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620 | Using Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) to Access the Spiritual Core of BIPOC Clients and Facilitate Recovery from Racial Trauma

Christian Psychology: Theory, Practice, and Integration, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Heloise Ridley, M.A.; Sonya Parker, M.S.W.; Steve Carroll, M.S.W.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




For licensed mental health professionals, accessing the spiritual core of the self is underutilized in psychotherapeutic practice (Captari et al., 2018). In this workshop, the presenter will present spirituality from a Christian worldview highlighting cultural humility and cultural competence when working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) populations (Soto et al., 2018). The presenter will demonstrate how to integrate Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP™) techniques to foster the restoration of an embodied experience of the Holy Spirit and spiritual self. AEDP is an empirically supported trauma-informed psychotherapy model with roots in neuroscience, attachment theory, and developmental research (Fosha et al., 2019). By applying AEDP skills and engaging the transformative power of God’s Spirit in connection with the spiritual self, we will demonstrate how to help willing BIPOC individuals transform suffering into flourishing and facilitate recovery from racialized trauma.

Learning Objectives

1. Define the phenomenology of the four-state transformational process of AEDP™ psychotherapy and describe parallels to biblical principles
2. Explain the synergies between AEDP and embodied spiritual experiences relating to biblical Scriptures and the emergent processes of AEDP States Three and Four
3. Identify the chaos described in Genesis 1:2 in comparison to the internal conflict and hopelessness felt by BIPOC patients’ experience of racialized trauma which can be softened within the States One and Two maladaptive experiences of the AEDP model
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