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Getting Started – or Restarted – with AEDP Specific Strategies for Bringing the Theory and Heart of Experiential Therapy Into Your Clinical Practice

Attachment, embodiment, resilience and transformation are all buzzwords in the psychotherapy zeitgeist. Many models reference one or more of these concepts as their core therapeutic principles. Fewer models explicitly translate these broad concepts into specific and refined intervention strategies that operate moment-to-moment in the clinical process. In other words, understanding change processes intellectually is a very different skill set from working with them experientially in clinical work. AEDP, with its dual clinical focus on: a) directly translating attachment research into the clinical practice of fostering secure attachment and b) naming, tracking and experientially amplifying the specific, somatic, moment-to-moment markers of positive transformation, offers specific, strategic techniques that foster a client feeling deeply recognized and understood, safe enough and secure enough, and as a result, curious and increasingly capable in relation to Self and others.

This seminar is designed to lift the AEDP theory we will be learning off the page (or Powerpoint slide) and deliver it to you as a lived, embodied experience. For therapists new to AEDP, this workshop will provide you with a starter kit of these techniques. For those of you who are more experienced in the model, this seminar will collaboratively build upon what you know and address common challenges we face when working experientially as we watch actual clinical video over the course of the day.


Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, is a founding faculty member of the AEDP Institute. He is based in New York City and travels nationally and internationally to teach and present AEDP to a broad range of professional audiences. Mr. Lipton pioneered the first AEDP Advanced Core Training programs (Bay Area and Seattle) and currently co-leads the AEDP Retreat Style Essential Skills course. His open and engaging teaching style and skill in translating complex ideas into clear and accessible learning points receives consistent praise from his audiences. Mr. Lipton is the editor of From Crisis to Crossroads: Gay Men Living with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities (Haworth Press) and has published many clinical articles and book chapters in psychology and social service journals over the past two decades. His most recent article, co-authored with Diana Fosha, is on working with attachment in AEDP; Attachment as a Transformative Process in AEDP: Operationalizing the Intersection of Attachment Theory and Affective Neuroscience. Mr. Lipton has held adjunct faculty appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work and he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. Previously, he was the Director of Clinical Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first and largest HIV/AIDS service organization. In addition to his expertise in AEDP, Mr. Lipton has training in EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Solution-Focused therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Mr. Lipton is committed to the foundational principle of human development that change for the better, at every level of civilization, flourishes when people feel safe enough to be curious and take necessary risks. He is passionately dedicated to bringing this alive in both his practice and teaching.



Day 1 | 10:00am – 2:15 pm Eastern Time US + Canada (4 hours)
10:00 – 10:15  (15 min) Seminar Overview
10:15 – 11:45  (1.5 hrs) The Cornerstones of AEDP: Transformance, Attachment, Therapeutic Stance and the 8 Fundamentals
11:45 – 12:00  (15 min) Break
12:00 – 1:45    (1.5 hrs) Translating Attachment and Embodiment into Specific Clinical Strategies
1:45 – 2:15     (.5 hrs) Discussion, Q & A

Day 2 | 10:00am – 2:15 pm Eastern (4 hours)
10:00 - 12:00  (1.75 hours) The Experiential Processing of Emotion to Completion in the Service of Healing Attachment Trauma and Anchoring Emotional Resilience.
12:00 - 12:15  (15 minutes) Break
12:15 - 1:00    (1 hour) Experiential Module: Walking the Talk of AEDP

1:00 - 1:45     (.75 hrs) Demonstration
1:45 – 2:15     (.5 hrs) Discussion, Q & A, Closing