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The Premier Program to Become an Expert Trauma Therapist!
Learn EVERYTHING you need to know to provide healing for any trauma client in just 4 months!

An Invitation from Lisa Ferentz and Psychotherapy Networker...

There's an urgent need for effective healers to treat the rapidly increasing number of trauma clients in our communities. But far too few therapists have the skills to meet this growing demand, largely because they haven't been provided the right training that's based both on their needs AND the needs of their clients.

That's why I'm excited to partner with Psychotherapy Networker to offer my state-of-the-art, Comprehensive Certificate Program in Advanced Trauma Treatment entirely online and on-demand... so you can master the skills to create lasting change without drastically disrupting your busy schedule.

This is my premier training program that’s the culmination of everything I’ve learned over 37 years as a trauma therapist and trainer. Now, you can join me for an entire semester to learn the tools and techniques I’ve refined from the best approaches available, many of which you won’t find in any other trainings.

This program includes: 9 live, full-day training sessions | 4 exclusive Q&A calls to get help with your specific challenges
On-demand recording access | Comprehensive resource manuals | Bonus CE workhop & more!
View the full program schedule

This course is different than anything you've experienced before because you’ll truly learn by doing. You’ll take part in interactive, multi-modality teaching sessions, and then be able to practice in real-time the skills you’ve learned. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your new methods right away in practice and process in breakout rooms what worked and where you still need further growth.

Plus, you’ll earn your Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment from the prestigious Ferentz Institute as proof of your accomplishment and your abilities.

I’m confident you can become an expert trauma therapist, and I strongly believe this is the program that will get you there.

— Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA

Lisa Ferentz’s Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment

A 4-month, Level I Post-Graduate Training Program

$2,599.00 Value

Enrollment is now closed.

Course Began September 2nd, 2021

You'll earn up to 59.0 CE Hours — up to 54.0 Live CE Hours & up to 5.0 Self-Study CE Hours — Click here for CE Credit breakdown

Advanced Trauma Treatment Certificate Program Details

This advanced certificate program goes beyond the basics to show you the most effective approaches to help clients who experience:

  • Dissociation, regression, and depersonalization
  • Self-destructive behaviors (including cutting, addictions, binging and purging)
  • Flashbacks and intrusive memories
  • Nightmares
  • Anxiety and depression as a result of traumatic experiences
  • Disintegrated sense of self
  • Low self-worth, shame, and guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Anger, rage, and aggression

You won’t find another program so effectively structured around your needs as a working clinician seeking to advance your trauma treatment skills.

Plus, this is a program that takes care of you... while it prepares you to care for your clients!

As an active clinician who regularly sees clients, Lisa considers it essential to not just teach treatment skills, but to care for your needs as a therapist and student. The experiential exercises in this program (such as mindful breathwork, journaling, art and sandplay) are meant for your well-being, as well as your client’s.

When you accept the invitation to join this advanced trauma certificate program, you’ll get:

  1. 9 full-day sessions where you’ll learn, step-by-step, Lisa’s strengths-based integrative trauma approach

  2. Access to treatment models you likely haven’t seen elsewhere

  3. 4 bonus LIVE Q&A calls to get answers to your specific questions

  4. Complete on-demand access to recordings until Dec. 31, 2021.

  5. Comprehensive resource manuals and slides

  6. An intimate and personal learning environment to connect directly with me and your colleagues from around the world

  7. BONUS: my popular 5-hour “Getting Creative with Parts” on-demand workshop

Frequently Asked Questions About This Certificate Program
We've got you covered. You'll have unlimited access to each class until December 31st. The recording will be available 3-5 business days after the live class ends. You can only earn "live" credit by attending live, but some self-study credit may be available with the recording. CE hours and approvals on self-study products may differ from live CE hours and approvals.
Up to 54 hours, depending on your individual board, including up to 3 Ethics hours. Click here for CE Credit breakdown. No additional CE hours are available for the four LIVE Q&A calls. We've worked hard to make sure as many licensed mental health and medical professionals are covered by this amazing training program.
YES. Nothing in this training program is previously recorded. Lisa will be with you the entire semester, including responding in the online forum weekly and available for additional conversations in 4 LIVE Q&A calls outside of the 9 days of classes that make up the core program.
Completing all 9 classes will allow you to complete the final exam in December. Upon successful completion of that exam you'll have earned your Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment from the Ferentz Institute. It will be available in your course portal once you pass the exam.
Yes! You'll get access until December 31st to each and every class to review and replay as much as you'd like. All the resources, handouts, and Lisa's complete training manuals with scripts and practices are yours to keep.
You'll also get exclusive discounts on all of Lisa's other trainings, books, and resources, and her popular "Getting Creative with Parts" 5-hour workshop for free.
Yes! Our mission is to help you thrive in your practice. If you're not 100% satisfied and decide this program is not for you, contact us and we'll make it right.
This is a highly experiential, practice-focused trauma training that Lisa Ferentz has developed over the past 35 years treating severely traumatized clients who experience dissociation, self-harm, flashbacks, and other symptoms of PTSD. Her approach has been praised by luminaries such as Janina Fisher and Dick Schwartz, Developer of Internal Family Systems therapy.

