Trauma Informed Assessment and Treatment: Ethical Considerations

“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

Creative Techniques for Managing Traumatic Stress: Grounding, Containment, and Resourcing

“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 modelling 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

Trauma Informed Collage Methods

“I learned a lot, and had fun doing it.” —Ronda (Rosie) Behr, LCSW-C

“It’s rare that a workshop grabs my attention and holds it from start to finish. Informative and engaging!” —Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD

“Peggy Kolodny is a master instructor who introduced so many creative and innovative ideas for me in this workshop. I gained tools, ideas, and inspiration that will directly help me give to my clients…in a way I think they will enjoy almost as much as I did in learning them!!! —Laura Greer, LCSW-C

“[Peggy] is highly experienced and provided trauma informed care regarding incorporating collage into your practice. Training also focused on the importance of art belonging to the client, and reminded about the importance of this being one of the true principles of the experiential work.” —Kathy Haerian, Haerian

“The training greatly refreshed my knowledge as an art therapist, but perhaps more importantly, I recognized the value of collage in working with difficult to reach populations. While the collage experiencials we completed were fun and relaxing, in a new way I could more confidently apply the powerful intuitive processes of collage with people who have lost everything.” —Liza Baker, MAAT

“Trauma Informed Collage Methods was a very valuable workshop as I have always had a personal affinity for collage activities and love to find ways to incorporate it into my practice. It’s also a kinder and less threatening modality for those of us who minimize or deny having artistic abilities. The facilitator Peggy and her assistant Hanna were organized and accommodating. Having minimally structured experiential components to the workshop was a smart choice. I highly recommend :)” —Karen Ross Taylor, LCSW-C

“Wonderful combination of theory, practical art prompts, and a chance to experience methods and materials. Allowed for new learning, and refinement, across a spectrum of trauma therapy and artmaking experience in the room. Thank you!” —Anne Eckman, LGSW

Understanding and Working with Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB)

“I am a seasoned professional and always leave trainings feeling like there was no new take away. However, after this training I left feeling recharged with new knowledge and skills. Can’t wait to get back to work to use use them. Thanks!!” —Vicki Rahenkamp, LCPC

“I found the Workshop to be extremely useful when working with my Clients who present with Trauma based history, to include appreciating how Lisa gave a totally new perspective for Borderline Personality Disorder, which we Clinicians tend to shy away from. I am considering looking into the entire Trauma program that Lisa started. Great job, and will future/other Workshops presented.” —N. Faye Powell, PhD, LCPC-S

“I really appreciated Lisa’s approachable, super informed, and engaging presentation style. The material was so applicable to not only conceptualization but also practice.” —Stephanie Durnford, LCPC

“I really valued this workshop. Lisa allowed me to more fully understand that my challenging clients are not trying to be resistant or difficult but are struggling with trauma and deeply ingrained, albeit ineffective coping mechanisms. Lisa also supported and solidified for me, what I had already been mulling over — that restructuring our treatment model for high risk and chronic relapsing individuals (substance use) to incorporate more skills training. ” —Rachel Wills, LCPC

“Lisa Ferentz is a captivating and engaging speaker. She provided worksheets and techniques for immediate use. I am looking forward to taking another training from her in the future.” —Vanessa Knoll, LCPC

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