Healing-Oriented Clinical Practice Rooted in Cutting Edge Transformational Theory
AEDP training uses a three-pronged method to engage both left and right brain, as well as mind and heart, in your learning of AEDP. Our courses have opportunities for didactic presentations, clinical videotape and experiential exercises, with the proportion of time spent in each varying based on the course material and learning objectives. Clinicians emerge from AEDP training and supervision with a theoretical understanding of AEDP’s healing-oriented transformational theory, a felt sense of how AEDP is practiced, and, over time, a large repertoire of specific skills for the embodied clinical practice of AEDP.
And one more thing: in every AEDP course and training, large and small, we also seek to undo clinicians’ aloneness by working to foster a vibrant community of like-minded and like-hearted others.
Is there a recommended sequence for AEDP training courses?
The Immersion course is generally the best place to start.
From there most people go on to take one or both Essential Skills courses (ES1 and/or ES2); our Skills courses deepen your understanding of AEDP and give you specific skills with ample opportunity for experiential practice. Skills courses are taught by AEDP faculty with the help of valuable teaching assistants.
Clinical supervision is generally next – though for practical or learning choice reasons some people begin supervision right out of Immersion. There are different ways to pursue supervision: Core Training is available for those who want to dive in to intensive ongoing group supervision. Individual or small group supervision is availableto anyone who has completed Immersion with one of our many talented AEDP supervisors.
To learn more about each course, its goal, structure and faculty, click on an offerings category below.
What about AEDP Certification?
If you’re interested in AEDP Certification, you must demonstrate mastery of the AEDP theoretical model, proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall understanding and commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. Check out our Certification Guidelines page to learn more about what it takes.
The AEDP Immersion Course is intended for clinicians interested in AEDP as a healing-oriented, transformation-based therapeutic model. In Immersion you will learn AEDP’s transformational theory and phenomenology, and you will come to understand AEDP’s unique contributions to the treatment of attachment trauma. In Immersion as in every AEDP course large and small we also seek to undo a clinician’s aloneness by working to foster a vibrant community of like-minded and like-hearted others.
With AEDP Essential Skills (ES1) and Advanced Skills (ES2) courses, our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, skill sets both concrete and specific. Participants gain both understanding of AEDP and a felt sense of how to practice it: each day includes a didactic presentation to explore theoretical foundations for a particular skill, clinical videotapes to illustrate the skill and small group (usually 3 participants + one teaching assistant) experiential exercises.
Deep transformations occur in the context of safe, supportive and positive relationships. With that in mind, AEDP Core Training is limited to 10 or 11 participants, offering a quintessential learning opportunity among inspiring, motivated colleagues. Each weekend includes didactic and video presentation by the leading faculty member, followed by one hour for each participant to present tape of their own work and get both faculty supervision and supportive feedback from the group. It’s a powerful way to integrate AEDP theory into your clinical acumen. Participants regularly tell us that they develop deep personal and professional relationships with their fellow Core Trainees.
Supervision can be done either in person if geographically viable, or by telephone or videoconference, if long distance. In the latter, the supervisee sends the supervisor a copy of the audio-visually recorded clinical material in advance of the scheduled supervision time. Then, at the agreed upon time of the supervision session, supervisor and supervisee speak by phone or videoconference, with each of them simultaneously watching videotaped segments from the clinical material.