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Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDPfC)

Cultivating the Self of the Therapist for More Effective Couple Therapy

October 28 - November 2, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$1285 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Are you a therapist who wants to help couples break through patterns of stuckness and reactivity to rekindle and stabilize fresh experiences of love? Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDPfC) is a powerful, somatically oriented method with foundations in affective neuroscience, attachment theory, and transformational studies.

Join David Mars, MFT, PhD, developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) for Couples and Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, for a 5-day training where couple therapists will learn to:

  • Apply somatic awareness in couple treatment through incorporating the seven channels of experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual, and Imaginal)
  • Practice skills that regulate emotional reactivity when it arises between couple members
  • Identify the unresolved trauma that interferes with relational health, and practice methods that help couple members to heal
  • Locate and build upon the healthiest aspects of each couple member.

Each morning, theoretical foundations of AEDPfC will be introduced with clinical videotape illustrations to set the stage for learning new skills. Each afternoon, you will apply AEDPfC interventions with role-play couples, guided by well-trained and experienced assistants.

At the end of the training, you will be able to identify two markers between couple members that affirm the felt experience of love; name one marker of each of the Seven Channels of Experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual, and Imaginal); define two signs of dorsal vagal response (Porges’ Polyvagal Theory); and name two behaviors that point to unresolved early traumatic material that is showing up in a couple member.

This combined left brain and right brain learning will enhance your ability to effectively treat couples with greater confidence, enjoyment, and ease.

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  • Faculty Bio
    David Mars, MFT, PhD

    Psychotherapist, cofounder AEDP West

    David Mars is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDPfC). He specializes in the somatically focused treatment of couples and groups and has been innovative in developing process-oriented and empathically focused couples treatment since 1975. David has trained and co-consulted with Dr. Diana Fosha, the founder of AEDP Institute, since 2005.

    David develops and presents training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally that focus on the AEDPfC model. He is the lead supervisor of the AEDP for Couples core training, teaches at AEDP immersion courses and the AEDP Essential Skills program, and leads four ongoing AEDP for Couples supervision groups. David is a cofounder of AEDP West. He is on the adjunct faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he infused AEDP into his teaching of courses on the clinical relationship.

    David’s style as a presenter is described as inspiring, warm, and deeply personable. He evokes trust from his audiences, which ushers in a deep level of transparent exchange of ideas and points of view about how therapists can more effectively treat the historical trauma and deprivation that underlies marital dysfunction.

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    Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, PhD

    Psychotherapist, cofounder AEDP West

    Karen Pando-Mars is a psychotherapist and senior faculty member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute. She has a deeply felt sense for AEDP for Couples, as developer David Mars’ wife and partner for more than 33 years of marriage, throughout which time their studies and interests drew them to Authentic Movement, Process Work, and finally AEDP.

    Her most recent publication, “Tailoring AEDP Interventions to Attachment Style,” (2016) Transformance: The AEDP Journal, 6 (2), is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be published by Norton.

    Karen’s background in experiential, relational, and somatic psychotherapies and her long-time interest in deepening connection between self and other have been met in consultation and close collaboration with AEDP Institute’s founder, Diana Fosha, since 2005.  Karen’s focus in healing relational trauma has been grounded and elaborated through the model of AEDP: precise tracking of attachment principles, related neuroscience, and transformational process inspires and guides her work with individuals, couples, and groups.

    Karen is lead faculty of AEDP Essential and Advanced Skills courses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Tel Aviv, Israel.  She supervises and trains clinicians worldwide.

    Karen’s presence, candor, and warmth in her teaching style are complimented by the organization and clarity with which she translates complex theory into user-friendly interventions.

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  • Why Attend
    • Find more ways to create the secure base necessary for transformative outcomes in treatment.

    • Practice and build upon your capacity for tracking somatic experience and regulating affect with couples.

    • Inspire your therapist use of self by witnessing videotape of actual couple sessions that show how to transform the internal working models of couples toward more secure attachment.

  • Things to Know

    Program Schedule

    Sunday, October 28th

    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Orientation and Introductions

    Monday, October 29th

    AEDP for Couples: A Transformational Somatic Holding Model

    8:45 am – 9:15 am: Channels of experience meditation and opening

    9:15 am – 10:30 am: AEDP: A three-prong model of change: Emotion, Relatedness, and Transformation. Didactic and clinical video. Establishing safety and undoing aloneness, following transformance urges and positive affect, therapist stance, AEDP map of the phenomenology of change.

    10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

    10:45 am – 12:00 pm: AEDP for Couples: A Somatic Holding model: Didactic and clinical video

    What makes skillful somatic holding so crucial to transformational outcomes in couple treatment? At intake, at least one member of the couple is typically not adept at perceiving, receiving, or expressing emotion. If we bridge to channels of experience that are open in each couple member—then both couple members can experience being validated and held at equal advantage in the session. Brain change and the growth of the self of therapist through development of greater somatic awareness create a positive contagion with the couple members. The theme: moving from complaint to expressing what is longed for in the present moving to the future.

