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(NEW) In Person Training – Emotional Intelligence, Self-compassion and Spirituality: Super Powers for Mental Wellness During Tragic Events

June 28 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 4:15 pm (ET) $209, 6 CEUs Presenter: Joanne Vizzini, PhD Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

During tragic events experienced through weather, fires, and shootings, the use of emotional intelligence is necessary to combat isolation, despair, and hopelessness. Identifying one’s emotional state acknowledges feelings and provides an opportunity for healthy connection. Since the brain and the sympathetic nervous system cannot tolerate  a flooding of negative information, expressive modalities including: Music therapy, Art Therapy, Dance Therapy, and Play therapy can contribute to the wellness of mental health in troubled times. Poetry, music, artwork, theater, and puppetry allow for the release of fear and frees participants to use their emotions to passionately create.

In this workshop, participants will define the three main tools that enable us to move up and out of trauma: emotional intelligence, self-compassion, and spirituality. Participants will learn how to incorporate an emotions wheel, poetry, or music for bottom-up healing, and breath work and movement to increase a sense of safety and reboot the positive. We will practice using Mindfulness Self-Compassion to help find one’s best self, current scripture and non-scriptural sources to empower the use of wisdom, and strategies from psychodrama and dance/movement to rid participants of negative beliefs and grief. In addition, we will explore principles of healing movements, such as Reiki, massage, and guided meditation will help participants find their own unique Superpower.

Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

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, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe 3 ways to grow in Emotional Intelligence through the Creative Arts.
  • Define two of the three steps used in Mindful Self-Compassion.
  • Describe 3 recent tragic events and how these impact those close to the event, and those who know of it through media.
  • Define 2 specific types of spirituality.
  • Describe how spirituality can ground and support children, teens, and adults during and after a crisis.
  • Name how mental wellness is measured in 2023 and the plan needed to restore a sense of safety.


8:45 – 10:20 am
  • Emotional Intelligence – A primary need in 2024
  • Creative Arts – How emotional intelligence is mediated by Creative Arts
10:15 – 10:30 am         BREAK
10:30 – 12:00 pm
  • Mindful Self-compassion- why it is not selfish.
  • How it contributes to mental wellness.
12:00 – 1:00 pm            LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • The impact of recent tragic events.
  • Types of spirituality.
  • Creative Arts and expression of emotions for healing.
2:30 – 2:45 pm              BREAK
2:40 – 4:15 pm
  • Supportive spirituality.
  • Grounding and returning to a sense of safety.
  • Mental wellness plans.
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