AEDP: An Overview from the Ground Up

Friday, February 2, 2018

        Richard Harrison, PhD   Certified AEDP Therapist & Supervisor  Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor

      Richard Harrison, PhD

Certified AEDP Therapist & Supervisor

Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor

This 1-day workshop is designed for clinicians who are new to AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), as well as people who have trained in the model and want to refresh and enhance their skills and understanding. Richard will distill and clarify key concepts and interventions at the heart of this intuitively appealing yet complex and powerful way of working.

Together we will explore and discover how:
• dyadic regulation of affect
• experiential/somatic work
• processing core adaptive emotions to completion
all within the safety of the therapy relationship, unleash a transformational spiral of accelerated healing and quantum change. This deep process enhances our clients’ sense of connection with self and others, heals attachment wounds, and empowers people to live more freely and fully.
The workshop incorporates:
- Engaging lecture and interactive discussion
- Video examples of AEDP therapy sessions with clients with different attachment presentations
- Small group experiential activities

Learning Goals and Objectives
Participants will:
1. Gain a clear overview of the theory, maps, and therapist stance that undergird and guide  AEDP  practice and the transformational process

2. Discover the healing power of explicit relational interventions

3. Understand AEDP’s Triangle of Experience and how it informs important clinical choice points

4. Learn powerful new ways to facilitate, deepen, and strengthen change for the better through
   meta-therapeutic processing

5. Practice key intervention skills

About Richard

Richard Harrison is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years experience as a clinician, educator, and group facilitator. He is known for his clarity, openness, and engaging style as a presenter. Richard teaches and supervises graduate students in Counselling Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and maintains a full clinical caseload with individuals and couples at the Vancouver Couple & Family Institute. He has authored publications on psychotherapy, supervision, and therapist self-care in professional journals. Richard was trained and supervised in AEDP by Dr. Diana Fosha, founder of the model. He genuinely delights in helping people grow and thrive in their personal and professional lives.


Experience of Awe in Psychotherapy: Working with Spirituality in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, and

Introduction to AEDP + Master Class

September 8 -10, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

        Dr Danny Yeung, MD

      Dr Danny Yeung, MD

In this workshop, presenter Danny Yeung, MD, will demonstrate how, in AEDP, awe and spiritual experience can emerge as part of the healing process. Through lecture and video illustrations of clinical sessions, Dr. Yeung will provide a theoretical framework of AEDP and the essential skills required to accompany the client through the transformational process, where regulated by the emotional presence of a caring and empathic therapist, the patient emerges from the experience with a sense of relief, lightness and hope. 

Dr. Yeung will pay particular attention to the Third and Fourth States of the model. The Third State, focusing on the experience of transformation includes the emotional pain of mourning-the-self, the emergence of healing affects, and a new understanding of Self and other.  State Four, Core State, the grand finale of an AEDP session, follows on the heels of the third state transformation. Phenomenologically akin to an aesthetic experience, core state is marked by emotional serenity, wisdom, the sense of things being ‘right’ and the truth sense. Enriched with mental clarity and coherence, experiencing core state is, in turn, another golden opportunity for the patient to create a new, adaptive and transcending autobiographical narrative.

Dr. Yeung will also be addressing the application AEDP to Asian cultures from his extensive work and experience in expanding AEDP to therapists in Shanghai & Hong Kong China.

Workshop Outline:

Participants will learn about:

  1. The Frame: An overview of theory and practice of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  2. The Tree: The rich and complex theoretical roots of AEDP including attachment theory, emotions theory and neuroscience.
  3. The Drive: Transformance as the overarching drive for healing and transformation in AEDP
  4. The Map: Phenomenology of four states and three state transformations of AEDP.
  5. The Set: An overview of the set of essential skills for AEDP with focus on the horizontal and vertical interventions
  6. Moment-to-moment AEDP work as illustrated through video of an actual clinical treatment with emergence of the phenomenology of awe and spirituality.

