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AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) Five Modules

AEDP Essential Skills, aimed at practitioners, will provide practical skills for the application of AEDP. Our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, skill sets, concrete and specific. Different skill sets will be introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each week, so that participants will emerge with both an understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP. The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each week, with theoretical foundations and with videotapes and group experiential exercises in the afternoon.

In AEDP, we pride ourselves in how thoroughly and deeply we seek to both (i) undo professional aloneness and (ii) engage in rigorous clinical teaching with skilled accompaniment. We are proud to say that our ES courses feature a high number of highly skilled assistants.

What we consider AEDP’s “essential skills” will be didactically demonstrated and experientially explored so that participants develop both a felt sense and a cognitive understanding of them.  A key component of the experiential practices is the opportunity to “try on” sets of interventions as a therapist and to receive them as a client. We have found that learning new skills can give rise to experiences of safety, attachment security, transformation, increased therapeutic courage, and related phenomena; precisely the kinds of experiences AEDP facilitates for its clients. Each day course faculty lead small groups in practicing essential AEDP skills.  The concentrated time that participants spend together immersed in learning inevitably leads to the development of a culture of trust and generosity that allows for risk-taking and a supportive environment that is uniquely suited for optimal learning.

This seminar offers 75 CE hours.

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


Karen Kranz, PhD RPsych (white, cis-gender female, she/hers/her, queer) has been a psychologist in private practice in Vancouver Canada since 2000. Her areas of interest in AEDP are making the work with clients and therapists increasingly more relational and experiential. She is continually challenged and intrigued by core and pathogenic emotions and has completed the second draft of a paper about pathogenic affect with the working title of “Rock Logic & Rabbit Holes: The Phenomenology of Pathogenic State of Consciousness & its Impact on the Therapist’s State of Consciousness and Therapist-Client Intersubjectivity.”

After the Immersion course, she began supervision with Dr. Fosha. "At that time, all that interested me was becoming a better clinician, AEDP certification as a therapist and supervisor and becoming faculty were never my ambitions. However, as I deepened into both my knowledge and experience of AEDP and in the AEDP community, I realized that it was through the process of certification as a therapist, as a supervisor, and now with teaching and writing that I was becoming a better therapist."

With AEDP, Dr. Kranz says she "found a therapeutic home and a community of colleagues when I did not even know I was looking for one, or perhaps more aptly wasn’t looking for one because I did not believe such a home existed."

Nationally and internationally, Dr. Kranz supervises and teaches Immersion Courses, Essentials Skills (ES1), Advanced Skills (ES2), and Core Training. She has an article published in the AEDP journal Transformance entitled: “Making AEDP supervision relational and experiential: Cultivating receptive affective capacity in supervisee and client.” Her most recent paper “The first session in AEDP: Healing from the get-go through harnessing transformance and co-creating a secure attachment” (in press) in D. Fosha (Ed.) Undoing aloneness and the transformation of suffering into flourishing AEDP 2.0.


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists_


Course Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an AEDP therapist stance: welcome, affirm, validate, orient

  • Construct safety and undo aloneness

  • Apply moment-to-moment tracking to clinical practice

  • Construct dyadic safety and connection

  • Build and rebuild a secure attachment

  • Integrate healing and transformance from the get-go

  • Classify different aspects within the Triangle of Experience, including both verbal and somatic processes, to optimize attunement and accelerate the healing process

  • Analyze the 4 State Transformational Process: Working with relational trauma in a first session

  • Integrate Meta-therapeutic processing and transformational processes

  • Relate the experience of emotional experience: processing emotions to completion

  • Define attachment styles and utilize different interventions according to attachment style

  • Utilize various ways to regulate anxiety, bypass defenses and other inhibitory forces which block progress in therapy

  • Describe how to regulate/alleviate anxiety and traces of shame

  • Identify and access core affective experiences

  • Identify expressions of transformance in clients

  • Practice utilizing transformance strivings as a catalyst to maximize patient’s healing



Module 1:  4 hrs/day, Friday Monday: November 6 – November 9 

taught by course helm Karen Kranz, PhD, RPsych | North America, Pacific: 9 am – 1 pm (includes a 15 minute break)
November 6: Healing from the Get-Go: Transformance, Stance and Moment-to-Moment Tracking

November 7: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups
November 8: The 4 State Model, Experiential Language and Use of Self

November 9: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups + Closing


Module 2 Friday Monday: March 5 – March 8 taught by SueAnne Piliero, PhD | North America, Pacific: 9 am – 1 pm (includes a 15 minute break)
March 5: Building, Renovating and Reconstructing a Secure Therapeutic Attachment:It's Not a Once and for All Kind of Deal

March 6: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups

March 7: Working with Defense & Anxiety Part 1

March 8: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups + Closing




Module 3: 4 hrs/day, Friday Monday: April 9 – April 12 taught by course helm Karen Kranz, PhD, RPsych | North America, Pacific: 9 am – 1 pm (includes a 15 minute break)
April 9: Integration in Action: Meta-therapeutic processing and transformational processes (includes a 15 minute break)

April 10: Review of Day 1, Q&A, Experiential Groups (includes a 15 minute break)

April 11: Reviewing and Anticipating: Special Attention to State 2 Adaptive and Maladaptive Core Affective Experience (includes a 15 minute break)

April 12: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups + Closing (includes a 15 minute break)


Module 4 Module 4: 4 hrs/day, Friday Monday: May 21 – May 24 taught by faculty to be announced | North America, Pacific: 9 am – 1 pm (includes a 15 minute break)
May 21: Working with Defense and Anxiety Part 2

May 22: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups
May 23: The Experience of Emotional Experience:  Processing Emotions to Completion

May 24: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups + Closing


Module 5: 4 hrs/day, Friday Monday: June 25 – June 28 taught by course helm Karen Kranz, PhD, RPsych | North America, Pacific: 9 am – 1 pm (includes a 15 minute break)
June 25: Working with Transformational Experience: Transformational Affects and Core State

June: 26: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups

June 27: Reviewing What Weve Learned: Watching and Tracking Together

June 28: Review of previous day, Q&A, Experiential Groups + Closing