AEDP Institute

Restoring Resilience Through Attachment, Affect and Co-Regulated Experience in AEDP​

an AEDP Rocky Mountains Workshop in Denver, CO.

with Dr. Eileen Russell, PhD

As clinicians, we can marvel at certain clients who bounce back from severe trauma and worry about others whose recovery seems glacial. Thinking about resilience as something one has or does not prevents clinicians from seeing the strength and adaptation that have helped many of our clients survive. This workshop will examine useful ways of understanding resilience from a clinical perspective and introduce approaches to help restore and enhance resilience in our clients without denying symptoms, suffering, complexity, or the real impact of trauma.

Recognizing our resilient partner-in-healing that resides in each of our clients is the starting point of this kind of work. Inadequate resources, too much aloneness, trauma and adaptation make survivors of many. Transforming this survivor’s strength on behalf of the self into something that is more life- giving, liberated, and creative is the art of all effective psychotherapy. We will look at some examples of that (including videotape), and some principles of AEDP on healing-oriented change processes.

At the end of this workshop, attendees will learn to:

  • Define the essence of resilience from a depth-oriented, experiential perspective
  • Distinguish between resilience potential and resilient capacity
  • Describe how resilience may be expressed through resistance or through transformance
  • Apply key AEDP interventions to help clients restore their resilience

Meet the Presenter

Eileen M. Russell, PhD

Eileen Russell

Eileen M. Russell, PhD, has been trained and supervised intensively in AEDP since 1996 by Diana Fosha, PhD and Jenna Osiason, PhD. In addition, Dr. Russell is trained in EMDR and in Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing. Dr. Russell received her doctorate from Fordham University and received her clinical training from New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and New York University Medical/Bellevue Hospital Center. Until 2004, she was senior psychologist at NYU Medical/Bellevue Hospital, where she worked with people dually diagnosed with substance dependence and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Russell is currently a part-time Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center where she supervises students in AEDP and dynamic psychotherapy and the lead supervisor of one of two New York City AEDP Core Training Groups. She has taught AEDP seminars at several universities and clinics in New York and New Jersey and supervises clinicians learning AEDP.

In her book, Restoring Resilience: Discovering your Clients' Capacity for Healing (W.W. Norton & Company, June 2015), Eileen draws on interpersonal neurobiology, affect regulation research, a number of theoretical orientations and clinical experience to show therapists how to build from what’s going right in clients’ lives, help them cultivate and deepen their native resilience and create lasting change. Together with Diana Fosha, she has co-authored a paper on "Transformational affects and core state in AEDP" for the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Her research and writing interests include the development of AEDP theory and practice, and spirituality in psychotherapy. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and New Jersey.

Date, Time and Location

Date: October 28, 2017

Time:  9:30am – 4:30pm

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

Fees and Registration

Members of AEDP Rocky Mountains:  $150
(please see Membership page to become a member):

All Other Participants:  Professional Rate $170

Student/Intern Rate: $100

SPACE IS LIMITED so please register early

Register Here!

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, October 28, 2017 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:


8:30 am - 4:30 pm