Trauma Informed Assessment and Treatment: Ethical Considerations

“This was my first workshop at the Ferentz Institute and it exceeded all of my expectations! It was highly interactive and offered practical application for ensuring my clinical practice meets the highest ethical standards.” -Sean Cavanaugh, LCSW-C

“This was a very interesting training and I learned so much. Definitely one of the best trainings I have ever been to.” -Karen Kochen Silverman, LCSW-C

” The Trauma Informed Assessments and Treatment training was nearly life changing for me as a clinician. Lisa was empowering, direct and willing to answer any question thrown her way. I took information from this training that I started using in my own practice immediately.” -Katie Lukehart, LCPC

“This was a rewarding workshop with a more macro view on ethical treatment of clients. Like all of Lisa’s work (and trauma work in general) the workshop emphasizes the importance of relationship and pacing to ensure the safety of the client. The workshop provided specific ways to give clients a safe intake and assessment experience that does not trigger the client and is still informative for the therapist.” -TJ Matton, LCSW-C

“This conference was wonderful in terms of really considering the effects of trauma and how to identify the respond to them in the therapy session. Lisa’s knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm keep me motivated in my growth as a clinician. -Andrea Regenberg, LCSW-C

“This workshop overall was well organized and useful. I found much of the presentation had a clinical focus and much less emphasis on the ethical considerations and dilemmas we face in practice. Most of us know that it’s our ethical responsibility to provide trauma informed care, but how that plays out in group practices and agencies can be very challenging to navigate and effectively advocate.” -Karen Ross Taylor, LCSW-C

“It is truly an honor and privilege to attend Lisa Ferentz’s workshops.Lisa is a dynamic and masterful presenter and therapist specifically trained in trauma therapy.
Her trauma workshop provides a high level of education with up to date practical application of assessments, treatments and creative techniques. This workshop provides guaranteed take home tools will enhance your clinical practice. I am always inspired by her enthusiasm and dedication to trauma therapy. I walk away with renewed energy and excitement.” -Ina Schwob, LCSW-C

“The presenter was awesome. I have been to ethics trainings and it made your mind wonder away to other areas and all you could think about is leaving. Lisa is a passionate presenter and she keeps you interested. She was very respectful to the people asking questions. I really love her.” -Nicole Tolson, LGPC

“As always, Lisa’s preparation, information, and presentation was superb. She delivers material and sources in a way that keeps participants interested and engaged. Her ethics workshops are never boring and always informative.” —Brenda May, LCSW-C, BCD, Llc

“I appreciated the focus on caring for patient, pacing, and the ethics of the work. I am interested in other trainings.” —Will Perks, LCSW

“…The Trauma Informed Treatment, Ethical considerations workshop was interesting, clear, informative and useful throughout. Lisa’s authenticity is refreshing, her genuine dedication and advocacy for both the client and practitioner are unparalleled. I am glad I had the chance to attend this unique workshop.” —Elizabeth Doonan, LCSW-C

“I have been practicing for 42 years and I work with individuals who have been plaqued with the suffering and consequences of trauma. I do consider myself “trauma informed. I have not experienced such clarity and integration of traumatic clinical processes and treatment. In addition to strategic interventions offered to manage the journey without re-traumatization. Lisa Ferentz is a very gifted clinician and my wish is for younger professionals to be trained and influence their skills forever.” —Patti Amsel, LCSW-C

“Lisa Ferentz offers light to all counselors who place their client’s first & foremost, in a field that has become mired and one, which I barely recognize after 35 years. Given that grief & trauma encapsulate our daily lives and most definitely, in the lives of our clients, I remain befuddled as to why grief & trauma education is not placed at the foremost and a basic requirement of any counseling/social work program.” —Sharon Hart, LCPC

“Lisa is an extraordinarily skilled presenter, who combines personal warmth with refined clinical acumen, and a great capacity for inclusion and compassion.” —Hillel Zeitlin, LCSW-C

“Lisa is well informed on the subject of trauma informed treatment and was able to offer great insight as well as real world examples. I left the workshop with concrete ideas that I could implement right away.” —Rosemary Klapac, LMSW

“…After taking the Trauma Informed Assessment and Treatment training, I feel more confident in how to ask questions about a history of trauma that are properly paced and that will not re-traumatize the victim. As an art therapist, I see more creative ways to ground clients using aromatherapy, tactile objects, sand tray, and visual imagery to support the trauma assessment process. I recommend this training to all therapist.” —Liza Baker, MAAT

“Once again, Lisa facilitated a top notch and very relevant seminar. The presentation was very engaging and time flew by quickly.” —Wayne Evans, Ph.D.