As a practicing therapist herself, Lisa is passionate about helping clinicians develop a way of approaching trauma that includes concrete tools and shows you how to develop yourself as a clinician to treat trauma. Her unique approach avoids pathologizing trauma and treats lingering symptoms as the way an individual survived, and her treatment simplifies complex trauma symptoms in ways that clients can finally begin to understand their symptoms with compassion and provides concrete tools, including many expressive art practices and more to unravel the legacy of trauma.

This program is Lisa's comprehensive training that has before been reserved only for those who can travel to her institute, now available with CEs for the first time through her partnership with Psychotherapy Networker. And with our 100% satisfaction guarantee and payment plan, we hope you'll take advantage of this great opportunity.

What if my question wasn't answered here? For answers to questions not listed on this page, please go to the PESI full FAQ page.


Training takes place from 9:00 am through 4:30 pm (ET) on Zoom.

While we encourage participants to join each session live to get the full program experience, we understand that’s not always possible. That’s why we’ve included complete recording access through Dec. 31st with your registration.

Class 1: Understanding Trauma and its Reverberating Effects: The Strengths-Based Perspective
Thursday, September 2
In this 6-hour workshop we will set the stage for a clinical and philosophical approach to trauma informed treatment, which will include an in-depth exploration of a strengths-based, de-pathologized approach to assessing and treating clients.

We will process the features of therapy and the therapeutic relationship that promote an emphasis on clients’ resiliency and courage, while learning ways to help clients re-frame and “make sense” out of their long-term struggles and destructive coping strategies.
  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Introduction and orientation
    • The strengths-based perspective: normalizing and universalizing clients’ “symptoms” and struggles
  • 10:00-10:08am Break
  • 10:08-11:00pm The power of de-pathologizing the sequelae of trauma
    • The overdiagnosis of clients
  • 11:00-11:07am Break
  • 11:07-12:00pm Understanding the trauma survivor’s self-perception and its impact on shame and self-blame
    • The importance of cognitive re-framing
    • The advantages of a strengths-based approach
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm Defining trauma and the impact of loss
    • When client’s meaning-making exacerbates or mitigates the impact of trauma
    • The long-term effects of negative meaning making and the personalization of trauma
    • The healing effects of positive meaning-making
  • 2:00-2:07 Break
  • 2:07-3:00pm Processing examples of potentially traumatizing events
    • Exploring the new DSM diagnostic criteria for PTSD
    • Risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing PTSD after trauma
  • 3:00-3:08pm Break
  • 3:08-4:30pm Understanding social engagement versus the fight or flight responses
    • Understanding fawning and freeze responses
    • Video - Peter Levine: freeze in the animal kingdom
Learning Objectives
  1. Appraise the four precepts of a strengths-based approach.
  2. Identify five reasons why the strengths-based approach builds a trusting therapeutic alliance.
  3. Investigate how clients construct meaning behind traumatic events.
  4. Evaluate the diagnostic criteria for PTSD as well as the changes that have been made to the DSM regarding the diagnosis.
  5. Identify four risk factors that increase the possibility of developing PTSD after a traumatic experience.
  6. Distinguish between and extrapolate the possible biological reactions to threat and trauma.
  7. Critique the manifestation of the fawning response related to childhood abuse.