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: AEDP for Couples: A Somatic Holding model: David: video illustration

    Utilizing a somatic focus to regulate and deepen couple work from the first moments of the first session. Helping the couple members to recognize body cues that allow each to maintain openness and safety, so each can speak from the heart and be received and understood.

    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Break

    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Face-to-Face in couple work: Karen: video illustration

    Showing how to help the couple feel safe enough to talk directly to each other about what they want to build with each other for a more satisfying couple relationship.

    3:45 pm – 4:15 pm: Small Experiential Groups

    “How does this work affect you?” “What happens in your body; use ‘I’ statements.”

    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Metaprocess the large group distillate of the day

    “What channels of experience are activated or deactivated in you during this work?”

    Tuesday, October 30th

    Cultivating an appetite for somatic awareness as a guidance system for couple members to feel drawn to each other: building sexual desire in couple treatment

    8:45 am – 9:15 am: Channels of experience meditation and Morning reflections

    9:15 am – 10:30 am: Regulating affect, staying present and building sexual energy through bottom-up experience: David: Didactic with video illustration

    10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

    10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Working through an avoidant male’s disgust reaction to his partner’s openness and enthusiasm. Karen: Didactic with video illustration

    12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

    1:15 pm – 2:00 pm: LIVE GROUP DEMO—Prepare for the experiential exercises with a 20-minute live demonstration.

    2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Small groups orient to the exercise with their experiential assistant

    2:15 pm – 4:15 pm: Three rounds of experiential practice with role play couples

    30 minutes each with 5 min break in between.

    (20 min practice, 10 min reflection on therapist’s learning)

    First practice starts at 2:15 pm, ends at 2:35 pm, reflection until 2:45 pm

    2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break

    Second practice starts at 3:00 pm, ends at 3:20 pm, reflection until 3:30 pm

    Third practice starts at 3:35 pm, ends at 3:55 pm, reflection until 4:05 pm

    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Small group debriefing and reflections

    Wednesday, October 31st

    Internal Working Models of Attachment and the Neuroscience of Transformation: Challenging and High Conflict Couples

    8:45 am – 9:15 am: Channels of experience meditation and Morning reflections

    9:15 am – 10:30 am: Working with Challenging Couples: Karen: Didactic and Video:

    Short clips across the arc of treatment with one couple to demonstrate step-by-step work where her high reactivity meets his cold, non-reflective style. Work illustrates shifting entrenched patterns stemming from both of their historical unresolved trauma and neglect.

    10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

    10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Working with Multi-Generational Sensitivity-Failure of the Masculine in a heterosexual couple: The Inflamer and the Inflamed: David: Didactic and Video

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

    1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Set-up the experiential exercises in the large group

    1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Small groups meet with their experiential assistants and orient to practice the skills learned in the morning

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Three rounds of experiential practices

    First practice starts at 2:00 pm, ends at 2:25 pm, reflection until 2:35 pm

    2:35 pm – 2:50 pm: Break

    Second practice starts at 2:50 pm, ends at 3:15 pm, reflection until 3:25 pm

    Third practice starts at 3:30 pm, ends at 3:55 pm, reflection until 4:05 pm

    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Small group debriefing and closure

    Thursday, November 1st

    Treating Complex Trauma: Healing portrayal work in AEDP for Couples

    8:45 am – 9:15 am: Channels of experience meditation and Morning reflections

    9:15 am – 10:30 am: Reunion portrayal in couple treatment: Karen: Didactic with video illustration:

    In a repetitive reactive pattern between couple members lies seeds of underlying trauma that need to be unearthed for healing to occur. This segment shows how to identify the historical trigger and facilitate a portrayal that mobilizes change.

    10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

    10:45 am – 12:15 pm: Portrayal work to address complex trauma: David: Didactic with video illustration:

    Triumphing over an ingrained relationship pattern of alternating rage and dissociation by facing the historical three-headed monster that evoked fear without solution in his family of origin.

    12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

    1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Set-up the experiential exercises in the large group.

    1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Small groups meet with their experiential assistants to learn and practice facilitating portrayals.

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Three rounds of experiential practices:

    First practice starts at 2:00 pm, ends at 2:25 pm, reflection until 2:35 pm

    2:35 pm – 2:50 pm: Break

    Second practice starts at 2:50 pm, ends at 3:15 pm, reflection until 3:25 pm

    Third practice starts at 3:30 pm, ends at 3:55 pm, reflection until 4:05 pm

    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Small group debriefing and closure

    Friday, November 2nd

    Celebration, Integration, and Closure

    8:45 am – 9:15 am: Channels of experience meditation and Morning reflections

    9:15 am – 10:30 am: Transformation in Couple Treatment: Reflections on breakthroughs in the experiential practices…preparation to take home to your practice what you’ve created during the retreat.

    10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break

    10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Closing Rituals

    Prerequisites

    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    CEs Available

    This course has been approved for 27 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, click HERE 

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life’s most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You’ll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you’ve pretty much captured what you’ll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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