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Accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP™) with applications to racialized and other relational developmental trauma w/ Sonya Parker, LCSW, LSSW, RYT-200 & James Santos

October 12, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


This all-day workshop will enhance your ability to work deeply to heal trauma, including complex and racialized trauma, by leveraging the power of relational and experiential approaches of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy, or AEDP™.

AEDP psychotherapy is an empirically-supported model that is drawn from neuroplasticity, affective neurobiology, attachment theory, dyadic developmental research, and transformational studies, which has shown effectiveness with adults complex PTSD, helping them to cultivate a secure attachment style access and process emotions, and increase resilience.

The target psychotherapy are the defenses that cause people to become stuck in “unwilled and unwanted aloneness.” AEDP therapists co-create a secure base and empathetic environment that allows for the undoing of aloneness and transformation. AEDP strategies include tracking moment-to-moment emotional and somatic experiences as part of the therapeutic dyad, supporting clients to “feel and deal” with difficult emotions, including those that are avoided or suppressed due to past trauma or attachment experiences. Clients develop emotional regulatory repertoires through internalizing the relationship and emotion-regulating strategies within the therapy dyad. Clients are simultaneously encouraged to experience revitalizing emotions in within the therapy dyad, leading to more a more authentic, integrated, and revitalized sense of self.

In this one-day workshop, Sonya Parker will teach participants how to engage with AEDP, its principles, techniques, and interventions to be used on their own or to deepen and strengthen other therapeutic modalities. She will be emphasizing considerations for applying AEDP to intergenerational and ongoing injuries from oppressive systems, with mindfulness to intersectionality and cultural attunement.


This event is **Interactive Livestream Only**.

Clinical Lecture Series trainings are for students, professionals, and community members interested in therapeutic practices that are anti-oppressive, intersectional, and centered on self-determination. 

Free of charge for UNC School of Social Work students, faculty, staff, and practicum instructors. 2 CE for behavioral health clinicians including social workers, psychologists, and counselors.

Scholarships: Click here for a scholarship / discount to attend a program.

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October 12, 2023
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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United States


Marie Finnigan