Class 2: Understanding Trauma and its Reverberating Effects: Trauma, Memory, and the Brain
Tuesday, September 14

In this workshop, we will look at the ways in which our brains are adversely impacted by trauma and how the concept of neuroplasticity can reverse that impact. Participants will learn how to strengthen neuroplasticity in traumatized clients through lifestyle choices including: exercise, improved sleep hygiene, humor, connecting to others, and healthy risk-taking. We will then process the unique aspects of the developing adolescent brain, comparing it to the functionality of an adult brain, and exploring both the limitations and strengths of the adolescent mindset. Since many traumatized teens use digital apparatuses to dissociate, we will look at the adverse impact of digital technology and gaming on the adolescent brain.

  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Historical and current conceptualizations of the brain
    • Defining neuroplasticity and why it’s relevant to our work with traumatized clients
    • 8 Ways to foster neuroplasticity through healthier lifestyle choices
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm Exploring the adolescent brain: it’s strengths, limitations, and unique desires
    • Why the adolescent brain is different from an adult brain
    • The impact of digital technology on brain development
    • Understanding the triune brain: brain stem, limbic system and pre-frontal cortex
    • Dan Siegal’s hand model of the brain
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm How our brains process danger and the price we pay
    • Trauma and the brain: when information can’t get processed by the pre-frontal cortex
    • Trauma’s impact on hippocampal volume
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch-on your own
  • 1:00-2:00pm Understanding implicit and explicit memory
    • Trauma’s impact on memory: the phenomenon of “speechless terror”
  • 2:00-2:07pm Break
  • 2:07-3:00pm Understanding the functions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain
    • Global memory impairment and dissociation
  • 3:00-3:07pm Break
  • 3:07-4:30pm Attachment: the primary task of childhood
    • Digital technology and the attachment crisis of 2021
    • Understanding co-regulation and auto-regulation
Learning Objectives
  1. Differentiate our historical understanding of the brain with our newest understanding, including the role that neuroplasticity can play.
  2. Employ at least six strategies to help clients foster greater neuroplasticity.
  3. Assess the four major “desires” of the adolescent brain and how it differs from an adult brain.
  4. Evaluate the negative impact that trauma and repeated fight/flight responses have on the different parts of the brain.
  5. Analyze the impact that chronic childhood trauma has on declarative and non-declarative memory.
  6. Organize a model of where trauma is stored in the brain and why “talk therapy” alone does not allow clients to access and metabolize their experiences.
  7. Theorize about inter-regulation and auto-regulation and why an infant cannot self-soothe if they are not first co-regulated.
  8. Employ at least five ways that primary caretakers can create secure attachment with an infant.

Class 3: Understanding Trauma and its Reverberating Effects: The Impact of Insecure Attachment
Friday, October 1

In this 6-hour workshop we will use videotaped examples to explore the four major attachment styles: secure; avoidant; ambivalent; and disorganized. Participants will learn about the profound impact of insecure attachment and neglect on the developing architecture of an infant’s brain, as well as the physical, emotional, social, and behavioral impact of not being securely attached. We will explore the dysfunctional dynamics of disorganized attachment and how they subsequently play out in a traumatized client’s future relationships, including the therapeutic relationship. We will connect attachment issues to affect regulation and dysregulation, processing the concept of the “optimal window of arousal” and exploring the impact that hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal have on clients’ presentations in and outside of therapy sessions.

  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Defining secure attachment
    • Processing three insecure attachment patterns - videos
    • The impact of neglect on a child’s developing brain- video
    • Understanding the fight, flight, freeze manifestations of disorganized attachment
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm The re-enactment of attachment styles in subsequent relationships: understanding a trauma survivor’s relational template
    • Attachment and affect regulation and dysregulation: the optimal window of arousal
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm The challenge of attaching to abusive caretakers: shifting the locus of control
    • Understanding the perpetuation of shame and self-blame
    • Attachment trauma: the emotionally unavailable parent
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm The Still Face Experiment video- processing the power of mis-attunement
    • The impact of being raised by a depressed parent
  • 2:00-2:07pm Break
  • 2:07-3:00pm Dysfunctional parenting styles: navigating criticism, unreasonable demands, expectations of perfection, emotional absence, and overt abuse
    • Videos
  • 3:00-3:08pm Break
  • 3:08-4:30pm Trauma in a family-of-origin context: cognitions and perceptions, boundary issues, dysfunctional roles, navigating crises, dysfunctional communication and expression of affect
    • Processing necessary childhood coping strategies
Learning Objectives
  1. Categorize the manifestations of secure attachment between primary caretaker and child.
  2. Distinguish between the three insecure attachment patterns that abused and neglected children are forced to navigate, and how children react when they are not securely attached.
  3. Investigate the fight, flight and freeze reactions that parents who do disorganized attachment exhibit to their children and identify at least four ways that disorganized attachment manifests in the child’s subsequent relationships.
  4. Analyze the optimal window of arousal and give examples of hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal.
  5. Practice and illustrate the concept of “shifting the locus of control” as a coping strategy that children must use to attach to abusive caretakers.
  6. Employ at least six ways that children are impacted when their caretaker is their perpetrator.
  7. Practice at least four dysfunctional parenting styles that disregard boundaries, the child’s normal emotional needs, and their right to have consistency and safety.
  8. Categorize at least 10 dysfunctional family of origin dynamics that pertain to roles, boundaries, communication cognitions, and perceptions.
  9. Categorize at least 10 “dysfunctional” coping strategies that children must evolve in response to toxic or abusive family-of-origin dynamics.

