AEDP for Couples
David Mars, MFT, PhD &
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT.
Six therapists speak of their experience of our AEDPfC Intensive Course (2'05")
(Full versions of these testimonials below)
for Couples (AEDPfC)
Cultivating the Self of the Therapist for
More Effective Couples Therapy
David Mars, MFT, PhD & Karen Pando-Mars, MFT.
Are you a therapist who wants to help couples break through patterns of stuckness and reactivity to rekindle and stabilize fresh experiences of love? Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDPfC) is a powerful, somatically oriented method with foundations in affective neuroscience, attachment theory, and transformational studies.
Join David Mars, MFT, PhD, developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) for Couples and Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, for a 5-day training where couple therapists will learn to:
Apply somatic awareness in couple treatment through incorporating the seven channels of experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual, and Imaginal)
Practice skills that regulate emotional reactivity when it arises between couple members
Identify the unresolved trauma that interferes with relational health, and practice methods that help couple members to heal
Locate and build upon the healthiest aspects of each couple member.
Each morning, theoretical foundations of AEDPfC will be introduced with clinical videotape illustrations to set the stage for learning new skills. Each afternoon, you will apply AEDPfC interventions with role-play couples, guided by well-trained and experienced assistants.
At the end of the training, you will be able to identify two markers between couple members that affirm the felt experience of love; name one marker of each of the Seven Channels of Experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual, and Imaginal); define two signs of dorsal vagal response (Porges’ Polyvagal Theory); and name two behaviors that point to unresolved early traumatic material that is showing up in a couple member.
This combined left brain and right brain learning will enhance your ability to effectively treat couples with greater confidence, enjoyment, and ease.
MEET THE FACULTY
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, as an innovator in developing process-oriented, somatically, and empathically focused couple treatment. David has trained, supervised and consulted with Dr. Diana Fosha, the originator of AEDP since 2005.
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, the Essential Skills Program 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. Perhaps most importantly, participants are moved to apply what they learn in these training programs, due to the depth of experience they take in while witnessing videos, live demonstrations and engaging in experiential practices.
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT.
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. PandoMars' 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.
David Mars PhD introduces the Three Day Course (0.40")
Karen-Pando Mars MFT introduces the Three Day Course (0.49")