Natasha Prenn, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, speaker, educator, author and life coach. As a senior faculty member of the AEDP Institute (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), she pioneered the AEDP Essential and Advanced Skills Courses, and is well known as a trainer of therapists across the U.S. and abroad.

Natasha, an engaging presenter, is noted for her ability to translate AEDP theory into user-friendly steps, and for her enthusiastic belief that the mechanisms of the magic of experiential-dynamic work are teachable and therefore learnable skills. Her obsession with languaging interventions and skills training has led to her co-authoring a monograph for APA: Supervision Essentials for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. This book is filled with practical skills to wield the power of AEDP's theory and practice into psychotherapy supervision. In addition to her work with individuals and couples, Natasha offers individual and group AEDP supervision. She is a founding editor of Transformance: The AEDP Journal, and she is currently writing the AEDP Skills Manual. Some of her papers are available on the AEDP website.

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The Nuts and Bolts of AEDP: Translating Theory into Clinical Practice
August 21-25, 2017

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy is a transformation-based, healing-oriented model of therapy. It integrates and uses to clinical advantage all we now know about neuroplasticity, mother-infant research, dyadic resonance, developmental models, transformational studies, body-focused treatments, and attachment research and theory.  AEDP fills the longstanding gap between theory and clinical practice: It explicates how to engender secure attachment in our different therapeutic dyads with specific intervention strategies for expanding self-self attachment and self-other relational capacities.

To practitioners first discovering AEDP it can look deceptively easy and almost magical. AEDP is in many ways a natural, instinctual way of working, and yet it is not magic, it is not easy.  It is rather a rigorous treatment modality with very specific skills, interventions, sequences of interventions, and maps that translate AEDP theory into how to work with AEDP clinically. 

Appropriate for both those new to AEDP and those with experience, this workshop will be a nuts-and-bolts dig into how to do AEDP. Inside the magic, there is a clear and recognizable structure, the bones of AEDP. We will practice the language of actual interventions, the steps and sequences that allow the work to flow, and the maps and protocols that inform our decision-making. We will unpack how to facilitate the different dyadic change processes that are central to AEDP.

Natasha is well known for her "how-to" workshops. She will use a balance of videotape, practice exercises, and user-friendly course materials to make AEDP’s complexity simple and practical. You will head back to work armed with immediately applicable clinical interventions and a framework for the different interventions you may already be using.

Monday
See Me, Feel Me
Moment-to-moment tracking, the AEDP Protocol, entry points, experiential language

Tuesday
I Second that Emotion
Self-disclosure and its metaprocessing

Wednesday
What’s Love Got To Do with It?
Dyadic change processes: receiving, receptivity, or, more simply put, "Can you take it in?"

Thursday
Oh, Won’t You Stay Just a Little Bit Longer
Anxiety regulation, working with defenses, intrapsychic and interpersonal

Friday
Celebrate Good Times
“We did it,” privileging the positive, acknowledging mastery and success, metatherapeutic processing: usually an endpoint, a starting point in AEDP

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What our alumni are saying:

"Natasha is an incredible presenter/educator. I learned tons in an engaging enjoyable format."

"Lovely dynamic instructor"

"The course and approach Natasha took were nourishing and nurturing and encouraged me to slow down and tune into myself in the midst of a busy existence"

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