Addiction

Evolving Treatment in the Face of the Opioid Epidemic

“I found the workshop very informative. The presenter was very knowledgeable about the topic and I found it helpful to hear real life experiences with addiction.”—Sarah Conn, LCSW

“The presenter was energetic, knowledgeable and brought in a different perspective to such a sensitive topic. He brought in great speakers, and added human perspective to our Opiate epidemic.. I liked his approach and teaching style.”—Lydia Santiago, LCSW

“The session was informative especially for someone who is not in the field of substance abuse.”—Shereen Ghori, LMSW

Anxiety & Depression

Effectively Treating Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

“Enjoyed workshop.  Presenter very knowledgeable, especially about OCD treatment of which I knew basically nothing.  Experiential exercise really gave me a “felt sense” of what it is like to have OCD.  Very challenging” —Barbara Roth, LCSW-C

“Facility was convenient and comfortable. Process was organized. Presenter was knowledgeable and helpful. Content was great!” —Jacqueline Trombley, LCSW-C

“She [Susan] was [a] great [facilitator], very informed on the topic.”—Amy Waldron, LCPC

“Susan was incredibly engaging and knowledgeable about anxiety and OCD disorders. I normally dislike group activities but these made sense and were fun!”—Meghan Edwards, LGPC

“Susan was really great. Her information was not new but it did validate that what I’m doing with my anxious clients works. I did learn more about OCD which was great too.” —Carlada Razmus, LCPC

Ethics & Diversity

Trauma Informed Assessment and Treatment: Ethical Considerations

“As always, Lisa’s preparation, information, and presentation was superb. She delivers material and sources in a way that keeps participants interested and engaged. Her ethics workshops are never boring and always informative.” —Brenda May, LCSW-C, BCD, Llc

“I appreciated the focus on caring for patient, pacing, and the ethics of the work. I am interested in other trainings.” —Will Perks, LCSW

“…The Trauma Informed Treatment, Ethical considerations workshop was interesting, clear, informative and useful throughout. Lisa’s authenticity is refreshing, her genuine dedication and advocacy for both the client and practitioner are unparalleled. I am glad I had the chance to attend this unique workshop.” —Elizabeth Doonan, LCSW-C

“I have been practicing for 42 years and I work with individuals who have been plaqued with the suffering and consequences of trauma. I do consider myself “trauma informed. I have not experienced such clarity and integration of traumatic clinical processes and treatment. In addition to strategic interventions offered to manage the journey without re-traumatization. Lisa Ferentz is a very gifted clinician and my wish is for younger professionals to be trained and influence their skills forever.” —Patti Amsel, LCSW-C

“Lisa Ferentz offers light to all counselors who place their client’s first & foremost, in a field that has become mired and one, which I barely recognize after 35 years. Given that grief & trauma encapsulate our daily lives and most definitely, in the lives of our clients, I remain befuddled as to why grief & trauma education is not placed at the foremost and a basic requirement of any counseling/social work program.” —Sharon Hart, LCPC

“Lisa is an extraordinarily skilled presenter, who combines personal warmth with refined clinical acumen, and a great capacity for inclusion and compassion.” —Hillel Zeitlin, LCSW-C

“Lisa is well informed on the subject of trauma informed treatment and was able to offer great insight as well as real world examples. I left the workshop with concrete ideas that I could implement right away.” —Rosemary Klapac, LMSW

“…After taking the Trauma Informed Assessment and Treatment training, I feel more confident in how to ask questions about a history of trauma that are properly paced and that will not re-traumatize the victim. As an art therapist, I see more creative ways to ground clients using aromatherapy, tactile objects, sand tray, and visual imagery to support the trauma assessment process. I recommend this training to all therapist.” —Liza Baker, MAAT

“Once again, Lisa facilitated a top notch and very relevant seminar. The presentation was very engaging and time flew by quickly.” —Wayne Evans, Ph.D.

“[This] training has enlightened my perspective on being able to gather imperative information in a safe matter that does not harm or re-traumatized a survivor. Her [Lisa] assessment questions are designed to allocate the client’s ability to tell their story without partaking in a reenactment phenomenon. Great information for anyone who works with traumatized population. —Barbara Crawford, LMSW

“The facilitator [Lisa] was incredibly knowledgeable. The information given was relatable, concrete examples of how to apply in our daily jobs.” —Ayxa Kalai, LCSW-C

“The session was very informative. Lisa always does an outstanding job making it fun and interesting.” —Jill Minsky, LCSW-C

“Training was well paced and delivered in a good conversational manner.” —Ryan Malphrus, LCSW-C

“Very helpful. Material relevant and has broad application. Physical environment was comfortable. Audience was engaged and conversant with material.” —Joseph Rollo, LCSW-C
 

Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice

“Facilitator [Lisa] created a beautiful working environment that fostered participation and great discussion. The workshop was well prepared and went over the necessary information holding everyone’s interest and attention.” —Kristin Cousin, LCA 2160 LC5026

“Holding class attention throughout an ethics seminar is quite a feat, something Lisa accomplished with apparent ease.” —Nancy Winston, MSW, LGSW

“Learned so much information. It also confirmed that current practices are ethical as measured with current standards.” —Christina Jay, LCPC

“Lisa has a unique ability to breathe life into an important but dry, dull and boring topic! You simply can not fall asleep in Lisa’s workshop!” —Gale Ann Bellucci, LCSW-C

“Lisa was awesome, full of positive energy and a wealth of information. The ethics training offered updated information on COMAR for clinicians that work in the DMV area with realistic case dilemmas for us to learn from.” —Keisha Watson, LCPC, NCC

“Lisa’s trainings are enlightening and engaging. They include a good amount of discussion with the other clinicians attending which offers opportunities to learn from the other attendees as well as the speakers.” —Danielle Deckard, LCSW-C

“She [Lisa] kept the audience very engaged in the discussion.” —Amy Waldron, LCPC
 

Navigating the Ethical Challenges of Telemental Health

“Great! Lisa is a knowledgable and entertaining speaker. I learned a lot! —Janie Scholom, RN, LCSW-C

“I was ambivalent about the utility of teletherapy. Lisa presented information focusing on the individual, therapist, and relationship. Highly useful.” —Justin Shea, LCSW-C

“It was excellent. Well organized, very informative. Of course, Lisa is always a superb presenter as she did that day!” —Mimi Thomas, LCSW-C

“Lisa provides very accurate and and clear information. If you are a visual learner, you would benefit.” —Kimberly Carroll, LCSW-C

“This workshop on telehealth ethics was so pertinent to some of the current challenges facing psychotherapists…Lisa Ferentz is a talented and skilled facilitator who provides information, stimulates discussion, and appropriately draws on participant expertise…..all while standing on her head!! No, just kidding, but I look forward to my next workshop with her.” —Catherine Tardif-Douglin, LCSW-C

Therapists as Peacebuilders: Using Your Gifts for Global Impact

“I was extremely impressed with Sabrina and her peace building workshop. It correlated very well the combined existence of both therapy skills engaged with transforming power for mutual consideration of others.” —Bruce Snyder, Chaplain/ Minister

“The facilitator [Sabrina] of the workshop was able to artfully and compassionately develop a wonderful learning environment. The information and experiential learning enhanced my personal growth and professional development.” —Leonard Guedalia, PhD

“This was a great work shop. I enjoy learning opportunities that balance between personal growth/awareness as a clinician as well as wider reaching issues. The facilitator [Sabrina] was knowledgeable, experienced, approachable and enjoyable. I felt that it was a nice change of pace to be “learning” on the psycho-spiritual/emotional end of things rather than just the mental. I do feel like this was one of the most valuable CEU’s I’ve taken this season.” —Jennifer Hart, LCSW-C

“Very helpful and gave me new perspective and skills to enhance peace building skills. Opened my eyes to actions I could take where before I felt helpless.” —Patti Amsel, LCSW-C

 

DSM Diagnoses

Master Class – Case Consultation: Treating Post-Partum Mood Disorders Through a Trauma Lens

“Robyn did a beautiful job of bridging the gap between two important and highly intertwined areas of clinical focus, which too often aren’t talked about intersectionally. I’d highly recommend this training! “—Morgan Gross, MSW, LICSW

“Robyn was a stellar presenter and it is the rare workshop when I can say just one day later the material has changed my approach to cases and enhanced the array of techniques. I highly recommend her as a presenter and would certainly attend future workshops with her. “—Lisan Martin, LCSW-C, LICSW
 

Effectively Treating Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

“Enjoyed workshop.  Presenter very knowledgeable, especially about OCD treatment of which I knew basically nothing.  Experiential exercise really gave me a “felt sense” of what it is like to have OCD.  Very challenging” —Barbara Roth, LCSW-C

“Facility was convenient and comfortable. Process was organized. Presenter was knowledgeable and helpful. Content was great!” —Jacqueline Trombley, LCSW-C

“She [Susan] was [a] great [facilitator], very informed on the topic.”—Amy Waldron, LCPC

“Susan was incredibly engaging and knowledgeable about anxiety and OCD disorders. I normally dislike group activities but these made sense and were fun!”—Meghan Edwards, LGPC

“Susan was really great. Her information was not new but it did validate that what I’m doing with my anxious clients works. I did learn more about OCD which was great too.” —Carlada Razmus, LCPC
 

