ACE Foundation Programs

2020 Program Archive

New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Mid-Hudson Chapter with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


Program Description

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, or “AEDP”, is an attachment therapy which provides a neurobiologically-based map to flourishing where the warm, safe, affirmative relationship between therapist and patient opens up wired-in capacities for healing and transformation.

This workshop will demonstrate exciting results of AEDP therapy in a time-limited 16-session format. We will explore how the benefits of slowing to attune to somatic experience and core emotion—key AEDP concepts— are enhanced within the foreshortened time-frame of 16 sessions. By viewing video excerpts showing key change moments from beginning, middle and end of complete time-limited treatments, we will discover how awareness of ending from the beginning, mobilizes the transformance drive. Particular attention will be given to issues of grief and loss.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Saturday, February 29, 2020

10:00am - 1:15pm

Course Number



Gail Woods, LCSW, LMFT

Program Originator:



Mental Health America
253 Mansion Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

contact Hours:

3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

Applicable for:



Registration is closed.

Program Details

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key benefits of time-limited AEDP therapy.
  2. Name Four States and Three Transformations of AEDP’s transformational phenomenology.
  3. Describe the process of slowing to track somatic experience and attune to core emotion.
  4. Explain the meaning of “emotional experience processed to completion.”
  5. Explain who should not be a candidate for time-limited AEDP therapy.

Social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Gail Woods, LCSW, LMFT is a Certified AEDP Clinician in private practice with couples, individuals and families in New York City since 1981. She is especially drawn to AEDP’s I-Thou/ “True Self-True Other” empathic connection between patient and therapist. She has participated in AEDP’s 16-session research project which studies the effectiveness of AEDP therapy in a time-limited framework, since its initiation in 2017. She collaborates with AEDP clinicians internationally, and has written on case study outcomes. She began her career as a family systems therapist and teacher, and now integrates extensive EMDR, SE, & EFT experience into AEDP therapy with both couples and individuals. She supervises at AEDP trainings and initiated an ongoing consultation group “AEDP Systems-Integration” where senior family systems teachers trained in AEDP collaborate on integrating the two approaches. She’s a graduate of Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy, Columbia University School of Social Work, and Wellesley College. Gail is available for AEDP supervision in NYC and Hudson Valley.

AEDP 4 States and 3 Transformations of the Transformational Process
PowerPoint, videotape, discussion, Q&A

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Jennifer at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact:

Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists  #PSY-0121.

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0056; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.

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