Twin Cities News & Events

Saturday, June 16, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
"We’re in this Together:
Therapist Use of Self to Catalyze Therapeutic Transformation with AEDP”

Presented by Benjamin Lipton, L.C.S.W.
Senior Faculty, AEDP Institute New York City

This Event is Sponsored by AEDP Minnesota and SPS, the Society for Psychoanalytic Studies

While many models of individual psychotherapy recognize the importance of the therapeutic relationship and acknowledge the significance of attachment theory for clinical work, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) seeks to explicitly operationalize the intersection of attachment and affective neuroscience through innovations in clinical practice. AEDP's stance and techniques aim to (i) explicitly foster attachment security through the clinical process and (ii) harness the transformative resilience of secure attachment to potentiate deep and lasting psychological change. Using clinical video from the presenter’s practice, this master class will focus on the moment-to-moment, experiential processing of emergent attachment security as a powerful new experience that is both the vehicle and the marker of positive therapeutic change. At the heart of this endeavor is an emphasis on the therapist’s own mindful Self-reflection and use of Self in both implicit and explicit intervention strategies designed to nurture clients’ receptive affective capacities, foster resilience and transform internal working models rooted in attachment trauma.

This course is appropriate for individuals who have previously attended AEDP presentations by AEDP Institute Faculty, including the June 15, 2018, Ben Lipton conference sponsored by Hamm Clinic, “Attachment, Embodiment and Transformation: Using AEDP to Foster Resilience, Cultivate Empathy, and Enhance Relational Capacities”

Course Objectives
1. Apply new strategies for using Self Disclosure to regulate anxiety, lessen shame and soften defenses.
2. Facilitate safety and security in the therapy process through the specific use of your own embodied awareness and therapeutic presence.
3. Understand the core AEDP concept of making the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential in the service of co-creating secure attachment.
4. Utilize the interplay between attachment theory and affect regulation to bring online new, more adaptive working models with regard to the dyadic experiencing of core experiences.
5. Apply the technique of Metaprocessing to anchor new, positive relational experiences—especially receptive capacities for feeling seen, known and valued—in explicit memory.

Benjamin Lipton, L.C.S.W. is a senior and founding faculty member of the AEDP Institute. He has been trained and supervised in AEDP by Diana Fosha. Ben teaches in all of the AEDP course offerings, as well as being a supervisor for individuals and small groups of clinicians learning AEDP around the world. In addition to teaching AEDP across the US and in many other countries, Ben has been a consultant to social service and healthcare organizations throughout New York City on issues related to clinical practice and staff development. He has edited a book, written many book chapters and clinical articles in psychology and social service journals, and he has presented on numerous occasions at conferences and workshops in the US
and abroad. Ben was the Director of Clinical Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first and largest HIV/AIDS service organization and has held adjunct appointments at Columbia Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work.

Schedule of Events
8:30 - 9:00      Registration
9:00 - 9:10      Welcome and Introductions
9:10 - 10:10    Therapist Use of Self in AEDP: The Interplay between Attachment and Affect Regulation

10:10 - 10:20   Break
10:20 - 11:20   Part I: AEDP skills for making the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential in the service of fostering secure attachment.

10:20 - 11:30     Break
11:30 - 12:30     Part II: AEDP Skills for making the implicit explicit and the explicit experiential in the service of fostering secure attachment.


Minnesota Humanities Center
987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106
Parking is Free - For Map and Directions, please see:

**Registration Fees**
Non-Member Professional - $ 95
Non-Member Student/Trainee - $ 55
SPS Member Professional - $ 85
SPS Member Student/Trainee - $ 50

Register Online and Pay Via PayPal.

Continuing Education Credits
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.5 continuing education credits. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

A post-test will be provided for those who need this content for licensure. Participants applying for a new LICSW license must meet new educational requirements. For more information, please see:

SPS is a Continuing Education Provider by the MN Board of Social Work, CEP-130.
SPS is an Affiliate of the American Psychological Association MN Chapter of Division 39