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 Woodholme Country Club.

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.

Level II Schedule (TBA)

Given that level two is highly experiential and must be attended in person we are continuing to put this program on hold until we can return to live trainings. Future dates will be posted on the website.

Trainings takes place from 8:45 am through 4:00 pm at the Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, Maryland.

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

Dates TBA
Using Parts Work to Overcome Resistance, Calm the Inner Critic, and Help Trauma Survivors Self-Actualize
2 Classes – 12 CEUs
Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA


Dates TBA
A Three-Stage Approach to Incorporating Expressive and Creative Therapies
2 Classes – 12 CEUs
PresenterYehuda Bergman, PhD, RDT


Date TBA
Moving Beyond “Healing:” Inviting All of Ourselves into Embodiment
6 CEUs
Presenter: Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, ATR-BC, CGP


Date TBA
Fairy Tales in the Sand: Voices for Resilience From Internal Parts
6 CEUs
Presenter: Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD


Date TBA
Using Visualization, Focusing and Guided Imagery for the Management of Anxiety, Depression and Flashbacks
6 CEUs
Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA


Date TBA
Clay and Collage With Parts Work
6 CEUs
PresenterPeggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT


Date TBA
Clinical Case Consultation and Integration: Processing Complex Trauma Scenarios in Clinical Practice
6 CEUs
PresentersLisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA and the Level II faculty

Program Cost

Cost for the entire training is $2,030.00, which includes a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT to secure your spot in the training. The balance due will be automatically debited from your credit card in three installments on the following dates:

Date TBA: $660

Date TBA: $660

Date TBA: $660

  • 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.