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Immersion March 2022

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.



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.


Target Audience

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



DAY 1:
9:00 -10:15 AM Welcome, Course Overview, Introductions
10:15-11:15 Lecture: Introduction to AEDP
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-1:00 Lecture: Introduction to AEDP (cont’d)
1:00-1:30PM Closing

DAY 2:
9-9:30 AM Questions and reflections
9:30-11:00 Lecture: The 4-State Transformational Process
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:30 Q&A
11:30-1:00 Lecture: The 4 State Transformational Process (cont’d)
1:00-1:30 Closing Metaprocess in dyads

DAY 3:
9:00-11:00 AM Lecture: Attachment as a Transformative Experience
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:30 Q&A
11:30-1:00 Attachment as a Transformative Experience: Case presentation
1:00-1:30 Closing Metaprocess (dyads)

DAY 4:
9:00-9:30 AM Questions and Reflections
9:30-11:00 Lecture: Triangle of Experience, Development of Psychopathology
11:00-11:15 AM Break
11:15-11:30 AM Q&A
11:30-1:00 Case Presentation: Portrayals
1:00-1:30 PM Closing Metaprocess

DAY 1:

9:00-9:30 AM Questions and Reflections
9:30-11:00 AM Lecture: Thriving, Flourishing and Positive Affect: Working with Transformation
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:30 Q&A
11:30-1:00 Guest presenter Dina Miqdadi: “Undoing aloneness and the transformation of emotional suffering”
1:00-1:30 PM Closing Metaprocessing

DAY 2:
9:00-9:30 AM Questions and Reflections
9:30-11:00 AM Lecture: Working the Top of the Triangle in AEDP: Addressing Inhibitory Affects & Defense
11:00-11:15 AM Break
11:15-11:30 AM Q&A
11:30-1:00 PM Guest presenter Alana Tappin: “My Journey towards an Authentic Therapeutic Identity”
1:00-1:30 PM Closing Metaprocess

DAY 3:
9:00am – 9:30 AM Questions and Reflections
9:30-10:30 AM Lecture: A Look at AEDP-Informed Parts work
10:30am – 10:45am – Break
10:45am – 1:30pm – Experiential exercise and division into small working groups, led and held by an Experiential Assistant.
1:30pm – Course day ends, departing from the small experiential groups.

DAY 4:
9:00am – Questions and Reflections
10:00-11:00 AM Lecture/Video Analysis: Therapist Aims and Activities of the 4 State Transformational Process
11:00am – 11:35am – filling-in course evaluations and taking break
11:30-12:45 PM Lecture/Video Analysis: Therapist Aims and Activities of the 4 State Transformational Process cont’d
12:45am – Closing circle
1:30pm – End of the course



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 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/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 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.