Understanding and Working with Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB)

“I am a seasoned professional and always leave trainings feeling like there was no new take away. However, after this training I left feeling recharged with new knowledge and skills. Can’t wait to get back to work to use use them. Thanks!!” —Vicki Rahenkamp, LCPC

“I found the Workshop to be extremely useful when working with my Clients who present with Trauma based history, to include appreciating how Lisa gave a totally new perspective for Borderline Personality Disorder, which we Clinicians tend to shy away from. I am considering looking into the entire Trauma program that Lisa started. Great job, and will future/other Workshops presented.” —N. Faye Powell, PhD, LCPC-S

“I really appreciated Lisa’s approachable, super informed, and engaging presentation style. The material was so applicable to not only conceptualization but also practice.” —Stephanie Durnford, LCPC

“I really valued this workshop. Lisa allowed me to more fully understand that my challenging clients are not trying to be resistant or difficult but are struggling with trauma and deeply ingrained, albeit ineffective coping mechanisms. Lisa also supported and solidified for me, what I had already been mulling over — that restructuring our treatment model for high risk and chronic relapsing individuals (substance use) to incorporate more skills training. ” —Rachel Wills, LCPC

“Lisa Ferentz is a captivating and engaging speaker. She provided worksheets and techniques for immediate use. I am looking forward to taking another training from her in the future.” —Vanessa Knoll, LCPC

 

Kids, Adolescents, Couples & Families

Couples Work and Why it Matters in Modern Times

“I enjoyed the presenters; they were engaging, informative, current, and had a perspective which I believe broadened my own. They offered breakfast, snacks, and all day coffee. What could be better than being nurtured and informed!” —Eileen Stanzione, LCSW-C, PhD

“Susan and Heather were a great team. They worked together to highlight where their modalities overlapped and differed. They were both very knowledgable.” —Julie Morton, LCSW-C
 

Screenplay: Helping Parents Teach and Reach Children in the Digital Age

“The facilitator [Joanne] was very warm and engaging. She encouraged each person to bring a piece of themselves into the workshop.” —Theresa Bennett, LCPC

 

Practice Issues

Therapists as Peacebuilders: Using Your Gifts for Global Impact

“I was extremely impressed with Sabrina and her peace building workshop. It correlated very well the combined existence of both therapy skills engaged with transforming power for mutual consideration of others.” —Bruce Snyder, Chaplain/ Minister

“The facilitator [Sabrina] of the workshop was able to artfully and compassionately develop a wonderful learning environment. The information and experiential learning enhanced my personal growth and professional development.” —Leonard Guedalia, PhD

“This was a great work shop. I enjoy learning opportunities that balance between personal growth/awareness as a clinician as well as wider reaching issues. The facilitator [Sabrina] was knowledgeable, experienced, approachable and enjoyable. I felt that it was a nice change of pace to be “learning” on the psycho-spiritual/emotional end of things rather than just the mental. I do feel like this was one of the most valuable CEU’s I’ve taken this season.” —Jennifer Hart, LCSW-C

“Very helpful and gave me new perspective and skills to enhance peace building skills. Opened my eyes to actions I could take where before I felt helpless.” —Patti Amsel, LCSW-C

 

 

Trauma

Trauma Informed Assessment and Treatment: Ethical Considerations

“As always, Lisa’s preparation, information, and presentation was superb. She delivers material and sources in a way that keeps participants interested and engaged. Her ethics workshops are never boring and always informative.” —Brenda May, LCSW-C, BCD, Llc

“I appreciated the focus on caring for patient, pacing, and the ethics of the work. I am interested in other trainings.” —Will Perks, LCSW

“…The Trauma Informed Treatment, Ethical considerations workshop was interesting, clear, informative and useful throughout. Lisa’s authenticity is refreshing, her genuine dedication and advocacy for both the client and practitioner are unparalleled. I am glad I had the chance to attend this unique workshop.” —Elizabeth Doonan, LCSW-C

“I have been practicing for 42 years and I work with individuals who have been plaqued with the suffering and consequences of trauma. I do consider myself “trauma informed.”
I have not experienced such clarity and integration of traumatic clinical processes and treatment. In addition to strategic interventions offered to manage the journey without re-traumatization. Lisa Ferentz is a very gifted clinician and my wish is for younger professionals to be trained and influence their skills forever. —Patti Amsel, LCSW-C

“Lisa Ferentz offers light to all counselors who place their client’s first & foremost, in a field that has become mired and one, which I barely recognize after 35 years. Given that grief & trauma encapsulate our daily lives and most definitely, in the lives of our clients, I remain befuddled as to why grief & trauma education is not placed at the foremost and a basic requirement of any counseling/social work program.” —Sharon Hart, LCPC

