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(NEW) Online Training – Changing the Narrative: Storytelling as a Tool for Transforming Trauma into Triumph

October 20 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Wayne Evans, Ph.D. Zoom, MD + Google Map

Storytelling, when done a certain way, can help us all find a way through pain and awaken the power need to restore identity, authority and destiny. Often times, the hinge upon which the trajectory of treatment swings is the narrative crafted by the client. In this seminar, we will explore the use of writing as a way of bringing healing, restoration, and actualization to the stories that unfold before us. If more than one thing can be true at the same time, tragic stories of sorrow and loss also have within them the realities of survival, endurance, and wisdom.

Life is polyvalent-subject to multiple interpretations under changing circumstances. Our objective here will be to invite our clients to revisit, reimagine, and rewrite the narratives surrounding some of the most challenging aspects and life altering moments of their lives.

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. Explore the difference between self-talk and self-story.
  2. Inviting the client to become the hero of their story instead of its victim.
  3. Tapping into the collective unconscious for new narratives.
  4. Choosing language that transforms (SHAZAM!).
  5. Transposing language into the key of your client’s life.
  6. Using the relevant question as a way of creating your inner writer’s room (Masterclass).
  7. How to become a great writing partner, collaborator or mentor to our clients.
  8. How to shift from writing as a form of “medication” to a practice of cultivation and creation.
  9. Learn to moving from living in the grievance story to the gratitude story to the great gain story.


8:45-10:00 am

  • Exploring defining moments of pain as the hero’s origin story

10:00 -10:08 am     BREAK

10:08-11:00 am

  • Seeking a new story within the collective unconscious

11:00-11:08 am        BREAK

11:08-12:00 pm

  • Summoning the power of transformational language (SHAZAM!)

12:00 -1:00               LUNCH

1:00-2:00 pm

  • Crafting the enchantment: Story as a conduit for power

2:00-2:08 pm          BREAK

2:08-3:00 pm

  • Entering the Writer’s room: Using the pen to make their tale tangible

3:00-3:08 pm          BREAK

3:08-4:15 pm

  • Committing to the new narrative
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"Enjoyed the energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge that Dr. Evans shares about a complex and potentially transformative therapeutic tool. Thanks for offering this to our community." ~Symone Colquitt, LCMFT

"Dr. Evans' energy is contagious. It is obvious he truly enjoys the topic and is very knowledgeable. The course flew by yet I would have stayed to learn more." ~Michele Sterling, LCSW-C, CAC-AD

"Dr. Evans is a wonderful and inspirational educator and practitioner. His authenticity creates a safe space and allows for an environment that we could really experience our time with him." ~Samantha Gordin, LICSW, LCSW

"[Dr. Evans] is authentic, passionate and inspiring!" ~Alisa Santucci, LCMFT