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In-Person Training – Addressing Guilt and Shame with Traumatized Clients: Using Parts Work and Expressive Modalities

April 14 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 4:15 pm (EDT) $199, 6 CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

The experience of trauma, abuse, or neglect impacts clients’ thoughts, feelings, and behavioral choices in a myriad of ways. However, there is a universal component as well: most trauma survivors grapple with varying degrees of guilt and shame. These emotions are so pervasive they are often accepted and “normalized’ as an inevitable and intractable part of a trauma survivor’s daily existence.

Yet “trauma-informed” therapists know that until these powerful and debilitating emotions are identified and addressed, it is nearly impossible for clients to achieve the level of healing they deserve and need. Regardless of the therapeutic approach, when clients continue to live with unmetabolized guilt and shame therapy can stall and a glass ceiling gets placed on growth and healing. These clients remain vulnerable to negative self-talk, are far more likely to engage in a wide range of self-destructive behaviors, and either stay in unfulfilling and emotionally abusive relationships or refrain from any emotional intimacy at all.

This workshop will provide a clinical framework so therapists can compassionately assist their clients in understanding and addressing the root causes of guilt and shame.  We will explore the importance of incorporating  psychoeducation so clients gain insight and awareness about the inevitable byproducts and coping strategies that are associated with trauma. We will also identify and experientially process creative strategies that use the power of the therapeutic relationship, cognitive re-framing, parts work, somatic and expressive modalities that allow for the processing and releasing of these toxic emotions.

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 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 the difference between guilt and shame and why shame is so difficult to resolve.
  • Identify at least three specific dynamics of trauma and early childhood coping strategies that promote and sustain shame.
  • Identify at last four indirect benefits that clients get from holding on to feelings of guilt and shame.
  • Explain the role of the Inner Critic and the “protective” nature of a self-effacing internal monologue.
  • Describe the role that attunement and the therapeutic relationship play in helping clients process and let go of shame.
  • Explain the role that self-compassion and curiosity play in providing antidotes to shame.
  • Implement at least three creative strategies designed to cognitively, somatically, and emotionally alleviate guilt and shame in trauma survivors.



  • Exploring the Feeling of Guilt and what evokes it
  • Common “guilty” cognitions
  • Guilt from “witnessing trauma,” and experiencing sexual abuse
  • Case studies
  • Cognitive and behavioral strategies to help navigate guilt

10:30-10:40 am  BREAK 


  • Exploring the feeling and impact of shame
  • The freeze response and shame
  • The need to bond with perpetrators and shame
  • Case Studies
  • Guilt, shame, and the Inner Critic
  • A “parts” approach to understanding “protective” functions

12:00-1:00pm  LUNCH


  • Exploring secondary gain
  • Re-framing the function of parts
  • Exploring the antidotes to shame
  • Introducing and working with curiosity and self-compassion
  • Writing Experiential: The crossroad of a thought
  • Experiential” Remembered Resources”

2:30-2:40pm  BREAK


  • The Healing power of the therapeutic relationship
  • Experiential: Strengthening Attunement
  • Using art therapeutically- processing clients’ artwork
  • Accessing Somatic Resourcing to reduce guilt and shame
  • Exploring Spirituality and Religious observance
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"Lisa is a vibrant, organized, compassionate speaker who has deepened my understanding and given me the tools I needed to break through with my most challenging trauma and abuse cases." ~Amy S., Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

"Lisa’s training was amazing! Lisa was able to connect the material to real life practice, she was super knowledgeable and passionate about the topic and willing to answer all questions the group had! I cannot wait until I can take another one of her trainings!" ~Jessica P., LCSW-C

"The workshop was so valuable in that it provided me with an expanded scope of practice and concrete techniques to use in addressing difficult subjects with clients. Lisa is such an engaging and knowledgeable presenter and weaves in relevant examples from her own practice, which helps highlight the practical applications of the material." ~Julia K., LCPC

"This workshop facilitated by Lisa Ferentz was wonderful! It’s was very informative and the zoom presentation was as interactive and helpful as her workshops usually are, weather in person or on-line. Thank you Lisa!" ~Holly H., LCPC

"Lisa is a gem. I have learned so many wonderful techniques and gained a fresh perspective on my work with trauma survivors." ~Chelsey H., LICSW

"I got so much out of this training! and the case studies really helped things come to life. The only problem was it was so much information, I have found it hard to integrate everything!" ~Gracie G., LGSW

"A fantastic workshop encouraging curiosity about the clent’s shame, guilt and inner critic parts. By allowing the possibility of honoring those parts, we are encouraging other positive parts to come forward and change the client’s current self narrative . As always, Lisa is an excellent teacher, positive, kind and making the experience even more enjoyable." ~Meredith G., LCSW, CCTP

"This workshop was helpful to get past the places that I often get "stuck" with my clients. Creative modalities were introduced and Lisa was great at answering specific questions for numerous case scenarios." ~Ashley D., LCSW-C

"This workshop was unbelievably informative. The facilitator was extremely engaging and presented in a way that could be easily implemented into one's practice." ~Bethany B., LGSW

"The training was amazing. Although I wanted to learn more about Parts work to be able to help my clients, instead Iearned that and more. I now understand the importance of practicing what I preach. How can I talk to my clients about compassion for self, when I lack my own self compassion. I want to learn even more about Parts work not only for professional development, but for personal development as well." ~Kim B., LGPC

"Lisa made a complex topic (inner parts work) easier to understand through her dynamic training. I am excited to implement the modalities learned in my work with clients." ~Tara F., LCPC

"Overall, I would rate this workshop very highly. I loved the experiential components... I did come away from the workshop with a better understanding of IFS and a number of tools I can use immediately in my practice." ~Elizabeth G., LCPC

"I look forward to the trainings at the Ferentz institute because I learn meaningful approaches that enhance clinical work. Lisa is a dynamic teacher utilizing researched trauma approaches, she invites participants into experiential exercises that solidify interventions in a whole brain fashion, both cognitive and emotional experiences create deep learning in a nurturing and caring environment. Lisa is attuned and models compassion to the participants." ~Cynthia R., LCMFT

"The workshop was very informative. I was able to walk into my office the next day with a clear understanding of parts work and utilize new expressive modalities right away. I’m excited to take more trainings on the topic and deepen my knowledge!" ~Sasha W., LCSW-C

"I enjoyed this workshop. I feel like this and other offerings at the Ferentz Institute are the only time I receive continuing education that really, really speaks to these matters in a substantive manner. I hope to be able to attend more workshops in the near future. This particular one was impressive at the depth we went to in a relatively short amount of time." Laura B., LCPC

"I did not hesitate to attend Lisa's workshop as I knew she would add depth and knowledge to the subject. I was not disappointed, and I was happy to gain insights that have helped me personally and professionally." ~Melissa B., LCPC

"The workshop was phenomenal. I already see a change in the way I conceptualize and treat clients' presenting concerns. Learning and applying several expressive techniques first-hand in the workshop gave me the confidence to put it into practice. It also helped that the venue and workshop set-up were *amazing* and very conducive to learning." ~Ryan M., LGPC

"Lisa is a gifted and energized speaker who speaks with a passion for the difficult work with trauma survivors. The workshop had immediate practical applications for day to day sessions with clients." ~Emma P., LCSW