“Lisa is an extraordinarily skilled presenter, who combines personal warmth with refined clinical acumen, and a great capacity for inclusion and compassion.” —Hillel Zeitlin, LCSW-C

“Lisa is well informed on the subject of trauma informed treatment and was able to offer great insight as well as real world examples. I left the workshop with concrete ideas that I could implement right away.” —Rosemary Klapac, LMSW

“…After taking the Trauma Informed Assessment and Treatment training, I feel more confident in how to ask questions about a history of trauma that are properly paced and that will not re-traumatize the victim. As an art therapist, I see more creative ways to ground clients using aromatherapy, tactile objects, sand tray, and visual imagery to support the trauma assessment process. I recommend this training to all therapist.” —Liza Baker, MAAT

“Once again, Lisa facilitated a top notch and very relevant seminar. The presentation was very engaging and time flew by quickly.” —Wayne Evans, Ph.D.

“[This] training has enlightened my perspective on being able to gather imperative information in a safe matter that does not harm or re-traumatized a survivor. Her [Lisa] assessment questions are designed to allocate the client’s ability to tell their story without partaking in a reenactment phenomenon. Great information for anyone who works with traumatized population. —Barbara Crawford, LMSW

“The facilitator [Lisa] was incredibly knowledgeable. The information given was relatable, concrete examples of how to apply in our daily jobs.” —Ayxa Kalai, LCSW-C

“The session was very informative. Lisa always does an outstanding job making it fun and interesting.” —Jill Minsky, LCSW-C

“Training was well paced and delivered in a good conversational manner.” —Ryan Malphrus, LCSW-C

“Very helpful. Material relevant and has broad application. Physical environment was comfortable. Audience was engaged and conversant with material.” —Joseph Rollo, LCSW-C
 

Creative Techniques for Managing Traumatic Stress: Grounding, Containment, and Resourcing

“Great introduction to some art therapy techniques specifically aimed for individuals who’ve experienced trauma.”  Timothy Vail, Psy. D

“This was, by far the most effective CEU training I’ve attended regarding experiential interventions for Trauma. Tally Tripp wonderfully balanced between the theory and practice of grounding, containment, and resourcing all the while leading and modelling by example her practical interventions via affording us all the opportunity to experience them.   Well worth the time and memorable.” Michelle Hammer, LCPC, CPC

“Not only was I able to leave the workshop with skills I could use the next day in session, Tally made the workshop interactive, engaging, and I was able to take concrete items for my own personal self-care toolbox!” Stephanie Durnford, LCPC

“I found it overall very interesting and helpful. Tally gave us a lot of creative techniques that are simple enough to implement as non-art therapists. I liked the structure – alternating between theory and experiential.” Martine Wisotsky, LMSW
 

Trauma Informed Collage Methods

“I learned a lot, and had fun doing it.” —Ronda (Rosie) Behr, LCSW-C

“It’s rare that a workshop grabs my attention and holds it from start to finish. Informative and engaging!” —Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD

“Peggy Kolodny is a master instructor who introduced so many creative and innovative ideas for me in this workshop. I gained tools, ideas, and inspiration that will directly help me give to my clients…in a way I think they will enjoy almost as much as I did in learning them!!! —Laura Greer, LCSW-C

“[Peggy] is highly experienced and provided trauma informed care regarding incorporating collage into your practice. Training also focused on the importance of art belonging to the client, and reminded about the importance of this being one of the true principles of the experiential work.” —Kathy Haerian, Haerian

“The training greatly refreshed my knowledge as an art therapist, but perhaps more importantly, I recognized the value of collage in working with difficult to reach populations. While the collage experiencials we completed were fun and relaxing, in a new way I could more confidently apply the powerful intuitive processes of collage with people who have lost everything.” —Liza Baker, MAAT

“Trauma Informed Collage Methods was a very valuable workshop as I have always had a personal affinity for collage activities and love to find ways to incorporate it into my practice. It’s also a kinder and less threatening modality for those of us who minimize or deny having artistic abilities. The facilitator Peggy and her assistant Hanna were organized and accommodating. Having minimally structured experiential components to the workshop was a smart choice. I highly recommend :)” —Karen Ross Taylor, LCSW-C

“Wonderful combination of theory, practical art prompts, and a chance to experience methods and materials. Allowed for new learning, and refinement, across a spectrum of trauma therapy and artmaking experience in the room. Thank you!” —Anne Eckman, LGSW
 

Understanding and Working with Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB)

