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Immersion February 2022



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.


Workshop Description

AEDP Immersion: Theoretical Framework, Clinical Teaching from Videotapes, Experiential Exercises: The AEDP Immersion course will teach you how to work at the edge of transformational experience and how to use body based —affective transformational markers to guide interventions. You will learn how to use AEDP’s rigorous transformational phenomenology to closely track clinical processes. Extensive use of clinical videotapes will demonstrate hallmark AEDP techniques.

In the Immersion course we also seek to undo clinicians’ aloneness by working to foster a vibrant community of like-minded, like-hearted others. It is the vision of the course to bring together clinicians from different perspectives who share an interest in AEDP specifically and/or in dynamic-experiential work in general, and who also each bring their own very special expertise, interest and experiences. In this way, Immersion is not only exciting and enlivening for its participants, but AEDP itself continues to be enriched and enhanced by being in communication with many deep sources of knowledge and wisdom.


Target Audience

This course is for Psychologists (Introductory-Intermediate Level), Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists.


Workshop Summary

  • The 4 State Transformational Process
  • Working with attachment trauma in a first session
  • 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.
  • Attachment as a Transformative Process
  • Clinical work with Insecure attachment
  • The Triangle of Experience, Development of Psychopathology
  • Working Experientially with Attachment Trauma through Portrayals
  • Emotion: Working with the intense emotional experiences associated with trauma.
  • Metaprocessing: Harnessing the positive affective experiences associated with healing and transformation.
  • Emotional Processing to Completion
  • Use of the Therapist’s Self with More Defended Clients




Day 1
TRANSFORMANCE: Putting neuroplasticity in dyadic clinical action
The Neurobiology of Healing: Neuroplasticity, Transformance, Emergence
The Phenomenology of the Transformational Process: What happens in each of the 4 States and 3 state Transformations Metatherapeutic Processing & The Transformational Affects – Take 1

10:30 – 11: 00 AM Course Overview

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Intro to AEDP, Part 1: The Neurobiology of Healing in Clinical Action The Birth of Transformance, Neuroplasticity; Transformational Theory and AEDP’s Healing-Based Clinical Practice

12:30 – 12:45 PM Coffee break

12:45 – 2:00 PM Intro to AEDP, Part 2: Essential Aspects of AEDP. Affective Change Processes. The
Phenomenology of Transformational Experience. Metatherapeutic processing.
Experiential exercise: Undoing the aloneness of the course participants.

2:00 – 3:00 PM BREAK (1 hour)

3:00 – 5:00 PM Becoming a Transformance Detective: Healing from the Get-Go. Affirmation,
receptivity, metaprocessing. Clinical Videotape, Experiential Exercises

5:00 – 5:15 PM Coffee break

5:15 – 6:45 PM Neuroplasticity in Clinical Action. Energy for Life: Recognition, Vitality, Delight, Truth,
and the Emergent Phenomenology of Transformational Experience. Clinical Videotape

6:45 – 7:00 PM Discussion and metaprocessing workshop experience of 

Day 2
ATTACHMENT: How to undo aloneness & how to do experiential work with attachment Undoing Aloneness: Attachment as a Transformative Process. The Neuroception of Safety in The Polyvagal Theory (Porges) & AEDP’s Therapeutic Stance Intersubjectivity in Rigorous Clinical Experiential Action: Right Brain-to-Right-Brain Communication and the Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma AEDP & The Transformation of the Internal Working Model: “Taking in” love and care; Work with Receptive Affective Experiences

10:30 – 10:45 AM Questions, Reflections on Day 1

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Undoing Aloneness, Part 1: How AEDP Heals Attachment Trauma: The Transformation of the Internal Working Model. The Co-creation of Safety & The Dyadic Affect Regulation of Intense Emotions.
The Representational Schemas of AEDP; Techniques for Working with Defenses and Anxiety (State 1 work with different attachment styles).

12:30 – 12:45 PM Coffee break

12:45 – 2:00 PM Undoing Aloneness, Part 2: The Intimacy of Moment-to-Moment Relational Work in AEDP. Making the Implicit Explicit and the Explicit Experiential: Work with Receptive
Affective Experience. One of the central places attachment trauma shows up is in difficulties “taking in” positive experiences. The focus will be on how to overcome the barrier to the taking in the therapist’s empathy, care, and concern, and thus enlarge patients’ capacity for receptive affective experience.

