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(NEW) In-Person Training – An Integrative Approach to Trauma Treatment: Ethical Considerations

September 21 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 4:15 pm (EDT) $199, 6 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Marriott Owings Mills Metro Centre, 10101 Grand Central Ave. Owings Mills, MD 21117 United States + Google Map

Many clinicians feel compelled, either personally or by their agencies, to gain mastery over a single treatment paradigm, often investing a tremendous amount of time, effort, and money to gain advanced certification in a specific model. In this workshop we will explore the importance of maintaining an integrative approach to treatment, recognizing that all paradigms have their limitations, and don’t serve all clients equally well.  We will explore how to weave the strengths of different models into the work, often within a single session. We will also connect this idea to the emphasis that our Code of Ethics places on issues including: cultural sensitivity; duty to inform; competence; and standards for best practices.

Participants will be invited to identity the predominant model that they lead from and then they will be given the opportunity to process cases with colleagues, incorporating additional paradigms into the treatment plan. We will explore the benefits of integrating left and right-brain treatment modalities including but not limited to: cognitive-behavioral therapy, IFS, psychodynamic, attachment theory, using art modalities therapeutically, working with somatic interventions, inner child work, journaling, incorporating music, client-centered therapy, traditional talk therapy, Imago, etc. We will also discuss how to shift gears in session when one model doesn’t work, and the therapist recognizes the need to introduce a different approach. These issues will be relevant to individual, couples, or family therapy with a diverse range of client populations and presenting problems.

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

  1. Explain the “baker versus cook” analogy and its relevance to a more integrative and less formulaic approach to therapy
  2. Identify at least three reasons why therapists become wedded to a singular model of practice.
  3. Describe the legal and ethical obligations of the “duty to inform,” to practice from “competence” and with “cultural sensitivity” and how they impact the treatment modalities that are used in session.
  4. Describe the benefits of incorporating both left and right-brain treatment modalities into the therapy process.
  5. Staff several clinical case scenarios, describe and implement at least three diverse treatment paradigms to bring a more integrative approach to sessions.
  6. Implement strategies that allow for a smooth transition when shifting paradigms within a session.


8:45-10:15 am

  • Exploring the pros and cons of using just one treatment paradigm in our work with clients
  • The need for right brain and left brain modalities
  • Internal and external pressures to sustain formulaic therapy
  • The “baker” versus “cook” analogy

10:15-10:30         BREAK

10:30-12:00 pm

  • Exploring our Code of Ethics: duty to inform, issues of cultural sensitivity, issues of competence, following the standard of care

12:00-1:00 pm    LUNCH

1:00- 2:30 pm

Processing case scenarios and incorporating additional paradigms into treatment planning and execution- group exercises

2:30-2:45              SNACK BREAK

2:45-4:15 pm

  • Processing case scenarios and incorporating additional paradigms into treatment planning and execution- group exercises continued
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