“I am a seasoned professional and always leave trainings feeling like there was no new take away. However, after this training I left feeling recharged with new knowledge and skills. Can’t wait to get back to work to use use them. Thanks!!” —Vicki Rahenkamp, LCPC

“I found the Workshop to be extremely useful when working with my Clients who present with Trauma based history, to include appreciating how Lisa gave a totally new perspective for Borderline Personality Disorder, which we Clinicians tend to shy away from. I am considering looking into the entire Trauma program that Lisa started. Great job, and will future/other Workshops presented.” —N. Faye Powell, PhD, LCPC-S

“I really appreciated Lisa’s approachable, super informed, and engaging presentation style. The material was so applicable to not only conceptualization but also practice.” —Stephanie Durnford, LCPC

“I really valued this workshop. Lisa allowed me to more fully understand that my challenging clients are not trying to be resistant or difficult but are struggling with trauma and deeply ingrained, albeit ineffective coping mechanisms. Lisa also supported and solidified for me, what I had already been mulling over — that restructuring our treatment model for high risk and chronic relapsing individuals (substance use) to incorporate more skills training. ” —Rachel Wills, LCPC

“Lisa Ferentz is a captivating and engaging speaker. She provided worksheets and techniques for immediate use. I am looking forward to taking another training from her in the future.” —Vanessa Knoll, LCPC

Level I Trauma Certificate

“Lisa Ferentz’s program in Advanced Trauma Treatment level I is the must-have for every clinician, no matter their population or therapeutic approach. Not only can this training help inform your work with trauma clients, it can provide another layer of therapeutic empathy that can be applied to all clients, and modalities that can be used with any client.” —Stephanie Crockett, LGPC

“This program is an absolute must for any clinician who is serious about providing the best therapeutic care to all clients.”  —Chaim Wolfish, LCPC

“Lisa Ferentz is amazing! Because of her dedication to mental health, compassion for clients, and experience, I am more confident in myself as a therapist. I have been able to apply all techniques and tools to my practice.” —Nia Foggy, LPC

“Lisa is an authentic, passionate, and highly gifted trauma informed therapist and educator! Thank you for this amazing opportunity!” —Amy Sherbin, LCPC

“This program provides the essential necessary for effective practice. I’ve been a licensed social worker for 17 years and this program was more beneficial than any graduate class or training I have ever taken. Thank you, Lisa!”  —Shannon Haley, LCSW-C

“Lisa is amazing. She has a wealth of knowledge that is incredibly useful to working in the field of mental health. She is incredibly generous and thoughtful in her treatment of the professionals who take her program. I’ve gained a lot of confidence going forth to share my knowledge with clients who have endured trauma. I strongly recommend discrete training to anyone in the mental health profession. You won’t regret it!” —Laura Wanderling, LCPAT

“This was one of the best trainings I’ve ever taken and certainly the most informative. Lisa does an excellent job presenting the material in a way that is really interesting and applicable to a wide array of clinical settings. Anyone working in the mental health field should take this training. Most importantly, Lisa really did a wonderful job of making sure that we as clinicians felt taken care of and appreciated. I truly felt like I mattered.” —Lyndsay Soeder,  LCSW-C

“The entire program was interesting and thought-provoking. It is change the way I work with all my clients no matter what issues they present with. I wish a class of this nature had been part of my graduate program back in the day. Lisa presented the material same fashion she encourages us with clients. I plan to take Level II.”  —Renee Drehmer, LCPC

“This program has completely transformed my clinical practice. Using the skills and knowledge I gained through this program has benefited my clients, and makes me a more confident, competent clinician. I recommend this program to all of my colleagues!” —Robert Bangert, LICSW

“Thank you, Lisa, and everyone at the Ferentz Institute, for putting together such an amazing program. I am a better clinician for attending each class. She is a gift on so many levels to those of us in the field. I gained a greater knowledge base as a result I now have new colleagues and new tools to continue learning, growing, and have a renewed passion for what we do.” —Naomi Taffet, LCSW-C, VAS-III

“This training has been a priceless investment which I believe will change my practice for many years to come.” —Linda Beck, LCSW-C

“This training has truly changed my practice in the way I view both the students and my colleagues in my school. I have completely redesigned the school counselor office lighting to create a warmer more welcoming environment. I look at my most difficult students through a different lens, often picturing them as babies in the trauma he must’ve endured. I am a patient, more attentive and excited to use the myriad of strategies thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”  —Nancy Simard, NCC

“Lisa’s trauma training has brought me to a new level as a clinician. This should be required education for anyone in the clinical care or educational setting. The knowledge and resources gained through this course are invaluable.” —Katherine Cashin, LCPC

