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. It combines three master classes in Expressive Therapies with additional classes that offer creative and right-brain based modalities, and a final class for case consultations with 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 lisa@theferentzinstitute.com 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.

Spring 2017 Level II Schedule


Tuesday February 28, Wednesday March 8, Tuesday March 21

3 Classes–18 CEUs

A Three-Stage Approach to Incorporating Expressive and Creative Therapies: Using Playback Theatre, Psychodrama, Art, Music, and Guided Imagery

Presenter: Yehuda Bergman, PhD

Wednesday April 19

6 CEUs

Tools for Healing the Heart that Hurts: The Therapeutic Use of Puppets/Dolls Across the Lifespan

Presenter: Joanne Vizzini, PhD


Monday May 1, Tuesday May 2

2 Classes–12 CEUs

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

PresenterLisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Friday May 12

6 CEUs

Artful Tools for Grounding, Soothing. and Containment in the Treatment of Trauma

Presenter: Tally Tripp, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Wednesday May 24

6 CEUs

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

PresenterLisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Thursday June 15

6 credits

Clinical Case Consultation, Integration, and Graduation: 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 $1955.00, 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.

February 22 – $635

April 17 – $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 on the same dates indicated above. Checks should be made out to The Ferentz Institute.

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