AEDP is a model that combines a theoretical understanding of innate capacities for growth and change, with clear principles and interventions. The AEDP practitioner has theoretical knowledge about human nature, attachment theory, dynamic processes, knowledge from theories of emotions, affective neuroscience, and more. In addition, the AEDP therapist experiences and practices the unique treatment skills of this approach and creates unique conditions for the emergence of the client’s optimal well-being.
Therapists who wish to acquire or hone these skills may seek opportunities here in Israel and abroad through the AEDP Institute’s various courses which are described here (as well as on the “Training and Certification page” page).
Types of Training
Various methods of training for accreditation are available and reflect both the level of knowledge as well as skills acquired. Following is a brief description which will help therapists who are interested in AEDP focus on possibilities for continuing their studies.
Immersion Course comprises five consecutive days of study and is an introduction to AEDP. (This course was brought to Israel and led by Dr. Diana Fosha through the Interdisciplinary Center and the New School of Psychotherapy). Diana Fosha’s description of the course (abroad) and reflections of participants’ experience can be viewed below.
Essential Skills 1/ ES1 is an ongoing course in which theoretical learning is accompanied by experiential practice. This course is delivered in two ways: Either a five-weekend course over a year or a course of two weeks offered six months apart.
Essential Skills 2/ES2 is a course that enables therapists to deepen theoretical understanding and further enhance therapeutic intervention skills. The structure of the course is similar to the structure of ES1.
Core Training Supervision combines learning, deepening the use of interventions, and supervision. This 10-12 session course is held in small groups featuring guided supervision for all participants, using recorded tapes of their work. In group supervision, each participant presents cases for consultation. Members of the group receive a deepening of learning through their own supervision and through witnessing others.
Individual supervision is another excellent way to deepen and effectively internalize the conceptual model. While witnessing together the supervisee’s recorded tapes, the supervisee has the opportunity for deeper and more effective understanding.
Group Supervision is a tutorial in which each participant presents cases for consultation and supervision. Members receive a deepened understanding and learning through their own supervision and witnessing others.
* It should be noted that there are many courses, workshops, and trainings that are offered, which serve to enrich the knowledge and skill acquisition of AEDP, but are not recognized towards certification.