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Digital Seminar

Module 5: Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors with Lisa Ferentz

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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
1 Hour 59 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jun 01, 2017
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* Credit Note - ***CE Details Can Be Found Under the First Module


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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 35 years. She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and internationally, and is a clinical consultant to practitioners and mental health agencies in the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland.

She has been an adjunct faculty member at several Universities, and is the Founder of “The Ferentz Institute,” now in its 11th year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 1,200 clinicians from her two certificate programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment.

In 2009, she was voted the “Social Worker of Year” by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors: A Clinician’s Guide, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2014), Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing (Routledge, 2014), and Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons From the Therapist’s Couch (PESI, 2017). Lisa also hosted a weekly radio talk show, writes blogs and articles for websites on self-harm and self-care, and teaches on many webinars.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lisa Ferentz maintains a private practice and is the Founder and President of the Ferentz Institute. She receives royalties as a published author and is a consultant for Northwest Hospital. Lisa Ferentz receives a speaking honorarium and product royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lisa Ferentz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychotherapy Association.


  1. Investigate the relationship between, trauma, attachment, and affect regulation.
  2. Categorize the four attachment styles and their impact on a child’s cognitive and emotional development.
  3. Investigate the challenge of attaching to unavailable or abusive caretakers and the resulting need to take “ownership” of the abuse.
  4. Differentiate the manifestations of affect dysregulation and the impact of hypo-arousal and hyper-arousal.
  5. Determine five benefits to working with a strengths-based, de-pathologized perspective, including the impact this mindset has on the therapeutic relationship.
  6. Implement the concepts of trauma-re-enactment and the meta-communication of self-harm.
  7. Assess six reasons why clients engage in self-destructive behaviors.
  8. Investigate the “cycle of self-destructive behaviors.”
  9. Argue the role that dissociation plays in “priming the well” for self-destructive behaviors and implement at least three strategies to short-circuit dissociation.
  10. Utilize CARESS, an alternative to standard safety contracts, and analyze why standard safety contracts can be ineffective.
  11. Implement 6 creative strategies to help re-ground and re-establish a sense of safety and give a voice to trauma narratives in triggered clients.
  12. Interpret the recurring themes in the artwork of traumatized clients and integrate working with art into sessions.
  13. Diagnose three manifestations of counter-transference when working with self-destructive behaviors.
  14. Catalogue three clinical pitfalls to avoid when working with self-destructive behaviors.



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 309


James M - Indianapolis, Indiana

"This was the best workshop I have participated in 10 years. Would love more from Lisa"

Tania P - Falls Church, Virginia

"Extraordinarily good and useful program."

Mary R - Mountain Veiw, California

"I thought this was an excellent course, very well organized, very helpful"

Lisa B - Baltimore, Maryland

"great course! learned so much!"

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