Class 4: Creatively and Effectively Treating Trauma: The Foundation of Trauma-Informed Care
Wednesday, October 13
Join Lisa to learn how to make the connection between the inevitable coping strategies that emerge for abused and neglected children and how those behaviors create suffering and dysfunction in adulthood. We will explore the impact that trauma has on their adult relationships, career choices, ability or inability to engage in self-care, self-advocacy, and self-protection. We will process the co-morbid issues that adult survivors struggle with as they attempt to navigate, self-medicate or numb, the thoughts, feelings and memories associated with past trauma. Particular attention will be paid to doing “trauma-informed” assessments that appropriately pace the work and prevent clients from becoming triggered, dysregulated, or overwhelmed early in the therapy process. Participants will learn how to gather information about clients’ histories while maintaining a strengths-based approach. We will also take into consideration intakes, assessments, and treatment that is done by tele-therapy, where extra attention must be paid to issues including privacy, confidentiality, and pacing.
  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Processing the ACE Study: its origins; the connection between medical and mental health
    • Why traumatized kids present the way they do
    • “What’s wrong with them” vs “what happened to them?”
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm Adult manifestations of childhood abuse and neglect
    • The impact of not resolving trust vs mistrust
    • The emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and somatic impact
    • Assessing for trauma and co-morbidity: making the process less traumatic
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm Verbally administering questionnaires and assessment tools
    • Counter-transference, pacing, and keeping clients grounded
    • Asking less threatening questions during history taking
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm Defining the “trauma informed” therapist
    • Doing trauma work through tele-therapy: pros and cons
    • Assessing for co-morbidity
  • 2:00-2:08pm Break
  • 2:08-3:00pm Exploring the “foundation” of trauma treatment
    • Creating internal and external safety: awareness of the office environment as well as the client’s internal resourcing
  • 3:00-3:07pm Break
  • 3:07-4:30pm Safe place collage experiential and processing
Learning Objectives
  1. Utilize at least three key concepts from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and their relevance to trauma work.
  2. Categorize at least ten adult manifestations of childhood abuse or neglect and explain why earlier experiences led to those adult dysfunctional behaviors.
  3. Utilize ‘trauma-informed” assessment and differentiate it from an intake that is more likely to trigger the client.
  4. Develop a plan for how a therapist’s counter-transference can adversely impact the assessment and intake process.
  5. Practice at least six “less threatening” questions that can be asked when gathering information about family-of-origin experiences.
  6. Integrate at least six features that define a “trauma informed” therapist.
  7. Justify at least three reasons why some clients do not want to do trauma related work in an online format.
  8. Practice at least three strategies to create external safety in a therapy session.
  9. Demonstrate the “safe place” collage to help resource and reground clients.

Class 5: Creatively and Effectively Treating Trauma: Strategies for Affect Regulation, Grounding, and Containment
Friday, October 29

In this 6-hour workshop we will experientially process a variety of techniques designed to help traumatized clients somatically and emotionally feel safe, grounded, and within the optimal window of arousal. We will explore the power of using breathwork, anchoring, aromatherapy, titration of emotions, pacing with scaling, and simple tapping from the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) paradigm. In addition, participants will learn how to help clients turn inward and become more aware of somatic sensations that hold memories, emotions and needs through Gene Gendlin’s Focusing paradigm.

During the second half of the workshop we will explore ways to use art therapeutically. Participants will learn how to prepare clients for art interventions, as well as the open-ended questions that should be used to process and de-code the meta-communication of clients’ work. We will also process a series of flashback halting protocols that can help clients short-circuit dissociation and differentiate the past from the present.

