry has authored three articles on AEDP and its application in treating complex trauma and in 2015 released a three DVD training video of his teaching and live clinical work. In addition to writing, supervising and providing psychotherapy, Jerry teaches AEDP in North America and Europe.


Course Objectives

  1. Define Transformance and apply it to psychotherapy
  2. Explain the self-other-emotion triangle
  3. Identify the 4 States and 3 State Transformations of AEDP.
  4. Explain the key clinical concepts, theoretical contributions, and the credo of AEDP.
  5. Discuss the role of healthy attachment and attachment trauma in health and
  6. Identify the right brain processes engaged in the process of attachment.
  7. Identify the 3 elements of dyadic affect regulation: attunement, disruption, and repair
    and to define dyadic affect regulation in clinical work.
  8. Utilize experiential techniques to help a client process intense, previously warded off
    emotional experiences
  9. Define metaprocessing
  10. Identify the 5 metatherapeutic processes,
  11. Detect transformational markers
  12. Recognize the phenomenology of the healing affects
  13. Use affective/somatic affective markers to moment-to-moment track clinical process and
    guide interventions
  14. Use dyadic regulation to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of overwhelming
    emotional experience
  15. Use dyadic affect regulation to transform shame and fear; restore connection, flow and
  16. Recognize and promote core state and experiences of openness, compassion, self-
    compassion, flow, ease, wisdom, generosity, and calm
  17. Integrate judicious self-disclosure of therapist’s experience of the patient to foster
    connection, soften defenses and regulate shame
  18. Differentiate between defensive, anxious, and core affective response in a client.
  19. Apply in clinical situations the theoretical maps, and therapist stance that undergird and guide AEDP practice and the transformational process.
  20. Apply meta-therapeutic interventions to facilitate, deepen and strengthen change for
    the better within clients.
  21. Name 3 core concepts of AEDP
  22. Summarize AEDP’s Triangle of Experience and how it informs important clinical choice
  23. Use dyadic affect regulation to process emotion to a transformational shift, from
    categorical emotions (often negatively valences) to a point to a point where positive
    affects and adaptive action tendencies are released.
  24. Describe the phenomenology of the transformational process: the 4 states and 3 state
    transformations of AEDP
  25. Use techniques for experiential work with attachment experience
  26. Use AEDP’s rigorous transformational phenomenology to closely track clinical
  27. Apply explicit relational interventions and use their healing power with clients.
  28. Identify and Practice key intervention skills
  29. Explain and Practice the intervention of metatherapeutic processing
  30. Explain AEDP’s healing oriented transformational theory and distinguish it from
    traditional models of therapy.



9:00 – 10:15 AM Welcome, In-it-Together, Course Overview

10:15 – 11:15 AM Introduction to AEDP

11:15 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 – 1:00 AM Introduction to AEDP cont’d

1:00 – 1:30 AM Metaprocessing the day


9:00 – 9:45 AM Opening, Questions and Reflections

9:45 – 11:00 AM The 4 State Transformational Process – Round 1

11:00 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 – 1:00 PM Working with attachment trauma in a first session

1:00 – 1:30 PM Metaprocessing the day

DAY 3 & Day 4

ATTACHMENT: How to undo aloneness & how work experientially with attachment. Diving deeper into the origins of psychopathology and one of AEDP’s schemas, The Triangle of Experience. Healing trauma through portrayals.

Day 3

9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening, Questions and Reflections

9:30 – 11:00 AM Attachment as a Transformative Process

11:00 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 – 1:00 PM Clinical work with Insecure attachment

1:00 – 1:30 PM  Metaprocessing the day

Day 4

9:00 – 9:45 AM Opening, Questions and Reflections

9:45 – 11:00 AM The Triangle of Experience, Development of Psychopathology

11:00 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 – 1:00 PM Working Experientially with Attachment Trauma through Portrayals

1:00 – 1:30 PM Metaprocessing the day

DAY 5 and Day 6

EMOTION: Working with the intense emotional experiences associated with trauma. METAPROCESSING: Harnessing the positive affective experiences associated with healing and transformation.

Day 5

9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening, Questions and Reflections

9:30 – 11:00 AM Guest Presenter

11:00 – 11:30 AM Break

11:30 – 1:00 PM Emotional Processing to Completion

1:00 – 1:30 PM Metaprocessing the day

Day 6

9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening, Questions and Reflections

9:30 – 11:00 AM Guest Presenter

11:00 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break, Faculty Office hours

11:30 – 1:00 PM Positive Affective Experience and Transforming Suffering into Flourishing

1:00 – 1:30 PM Metaprocessing the day


EXPERIENTIAL EXERCISES: Bringing AEDP theory to life. Participants practice AEDP interventions in groups of 3 or 4 guided by experiential assistants.

