The field of mental health is starting to recognize that many, if not most, psychiatric conditions are different manifestations of early childhood trauma. When a child’s undeveloped nervous system is repeatedly overwhelmed by fear or shame and no attachment figure is present to protect, comfort, regulate the child, the result is developmental trauma. Even in adulthood, a history of complex attachment trauma can sever and/or inhibit the formation of deep and lasting bonds between self and other, self and self, self and emotion. The practice of AEDP, an empirically-supported treatment model, includes key elements to foster the healing of trauma, the integration of dissociated parts and the rekindling of deep, trusting relationships through the felt experience of undoing aloneness. Such trusting relationships can rekindle neuroplasticity to restructure insecure attachment patterns, promote safe emotional processing and transform trauma into flourishing.
In this workshop, we will explore elements such as the explicit use of relational interventions to build safety and containment, dyadic regulation of intense traumatic affects of fear, shame, and overwhelm, as well as reconnection to healing emotion via processing of core affect – all in the context of patients with severe trauma histories. We will view these cases through the lens of intra-relational interventions, which place dual emphasis on internal attachment relationships formed through affective interchanges between dissociated parts of the self, and on the intrinsic healing power of new emotional experiences. Parallel relational processes unfolding simultaneously within the external dyad (i.e. therapist/client) and internal dyads (i.e. client/dissociated ego-states) facilitate and accelerate the internalization of secure attachment dynamics. Strengthening these connections instills safety and containment which, in turn, segue ways into transformative affect work and deep processing of traumatic memories. Key points will be illustrated with videotaped clips of actual therapy sessions.
This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.
Kari Gleiser, PhD, is a senior faculty member of the AEDP Institute since 2006. In her practice, she specializes in applying AEDP to the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. For 14 years, Dr. Gleiser was the co-founder/co-director of the Center for Integrative Health in Hanover, NH, a trauma center dedicated to multi-modal healing of mind, body and spirit. Dr. Gleiser has co-developed an “intra-relational” model of therapy that imports AEDP’s relational and experiential interventions to patients’ internal systems of dissociated self-states. Dr. Gleiser has written clinical papers and book chapters and presents internationally on trauma treatment. She also explores and presents on the intersection of psychotherapy and spirituality, as well as the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. When not working, she can be found running on forest trails of New England and Tuscany. Dr. Gleiser will move to Italy in the summer of 2024 and plans to build and nurture the European AEDP community with local trainings and workshops.
Financial: Kari Gleiser co-founder and co-director of the Center for Integrative Health. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kari Gleiser has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Essential AEDP Theory
Essential AEDP Interventions
Intra-relational Interventions: Building Secure Attachment in-vivo
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