A certificate in Level II is offered to clinicians who have graduated from the Level I Certificate Program in Advanced Trauma Treatment or to clinicians who demonstrate an expertise in the trauma field. The program is a total of nine full-day trainings, spread out over the four-month semester. There is a strong emphasis on the notion of “parts work,” inspired by clinicians including Richard Schwartz and John Bradshaw.  The foundation for a more creative approach to treating clients and their “symptoms” will be infused with modalities including movement, psychodrama, music, art, clay, collage, guided imagery and sand therapy. The final class allows participants to present challenging cases and receive feedback from the entire expressive arts faculty. The program offers practitioners the opportunity to deepen their understanding of trauma and to apply advanced treatment strategies rooted in creative and expressive therapies into their work with clients.

The Level II program is offered once a year, in the Spring semester. Registration and breakfast begins at 8:30 am. Classes take place from 8:45 am through 4:00 pm and are held at the Pikesville Doubletree Hilton Hotel. If you want more information regarding accommodations at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, please click here, or email Lisa at [email protected] and she will connect you to the hotel’s reservation manager.

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

Dates and registration for the Spring 2020 Level II training will be posted on this page by the end of November.

Spring 2019 Level II Schedule

Trainings takes place from 8:45 am through 4:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville, Maryland.

Click on the individual training titles to learn more about each class.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 27 and 28

2 Classes–12 CEUs

Using Parts Work to Overcome Resistance, Calm the Inner Critic, and Help Trauma Survivors Self-Actualize

Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA


Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 26

2 Classes–12 CEUs

Incorporating Expressive and Creative Therapies: Using Psychodrama, Music, Art, and Guided Imagery

PresenterYehuda Bergman, PhD, RDT

Wednesday, April 17

6 CEUs

Clay and Collage with Parts Work

PresenterPeggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT


Tuesday, April 30

6 CEUs

Moving Beyond “Healing:” Inviting All of Ourselves into Embodiment

Presenter: Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, ATR-BC, CGP


Thursday, May 16

6 CEUs

Using Visualization, Focusing and Guided Imagery for the Management of Anxiety, Depression, and Flashbacks

Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Monday, June 3

6 credits

Trauma in Sand Therapy: Validating and Externalizing the Inner Narrative

PresentersDee Preston-Dillon, Phd 


Friday, June 21

6 credits

Clinical Case Consultation and Integration: Processing Complex Trauma Scenarios in Clinical Practice

PresentersLisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA and the Level II faculty

Program Cost

The cost of the entire training (54 CEUs) is $1985.00, payable in three installments. 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.

Wednesday, February 20 – $645

Tuesday, April 16 – $645

Friday, May 3 – $645

  • Individual’s signing up for the training must pay by credit card. The three installment payments will then be automatically debited from your card on the dates listed above. If you intend to use a different credit card for any of the installments, you must contact us prior to the payment date.
  • Agencies that register staff may:
    • Register as a Group (see instructions on registration form)
    • Pay by credit card or check made payable to The Ferentz Institute
    • Payment can either be made in full by the first class or by the three installment dates listed above

Please note: For agencies that split the tuition with their staff, the agency is ultimately responsible for all registrant balances not paid in full by the third installment date.

The cost 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

Cancelation Policy

Participants who wish to withdraw from the Level I training must notify The Ferentz Institute in writing via email or U.S. Postal Service.

Participants who withdraw from the program prior to the date of an installment payment (see Program Cost) will not be charged that payment or any subsequent payments.

Installment payments will not be refunded after they are charged to a participant.  If a participant needs to drop out of the program at any time after it begins, he or she can use the payment, or payments, towards future attendance in the Level I or II program and will be guaranteed a seat. The participant will then be obligated to pay any outstanding installment payments not paid during the session from which he or she originally withdrew.