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Online Training – Managing Traumatic Stress Online and in Person

October 4 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC, CTT Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

According to trauma expert Judith Herman, the first task of trauma recovery is to help the client establish a basic sense of safety and stabilization; a foundational emotional state that is necessary before processing can begin. While on the surface this might appear to be a simple task, many trauma survivors have an extremely difficult time attaining a sense of safety, and furthermore face great difficulty managing the chronic fluctuations in emotional and physiological state. The role of the trauma therapist is to assist the client in attaining and managing fluctuating states of arousal in order for trauma healing to begin.

“Top down” therapies relying on words alone may not be sufficient for managing the effects of traumatic stress, as trauma is stored implicitly in the limbic or emotional area of the brain and often is not available for explicit or cognitive processing. This workshop will introduce participants to ways that art therapy  works from the “bottom up” making it well suited for working with with emotions, connecting with the body, and managing affect through grounding, resourcing and containment exercises.

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to a range of art and body- based interventions that can increase self-awareness and help us tune into present moment experience. Skills from this workshop can be applied to various clinical practices. No previous experience with art is required.

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. 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

  • Participants will be able to describe the basic neurobiology of trauma and how art therapy is ideally suited to accessing traumatic memory.
  • Participants will be able to describe the importance of safety and stabilization and why this is a necessary stage before processing can begin.
  • Participants will practice a range of art and body focused interventions that do not rely on verbalization and that can be adapted for use in various clinical practices.
  • Participants will create personal expressive art works in response to the themes of “resourcing” “grounding” and “containing.”


Please note: Contrary to the agenda below, there will be two 8-minute breaks that will take place both in the morning and the afternoon.

8:45 – 9:30


  • Art and Metaphor
  • Experiential

9:30 – 10:30

Neurobiology of Trauma

  • Why Experiential (“bottom up”) Therapies Work

Resourcing, Grounding and Containing Part 1

  • Experiential

10:30 – 10:45   BREAK

10:45 – 12:00

Safety and Stabilization in Trauma Treatment

  • A New Look at the Safe Place
  • Experiential
    • Discussion/ Clinical Application

12:00 – 1:00     LUNCH

1:00 – 2:00

Resourcing, Grounding and Containing Part 2

  • Experiential

2:00 – 2:30

Discussion/ Clinical Application

2:30 – 2:45         BREAK

2:45 – 3:30

Resourcing, Grounding and Containing Part 3

  • Experiential

3:30 – 4:15

  • Discussion / Clinical Application
  • Evaluation and CEUs
The hand of the girl artist and Album pages, paints, pencils,oil, brush on a wooden background
"Tally provides an enormous amount of practical use guidelines and ideas as well as a true understanding of what art therapy is and is not, as well as its purpose.” ~Denise Simpson, LCSW

“Great introduction to some art therapy techniques specifically aimed for individuals who’ve experienced trauma.” ~Timothy Vail, Psy. D

“This was, by far the most effective CEU training I've attended regarding experiential interventions for Trauma. Tally Tripp wonderfully balanced between the theory and practice of grounding, containment, and resourcing all the while leading and modeling by example her practical interventions via affording us all the opportunity to experience them.   Well worth the time and memorable.” ~Michelle Hammer, LCPC, CPC

“Not only was I able to leave the workshop with skills I could use the next day in session, Tally made the workshop interactive, engaging, and I was able to take concrete items for my own personal self-care toolbox!”
~Stephanie Durnford, LCPC

“I found it overall very interesting and helpful. Tally gave us a lot of creative techniques that are simple enough to implement as non-art therapists. I liked the structure - alternating between theory and experiential.” ~Martine Wisotsky, LMSW