We are excited to announce the relocation of The Ferentz Institute beginning this Fall semester! All classes will now be held at the Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave., Pikesville, MD 21208, less than a mile away from the Doubletree Hilton hotel in Pikesville.
It has always been my vision and my mission to provide first-rate continuing education in an environment that is comfortable while modeling and reinforcing the need for self-care. Mental health providers are always focusing on nurturing their clients and deserve the same degree of nurturance and care, yet don’t always make the time for it in their lives. In addition, it is understood that we learn better and integrate the information on a deeper and more sustained level when that learning happens within a safe and comforting context.
Many of you have been long-term, loyal supporters of our workshops, and for that I am eternally grateful! You’ve experience, firsthand, the difficulties we’ve had at the Doubletree and have written about them in your evaluations: disruptive ambient noise; a limited breakfast menu with subpar food; the inability to control room temperatures; spaces that are often set up wrong, feel too small, or are unclean. Despite my best and repeated efforts to rectify these issues, the hotel has never responded in ways that I believe represent my vision for a learning environment that is comfortable and nurturing.
In the next month, the hotel will be undergoing major construction and renovation. This will only add to the tumult that exists there and will dramatically limit both workshop space and room availability. The Institute is growing by leaps and bounds and I am determined to provide the space that we need to accommodate as many clinicians as we can. I am also determined to give you the best possible experience, as you have many options about where to receive your CEU’s. I hope this helps to explain the decision to relocate! We’ve already held one class at the Woodholme and the response was overwhelmingly supportive and excited! It’s a beautiful environment, with lots of space to learn as well as comfortable areas to relax. The food is delicious, and the service is terrific – everyone felt “nurtured and well cared for!” That’s my goal. That’s how we learn most effectively, and how I can continue to model the need for clinician self-care.
I look forward to having you join me at Woodholme and to have you participate in another wonderful season of terrific trainings that will expand your growth, both professionally and personally!