Schedule of Classes

Level I training is offered twice a year: September-December (Fall Series) and March-June (Spring Series).

Please note: The classes listed below for the Spring 2017 Series are only open to participants in the Trauma Certificate Program Level I.

PART I: Understanding Trauma and its Reverberating Effects

Wednesday March 1, Friday March 17, Thursday March 30

Part II: Creatively and Effectively Treating Trauma

Friday April 7, Monday April 24, Tuesday May 16

Part III: Trauma and the Therapeutic Alliance

Thursday May 25, Monday June 5, Friday June 16

Cost for the Entire Training

Cost for the entire training is $1,955.00 and includes a copy of Lisa’s book “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors.” Please note that upon completing your registration, your credit card will be charged a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT to secure your spot in the training. The balance due is payable in three installments as follows:

February 22– $635

April 3 – $635

May 23 – $635

You can either pay by credit card, check, or money order. If you are paying by credit card, your card will be charged on the three payment dates listed above. If you are paying by check, three installments will be due, in person, on the same dates mentioned above. Checks should be made out to The Ferentz Institute.

The cost of the program includes:

  • All handout materials
  • Full breakfast
  • Afternoon snacks
  • A small gift related to self-care on each training day
  • CEU certificates after each part of the training
  • Final certificate upon completion of the program

Learning Opportunities

In an exciting, supportive, professional environment, clinical social workers and other mental health professionals will gain an in-depth understanding of the myriad dynamics related to trauma and its reverberating effect on clients’ cognitions, affect, social functioning, and behavioral choices. The philosophical underpinning of the program is a depathologized, strengths-based approach to the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect.

Symptoms will be reframed as inevitable, creative coping strategies that “make sense” when put into the historical context of trauma or a dysfunctional family-of-origin. Practitioners will learn many creative, effective, and empathic ways to help clients reclaim a sense of healthy empowerment, achieve a much higher level of functioning, and integrate the resources necessary for genuine healing.

Additionally, practitioners will explore issues of counter-transference and vicarious traumatization and will learn how to engage in self-care, enhance boundaries, and work in ways that improve efficacy and reduce professional burn-out.

There will be many opportunities to experience, firsthand, the artistic and creative treatment modalities introduced throughout the program. Thus enabling clinicians to try out new techniques before integrating them into their practice settings.


Participants will learn on both didactic and experiential levels. PowerPoint slides, handouts, role plays, videotapes, experiential art and writing exercises, Q and A sessions, case presentations, interactive discussions, processing written work, and small group work will all be incorporated into the program, thus accommodating a variety of learning styles.

CEUs, Requirements, and Registration

The certificate Program is comprised of 54 Category 1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This also includes three credit hours in Ethics, which can be used to meet the mandatory requirement in Ethics training.

This program has been approved by the Board of Social Work Examiners, the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocal approval is also granted to all mental health professionals in Washington D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.

Participants must have an MSW, or a comparable clinical degree, or currently be enrolled in graduate school, pursuing a clinical degree. In order to receive the Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment, all participants will be required to pass an open book, untimed, multiple choice exam that is administered online.

Additionally, participants must attend all nine classes on the indicated training dates in order to receive their Certificate. If emergent life circumstances preclude attendance at a class, you can make it up at the next training series, but certificates will not be granted until all nine classes have been completed. If you able need to make up a class, there is no extra fee involved; payment entitles you to take all nine classes, even if you have to extend your time frame to complete the program.