AEDP Institute

Healing Relationship Trauma: Tailoring Treatment to Presenting Attachment Styles

an AEDP Rocky Mountains Workshop in Denver, CO.

with Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

Attachment styles are strategies of defense that reveal early patterning with our caregivers that are wired into our nervous systems. As such, they serve as thresholds into the betrayal, deprivation or loss that needs to be healed in order to transform relationships with self and other.  Throughout our day together we will pinpoint classic blind spots that occur and specific metaskills to engage with each attachment style.  Establishing a secure base provides an essential foundation for exploration.  When treatment is informed by the attachment style presented in each moment, we can strengthen this base and mobilize transformation.

What you will learn:

  1. How to tailor therapeutic interventions to best attune to and motivate clients.
  2. When dismissive defenses generate distance, ways to build connection.
  3. When clients become preoccupied, how to help them focus internally and build regulation skills
  4. When defensive strategies loosen, how disorganization can reveal unresolved trauma.


To Help Clinicians Understand How:

  • To tailor therapeutic interventions to best attune to and motivate clients.
  • To build connections with clients when dismissive defenses generate distance,
  • To help clients focus internally and build regulation skills when clients become preoccupied
  • Disorganization can reveal unresolved trauma.

Meet the Presenter

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-19-26-amKaren Pando-Mars, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in San Rafael, California. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of its transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West, Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapies in San Rafael, and currently is a supervisor for the Bay Area Core Training. She presents AEDP trainings around the San Francisco Bay Area and offers individual and small group supervision to psychotherapists. She is known for her warmth and approachability, and her ability to create safety in the supervisory relationship. Ms. PandoMars' long-time interest in deepening connection between self and other has been grounded through AEDP's precise tracking of attachment principles and related neuroscience, and this influence is woven throughout her work with individuals, couples and groups. Licensed since 1989, her background in somatic and experiential therapies includes Focusing, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in her Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

Date, Time and Location

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time:  9:00am – 5:00pm

1776 S. Jackson Street
Lower Floor Workshop Room
Denver, CO


8:30-9:oo                 Sign in and light breakfast
9:00-10:30              Dydactic and/or Video
10: 30-10:45             Break
10:45-12:30              Dydactic and/or Video
12:30-1:30                Lunch
1:30-3:15                  Dydactic and/or Video
3:15–3:30                 Break
3:30-4:45                 Dydactic and/or Video
4:45-5:00                 Final discussion/ wrap-up

Fees, Registration and Credits

Early Registration October 28, 2017-December 15, 2017 

Members of AEDP Rocky Mountains: $150
All Other Participants:  Professional Rate: $175
Student/Intern Rate: $100 AEDP Rocky Mountain member, Non-Member $125

Regular Registration December 16, 2017-January 15, 2018

Members of AEDP Rocky Mountains: $175
All Other Participants: Professional Rate $210
Student/Intern Rate  AEDP Rocky Mountain Member -$125 , Non-Member – $150

Late Registration Begins January 15, 2018

Members of AEDP Rocky Mountain: $200
All Other Participants: Professional Rate $235
Student/Intern Rate $175

Register Online


CE Information

Building Healthy Relationships, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6722.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Building Healthy Relationships, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Licensing Boards and education program regulations change.  Please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and for reciprocal approval as approvals vary per board regulations.  Your should save the course outline, the certificate of completion and any other documentations required by your board and contact your state board or licensing organization to determine specific filing requirements.  If you have questions about this course meeting your specific boards approval or CE requirements, we recommend that you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Workshop Completion:  Saturday, February 10, 2018 workshop offers 6.5 contact hours of NBCC CE credits.   Attendees must have paid registration fee, signed in, attended the entire day for the days registered, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate of completion.  Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the day of the course.  No exceptions will be made and partial credit is not available.  Please contact Lia Jones, workshop coordinator, at 303-344-5405 or if you have questions, concerns or complaints regarding this workshop.


Event Details:


9:00 am - 5:00 pm