The Ferentz Institute offers Level II annually during the spring semester:

Classes take place live and in-person at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Owings Mills, Maryland

  • Registration and breakfast are open at 8:15 am (ET).
  • Classes are held from 8:45 am (ET) through 4:15 pm (ET).

The training is live and in-person. Class recordings will not be offered in lieu of the in-person class.

A Level II certificate is offered to clinicians who graduate from the Level I Certificate Program in Advanced Trauma Treatment or to clinicians who demonstrate expertise in the field of trauma. The program is a total of nine full-day trainings spread over the four-month semester. Classes emphasize “parts work,” inspired by clinicians including Richard Schwartz and John Bradshaw. The foundation for a more creative approach to treating clients and their “symptoms” are infused with modalities including movement, psychodrama, music, art, clay, collage, focusing and guided imagery. The final class allows participants to present challenging cases and receive feedback from the entire expressive arts faculty. The program allows practitioners to deepen their understanding of trauma and apply advanced treatment strategies rooted in creative and expressive therapies to their work with clients.

Click on the individual training titles to learn more about each class.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 28 and 29
Using Parts Work to Overcome Resistance, Calm the Inner Critic, and Help Trauma Survivors Self-Actualize
2 Classes – 12 CEUs
 Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Monday, March 18 and Monday, March 25

A Three-Stage Approach to Incorporating Expressive and Creative Therapies
2 Classes – 12 CEUs
Yehuda Bergman, PhD, RDT

Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19

Moving Beyond “Healing:” Inviting All of Ourselves into Embodiment
2 Classes – 12 CEUs
Presenter: Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, ATR-BC, CGP

Tuesday, May 7

Clay and Collage With Parts Work
6 CEUs
Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Friday, June 7

Using Visualization, Focusing and Guided Imagery for the Management of Anxiety, Depression and Flashbacks
6 CEUs
: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Wednesday, June 26

Clinical Case Consultation and Integration: Processing Complex Trauma Scenarios in Clinical Practice
6 CEUs
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA and the Level II faculty

Program Cost

The cost for the entire training is $2,450.00, which includes a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT to secure your spot. A minimum of $50 must be paid upon registration. The balance due will be automatically debited from your credit card in three installments on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 21 – $800

Monday, March 18 – $800

Tuesday, April 30 – $800

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you register after Wednesday, February 21, you must make a minimum payment of $850, which is equal to your $50 deposit and the first $800 installment.
  • Individuals signing up for the training must pay by credit card. The three installment payments will then be automatically debited from your card on the dates listed above. If you intend to use a different credit card for any of the installments, you must contact us prior to the payment date.
  • Groups may:
  • Pay by credit card or check made payable to The Ferentz Institute
  • Pay in full at registration or by the first class or by the three installment dates listed above

All handouts will be emailed to participants several days before each class and will not be available on site. You are welcome to print them out yourself to bring with you or rely on the projected handouts during class. You are also invited to bring a fully-charged laptop or tablet to use during class if you wish. Outlets for chargers will not be available. So you may want to consider bringing a portable charger with you as well.

Cancelation Policy

Participants who wish to withdraw from the Level I training must notify The Ferentz Institute in writing via email or U.S. Postal Service.

Participants who withdraw from the program prior to the date of an installment payment (see Program Cost) you will not be charged that payment or any subsequent payments.

Installment payments will not be refunded after they are charged to a participant.  If a participant needs to drop out of the program at any time after it begins, he or she can use the payment, or payments, towards future attendance in the Level I or II program and will be guaranteed a seat. The participant will then be obligated to pay any outstanding installment payments not paid during the session from which he or she originally withdrew.

This program has been approved by the Board of Social Work Examiners, the Board of Psychologists and the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists in Maryland. Reciprocal approval is also granted to mental health practitioners in Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas. All mental health clinicians are encouraged to check with their respective State Boards to learn if reciprocity is offered for our CEUs. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.