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Using Expressive Modalities to Enhance Inner Parts Work

October 31 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

In this workshop, we will review the basic tenets of the Internal Family Systems model and then explore and experience a number of creative modalities designed to enhance connection and communication between parts, while increasing inner safety and a newfound capacity for soothing and accessing Self. These strategies will help clients who struggle with affect dysregulation and an inability to safely process traumatic experiences, as well as clients who soothe in unhealthy ways. This work will promote true healing through increased empathy and compassion for all parts, as well as a newfound awareness of the wisdom of Self.

Visualizations, guided imagery, focusing, writing experientials, mapping, bodywork, breathwork, and the drawings, journal entries, and sand trays of traumatized clients will be incorporated into the training. Participants will discover how using expressive modalities encourages clients to acknowledge and appreciate their inherent strengths, including their ability to be compassionate toward themselves and others while helping them stay more grounded and present in therapy as well as in their daily lives.

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To celebrate our move to The Woodholme Country Club, we are delighted to offer you a very special gift! When you register for a Fall workshop along with a colleague, you will both receive $60.00 off the regular tuition price of $169.00.

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Please Note: If you’ve already signed up for a workshop and wish take advantage of this offer, email Gerri at [email protected] or call 410-409-7061 so that she can help you with the process.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the basic principles of the Internal Family Systems model including the role of mangers, firefighters, exiles, and Self.
  • Identify at least five reasons why using art therapeutically is beneficial to clients
  • Describe and implement a protocol to address a client’s Inner Critic
  • Define the 8 C’s of Self in the Internal Family Systems Model and implement at least three strategies to help clients access and strengthen Self
  • Identify and implement at least six strategies that incorporate either journaling, art, sand tray, somatic work or guided imagery to help bring compassion, comfort, and soothing to traumatized parts.



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“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 Block, LCSW-C

"Although I recently attended another CEU about IFS (internal family systems) therapy, I did not hesitate to attend Lisa's conference 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 Brown, 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 Muffi, 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 Pyle, LCSW