“This is the stuff I wish we had in college! Lisa is an excellent teacher! Taking this course is something I have dreamed of since I first heard Lisa teach at another training. Every class I went away with immediately applicable teaching and resources. I immediately felt more confident and comfortable in my practice.” —Annette Schlossnagle, LCSW-D

“Lisa Ferentz is very knowledgeable and a great teacher and presenter. She was very warm and welcoming. The class itself was very informational and very organized. I recommend this class to every clinician. Thanks Lisa!” —MacKenzie Fleming, LGPC

“A wonderful experience. This will certainly enhance my skills in working with traumatized children.” —Mary Vansickle, LCSW-C

“If you’re fortunate enough to attend this training I highly recommend doing so. The financial and time commitment pales in comparison to the value of experiences and knowledge gained throughout this program. It really was wonderful and I feel like it provided opportunity for both professional and personal growth.”  —Charise Peddicord, LCPC

“If you are a clinician Lisa Ferentz’s trauma training is one you cannot miss!!” —Tracy Ambos, LCSW-C, LICSW

“Lisa is a breath of fresh air. She exudes compassion and understanding, She is the model of the perfect therapist.” —Gavriel Horan, LMSW

“This has been, by far, the most useful and high quality training I have ever attended! I recommend this to any mental health professional and really anyone in a helping/health profession.”  —Betsy Nichols, LPC, NCC

“I cannot adequately express how much I gained from Lisa’s training. I am tuned into my clients on a much deeper level, always mindful of safety, attunement, body language, and their ability to be fully present in session. Lisa is a very generous teacher as well. I encourage other clinicians to take the trauma training, it will give you so many new tools to help your clients.” —Ivy Edelstein, LMSW

“This is the best class I have ever attended (and I have two Master’s degrees) and Lisa is the most organized, most compassionate, most detailed oriented and the most aware of the process than I have ever encountered. She is very well grounded and rounded in all her presentations.” —Kit MacFarlane

“This training brought me invaluable information on how trauma is experienced and taught me new treatment options that allow me to respond to my clients, and teach my staff, accordingly. The fact that this was done in such a caring, humorous, and insightful manner serve to enhance my learning experience.” —Caitlin Tromiczak, LICSW-C, LCSW-C

“I deeply appreciate the blend of theoretical and practical knowledge that Lisa’s Trauma I course afforded me. I strongly recommend this course and the consummate professional who teaches it.” —Michale Lockman, LCPC,

“I have been eager to strengthen my knowledge base and skill level in trauma informed care. My clients and I will benefit from the hands on approach that Lisa shares with care and attention for all of her program participants. I am now much more aware of the importance of both mind (brain) and body when it comes to the impact and significance of trauma histories and clients’ current level of functioning and satisfaction with life.” —Teresa Doniger, LPC

“Lisa is a presenter who embodies competence and warmth and grace!. The workshop itself taught me new and wonderful ways to navigate clients through trauma with dignity and a wonderfully varied choice of modalities! Lisa’s use of her personal journey with trauma patients was a wonderful and captivating way to learn.” —Eileen Thompson, ACRPS, SCAC

“This training was a game-changer for me. The strength-based approach Lisa takes has transformed the way I see my clients and the range of practical tools we were given has revitalized my work with them.” —Lisa Zimmerman, LICSW

“As a clinician, one of the most important tools we have is our self. Lisa helped me find my own internal wisdom and see my blind spots.” —Cara Nazereth, LCMFT

“I encourage every clinician to attend this course. The course’s focus on client strengths and creativity encourages you to expand your empathy and see client’s in a more complete way. After having taken this training, I feel competent in my interactions with trauma survivors and assist them in a more thoughtful way.” —Sara Murry, LGSW

“This training is amazing and provides a thorough foundation to work with clients with trauma. Everything learned helped my growth as a clinician.” —Molly Jakubek, LMFT

“Great resource provided by a gifted teacher & clinician.” —Elizabeth Mohler, LCSW

“Lisa’s style of teaching and material were so enlightening. I feel much more prepared to work with client’s than I did before the course. I highly recommend the training.” —Miriam Blau, LGSW

“There’s no way you can leave a class you taught, Lisa, without learning new strategies and examples of how to encourage others.” — Stephanie Marinelli, PhD, JD, LCPC

“I have grown as a therapist over the last nine sessions and I believe my growth allows me to see and access the strengths and resiliency in my clients in a new and different way.” —Catherine Peterson, LCSW

“This training equipped me with a greater understanding of trauma informed treatment. I feel more confidant in my practice dealing with issues of trauma and more energized to continue to increase my knowledge and efficacy.” —Susan B. Blair, LCMFT, CCDP

“This training was worth the investment. It increased my confidence as well as my competence and my ability to both maintain and model healthy boundaries and work-life balance. Lisa is a very inspiring mentor.” —Jennifer Thocher,
LGSW

