A unique training opportunity for therapists who treat couples, individuals and trauma. September 10, 2016 at IAIA in Santa Fe
Treating Two Histories of Complex Trauma in Couple Therapy: Out of Prison and into Love
AEDP for Couples
with David Mars, Ph.D. Senior Faculty of the AEDP Institute
The developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples
Generate and strengthen the secure base required for transformative couple treatment
- An emphasis on the experience of felt love as a key agent of change in couples work
- Use of the self of the therapist in transformative work with even severe and complex trauma
- A focus on healing attachment trauma in the couple as well as in each individual within it
- Showing how cutting edge neuroscience informs this accelerated method of treating trauma
treatment, Dr. Mars, will demonstrate ways to:
- Generate and strengthen the secure base required for transformative couple treatment
- Employ an effective Early Warning System to treat dissociation quickly and re-regulate both members
- Expand the window of affect tolerance
- Resolve shame about what each couple member has done and what each was helpless to prevent being done to them
- Help therapists expand their capacity to attune somatically to their couples and clients
- Use healing portrayals as a means to accelerate healing and to bring lasting relief and improve the capacity to feel and deal in daily life
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Testimonials for David Mars, Ph.D.
“I just had a first session with a couple who have 20 years of experience in intense fighting. Thanks to this work [AEDP for Couples] I was inspired to confidently interrupt their familiar ways of talking to each other to very good effect and they were able to do something different for the first time.” Birgitta Gabel, Ph.D. Albuquerque, NM
"What a wonderful teacher-so welcoming and simultaneously organized and clear (especially with material that was so charged and activating)."
"Admirable, soothing and inspiring!"
"This experience makes me want to experience more of what David offers."
"What did I get? More ability to track my body and my client’s body. And love admiration and joy…oh and transformation!"
"Beautiful. It always feels like a privilege to learn from him."
"Such love, collaboration, respect. (-;"
"Another brilliant fountain of AEDP Wisdom in how David not only teaches, but demonstrates the AEDP worldview by who he is!"
"Phenomenal work with clients."
"David has a unique ability to track himself, his client and the neurobiology going on all at the same time."
"David’s teaching is exceptional. I so appreciate the balance of the kindness and warmth of his approach."
"What David teaches is SO needed in this cognitive and technological world!"
"David is extremely knowledgeable with an amazing integration of his somatic knowledge and application to the AEDP model. Wow!"
"I felt inspired, alive and welcomed. He makes room for playfulness so that I could expand and open up."
"I feel re-invigorated to continue my work."
"I really enjoy David’s knowledge and intellect expressed in warmth and holding."
"I appreciated his warmth, candid commentary throughout the showing his video. I appreciated the structure and the container of the teaching."
"His style is gentle and promotes self-reflection."
"His knowledge of neuroscience very helpful…to have the video stopped and explained and channels pointed out as they show up in the work."
"David’s passionate and highly sensitive left and right brain co-mingling was inspirational."
"David’s ability to integrate complex/evolving theory with practical, spontaneous/processing/ feedback and role-plays was marvelous for very deep experience and deepening understanding."
"Seeing the delight and joy on David’s face as he saw us do our live role play work."
"Safe structure and feedback. EXCELLENT!"
DAVID MARS, M.F.T., Ph.D.
Senior Faculty Member at the AEDP Institute
(Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)
David Mars, Ph.D. is the developer of AEDP For Couples. He has specialized in the somatically focused treatment of couples and groups for four decades. David trained and co-consulted with Dr. Diana Fosha, the originator of AEDP since 2005. Dr. Mars is and has been an innovator in developing process-oriented, somatically, and empathically focused couple treatment.
David develops and presents training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally that focus on the AEDP for Couples model. He is the lead supervisor of the AEDP for Couples Core Training. He teaches at AEDP Immersion Courses, Essential Skills Programs and leads two ongoing AEDP for Couples supervision groups. He is one of the founders of AEDP West. David is also on the adjunct faculty of the California Institute for 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 quickly 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. In the process of helping therapists to evolve their clinical skills, participants are moved to apply what they learn, due to the depth of experience they take in while witnessing the videos and live demonstrations that David creates.