Full Course Description

Essentials of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP): Radically Relational Interventions for Working with Complex Trauma

As a clinician treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders, you face unique challenges with your patients - floods of traumatic affect, emotion and body flashbacks, the strong push-pull of disorganized attachment, and a fragmented sense of self. 

These complicated issues can be scary to work with. You may feel cautious of working with intense emotion or directly utilizing the therapeutic relationship to transform attachment patterns. In fact, you may totally avoid engaging in these ways at all!

You need a plan for well-informed engagement that takes you from avoidance, bypassing and fear to confidently navigating the deep waters of emotional processing and transformative relational healing in treating complex trauma and PTSD.

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) equips clinicians with a map of how to work step by step with your patient’s emotional and relational experiences in order to guide attachment-based, experiential and transformative trauma interventions.

Join AEDP Institute Senior Faculty Kari Gleiser, PhD, and Natasha Prenn, LCSW, for this ground breaking new course and harness the power of AEDP’s intra-relational interventions to engage with a patient’s fragmented inner world in a way that fosters healing and transformation, not dependency and enactment.

  • Create powerful interventions drawing from your patient’s emotional and relational experiences.
  • Introduce a new framework for doing parts work and provide immediately applicable skills in your practice with Complex Trauma survivors.
  • Utilize innovative techniques that develop secure attachment bonds between the therapist, patient and their dissociated parts.
  • Experience AEDP in action! Presenters engage you through their use of role plays, analysis of video and transcripts from actual therapy sessions, and a focus on skills that you can use right away in your sessions.
  • Get your questions answered! Connect with Kari, Natasha and your cohort colleagues in weekly live zoom calls.

Kari and Natasha have trained therapists all over the world in this innovative new way to heal trauma and now its your opportunity to put AEDP to work in your practice.

Are you ready to join the next generation of trauma treatment therapists using AEDP in their practice? With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain in making a difference in your patients’ lives.

Your journey starts now. Register today!

Program Information


  1. Respond to transformative thoughts and feelings in order to bypass defenses in clients
  2. Employ the direct relational experience of the therapeutic dyad to facilitate healing and transformation of clients’ attachment styles. 
  3. Utilize clinical strategies to implement dyadic regulation
  4. Differentiate maladaptive affect from core affective experiences in order to guide intervention choices.
  5. Practice guiding patients through the 4 states of emotional processing to transform trauma symptoms into resilience.  
  6. Utilize the intra-relational interventions to guide experiential parts work with complex trauma survivors.
  7. Construct techniques that recognize and deepen client’s relational affects of feeling understood, recognized and cared for in order to build secure attachment.  
  8. Apply moment-to-moment tracking to enhance patient’s awareness of their internal experience in order to facilitate emotional processing.
  9. Demonstrate an AEDP therapist stance: welcome, affirm, validate, and explicitly undo aloneness to co-create safety in approaching feared emotions.
  10. Construct strategies to recognize and regulate client’s anxiety symptoms.
  11. Formulate techniques in session that can anticipate, recognize and bypass client’s defensive affects and strategies in order to access core emotions.
  12. Employ in-session interventions to stay with client experience and reflect on the experience together.
  13. Create tailored psycho-education material to satisfy clients’ need for understanding the process and enhance the session work.
  14. Peform ‘metaprocessing’ interventions following a wave of core emotion in order to integrate and facilitate core state. 
  15. Distinguish embodied sensations, impulses and emotions to enhance client’s mindful connection to their bodies.  
  16. Create imagined scenes and internal dialogues that build secure attachment bonds between dissociated parts of the self.
  17. Use therapist’s self-disclosure judiciously to strengthen the therapeutic alliance.
  18. Design custom AEDP interventions for patients with complex trauma histories.
  19. Assess the risks and limitations of AEDP and its clinical implications.