“Lisa’s training’s validate a lot of the work that we do and provides new formulations, techniques, and a level of confidence to apply these techniques. What a powerful experience.” —Katina Callan, LCSW

“Invaluable program; by the 2nd class you can bring your clients interventions that will make profound differences in their therapeutic journey and by the end you feel confident and competent to treat clients with trauma.” —Kathleen Traversari, LGSW

“This program is an extraordinary interpretation of several therapeutic modalities and an interesting and heartfelt alternative to the manualized, mechanical CEU offerings elsewhere.” —Karen Ross Taylor, LCSW-C

“This is an awesome training with all the qualities and more of a very excellent postdoctoral course! Lisa is a wonderful, generous mentor, lecturer, teacher and clinician.” —Janet Glover Kirkvliet, LCPC.

Level II Trauma Certificate

“Attending Lisa’s Level I and Level II Trauma Trainings has been a truly beautiful experience. My level of insight and practice has grown so much in my time here.” — Kerry McCommons, LCPC

“This program provided more guidance and resources than my graduate school curriculum in terms of clinical competency. What a privilege to witness, reflect on, and explore these new creative trauma-informed modalities with Lisa, Yehuda, Peggy and Dr. Dee. My entire practice has shifted in such an insightful, confident, and organic way and I am extremely grateful! Greatest program I have ever attended from a clinical perspective. “— Katie O’Mailey,  LGSW

“Advanced Trauma Training was an amazing experiential and educational experience that advanced my skills, knowledge and support for doing the work I love.” — Melynda Klausner, LGPC

“Getting to utilize and incorporate various expressive therapies in practice has allowed me to better meet the needs of all clients I see, but to especially address the unique needs of the adolescent. Thank you, Lisa, for your passion and mission of equipping all providers with the knowledge and means to address trauma from a safe, strengths-based approach.” —Wren Skidmore, LCSW-C

“This program incorporates all of the contemporary and recent knowledge the field has gained in trauma-informed therapy treatment and gives therapists concrete tools and strategies to use with their clients. Lisa and her faculty provide warmth, support and encouragement all throughout the course.” — Ann Smith, LCSW-C

“It was great to get a spectrum of approaches and the encouragement to synthesize them in our own way.”— Gabriella King, LGPC

“I feel more alive in my practice that I ever have. Digging in and learning has been rejuvenating. Feeling like I am aware of the latest trauma research has made me look at my practice with “new eyes.” I can’t imagine working with eating disordered clients without what I have learned,”— Kath Haerian, LCSW-C

“Lisa “holds a space” for her students in a way that is restorative, empowering, comforting, and grounding. I highly valued all of my time in Level I and Level II with Lisa and her faculty. If you live within driving distance of an event provided by Lisa- make the time to attend! Soul altering work!”— Susan Stork, LCPC

“The Level II expressive trainings have opened my ability, my knowledge, and my comfort level in using these strategies in session. The trainings also shine a light on areas I’d like to explore more in-depth. Thanks for a wonderful experience!”— Elizabeth Cush, LCPC

“The Ferentz Institute Level I and II has changed the way I practice. These experiences have provided me with effective strategies to assist clients in moving through their trauma experiences safely.”— Lisa Bartlett-Kliever, LCSW-C

“This program has completely changed the way I approach therapy and it shows in the improvements I am observing in my lives of my clients! Thank you!”— Barbie Glenn, LCPC, NCC

“Going through the Level I and II trauma training has given me a wide array of skills to use in clinical practice that all stem from a strengths-based model. The trainings have not only helped me learn to guide clients to access their wisest and most compassionate self, but has also helped me to further access my wisest self to improve my work as a clinician.”— Molly Rhodes, LGSW

“The Expressive Modalities Program provides a quality connection of didactic information with sensory experience, for a more complete understanding of beneficial client treatment concepts.”— Bruce Snyder, Pastoral Crisis Counselor

Spirituality

There Was a Rabbi, A Priest and a Therapist…

“I absolutely loved this training. How to illicit hope, how and when to use spirituality as a vehicle for change and the difficulties and possibilities therein. The training was more of a conversation then a lecture, I am still thinking about this days after the training and have followed up on some reading suggestions that have also been inspiring. Thank you!” —Elizabeth Berman, CSC-AD

“I was moved by the dialogue, and I now have a better understanding of the benefits of balancing spirituality and psycho-therapy. The therapist [Lisa] was awesome and one could get sense as to why she is so sought after. The feedback from the Rabbi [Goldberger] and the Priest [Father Ray] offered for me a unique look into the both perspectives and how each saw how the inclusion of spiritually can help ones clients achieve post recovery.” —Brian Shird, MS, LBSW