Learning Objectives:

  1. After the workshop, participants will be able to:
  2. Have a deeper understanding of how to apply the AEDP model in therapy. 
  3. Track moment-to-moment the 4 States and 3 States Transformation
  4. Track moment-to-moment the Triangle of Experience
  5. Harness the healing power of aesthetic / spiritual experience in psychotherapy

Presenter Bio:

Danny Yeung MD CCFP CGPP FCFP, Chair of International Development and Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute, is a trainer and supervisor of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for post-graduate mental health professionals in Hong Kong, China, and Canada. 

An Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Danny also serves as a Consultant Physician / Psychotherapist of Assertive Community Treatment Team and Mental Health Court Support Program for the Department of Psychiatry of Mount Sinai Hospital. His unique contribution as a family doctor and a psychotherapist in the ACT Team, unparalleled globally, was instrumental in helping his team to win the American Psychiatric Foundation Advancing Minority Mental Health Award in 2007 and the Leading Practices Award presented by Ontario Hospital Association in 2007. He was also personally honoured with the Joel Sadavoy Community Mental Health Award for 2011, Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for 2012 and Peter R. Newman Humanitarian Award for 2013.

Danny is the lead author of Rainbow After: Psychological Trauma and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, arguably one of the original trauma treatment manual published in Chinese. Together with Dr. Diana Fosha, he also coauthored a chapter in the Casebook of Psychotherapy Integration, published by American Psychological Association and the entry for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy in The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Danny has trained and supervised, since 2005, over 300 mental health clinicians,  including social workers, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists in Hong Kong in AEDP. He founded the AEDP Training Program in Hong Kong, fostered the birth of the AEDP Supervisors in Hong Kong. He is the co-founder of the AEDP Training Program in mainland China with Dr. Diana Fosha and Dr. Jacquie H. Perman.

Note: If you are new to AEDP we recommend attending the following introductory workshop on the evening of Sept 8/17. You may also attend the evening on it's own. 

Healing Attachment Wounds: Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) 

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

      Dale Trimble, MA, RCC

    Dale Trimble, MA, RCC

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) engages clients in the process of healing from the first moment of therapy. AEDP focuses on somatic experience, emotion and the therapy relationship to melt defences, process emotion that is frozen and awaken innate healing energy. Dale will present the four-state model of change and the very unique elements that AEDP brings that accelerate healing. Videotape of a therapy session will demonstrate how Dale applies AEDP with a client to help him move from a distant and defended stance to softening and the release of emotion. You will leave this two-hour workshop with some practical and powerful skills for your work as a therapist. For more information on AEDP see . 

Presenter Bio

Dale Trimble received his M.A. in Humanistic Psychology from Antioch University in 1977.  When Dale first connected with AEDP in 2009 he knew that he had found his therapeutic home. Since then he has trained extensively in AEDP with Diana Fosha and Ben Lipton.  Dale travels throughout North America teaching as a faculty member with the AEDP Institute. In 1981 Dale co-founded the first court ordered treatment program for men who assault their partners in the province of British Columbia. He was the lead author of the Canadian syllabus for CP 602 – The Psychology of Trauma and Interpersonal Violence for City University of Seattle, Vancouver, BC campus, where Dale has taught and supervised graduate students. Known as a Canadian expert on working with men, Dale has travelled throughout Canada providing training for therapists on compassionate ways of helping men change. In 2003-04 Dale was the recipient of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, President’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession. Dale has a private practice in Vancouver, BC where he works with individuals and couples, focusing on resolution of early childhood trauma, anxiety, interpersonal violence and depression. His background includes extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy, EMDR and the clinical application of meditation and mindfulness practices to healing.

Master Class and Supervision Workshop

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00 pm

This is an advanced training event for those who have attended the AEDP Immersion or Essential Skills courses. The group is limited to 25 and there will be the opportunity for a few participants (3-4) to show tape of their work and receive feedback from Danny Yeung and Dale Trimble. Your tapes do not need to have State 3 & 4 work as a focus. They can be of a client you are struggling with how to engage more deeply. Equally welcome is a tape that shows work you are very proud of and want to understand more deeply. A strong emphasis will be placed on creating safety and an open-hearted atmosphere as we all share transformance strivings, of both our clients and ourselves.