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 Fall 2017 Series are only open to participants in the Trauma Certificate Program Level I.
PART I: Understanding Trauma and its Reverberating Effects
Wednesday September 6, Monday September 18, Thursday September 28
Part II: Creatively and Effectively Treating Trauma
Monday October 16, Tuesday October 24, Monday November 13
Part III: Trauma and the Therapeutic Alliance
Tuesday November 21, Monday December 4, Tuesday December 19
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:
August 30– $635
October 9 – $635
November 14 – $635
If you are an individual paying for the training, you must pay by credit card. If you’re an organization or business paying for two or more employees to register for the training, you can either pay by credit card, check, or money order. If you pay by credit card, your card will be charged on the three payment dates listed above. If you pay 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
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.