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Online Training – Therapeutic Relationships in Film: Ethics, Boundaries, Trauma and Counter-transference

April 20 Login to Zoom.com 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:00pm (EDT) $169.00, 6 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

In this creative, interactive, and fun workshop, participants will have the opportunity to process and analyze the fascinating client-therapist dynamics depicted in popular cable and network TV shows. As we follow the therapist’s relationships with a variety of clients, as well as his own therapist, we will dissect issues including appropriate versus inappropriate boundaries, limit-setting, and the proper use of self-disclosure. We will also use these relationships to identify specific transferential and counter-transferential dynamics that can emerge in treatment and process how to navigate through the clinical dilemmas that are often created when these issues surface.

COMAR and the NASW Code of Ethics – Ethical Challenges and Deviations

Participants will learn about deviations in the standard of care as outlined by COMAR and the NASW Code of Ethics. There will be many opportunities to weigh-in about and debate the ways in which the therapist in this series handles the ethical challenges that inevitably appear in session.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, and Georgia. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


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Learning Objectives

  • Describe at least three transferential issues that can emerge in treatment and the impact they have on the therapeutic relationship.
  • Describe at least three counter-transferential dynamics that can emerge in treatment and the impact they have on the therapeutic relationship.
  • Identify at least three deviations in the standard of care, as outlined by COMAR.
  • Process the ethical use of clinician self-disclosure in therapy.



  • Putting clients in a traumatized family of origin
  • Understanding traumatic transference
  • Processing film clips: trauma’s impact on the therapeutic relationship
  • Therapists and counter-transference

10:30-10:40     Break


  • Processing common “reactive modes”
  • Empathic disequilibrium: film clip
  • Empathic withdrawal: film clips
  • Empathic enmeshment: film clip
  • Empathic repression: film clip
  • Counter-transferential issues and their impact on therapy

12:00-1:00       Lunch


  • Therapist’s rage: film clip
  • Desire to re-parent: film clip
  • Sexualizing clients: film clip
  • Is self-disclosure clinically useful?: film clip

2:30-2:40         Break


  • How to respond when I client says, “I love you”: film clips
  • Dual relationships: film clip
  • When clients test boundaries: film clips
  • The ethics of gift giving
  • The ethics of termination: film clip

3:50-4:00         Evaluations


"I liked that Lisa was engaging, validating, and normalized the therapist's experience with countertransference. I thought it was so helpful to see [film] clips and to discuss our thoughts further." ~Daniela Nogales, LCPC

"Lisa always creates such a safe and non-judgmental environment in her trainings. I always learn so much from her while also genuinely enjoying the interactions and content." ~Leah Liszka, LICSW

"Lisa was so relatable! She offered information in a non-judgmental way that really encouraged everyone's participation and opinions. Thank you!" ~Meredith Polsky, LMSW

"Lisa Ferentz did an outstanding job engaging with the audience despite typical challenges faced with use of virtual technology!" ~Shahla Adam, LCSW-C

"A unique presentation style combining confidence, humility, openness and practical strategies, Lisa Ferentz is one of the best trainers in the field to help therapists deepen their skills in working with even some of the most complex client presentations." ~Meredith Riddick, LCPC, CEDS-S

"Lisa was very genuine and personable. This made it fun to participate in a 6-hour CEU online, she was great at giving personal (and practical) examples." ~Jennifer Novak, LMFT, LPC

"The workshop was very informative with much useful, beneficial information. Full of applicable concepts and insights. A must for every clinician!" ~Mimi T., LCSW-C

"Lisa Ferentz can make the most dull subject exciting and relevant. This workshop on ethics was one of the best I have ever attended in many years. The amount of work , information, and film material that she provided about ethics was amazing and exciting. You must take this seminar." ~Linda S., MSW, LCSW-C

"I think this training was pretty genius. Ethics can be so redundant and obligatory so it can be easy to zone out. But the idea of using tv/movie clips was extremely helpful to keep me engaged." ~Erica P.B, LCSW-C

"Lisa Ferentz took the topic of ethics and made it engaging and relevant. She encouraged open dialogue that is often missing from trainings. I especially appreciated her encouragement to view behaviors as a learned traumatic response rather than pathologizing clients." ~Rebecca G., LMSW

"Lisa's teaching style is captivating. I've attended about five of her workshops over the years and have always learned a ton and never been disappointed." ~Carole G., LCSW

“I absolutely loved it—good tools to use in the office and in honoring what we know.” — Maryann C.