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SEMINAR: Ben Medley – New York City, NY, February 2020

Clinically Oppressed: Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization with AEDP

An AEDP Institute Sponsored, AEDP Metro NYC Live Seminar
with AEDP Faculty Member Ben Medley, LCSW



Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs, MD’s, Nurses, Creative Arts Therapists, in mental health and the healing arts and sciences. This course is for Beginning/Intermediate levels.

Marginalized populations and people experience high levels of stress and negative life events as a result of their minority status. Oppression denies people involvement in economic, political, cultural and social activities due to their identification in regards to race, gender, sexuality, ability, class and/or religion. The more these aspects of identity intersect, the more there can be an increase in marginalization and psychological distress. This stress occurs not only as result of direct experiences of discrimination, prejudice and oppression, but also from a lack of connection to others and the culture at large.

AEDP views trauma as being alone with and overwhelmed by unregulated affective experiences. Oppression can not only result in disconnect from others on an institutional, societal and inter-relational level, but also from the self on an intra-relational level. The external messages associated with racism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism and classism (to name a few of the “isms”) can also be internalized and negatively affect views of self and others. In essence, an insecure attachment relationship can be formed on any or all levels of connection, causing distress, emotional suffering and unbearable aloneness.

With a focus on undoing aloneness and creating secure attachment in the therapeutic relationship, AEDP, when employed with cultural humility, offers the clinician the theoretical knowledge and operational tools well-suited for addressing experiences of marginalization and oppression. By authentically recognizing and exploring the effects of marginalization, and the emotions associated with these experiences, the AEDP therapist seeks to dyadically co-create new, positive experiences by deeply processing core affect in relationship to a supportive, authentic and emotionally present therapist. For the marginalized client, and perhaps even therapist, this creates the possibility of undoing internalized messages and relating to self and others in new, healing ways.

By attending this workshop, participants will learn to:.

  • Define how marginalization and oppression can be traumatic

  • Name and define 3 types of microaggressions

  • Describe how marginalization can negatively affect a client’s relationship to the self

  • Recognize and know how to explicitly explore experiences of marginalization and oppression with your clients

  • Demonstrate the AEDP stance, undo aloneness and foster secure connection with marginalized clients

  • Identify and work with marginalization explicitly in each of the 4 States of the AEDP model

  • Recognize your own experiences of marginalzation, power and privilege and how this can intersect with your clients’ own identity and experiences



9:00–9:15       Welcome and Seminar Overview
9:15–10:30     Understanding Marginalization, Oppression and Trauma
10:30–10:45   Break
10:45–12:30   Video Presentation
12:30–1:30     Lunch
1:30–3:00       Addressing the Trauma of Marginalization Using AEDP
3:00–3:15       Break
3:15–4:30       Video Presentation
4:30–5:00       Large Group Discussion

Meet the Presenters

Ben Medley, LCSW


Ben Medley, LCSW has a private practice in NYC where he works with individuals and couples and supervises both in-person and online. In addition to being an AEDP faculty member, Ben is also a certified Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT) Supervisor. He has presented nationally and internationally, including co-presenting with AEDP faculty member Ben Lipton the workshop Feeling Like a Man: Using AEDP to Overcome Shame and Heal Attachment Trauma in California, Massachusettes and in New York. He has also helmed Advanced Essential Skills courses in Stockholm and New York; taught/presented with the Essential Skills course in Parma, Italy; taught/ presented in Ithaca with the Central New York AEDP community; assisted with the NY Immersion Course with Diana Fosha; and has assisted in Essential Skills courses with Natasha Prenn, Ben Lipton and Eileen Russell. Ben also created and launched AEDP Jumpstart, a short-term, low-cost AEDP supervision group for those beginning AEDP supervision and/or beginning to review video of clinical material. Before private practice, Ben began a mental health program for study abroad students with the Scuola Lorenzo di Medici in Florence, Italy; worked in the Jewish Board of Family Services LGBTQ Unit; and worked in Greenwich House's HIV Mental Health and Chemical Dependency programs. His paper "Recovering the True Self: Affirmative Therapy, Attachment and AEDP in Psychotherapy with Gay Men" is published with the SEPI Journal: the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Ben earned his degree in Clinical Social Work with the NYU Silver School of Social Work.


