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DATE(S): Friday – Monday | October 22-25, 2021 + October 29 – November 1, 2021
LOCATION: Live Interactive Online (-14 seats remaining)
PRESENTER(S): Diana Fosha, PhD + Faculty Guest Presenters 
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Course Information

AEDP Immersion

This course is intended for practitioners interested in AEDP, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. Our focus is on AEDP’s transformational theory and practice using AEDP work at the edge of healing experience to repair attachment trauma. Making extensive use of clinical videotapes of actual therapy sessions as well as one half day of experiential work guided by assistants. The aim of this course is to introduce AEDP and facilitate its integration into clinical practices that make use of other experiential, body-focused, trauma-based, relational and/or psychodynamic methods.

AEDP seeks to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of overwhelming suffering and to engage innate healing forces within, i.e., transformance, so as to heal trauma, restore vitality to self experience, and engender resilience.

AEDP Immersion is the first course in a series of certification courses for licensed therapists who are seeking to become AEDP Certified.


Diana Fosha, PhD, is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), a healing-based, transformation-oriented model of psychotherapeutic treatment; she is Founder and Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, attachment-emotion- and transformation-focused trauma treatment model. Fosha's work focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, recognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential and transformational clinical work with patients. Her most recent work focuses on flourishing as a seamless part of the process of transforming emotional suffering.

Based in New York City, where she lives and practices, Fosha has been on the faculties of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Medical Centers (now Mount Sinai) in NYC, and of the doctoral programs in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies and The City University of New York.

She is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000); co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (APA, 2016); 1st editor, with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of  The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009), and editor of the soon to be released AEDP 2.0: Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing (APA, in press). The author of numerous articles on AEDP’s attachment-emotion-transformation focused experiential treatment model, she has contributed chapters to, among others, Clinical Pearls of Wisdom: 21 Leading Therapists Offer their Key Insights, edited by M. Kerman (Norton, 2009); Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Clinician’s Guide, edited by C. Courtois & J. D. Ford (Guilford, 2009);  Healing Moments in Psychotherapy, edited by Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon (Norton, 2013); Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Transformation, edited by Loizzo, Neale & Wolf (Norton, 2017), Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis: Interaction and Change in the Therapeutic Encounter, edited by Lord (Routledge: 2017) and The Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy, Volume 1: Psychodynamic and Object Relations Therapies, edited by J. J. Magnavita (Wiley, 2002).

Four DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work, including one documenting a complete 6-session treatment, and one on clinical supervision, have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). Learn more and purchase here.

Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy,” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated experiential] psychotherapy,” Diana Fosha is known for her powerful, precise yet simultaneously poetic and evocative affective writing and presenting style. Diana’s phrases — “undoing aloneness,” “existing in the heart and mind of the other,” “True Other,” “make the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential,” “stay with it and stay with me,” “rigor without shame” and “judicious self-disclosure” — capture the ethos of AEDP.

Watch Diana's Trusting Vitality video here.


Guest Presenters

Guest Presenters will include AEDP Sr. Faculty member Ben Lipton, LCSW, AEDP Certified Therapist Kaori Stram, LMHC and others.



Times are listed as Eastern Time USA


11:00 – 12:15 PM Welcome, In-it-Together, Course Overview

12:15 – 1:15 PM Introduction to AEDP

1:15 – 1:30 PM Break

1:30 – 3:00 PM Introduction to AEDP cont’d

3:00 – 3:30 PM Metaprocessing the day


11:00 – 11:45 PM Opening, Questions and Reflections

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

1:00 – 1:30 PM Break

1:30 – 3:00 PM Working with attachment trauma in a first session

3:00 – 3:30 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

11:00 – 11:30 Opening, Questions and Reflections

11:30 – 1:00 Attachment as a Transformative Process

1:00 – 1:30 Break

1:30 – 3:00 Clinical work with Anxious Attachment

3:00 – 3:30 Metaprocessing the day

Day 4

11:00 – 11:45 Opening, Questions and Reflections

11:45 – 1:00 The Triangle of Experience, Development of Psychopathology

1:00 – 1:30 Break

1:30 – 3:00 Working Experientially with Attachment Trauma through Portrayals

3:00 – 3:30 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

11:00 – 11:30 Opening, Questions and Reflections

11:30 – 1:00 Guest Presenter

1:00 – 1:30 Break

1:30 – 3:00 Positive Affective Experience and Transforming Suffering into Flourishing

3:00 – 3:30 Metaprocessing the day

Day 6

11:00 – 11:30 Opening, Questions and Reflections

11:30 – 1:00 Guest Presenter

1:00 – 1:30 Break

3:30 – 3:00 Emotional Processing to Completion

3:00 – 3:30 Metaprocessing the day


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

11:00 – 11:30 Opening, Questions and Reflections

11:30 – 12:30 Use of the Therapist’s Self with More Defended Clients

12:30-3:30 Experiential Exercise in Groups 4 participants with an Experiential Assistant (EA)



11:00 – 12:00 Opening, Questions and Reflections

12:00 – 1:00 Therapist Aims and Activities of the 4 State Transformational Process

1:00 – 1:30 Break

1:30 – 3:00 The 4 State Transformational Process – Round 2; Next Steps in Training; Research

3:00 – 3:30 Closing


Target Audience

Psychologists (Introductory), Psychoanalysts, Social Workers (Beginning Levels), Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Educators, Nurses


Course Objectives

  • Define Transformance and apply it to psychotherapy
  • Explain the self-other-emotion triangle
  • Identify the 4 States and 3 State Transformations of AEDP.
  • Explain the key clinical concepts, theoretical contributions, and the credo of AEDP.
  • Discuss the role of healthy attachment and attachment trauma in health andpsychopathology
  • Identify the right brain processes engaged in the process of attachment.
  • Identify the 3 elements of dyadic affect regulation: attunement, disruption, and repairandto define dyadic affect regulation in clinical work.
  • Utilize experiential techniques to help a client process intense, previously warded offemotional experiences
  • Define metaprocessing
  • Identify the 5 metatherapeutic processes,
  • Detect transformational markers
  • Recognize the phenomenology of the healing affects
  • Use affective/somatic affective markers to moment-to-moment track clinical process and guide interventions
  • Use dyadic regulation to undo the patient’s aloneness in the face of overwhelmin gemotional experience
  • Use dyadic affect regulation to transform shame and fear; restore connection, flow and awe
  • Recognize and promote core state and experiences of openness, compassion, self-compassion, flow, ease, wisdom, generosity, and calm
  • Integrate judicious self-disclosure of therapist’s experience of the patient to foster connection, soften defenses and regulate shame
  • Differentiate between defensive, anxious, and core affective response in a client.
  • Apply in clinical situations the theoretical maps, and therapist stance that undergird and guide AEDP practice and the transformational process.
  • Apply meta-therapeutic interventions to facilitate, deepen and strengthen change for the better within clients.
  • Name 3 core concepts of AEDP
  • Summarize AEDP’s Triangle of Experience and how it informs important clinical choice points
  • 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.
  • Describe the phenomenology of the transformational process: the 4 states and 3 state transformations of AEDP
  • Use techniques for experiential work with attachment experience
  • Use AEDP’s rigorous transformational phenomenology to closely track clinical processes
  • Apply explicit relational interventions and use their healing power with clients.
  • Identify and Practice key intervention skills
  • Explain and Practice the intervention of meta therapeutic processing
  • Explain AEDP’s healing oriented transformational theory and distinguish it from traditional models of therapy.