AEDP: Getting Started

  • How to work with State One:  defenses and distress
  • The Triangle of Experience:  Defense, anxiety and Core affect
  • How to immediately bypass defenses to do safe experiential work
  • Differentiating transformance (patient’s innate drive to heal) from resistance
  • Moment-to-moment body and emotion tracking to build safety in session
  • What is meta-processing and why do we do it?
  • Recognizing power dynamics, privilege and oppression in therapeutic dyads
  • Risks and Limitations of AEDP

How Attachment and Relational Interventions are Unique in AEDP

  • How attachment history informs emotional experience and sense of self
  • Recognizing and transforming Internal working models
  • Using the present moment experience of the therapeutic relationship as a healing tool
  • Authenticity, self-disclosure and therapist True Self as interventions
  • Learning to recognize and work with “Relational affects”
  • Building safety and secure attachment from the very first session and beyond

Working with Emotions as Healing Forces: State Two Work

  • Core affect & Parts work
  • Tracking sensation, impulse, the felt-sense of emotion
  • Differentiating healing affects from maladaptive affects from defensive affects
  • Learn about bodily-based adaptive action tendencies that emotions carry
  • Dyadic regulation of affect in session:  relational and somatic tools
  • Use of ‘portrayals’ to deepen emotion and encourage a full wave of emotional processing
  • Intra-relational dialogues, portrayals, internal attachment patterns

Working with Emotions as Transformative Forces: States Three and Four

  • The healing “spiral” and transformational affective and somatic experiences
  • Recognizing and amplifying positive emotions
  • Alternating experience and reflection to integrate experience
  • Meta-processing as a way of facilitating State 3&4
  • Core State: unlocking client’s wisdom, compassion, expansion and self-acceptance

Adapting AEDP to work with Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders

  • Recognize symptoms and presentation of complex trauma and disorganized attachment
  • Dyadic regulation to help survivors stay in the window of tolerance
  • Disentangling trauma “tangles” of diffuse, distressing emotion
  • Using “parts” language and interactions in dyadic regulation and emotional processing
  • Use of the present moment therapy relationship to ground from flashbacks and counter traumatic projection

Intra-relational interventions for working with Multiplicity and Fragmentation

  • Integrating attachment styles into parts work
  • Balancing experiential-attachment work inter-personally and intra-psychically
  • Use the intra-relational triangle as a tool to navigate experiential parts work
  • Creating healing/reparative experiences between patient and dissociated parts
  • Foster secure attachment across a patient’s internal system of parts

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/04/2022

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) & IFS for Trauma & Dissociation

Program Information


  1. Utilize Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems models to improve clinical outcomes for clients.
  2. Formulate an approach to treating people with a trauma history to improve client level of functioning.
  3. Integrate the client-therapist relationship to improve client engagement and alleviate symptoms of dissociation.


Models for treatment of post-traumatic dissociation 

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) 
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy AEDP) 
  • Similarities and differences in the models 

AEDP model 

  • Focus on emotions, attachment, and affect, not cognitions 
  • Psychodynamic roots and formulation 
  • Supervision 
    • Includes client, therapist and client, therapist 
    • IFS and AEDT are aligned in this approach 
  • Use of self 
    • Strong use of therapeutic relationship to heal attachment wounds 
    • Appropriate self-disclosure in IFS and AEDP 
  • Intrarelational aspect 
    • Client 
    • Client’s dissociative self-state 
    • Therapist 
  • 4-state model of emotional process 
    • Defensive, dysregulated 
      • Cope and function 
    • Core affect and emotional experience overlap with sensorimotor 
      • Fear is present in spite of safety 
    • Transformational 
      • Mastery, pride, relief 
    • Self-energy
      • Internal connection, serenity, wisdom 
  • Limitations 
    • Not great with bipolar 1 or psychosis 
    • Not compatible with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) 
  • Transformance 
    • Inherent drive and desire for healing, expansive life, growth, mastery 
      • Opposite of resistance 

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Psychologists 
  • Social Workers 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Psychotherapists 
  • Case Managers 
  • Nurses 
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals 

Copyright : 01/29/2021