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Earn up to 15 Credits / hours
* Psychologists: Please see the CE section and agenda below for information regarding available credits.

“HOT” Topics in AEDP™

Diana Fosha, PhD, Kari Gleiser, PhD, & Ben Medley, LCSW, with Molly Eldridge, LICSW

July 29-August 2, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person or Live-Online

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Course Description

Aloneness in the face of overwhelming emotion is the epicenter of emotional suffering; it is what compels our patients to seek help. Thus, the therapeutic undoing of aloneness is essential to being able to process the turbulent emotions of trauma. AEDP™ psychotherapy, one of the fastest-growing approaches to working with attachment trauma, makes the undoing of aloneness the sine qua non of trauma work. Drawing on neuroplasticity, affective neurobiology, attachment theory, dyadic developmental research, and transformational studies, AEDP has developed a fundamentally dyadic, experiential, healing-oriented practice. As such, AEDP assumes a healthy core within all people and emphasizes the importance of dyadic experiential work with present-moment experiences of attachment, emotion, and transformation to undo aloneness, heal trauma and promote flourishing.

AEDP is known for its rich, creative, systematic interventions, which:

  • clinically entrain positive neuroplasticity from the get-go

  • undo the patient's aloneness in the therapeutic dyad

  • work dyadically and experientially with here-and-now attachment experiences to expand relational capacity, rewire internal working models, and deepen receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, feeling felt and feeling loved

  • use dyadic affect regulation to experientially process the emotions of trauma until they release their wired-in adaptive action tendencies

  • metatherapeutically process the resulting experiences of transformation to expand transformation and promote its integration into self

Through the moment-to-moment, in-depth processing of previously overwhelming emotional and relational experiences, and then metatherapeutically processing the emergent corrective experiences within the co-constructed safety of the therapeutic dyad, AEDP helps clients recover their sense of core self and experience flourishing, i.e., increased vitality, connection, meaning, and a renewed zest for life.

In this workshop, we present AEDP through its engagement with some of the most important “hot” topics of our day: relational work with complex trauma and dissociation, expanding trauma work to include traumas of oppression and marginalization, and exploring the synergy of spirituality and psychedelics with AEDP’s transformational work. This workshop is appropriate both for clinicians new to AEDP, and those who have experience in AEDP and are interested in exploring these cutting-edge, “specialized” topics.

This course will be a balance of didactic material delivered in an engaging interactive style, videotapes of actual therapy sessions featuring moment-to-moment microanalysis, and experiential exercises. AEDP’s paradigmatic innovations will be demonstrated through clinical videotapes of actual therapy sessions (using real patients, not actors). Participants will gain a deeper intellectual understanding of the theory of AEDP as well as a repertoire of new skills to practice AEDP, including its application into cutting-edge areas like spirituality, liberation from oppression, and psychedelic-assisted therapy.

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About the Instructor

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Diana Fosha has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. She receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: Diana Fosha has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Diana Fosha, PhD (she/her/hers), is the developer of AEDP, a healing-oriented psychotherapy approach to treating attachment trauma and helping people connect to their vitality. She is also the Director of the AEDP Institute. For the last 20 years, Diana has been active in promoting a scientific basis for a healing-oriented, dyadically transformational trauma treatment model. Described by psychoanalyst James Grotstein as a “prizefighter of intimacy,” and by David Malan as “the Winnicott of [accelerated dynamic] psychotherapy,” Diana Fosha’s powerful, precise yet poetic phrases ---"undoing aloneness," "existing in the heart and mind of the other," "stay with it and stay with me," "rigor without shame" and "True Other"-- capture the ethos of AEDP.

She is author of The Transforming Power of Affect (Basic Books, 2000); editor of Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0 (APA, 2021); co-author, with Natasha Prenn, of Supervision Essentials for AEDP (APA, 2017); 1st editor, with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009); and author of numerous articles and book chapters. Four DVDs of her live AEDP work, including a complete 6-session treatment, and a clinical supervision DVD, have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kari Gleiser has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Kari Gleiser has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Kari Gleiser, PhD (she/her/hers), completed her doctoral work at Boston University and her internship through Dartmouth Medical School with a focus on trauma and PTSD. In her practice, she specializes in applying AEDP to the treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders. Dr. Gleiser is the co-founder/co-director of the Center for Integrative Health in Hanover, NH, a trauma center dedicated to multi-modal healing of mind, body and spirit. Dr. Gleiser has co-developed an “intra-relational” model of therapy that imports AEDP’s relational and experiential interventions to patients’ internal systems of dissociated self-states. Dr. Gleiser has written several clinical papers and book chapters and has presented at international conferences. She also explores the intersection of psychotherapy and spirituality, as well as the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Ben Medley has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Ben Medley has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Ben Medley, LCSW (he/him/his), is an AEDP senior faculty member and has taught AEDP internationally. He has a private practice in New York City and specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community. His paper "Recovering the True Self: Affirmative Therapy, Attachment and AEDP in Psychotherapy with Gay Men" is published with the SEPI Journal: the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration and he has written a chapter on using portrayals to process core affective experience in D. Fosha Ed., (2021) Undoing Aloneness and the Transformation of Suffering Into Flourishing: AEDP 2.0, Washington D.C.: APA.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Molly Eldridge has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Molly Eldridge has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Molly Eldridge, MSW, LICSW, is a certified AEDP clinician and supervisor. Molly has done extensive training in AEDP beginning in 2008 and is known for her enthusiastic embodiment and love of sharing AEDP. She has taught at the Cape Cod Institute, the New England Society of Trauma and Dissociation and given trainings at various organizations. An active member of the AEDP Institute, Molly currently runs several AEDP supervision groups as well as offering individual supervision and maintaining a private psychotherapy practice on Cape Cod for over 30 years.

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What Alumni are Saying...

"I especially appreciated the diversity in personalities, styles, energetic presences and content areas of the four presenters while each and all so wonderfully embodied and exhibited AEDP concepts, values in their presented materials, videotapes and interactions among themselves and with us as participants." - 2023 Participant

"I really liked the ordering of topics from start to finish - it felt like the training was building on itself as it was going and it felt integrated." - 2023 Participant

“Really appreciated the course, instructors, and case presentations." - 2023 Participant



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