AEDP Institute

AEDP Training & Certification

Healing-Oriented Clinical Practice Rooted in Cutting Edge Transformational Theory

AEDP training uses a three-pronged method to engage both left and right brain, as well as mind and heart, in your learning of AEDP. Our courses have opportunities for didactic presentations, clinical videotape and experiential exercises, with the proportion of time spent in each varying based on the course material and learning objectives. Clinicians emerge from AEDP training and supervision with a theoretical understanding of AEDP’s healing-oriented transformational theory, a felt sense of how AEDP is practiced, and, over time, a large repertoire of specific skills for the embodied clinical practice of AEDP.

Is there a recommended sequence for AEDP training courses?

The Immersion course is generally the best place to start. From there, Essential Skills will give you a very practical foundation for and understanding of AEDP, with ample opportunity for experiential practice. Clinical supervision is next and there are different ways to pursue it. Core Training is available for those who want to progress to more intensive ongoing group supervision. And once you’ve completed Immersion, you can consider individual or small-group supervision with one of our AEDP supervisors. If you’re interested in AEDP Certification, you must demonstrate mastery of the AEDP theoretical model, proficiency in applying AEDP interventions to diverse clinical populations, and an overall understanding and commitment to the AEDP mission, ethos and values. Check out our Certification Guidelines page to learn what it takes.

To learn more about each type of course, its structure and faculty, click on the offerings below.


AEDP Immersion Courses

The AEDP Immersion Course is intended for clinicians interested in AEDP as a healing-oriented, transformation-based therapeutic model, in its transformational theory and phenomenology, and in exploring AEDP’s unique contributions to the treatment of attachment trauma. We also seek to undo the clinician’s aloneness by working to foster a vibrant community of like-minded and like-hearted others.


AEDP Skills Courses

With AEDP Essential and Advanced Skills courses, our aim is to teach, in both left-brained and right-brained ways, skill sets both concrete and specific. Skill sets will be introduced, explained, illustrated and practiced each weekend so that participants gain understanding and a felt sense of how to practice AEDP. The basic skill sets necessary to practice AEDP will be introduced each weekend with theoretical foundations, videotapes, and group experiential exercises.


Core Training Groups

Deep transformations occur in the context of safe, supportive and positive relationships. With that in mind, AEDP Core Training is limited to 10 participants, offering a quintessential learning opportunity among inspiring, motivated colleagues. Each weekend includes didactic and video presentation by the leading faculty member, followed by one hour for each participant to present tape of their own work and get both faculty supervision and supportive feedback from the group. It’s a powerful way to integrate AEDP theory into your clinical acumen.



Supervision can be done either in person if geographically viable, or by telephone or videoconference, if long distance. In the latter, the supervisee sends the supervisor a copy of the audio-visually recorded clinical material in advance of the scheduled supervision time. Then, at the agreed upon time of the supervision session, supervisor and supervisee speak by phone or videoconference, with each of them simultaneously watching videotaped segments from the clinical material.


Retreat Style Courses

Each of these courses presents a unique opportunity to learn AEDP theory, methods of practice, and clinical skills in our most intensive, experiential format. If you live a distance away from the training, the Retreat Style course can be especially helpful in reducing travel expenses and conserving costs, while receiving excellent quality training.  These courses afford many opportunities to gain expertise in applying the methods of AEDP through experiential exercises designed to put what you learn into practice.