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AEDP: AN OVERVIEW from the Ground Up 

February 2, 2018

At the Park Inn & Suites: 898 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Presenter:  Dr. Richard Harrison

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 an 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 feely and fully.

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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:

  • Gain a clear overview of the theory, maps, and therapist stance that undergird and guide AEDP practice and the transformational process.
  • Discover the healing power of explicit relational interventions
  • Understand AEDP’s Triangle of Experience and how it informs important clinical choice points.
  • Learn powerful new ways to facilitate, deepen, and strengthen change for the better through meta-therapeutic processing
  • Practice key intervention skills
  DR. RICHARD HARRISON Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor


Certified AEDP Therapist and Supervisor

Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor

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 there personal and professional lives.

About AEDP

AEDP is a healing-oriented, experiential therapy that harnesses the power of emotion and attachment to accelerate change.  This integrate treatment model is informed by affective neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, developmental studies, emotion theory, somatic therapies, and transformational studies.  AEDP teaches us how to skillfully apply this knowledge in our clinical practice, through specific, effective interventions.  AEDP provides a rich complement to EFT and is particulate helpful to therapists who want to slow down, deepen, and expand emotional experience within and between partners. 

For More Information Contact: info@vcfi.ca



Spring 2018 - Training Series

Neuroplasticity in Action:

Rewiring Internal Working Models of Attachment

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Ronald J. Frederick, PHD

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Early lessons about emotion and connection form instructional blueprints that get stored in memory systems outside of our awareness. Left unchallenged, they persist into adulthood and directly affect the ways we respond to our emotions and how we interact in our intimate relationships.  With its focus on the here-and-now relational experience, Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is ideally suited to unlocking and reworking internal working models of attachment.  This workshop will focus on both the theory and technique of AEDP making extensive use of videotaped clinical material.

By attending this workshop, you will be able to: 

  1. Explain the clinical implications of affective neuroscience and attachment studies. 
  2. Understand and demonstrate how the emotional engagement of the therapist can be used to promote a corrective relational experience. 
  3. Demonstrate interventions to melt defenses, reduce and transform anxiety, and facilitate emotional healing. 
  4. Help your clients break free from old patterns and realize a broader range of personal and relational possibilities. 


Ronald J. Frederick, PhD, is a licensed psychologist whose career has focused on the transforming power of emotional and relational experience.  He is a Founding and Senior Faculty member of the AEDP Institute, co-founder of the Center for Courageous Living in Beverly Hills, CA, and author of the award-winning book Living Like You Mean It (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Extensively trained by Dr. Diana Fosha, the developer of AEDP, he has been practicing and teaching AEDP for over twenty years and is actively involved in the training and supervision of psychotherapists internationally.  In addition, Dr. Frederick is a certified EMDR consultant.  Noted for his warmth, humor, and engaging presentation style, Dr. Frederick regularly leads workshops at the Cape Cod Institute, the Kripalu Center, and the Esalen Institute, has provided professional trainings for the Lifespan Learning Institute, CA, Professional Psych Seminars (PPS), and Premier Education Solutions (PESI), and frequently speaks to national, state, and local organizations.  He is currently working on his second book, Loving Like You Mean It (Central Recovery Press, 2018).  

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Note: If you are new to AEDP we recommend attending the following introductory workshop on the evening of April 27/18. You may also attend the evening on it's own. 

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

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


 Presenter:  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 www.aedpinstitute.org

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.

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Mastery Class and Supervision Workshop

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 9:00am - 5:00 pm

The work of AEDP requires that we, as clinicians, have a deep understanding of how our own early attachment experiences may play a role in our work with clients.  In this AEDP Master Class with Dr. Ron Frederick, we will explore how we can more reliably identify and make use of our own felt experience to affect growth, healing, and change with our clients.  Through lecture, videotape clinical material, and individual supervision in a group context, you will have the opportunity and space to sensitize yourself to and learn how to make optimal use of your feelings while increasing your capacity for emotional presence and relational work.  We will pay special attention to identifying out attachment related experience, increasing our ability to manage emotional reactions and triggers, navigate and make sense of challenging moments in treatment, and maintain an open, grounded presence.  In addition, we will explore ways in which we can bring our authentic selves more fully into the therapeutic encounter that can enliven, deepen, and accelerate the process.  You will leave this master class with an expanded repertoire of tools to transform both your life and clinical work.  

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 Ron Frederick and Dale Trimble. Participants should bring video of work with clients in which they are struggling, stuck, or feeling challenged in some way.  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.

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For further information contact:

Goretti Faria: g.faria@shaw.ca
                     Tel:  778-808-1995

AEDP Faculty in Vancouver: Dale Trimble: dale@daletrimble.com