2:00 – 3:00 PM BREAK (1 hour)

3:00 – 4:30 PM Explicit/Experiential Work with the Experience of Attachment in the Here-and-Now of the Patient/Therapist Dyad. Clinical Videotape

4:30 – 4:45 PM Coffee break

4:45 – 6:15 PM Healing Affects and Healing Interactions: Dyadic Affect Regulation and the Processing
of Intense Emotional Experiences Clinical Videotape

6:15 – 7:00 PM
Discussion and metaprocessing workshop experience of Day 2.Day 3
EMOTION: How to work with intense emotional experience
The Neurobiology of Emotion (Damasio, Panksepp)
The Insula and its Role in the Felt Sense, and in Moment-to-Moment Tracking (Craig) AEDP’s Model of Psychopathology; Representational Schemas State 1 Work with Defenses and Anxiety: Dyadic Affect Regulation of Intense Emotion
State 2 Work: The Processing of Intense Emotional Experience

Day 3
10:30 – 10:45 AM Questions, Reflections on Day 2

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM The Experiential Method in AEDP: The Neurobiology of Emotions, Emotion Processing and the Felt Sense of Emotional Experience. Techniques for Processing Emotions and
Other Affective Change Processes: Portrayals, etc. (State 2 work). Clinical Videotape

12:30 – 12:45 PM Coffee break

12:45 – 2:00 PM Processing Intense Emotional Experience to Completion: The Rise of Resilience and Adaptive Action Tendencies Clinical Videotape

2:00 – 3:00 PM BREAK (1 hour)

3:00 – 5:00 PM From Suffering to Flourishing, From Trauma to Transcendence Part 1. Clinical Videotape.

5:00 – 5:15 PM. Coffee break

5:15 – 6:30 PM From Suffering to Flourishing, From Trauma to Transcendence Part 2.

6:30 – 7:00 PM Discussion and metaprocessing workshop experience of 

TRANSFORMATION: Metaprocessing
The Processing of Transformational Experience: Metatherapeutic Processing and the Transformational Affects (State 3 work)
“Stay with It and Stay with Me:” The Healing of Attachment Trauma and the
Transformation of the Self Neuroplasticity in Action: From Suffering to Flourishing

Day 4
10:30 – 10:45 AM Questions, Reflections on Day 3

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM Metatherapeutic Processing and the Transformational Affects –The experiential exploration of the experience of transformation unleashes a transformational process, a non-finite process that, when nurtured, engages the depths of the human spirit.

12:30 – 12:45 PM Coffee break

12:45 – 2:00 PM Metatherapeutic Processing: The transformational spiral unleashed. Clinical videotapes using AEDP’s technique of experientially processing transformational experience, deep experiential work with trauma and emotional suffering naturally culminate in the release of energy and vitality.

2:00 – 3:00 PM BREAK (1 hour)

3:00 – 5:00 PM Immersion in Experiential Exercises — with Assistants

5:00 – 5:30 PM. Coffee break

5:30 – 6:30 PM Immersion in Experiential Exercises — with Assistants

6:30 – 7:00 PM Discussion and metaprocessing workshop experience of 

INTEGRATION, Applications to the Healing of Attachment Trauma
The Neurobiological Core Self (Damasio, Panksepp) & Recognition Processes
Truth, Love, Compassion and New Meaning –in Connection (Core State: State 4 work) The Phenomenology of the Transformational Process Relational Strategies for Healing Attachment Trauma “Stay with It and Stay with Me:” The Healing of Attachment Trauma and the Emergence of the Self Integration of Attachment, Neuroscience & Clinical Work

10:30 – 10:45 PM
Questions, Reflections on Day 4

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM The Neurobiological Core Self & Recognition Processes: The Click of Recognition and the Emergence of the Radiant Self

12:30 – 1:30 PM Coffee break

1:30 – 4:00 PM Truth, Love, Compassion and New Meaning –in Connection: Core State work. Clinical Videotapes. The clinical videotapes will illustrate State 4 work, including the activation of the transformational spiral and how to go about fostering the emergence of new meaning and the co-construction of a new cohesive and coherent autobiographical narrative. From Suffering to Flourishing, From Trauma to Transcendence. Clinical Videotape.



Learning 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 psychopathology
  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/body-based 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 awe
  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 points
  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 processes
  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.