Kate Halliday, certified AEDP therapist and supervisor, will present "Different client, different therapist:  two initial sessions revealing how attachment style, defenses, etc in my client evokes a different version of me"


November 22, 2019 

3:30-6:00 pm


1133 Broadway, 2nd fl. 

New York, NY 10010

SEMINAR: Diana Fosha and Ruth Lanius – New York City, NY

The Neuroscience of Trauma and Its Healing: The Road Back to the Neurobiological Core Self 

An AEDP Institute Sponsored, AEDP Metro NYC Seminar
with AEDP Founder and Director Diana Fosha, PhD & Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD


This seminar is intended for professionals in mental health and the healing arts and sciences. 

Date, Time and Location

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Mt. Sinai West, Second floor, Room B
1000 Tenth Avenue (between 58th & 59th)
New York, NY 10019

Fees, Registration and Continuing Education (CE):

CE credits: 6.5


  • $150 Member Price (must be logged in to register)

  • $175 Non-Member Early Bird (by October 2, 2019)

  • $195 Non-Member Regular Price (starts October 3, 2019)

  • $225 Non-Member Walk-In

For more info and to register, click below (the information and registration page on the AEDPinstitute.org site will open in a new window):

Past Events

AEDP NYC Seminar at Mt. Sinai West NYC

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT

Healing Relational Trauma: Tailoring Treatment to Presenting Attachment Styles


Attachment styles are strategies of defense that reveal early 
patterning with our caregivers that are wired into our nervous 
systems. As such, they serve as thresholds into the betrayal,
 deprivation or loss that needs to be healed in order to transform relationships with self and other. Throughout our day together we will pinpoint classic blind spots that occur and specific meta-skills to help therapists effectively engage with each attachment style.

Establishing a secure base provides an essential foundation for exploration. When treatment is informed by the attachment style presented in each moment, we can strengthen this base and mobilize transformation.

By attending this seminar, you will learn:

  • How to tailor therapeutic interventions to best attune to and motivate clients.

  • When dismissive defenses generate distance, ways to build connection.

  • When clients become preoccupied, how to help them focus internally and build regulation skills

  • When defensive strategies loosen, observe how disorganization can reveal unresolved trauma, and how to approach the work.

  • How to identify predictable blind spots in treatment and meta-skills to fortify therapist self-care.

Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in San Rafael, California. She was irresistibly drawn to AEDP in 2005 and captivated by the depth and breadth of its transformational model. She immersed herself in training and consultation with Dr. Fosha and three years of core training with Dr. Frederick. Ms. Pando-Mars is one of the founders of AEDP West, Co-Director of the Center for Transformative Therapies in San Rafael, and currently is a supervisor for the Bay Area Core Training. She presents AEDP trainings around the San Francisco Bay Area and offers individual and small group supervision to psychotherapists. She is known for her warmth and approachability, and her ability to create safety in the supervisory relationship. Ms. Pando-Mars' long-time interest in deepening connection between self and other has been grounded through AEDP's precise tracking of attachment principles and related neuroscience, and this influence is woven throughout her work with individuals, couples and groups. Licensed since 1989, her background in somatic and experiential therapies includes Focusing, Process-Oriented Psychotherapy, Sandtray, EMDR, and Authentic Movement. She was a founder of The Sandtray Network and a contributing editor of its journal. As adjunct faculty at Dominican University, in San Rafael, California, she taught AEDP as the overarching theoretical model in her Alternative and Innovative Psychotherapies course.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Mt. Sinai West
1000 Tenth Avenue (between 58th and 59th)
Conference Room B, Second Floor

New York, NY 10019

The Science and Practice of  Facilitating Deep Transformational Change Across Therapeutic Techniques

An Exchange between AEDP,  Memory Reconsolidation & Contemplative Psychotherapy

an AEDP NYC Seminar at Mt. Sinai West in NYC with Bruce Ecker, LMFT, Diana Fosha, PhD, and Joseph Loizzo, PhD

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Mt. Sinai West

1000 Tenth Avenue (between 58th & 59th)
Second Floor / Conference Room B
New York, NY 10019

November 11, 2018 | New York, NY  
Strengthening Your Clinical Heart, Mind and Practice by Cultivating Therapeutic Presence, an AEDP NYC Seminar at Mt. Sinai West in NYC
with Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, and Shari Geller, PhD, C.Psych
For online registration, click the link below and you will be redirected to the registration page on the  AEDP Institute website 
May 5, 2018 | New York, NY  
AEDP Institute presents: Blinded by the Light: A Primer on AEDP Work with Complex Trauma and Dissociation
Presented by Jerry Lamagna, LCSW, Senior Faculty, AEDP Institute
Sponsored by AEDP TriState
For online registration, click the link below and you will be redirected to the registration page on the  AEDP Institute website