AEDP Institute

AEDP Certification

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy is a comprehensive, integrative theoretical and clinical model. It is rigorous, unique, and effective. To be eligible for AEDP Certification, clinicians must demonstrate mastery of the theoretical model, proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall understanding and commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. You can apply for certification at the recommendation of your AEDP supervisor.

Recommended Path to AEDP Certification
Immersion => ES1  => ES2 or Core Training  => 20 hrs Individual Supervision  => Apply for Certification

Many other paths are possible. See the guidelines below and talk with your supervisor about a path that works best for you.

AEDP Certification Requirements

We are here to support every candidate in reaching their goal of excelling as an AEDP therapist and we recognize that individuals learn at different paces, begin training in AEDP with diverse skill sets, and have a variety of previous clinical experiences. Immersion and Supervision are the only absolutely required “major trainings” you must complete before applying – the rest of your training depends on what best meets your needs. If you are interested in becoming AEDP Certified we strongly encourage you to discuss your path to certification with an AEDP supervisor.

To apply for certification in AEDP, first complete 4 major AEDP trainings/supervision options, and then pursue certification. 

* To learn about Dual Certification in AEDP & AEDPfC (for Couples) click here

All applicants for AEDP Certification must complete:

• Immersion 

plus 2 Skills courses (or equivalent Supervision Options in bottom box)
Note: Skills courses can only be taken/counted once towards certification.

• Essential Skills (ES1)
• Advanced Skills (ES2)

and 1 Supervision Option
All supervision options can be taken more than once with all hours counting towards certification.

Core Training – 5 weekends 
Small Group Supervision30 Hours
Individual Supervision20 Hours 

then Apply for AEDP Certification
 While most people require more than the minimum to be granted AEDP Certification, the minimum requirements for starting the process are detailed here in our Guidelines Page:

• Submit a Faculty recommendation
Complete 10 or more hours of additional Individual Supervision Note: to become certified you must have been supervised by at least two supervisors.
Final AEDP Certification Review Process

What Do the Training Levels and AEDP Certification Mean?

A therapist’s AEDP Level as listed in our directory, indicates that they’ve completed the training and/or certification review as described below or in more detail on our Level Descriptions Page.

AEDP Level Definitions

The following AEDP Level descriptions apply to the vast majority of AEDP therapists. Exceptions are occasionally made for therapists with exceptional training experiences.

Level 1 AEDP therapists have completed 1 major AEDP training, generally Immersion or Essential Skills (ES1).

Level 2 AEDP therapists have completed 2 major AEDP trainings: Immersion plus one either a Skills Course or a significant course of Supervision.

Level 3 AEDP therapists have completed at least 3 major AEDP trainings and a minimum of 20 hours of Supervision;

Certified AEDP Therapist: completed the AEDP Certification process.

Certified AEDP Therapist & Supervisor: completed the AEDP Certification process and an additional review process to become a Certified AEDP Supervisor.


Want to get Certified in AEDP? Get Connected!

Besides meeting the requirements and following the guidelines, we strongly encourage candidates to get involved in the AEDP Community. This participation will be taken into account in the overall assessment of a candidate’s application. Here’s how:

Attend Workshops, Seminars & Conferences (Live and Online!)

Become a Member

Participate in our Listserv

Click to learn more about SUPERVISION and TRAININGS!