Registration Is Now Open

A Level II certificate is offered to clinicians who graduate from the Level I Certificate Program in Advanced Trauma Treatment or to clinicians who demonstrate expertise in the field of trauma. The program is a total of nine full-day trainings spread over the four-month semester. Classes emphasize “parts work,” inspired by clinicians including Richard Schwartz and John Bradshaw. The foundation for a more creative approach to treating clients and their “symptoms” are infused with modalities including movement, psychodrama, music, art, clay, collage, focusing and guided imagery. The final class allows participants to present challenging cases and receive feedback from the entire expressive arts faculty. The program allows practitioners to deepen their understanding of trauma and apply advanced treatment strategies rooted in creative and expressive therapies to their work with clients.

Level II will take place this fall 2022 at the new Marriott Owing Mills Metro Centre located in Owings Mills, Maryland.

  • Registration and breakfast is open at 8:15 am (ET).
  • Classes are held from 8:45 am (ET) through 4:15 pm (ET).

The training is live and in-person. Class recordings will not be offered in lieu of the in-person class. In the interest of your safety and the safety of your colleagues we ask that you are fully vaccinated and boosted. Masking is optional.

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.

Fall 2022 Level II Schedule

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

Monday, August 29 & Tuesday, August 30
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


Thursday, September 22 & Thursday, September 29

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


Tuesday, October 25

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


Tuesday, November 1 & Monday, November 21

Moving Beyond “Healing:” Inviting All of Ourselves into Embodiment
2 Classes – 12 CEUs
Presenter: Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, ATR-BC, CGP


Wednesday, December 14

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


Tuesday, December 20

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

The cost for the entire training is $2,450.00, which includes a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT to secure your spot. A minimum of $50 must be paid upon registration. The balance due will be automatically debited from your credit card in three installments on the following dates:

Monday, August 22 – $800

Thursday, September 22 – $800

Monday, November 14 – $800

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you register after Wednesday, August 21, you must make a minimum payment of $850, which is equal to your $50 deposit and the first $800 installment.
  • 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 the registration form)
  • Pay by credit card or check made payable to The Ferentz Institute
  • Pay in full at registration or by the first class or by the three installment dates listed above

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:

  • Notebook
  • Breakfast buffet (open at 8:15 am)
  • Afternoon coffee, tea, and snacks during break
  • Copy of Lisa’s book “Finding Your Ruby Slippers”
  • Special self-care gift
  • A final certificate upon completion of the training

All handouts will be emailed to participants several days before each class and will not be available on site. You are welcome to print them out yourself to bring with you or rely on the projected handouts during class. You are also invited to bring a fully-charged laptop or tablet to use during class if you wish. Outlets for chargers will not be available. So you may want to consider bringing a portable charger with you as well.

Take the next step. Register today!

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) you 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.