Spring 2021 ● Online Only

Schedule of Classes

Level I training is offered twice a year: September-December (Fall Series) and March-June (Spring Series).

Training takes place from 8:45 am through 4:00 pm on Zoom.com.

The classes listed below are for Trauma Certificate Level I participants.

Spring 2021 Level I Schedule

PART I: Understanding Trauma and its Reverberating Effects

Thursday, March 4; Tuesday, March 23; Friday, April 9

Part II: Creatively and Effectively Treating Trauma

Monday, April 19; Thursday, April 29; Tuesday, May 11

May 11 will cover: The Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

Part III: Trauma and the Therapeutic Alliance

Wednesday, May 26; Monday, June 7; Friday, June 18

June 18 will also include: Ethics, Reporting, Deviations in the Standard Care and Termination (3 Ethics CEUs)

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:

Thursday, February 25 – $660

Monday, April 12 – $660

Thursday, May 20 – $660

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you register after Wednesday, February 25, you are required to make a minimum payment of $710, which is equal to your $50 deposit plus the first installment of $660.
  • Individuals 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 of the program includes:

  • All handout materials
  • 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.

Learning Opportunities

Through the comfort of at-home-learning clinical social workers and other mental health professionals will gain an in-depth understanding of the myriad dynamics related to trauma and its reverberating effect on clients’ cognitions, affect, social functioning, and behavioral choices. The philosophical underpinning of the program is a depathologized, strengths-based approach to the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect.

Symptoms will be reframed as inevitable, creative coping strategies that “make sense” when put into the historical context of trauma or a dysfunctional family-of-origin. Practitioners will learn many creative, effective, and empathic ways to help clients reclaim a sense of healthy empowerment, achieve a much higher level of functioning, and integrate the resources necessary for genuine healing.

Additionally, practitioners will explore issues of counter-transference and vicarious traumatization and will learn how to engage in self-care, enhance boundaries, and work in ways that improve efficacy and reduce professional burn-out.

The online version of the Certificate Program will also explore the challenges of tele-therapy and how to navigate safe, trauma-informed care while staying mindful of the inherent limitations of online therapy. Issues including privacy, boundaries, self-disclosure, Zoom fatigue, a lack of attunement and energetic connection will be explored. If dynamics related to the Pandemic are still impacting our communities we will also address the triggers that are specific to traumatized clients.


All classes will be held online via Zoom.com.  They will be live, in real-time and interactive so participants can receive Category I CEUs for all content. Participants will learn on both didactic and experiential levels. PowerPoint slides and handouts will be e-mailed in advance. Videotapes, experiential art and writing exercises, and a wide range of case presentations will all be incorporated into the program, thus accommodating a variety of learning styles.

CEUs, Requirements, and Registration

The certificate Program is comprised of 54 Category 1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This also includes three credit hours in Ethics, which can be used to meet the mandatory requirement in Ethics training.

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

Participants must have an MSW, or a comparable clinical degree, or currently be enrolled in graduate school, pursuing a clinical degree. The program is also open to professionals who interface with traumatized clients, including: victim advocates, clergy, and police officers.

In order to receive the Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment, all participants will be required to pass an open book, untimed, multiple choice exam that is administered online.

Additionally, participants must attend all nine classes on the indicated training dates in order to receive their Certificate. If emergent life circumstances preclude attendance at a class, you can make it up at the next training series, but certificates will not be granted until all nine classes have been completed. If you able need to make up a class, there is no extra fee involved; payment entitles you to take all nine classes, even if you have to extend your time frame to complete the program.