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.

Spring 2018 Level II Schedule

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

Wednesday and Thursday, March 7 and 8

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

Tuesday, March 27

6 CEUs

The Movement Relationship of Parts with Self

Presenter: Judith Fischer, MA, BC-DMT, NCC


Wednesday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 24

2 Classes–12 CEUs

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

PresenterYehuda Bergman, PhD, RDT

Thursday, May 17

6 CEUs

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

Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Wednesday, May 23

6 CEUs

Clay and Collage with Parts Work

PresenterPeggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Monday, June 11

6 credits

Trauma in Sand Therapy: Validating and Externalizing the Inner Narrative

PresentersDee Preston-Dillon, Phd 


Wednesday, June 20

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 $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.

Wednesday, February 28 – $635

Wednesday, April 11 – $635

Wednesday, May 16 – $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

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.