  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Addressing hyper and hypo-arousal with breathwork
    • Tools for anchoring- video
    • Pacing and applying the brakes
    • EFT tapping and experiential
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm Trauma, PTSD and movement
    • Somatic Resourcing and Power Poses
    • Understanding the “Felt Sense”- experiential
    • Pairing Body Sensation with Art
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm Containment strategies- clients’ artwork
    • Containing with Mandalas- experiential
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch-on your own
  • 1:00-2:00pm Preparing clients for art interventions
    • The power of using art therapeutically
    • Processing open-ended questions for insights
  • 2:00-2:08pm Break
  • 2:08-3:00pm Art prompts: depicting emotions; supports and obstacles; bridge for future goals;
    • Using Mapping in sessions- processing client’s work
  • 3:00-3:07pm Break
  • 3:07-4:30pm Flashback halting protocols
    • Using “Re-storying” to heal traumatic event
Learning Objectives
  1. Apply at least three breathwork strategies to address either hyper-arousal or hypo-arousal.
  2. Apply at least three strategies designed to target arousal modulation.
  3. Practice at least three strategies rooted in somatic resourcing to help clients use their own bodies for grounding and self-soothing.
  4. Theorize Gene Gendlin’s Focusing model and how to help clients turn inward to gain more awareness about the meta-communication of somatization.
  5. Perform at least four art therapy techniques designed to help clients work through abuse memories, improve ego-strength, and self-esteem.
  6. Use at least four open-ended questions to use when inviting clients to process and attach meaning-making to their artwork.
  7. Practice the technique of “mapping” and how it can be beneficial when clients or clinicians lose a sense of focus or direction in therapy.
  8. Practice at least three strategies to help clients short-circuit dissociation and flashbacks.
  9. Analyze the concept of “re-storying” and how it can help to make abreactions productive rather than destructive.

Class 6: The Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Anxiety and Depression in Trauma Survivors
Wednesday, November 10

Given the fact that countless traumatized clients suffer from co-morbid medical and mental health disorders, in this 6-hour workshop participants will learn about the etiology, epidemiology and diagnostic criteria for all of the affective and anxiety disorders in DSM-5. The first half of the workshop will be led by Dr. Kevin Ferentz, a primary care physician nationally recognized in the treatment of depression and anxiety. He will address the medical and mental health impact of these diagnoses, especially when they go undiagnosed and untreated.

In the second half of the workshop, we will explore a variety of non-pharmacological treatment options for clients who either refuse medication or for clinicians to use in conjunction with pharmacological intervention. We will look at the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model and discuss the intra-psychic, inter-personal, and environmental stressors and life events that trigger or exacerbate depression and anxiety.

  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Depression: Epidemiology, etiology, diagnostic criteria, risk factors and co-morbid diagnoses
    • Physical symptoms and syndromes related to depression
    • Differential diagnoses: bi-polar I and II
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm Anxiety Disorders: panic, agoraphobia, social anxiety, OCD, PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder
    • Assessing for suicide
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm Pharmacological treatment options
    • Classes of medication
    • Understanding and working with potential side effects
    • Response versus remission
    • Maintenance therapy
    • Supplements, medical marijuana, ECT
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch-on your own
  • 1:00-2:00pm Putting clients in a bio-psycho-social context
    • Processing medication with depressed or anxious clients
    • Addressing clients’ “medication myths”
  • 2:00-2:08pm Break
  • 2:08-3:00pm Creative non-pharmacological interventions:
    • Reframing cognitive distortions and increasing positive self-talk
    • Treating anxiety and depression through a parts perspective
    • Processing art prompts
  • 3:00-3:07pm Break
  • 3:07-4:30pm Guided imagery and visualization, self-soothing techniques, Solution-focused strategies
Learning Objectives
  1. Differentiate the diagnostic criteria for assessing affective and anxiety disorders in trauma survivors.
  2. Appraise the most commonly used anti-depressants and anxiolytics, and their potential side effects.
  3. Categorize at least six intra-psychic, inter-personal, or environmental stressors that can trigger or exacerbate an episode of depression.
  4. Evaluate at least four “medication myths” that add to client resistance and explain how to work through those misconceptions to increase compliance.
  5. Analyze the disadvantages to using supplements or medical marijuana for the treatment of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or PTSD.
  6. Implement an appropriate assessment to address suicidal ideation.
  7. Appraise at least four advantages to mental health providers working collaboratively with primary care physicians.
  8. Assess at least five cognitive distortions that often accompany an episode of depression.
  9. Distinguish between “response” to medication versus “remission” and why getting clients to remission is so important.
  10. Justify the role of the “parts perspective” in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.
  11. Implement at least six non-pharmacological ways to treat depression and anxiety disorders in trauma survivors.