“[This] training has enlightened my perspective on being able to gather imperative information in a safe matter that does not harm or re-traumatized a survivor. Her [Lisa] assessment questions are designed to allocate the client’s ability to tell their story without partaking in a reenactment phenomenon. Great information for anyone who works with traumatized population. —Barbara Crawford, LMSW

“The facilitator [Lisa] was incredibly knowledgeable. The information given was relatable, concrete examples of how to apply in our daily jobs.” —Ayxa Kalai, LCSW-C

“The session was very informative. Lisa always does an outstanding job making it fun and interesting.” —Jill Minsky, LCSW-C

“Training was well paced and delivered in a good conversational manner.” —Ryan Malphrus, LCSW-C

“Very helpful. Material relevant and has broad application. Physical environment was comfortable. Audience was engaged and conversant with material.” —Joseph Rollo, LCSW-C

Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice

“Facilitator [Lisa] created a beautiful working environment that fostered participation and great discussion. The workshop was well prepared and went over the necessary information holding everyone’s interest and attention.” —Kristin Cousin, LCA 2160 LC5026

“Holding class attention throughout an ethics seminar is quite a feat, something Lisa accomplished with apparent ease.” —Nancy Winston, MSW, LGSW

“Learned so much information. It also confirmed that current practices are ethical as measured with current standards.” —Christina Jay, LCPC

“Lisa has a unique ability to breathe life into an important but dry, dull and boring topic! You simply can not fall asleep in Lisa’s workshop!” —Gale Ann Bellucci, LCSW-C

“Lisa was awesome, full of positive energy and a wealth of information. The ethics training offered updated information on COMAR for clinicians that work in the DMV area with realistic case dilemmas for us to learn from.” —Keisha Watson, LCPC, NCC

“Lisa’s trainings are enlightening and engaging. They include a good amount of discussion with the other clinicians attending which offers opportunities to learn from the other attendees as well as the speakers.” —Danielle Deckard, LCSW-C

“She [Lisa] kept the audience very engaged in the discussion.” —Amy Waldron, LCPC


Navigating the Ethical Challenges of Telemental Health

“Great! Lisa is a knowledgable and entertaining speaker. I learned a lot! —Janie Scholom, RN, LCSW-C

“I was ambivalent about the utility of teletherapy. Lisa presented information focusing on the individual, therapist, and relationship. Highly useful.” —Justin Shea, LCSW-C

“It was excellent. Well organized, very informative. Of course, Lisa is always a superb presenter as she did that day!” —Mimi Thomas, LCSW-C

“Lisa provides very accurate and and clear information. If you are a visual learner, you would benefit.” —Kimberly Carroll, LCSW-C

“This workshop on telehealth ethics was so pertinent to some of the current challenges facing psychotherapists…Lisa Ferentz is a talented and skilled facilitator who provides information, stimulates discussion, and appropriately draws on participant expertise…..all while standing on her head!! No, just kidding, but I look forward to my next workshop with her.” —Catherine Tardif-Douglin, LCSW-C


Therapists as Peacebuilders: Using Your Gifts for Global Impact

“I was extremely impressed with Sabrina and her peace building workshop. It correlated very well the combined existence of both therapy skills engaged with transforming power for mutual consideration of others.” —Bruce Snyder, Chaplain/ Minister

“The facilitator [Sabrina] of the workshop was able to artfully and compassionately develop a wonderful learning environment. The information and experiential learning enhanced my personal growth and professional development.” —Leonard Guedalia, PhD

“This was a great work shop. I enjoy learning opportunities that balance between personal growth/awareness as a clinician as well as wider reaching issues. The facilitator [Sabrina] was knowledgeable, experienced, approachable and enjoyable. I felt that it was a nice change of pace to be “learning” on the psycho-spiritual/emotional end of things rather than just the mental. I do feel like this was one of the most valuable CEU’s I’ve taken this season.” —Jennifer Hart, LCSW-C

“Very helpful and gave me new perspective and skills to enhance peace building skills. Opened my eyes to actions I could take where before I felt helpless.” —Patti Amsel, LCSW-C

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