9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening, Questions and Reflections

9:30 – 10:30 AM Use of the Therapist’s Self with More Defended Clients

10:30 – 1:30 PM Experiential Exercise in Groups 4 participants with an Experiential Assistant (EA)



9:00 – 10:00 AM Opening, Questions and Reflections

10:00 – 11:00 AM Therapist Aims and Activities of the 4 State Transformational Process

11:00 – 11:30 AM Coffee Break Faculty Office hours

11:30 – 1:00 AM The 4 State Transformational Process – Round 2; Next Steps in Training; Research

1:00 – 1:30 Closing



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Fosha, D., Thoma, N. & Yeung, D. (2019) Transforming emotional suffering into flourishing: Metatherapeutic processing of positive affect as a trans-theoretical vehicle for change. Counseling Psychology Quarterly. 

Fosha, D. (2018). Introduction to commentaries on sociocultural identity, trauma treatment, and AEDP through the lens of bilingualism in the case of “Rosa.” Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 2, Article 2, pp. 115-130.  http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu .
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Fosha, D. (2018). Moment-to-moment guidance of clinical interventions by AEDP’s healing-oriented transformational phenomenology: Commentary on Vigoda Gonzalez’s (2018) case of “Rosa.” Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 2, Article 1, pp. 87-114. http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu
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Markin, R. D.,  McCarthy, K. S., Fuhrman, A., Yeung, D., & Gleiser, K. A. (2018). The process of change in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP): A case study analysis. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 28 (2), 213-232.

Medley, B. (2018). Recovering the true self: Affirmative therapy, attachment, and AEDP in psychotherapy with gay men. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration,  28

Riggs Skean, K. (2018). AEDP and cultural competence in developmental trauma treatment. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 2, Article 3, pp. 131-137.   http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu

Rodriguez, R. (2018). The case of “Rosa”: Exploring socio-cultural identities in treatment. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 2, Article 3, pp. 131-137.   http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu
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Urquiza Mendoza, Y. (2018). The case of “Rosa”: The importance of specificity in our quest to integrate cultural competence in practice. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 2, Article 4, pp. 138-146.   http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu
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Vigoda Gonzales, N. V. (2018). The case of “Rosa;” Reflections on the treatment of a survivor of relational trauma:  Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 1, Article 4, pp. 77-86.   http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.ed
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Vigoda Gonzales, N. V. (2018). The merits of integrating Accelerated Experiential Dynamic psychotherapy and cultural competence strategies in the treatment of relational trauma: The case of “Rosa.” Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 1, Article 1, pp. 1-57.   http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu
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Ye-Perman, H. J (2018). The case of “Rosa”: AEDP in the realm of cultural diversity— One’s new language as a vehicle for exploring new aspects of identity. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, Volume 14, Module 2, Article 5, pp. 147-157.   http://pcsp.libraries.rutgers.edu
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Johansson, R., Hesslow, T., Ljótsson, B.,  Jannson, A.,  Jonnson, l.,  Färdig, S.,   Karlsson, J.,  Hesser, H.,   Frederick, R. J.,    Lilliengren, P., &   Andersson G. (2017). Internet-based affect-focused psychodynamic treatment for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial with 2 year follow up. Psychotherapy, 54 (4), 351-360.

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Iwakabe, S., & Conceicao, N. (2016).  Metatherapeutic processing as a change-based therapeutic immediacy task:  Building an initial  process model using a task-analytic research strategy.  Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 26 (3), 230-247.

Lilliengren, P., Johansson, R., Lindqvist, K., Mechler, J., & Andersson, G. (2016). Efficacy of Experiential Dynamic Therapy for Psychiatric Conditions: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Psychotherapy, 53 (1), 90-104.

Simpson, M. L. (2016).  Feeling seen: A pathway to transformation.  International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 35 (1), 78-91.
Hendel, H. J. (2015). It’s Not Always Depression. New York Times, March 10, 2015.

Hendel, H. J. (2015). The Healing Power of Hugs. New York Times, September 1, 2015.

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Fosha, D. (2013). A heaven in a wild flower: self, dissociation, and treatment in the context of the neurobiological core self. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 33, 496-523. DOI: 10.108007351690.2013.815067

Fosha, D. (2013). Speculations on emergence: working the edge of transformational experience and neuroplasticity. International Neuropsychotherapy Magazine, 2013, 1 (1), 120-121. Also in The Neuropsychotherapist, Issue I,  www.theneuropsychotherapist.com.

Book Chapters:
Fosha, D.  & Gleiser, K. (in press as of Aug. 2019). The embodied language of integrative states: Unmaligning much maligned language in experiential therapy. In G. L.  Schiewer, J. Altarriba, & Chin Ng, B.  (Eds.). Handbook on language and emotion. De Gruyter Mouton

Fosha, D. (2017). Something More than “Something More than Interpretation:” AEDP Works the Experiential Edge of Transformational Experience to Transform the Internal Working Model. In S. Lord (Ed). Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis: Interaction and Change in the Therapeutic Encounter. Chapter 15. New York: Routledge. (Go to Amazon page for the book)

Fosha, D. (2017). How to be a Transformational Therapist: AEDP Harnesses Innate Healing Affects to Re-wire Experience and Accelerate Transformation. In J. Loizzo, M. Neale & E. Wolf, (Eds). Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Transformation. Chapter 14 (pp. 204-219). New York: Norton. (Go to Amazon page for the book)