Diana Fosha, PhD: The Birth of Transformance, Transformational Theory and AEDP Work with Attachment Trauma

  • 25 Sep 2010
  • 8:00 AM - 3:59 PM
  • National Heritage Museum Lexington, MA


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The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation presents

The Birth of Transformance, Transformational Theory and AEDP Work with Attachment Trauma

We are wired for growth, for healing, and for self-righting, and for resuming impeded growth.  Until recently, the mental health field, focused on pathology, lacked concepts to capture the motivational strivings for health. Diana Fosha's work seeks to rectify that:  she will introduce the construct of transformance, and present her emergent work on transformational theory as a framework for the resilience-affirming clinical practice of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy).


Drawing on affective neuroscience, attachment theory, mother-infant developmental research, and research documenting the undreamed-of plasticity in the adult brain, AEDP has developed a healing-oriented practice. This workshop, through the extensive use of clinical videotapes, will show how experientially exploring the experience of attachment in the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship builds attachment security. We will see how the transformational process is awakened and facilitated through (a) the therapist’s emotional engagement and attachment orientation, (b) experiential techniques and dyadic affect regulation, and (c) the metatherapeutic processing of experiences of feeling safe, seen, helped, and changed. Through a process that culminates in vitality, energy, and the positive-affect transformational spirals that are so highly correlated with health, resilience, creativity, and well-being, attachment trauma can be healed, and the emergence of a vital and vibrant self can be fostered.


In keeping with both NESTTD’s mission and AEDP’s ethos, this will be an interactive workshop: a dyadic, collaborative process will be entrained between the presenter and the workshop participants, one that will support the emergence of the very positive transformational phenomena that are the topic of the workshop.


Lunch is included in the price of the workshop. Lunch will be a boxed lunch with sandwich, potato salad, salad and a cookie. Individuals with specialized dietary needs may bring their own lunch, however this will not change the registration price of the workshop. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you prefer to mail in your registration you may do so by applying online and selecting the manual payment option, or you may download a registration form here. You may also call the office at 508-598-5553 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              508-598-5553      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              508-598-5553      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              508-598-5553      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              508-598-5553      end_of_the_skype_highlighting to request a registration form by mail.

About Dr. Fosha:

DIANA FOSHA, Ph.D., is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and the Director of the AEDP Institute. She is the author of The Transforming Power of Affect: A Model for Accelerated Change (Basic Books, 2000), of numerous papers and chapters on healing transformational processes in experiential psychotherapy and trauma treatment, and editor, with Dan Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development, Clinical Practice (Norton, 2009). She has done workshops, telecourses, and trainings nationally and internationally. A DVD of her AEDP work with a patient has been released by APA, as part of their Systems of Psychotherapy Video Series (APA, 2006). She teaches and is in private practice in New York City. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at

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