“This was a wonderful workshop that engendered a meaningful conversation on spirituality and psychotherapy, and the role of both in post traumatic growth. The facilitators were very engaging and knowledgeable.” —Danielle Deckard, LCSW-C

“This was an awesome workshop that gave me the very unique opportunity to learn from the wisdom of a seasoned Rabbi, Priest and therapist. I left the workshop better equipped and more inspired to help my clients.” —Michael Schlein, LCPC
 

Working with Dreams: Tapping into an Inner Wisdom

“Great information with experiential exercises. I really enjoyed connecting with the other participants.”—Jessica LeTourneau, LCPC

“I believe the most positive take away from the workshop was the opportunity to interact with other participants. I do believe the workshop was well-planned and facilitated.” —Joseph Rollo, LCSW-C

“The presenter had a good grasp of the material and was exceptionally well prepared.” —Edward Diamond, Registered Psychology Associate

“The Working With Dreams workshop was interesting and informative.  Vivienne, our instructor, used experiential exercises to engage our group and illustrate how to use her techniques.  I can’t wait to try her methods out with my clients.” —Laura Ashley, LCSW-C

“This course was highly interactive and engaging. It was a true, in-person, demonstration of how dream work can be a useful took in therapy.” —Jess Maier, LCPC

“Very powerful and experiential workshop!  We were constantly engaged in experiential learning, even while taking in theory. Awesome!” —Ilene Gallner-Toller, LCSW-C

 

Mind-Body, Movement & Expressive Therapies

Creative Techniques for Managing Traumatic Stress: Grounding, Containment, and Resourcing

“Great introduction to some art therapy techniques specifically aimed for individuals who’ve experienced trauma.”  Timothy Vail, Psy. D

“This was, by far the most effective CEU training I’ve attended regarding experiential interventions for Trauma. Tally Tripp wonderfully balanced between the theory and practice of grounding, containment, and resourcing all the while leading and modelling by example her practical interventions via affording us all the opportunity to experience them.   Well worth the time and memorable.” Michelle Hammer, LCPC, CPC

“Not only was I able to leave the workshop with skills I could use the next day in session, Tally made the workshop interactive, engaging, and I was able to take concrete items for my own personal self-care toolbox!” Stephanie Durnford, LCPC

“I found it overall very interesting and helpful. Tally gave us a lot of creative techniques that are simple enough to implement as non-art therapists. I liked the structure – alternating between theory and experiential.” Martine Wisotsky, LMSW
 

Filling Your Experiential Toolbox: The Empty Chair, The Double and Role Play Techniques

“[H]ad a great time. Very informative. Loved the facilitator!” Laura Block, LCSW-C
 

Master Class: Sand Therapy and the Therapeutic Relationship

“Dr. Dee is always amazing! The workshop was everything I needed and more. And thank you for the awesome breakfast!!” Deborah Wolff, LCSW
 

Trauma Informed Collage Methods

“I learned a lot, and had fun doing it.” —Ronda (Rosie) Behr, LCSW-C

“It’s rare that a workshop grabs my attention and holds it from start to finish. Informative and engaging!” —Lauren Rubenstein, PsyD

“Peggy Kolodny is a master instructor who introduced so many creative and innovative ideas for me in this workshop. I gained tools, ideas, and inspiration that will directly help me give to my clients…in a way I think they will enjoy almost as much as I did in learning them!!! —Laura Greer, LCSW-C

“[Peggy] is highly experienced and provided trauma informed care regarding incorporating collage into your practice. Training also focused on the importance of art belonging to the client, and reminded about the importance of this being one of the true principles of the experiential work.” —Kathy Haerian, Haerian

“The training greatly refreshed my knowledge as an art therapist, but perhaps more importantly, I recognized the value of collage in working with difficult to reach populations. While the collage experiencials we completed were fun and relaxing, in a new way I could more confidently apply the powerful intuitive processes of collage with people who have lost everything.” —Liza Baker, MAAT

“Trauma Informed Collage Methods was a very valuable workshop as I have always had a personal affinity for collage activities and love to find ways to incorporate it into my practice. It’s also a kinder and less threatening modality for those of us who minimize or deny having artistic abilities. The facilitator Peggy and her assistant Hanna were organized and accommodating. Having minimally structured experiential components to the workshop was a smart choice. I highly recommend :)” —Karen Ross Taylor, LCSW-C

“Wonderful combination of theory, practical art prompts, and a chance to experience methods and materials. Allowed for new learning, and refinement, across a spectrum of trauma therapy and artmaking experience in the room. Thank you!” —Anne Eckman, LGSW