AEDP Institute

From Helplessness & Unbearable Aloneness to Connection & Empowerment: Using AEDP to Heal the Traumatized Self

Trauma often leaves people feeling unbearably disconnected from self and other. This disconnection leads to helplessness, hopelessness, toxic shame and despair. Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) fosters the healing of relational trauma through the use of the therapist’s self and the accompaniment of the client, processing together what was too much for the client to face alone. Moment-by-moment, the therapist and client allow the client’s body-based core affective experience to be felt, known and to unfold to completion, a change mechanism that allows for deep healing.

However, recovery from trauma and moving from surviving to thriving, requires not only helping to ameliorate symptoms and relieve distress, but also, under a separate change mechanism, making more room for positive experience. In this workshop, we will look together at how therapists track and notice moments of relief, joy, being moved by another and other transformational affects, and, through focusing together on these affects, create even more positive change.

This workshop begins with an introduction to AEDP theory, focuses on both theory and clinical technique, and makes extensive use of videotaped clinical work to demonstrate the application of AEDP interventions and theory in a clinical setting. We follow one client over several years of treatment and explore creating a sense of safety, accessing and processing core affective experiences to completion, and finally metaprocessing the new experiences of self and other to allow a profound shift from older internal working models that informed the traumatized self, to new ways of relating to self and other.

Meet the Presenter

Jennifer Edlin, MFT

Jennifer Jennifer EdlinEdlin, MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland, California. From the moment she attended her first AEDP Immersion Course, she was taken by AEDP and the permission to be authentic and to use the therapist's whole self in service of clients’ healing and transformation. Jenn serves as the co-chair and faculty liaison of the AEDP Research committee. She has also helped to spearhead the launch of the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law at UC Berkeley Law.  Her clinical interests include treating relational trauma, mindfulness in the therapeutic dyad and building self-compassion.

Jenn received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a JD/MBA degree from New York University and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has trained extensively in AEDP, including a year of core training and long term supervision with Dr. SueAnne Piliero as well as supervision with Dr. Eileen Russell and Dr. Fosha.

Jenn brings a natural warmth, ease and authenticity to her work with clients as well as to her supervision, teaching and other work in the AEDP community. She sees supervision as a powerful way to undo the aloneness we feel as therapists and enjoys meeting therapists wherever they are in their AEDP journey.

Date, Time, Location and Registration

Saturday, April 14, 2018

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Wright Institute
2728 Durant Avenue
Rooms 109/110
Berkeley, CA 94704

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9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Wright Institute
2728 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704,

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