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Online Training – Helping Your Clients Find Their Ruby Slippers: Journaling for Self-Compassion, Empowerment, and Healing

November 9 Login to Zoom 12:30pm ; Training 12:45pm - 4:15pm (EST) $79, 3 CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

Please Note: This workshop is NOT eligible for the “Bring a Friend” discount.

In this workshop we will discuss the importance of helping clients reconnect with and believe in their own inner wisdom. We’ll focus on how to help clients (and ourselves) overcome obstacles and fear, reduce co-dependency, live more in the present moment, give permission to grow and change, and increase positive self-talk and self-compassion. We’ll explore specific positive mantras, invitations to re-evaluate self-statements that are no longer useful, and how to create opportunities to try on new behaviors.  Examples from actual clients will shed additional light on the negative impact of not embracing these affirming and compassionate ideas and then what changed for them, cognitively and behaviorally, when they found the courage to embrace them.

Woven into the training will be many opportunities for participants to experience the benefits and the power of journaling.   We will explore a variety of experientials and writing prompts that clinicians can bring back to their clients to help jumpstart forward movement both in and outside of therapy sessions. Participants are encouraged to have a notebook and pen on hand for the journey.

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 and Massachusetts. 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.


Learning Objectives

  • Identify and implement at least four affirming mantras designed to help clients self-actualize and experience greater empowerment in their personal and professional lives.
  • Describe at least three therapeutic benefits of journaling.
  • Implement at least six journal prompts designed to improve positive self-talk, healthy risk taking, and overcome obstacles and fear.
  • Implement at least three experientials designed to achieve greater self-awareness and enhance the journaling process.


8:45 am – 10:00 am

  • The Ruby Slippers Metaphor
  • Integrating mantras with journal prompts
  • The benefits of journaling
  • The Power of Self-Talk: experiential, journal prompts, and client case example

10:00 am – 10:07       BREAK

10:07  am – 11:00 am

  • Addressing Fear: experiential, journal prompts, and client case example
  • Permission to Move On: experiential, journal prompts, and client case example

11:00 – 11:08 am.        BREAK

11:08 – 12:00 pm

  • Taking Back Power from an Abuser: experiential, journal prompts and client case example
  • Living in the Present: experiential, journal prompts, and client case example