Class 7: Trauma and the Therapeutic Alliance: Bridging Therapy Sessions, Working with Self-Harm, and Traumatic Transference
Monday, November 29
In this 6-hour workshop we will explore creative ways to empower clients to continue their work outside of therapy by introducing “invitations” to be accomplished in between their sessions. Participants will learn about specific assignments that are designed to deepen insights, help clients practice and master new behaviors, strengthen healthier cognitions, increase self-confidence, self-compassion, and self-care. For those clients who are still impacted by Covid, we will acknowledge the tasks that can address the mental fallout of the Pandemic. Since many clients have turned to destructive coping strategies in response to Covid, we will explore the CARESS model, which gives clients concrete steps to follow when they get the impulse to engage in self-harm.

In the second half of the workshop, we will compare the therapist’s perspective on treatment with a traumatized client’s assumptions and expectations when they enter therapy. We will look at specific dynamics related to transference and traumatic transference and process videos that depict these inter-personal scenarios in treatment.
  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Bridging sessions with homework/invitations
    • Suggestions for invitations
    • Guidelines for increasing clients’ success with invitations
    • Working with CARESS instead of standard safety contracts- clients’ artwork
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm Treatment from the therapist’s perspective
    • Family -of-origin dynamics that impact the therapeutic relationship
    • Defining traumatic transference
    • Treatment from the client’s perspective: processing inaccurate expectations and assumptions
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm Cultural considerations: the impact of familial, racial, and ethnic core values and beliefs on therapy and the therapeutic relationship
    • Manifestations of traumatic transference: trust; fawning responses; sabotaging; displaced anger; bravado
    • Videos and discussion
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch-on your own
  • 1:00-2:00pm Transferential triggers: practice setting; therapist’s interventions and inadvertent errors; verbal and non-verbal communication
    • Videos and discussion
  • 2:00-2:05pm Break
  • 2:05-3:00pm The impact of transference on the therapeutic relationship: navigating testing
    • The impact that Covid has on triggers
  • 3:00-3:07pm Break
  • 3:07-4:30pm Transferential Issues to address in therapy: hyper-vigilance; fear of abandonment; projecting shame and blame; poor boundaries; relationship ambivalence Working through transference without increasing shame
Learning Objectives
  1. Assess the notion of seeking treatment from both clients’ and therapists’ perspectives and assess the similarities and differences that impact treatment outcomes.
  2. Categorize at least six examples of the dysfunctional family-of-origin dynamics that can adversely impact the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Construct a model of traumatic transference and summarize at least five manifestations in trauma survivors.
  4. Categorize at least five ways in which trauma survivors test therapist boundaries and manifest trust issues in the therapeutic alliance.
  5. Practice at least five questions designed to address cultural beliefs and their impact on therapy and the therapeutic relationship.
  6. Propose at least four errors therapists can make that inadvertently trigger transferential responses in clients.
  7. Propose at least three ways in which Covid has contributed to clients’ triggers regarding therapy and the client-therapist relationship.
  8. Practice at least three concrete ways that therapists can safely address the issues of transference with their clients.

Class 8: Trauma and the Therapeutic Alliance: Understanding the Impact of Counter-Transference
Thursday, December 9

In this 6-hour workshop we will process the inherent challenges of working with traumatized clients in a variety of practice settings. Participants will explore the impact that a perpetually “externalized focus” has and the price we pay when we don't maintain a dual awareness in our work. Several writing experientials will allow us to see that discrepancy and invite curiosity about the negative impact it has on clinician efficacy. Participants will process how vicarious trauma manifests in the workplace. We will also identify the warning signs that let clinicians know their objectivity and effectiveness have been compromised.

  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Identifying and processing the challenges of working with traumatized clients
    • Helping others vs. helping ourselves- writing experiential
    • Balancing an Internal and external focus
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm Exploring the roots of co-dependency: family-of-origin dynamics; resolving a sense of failure; the absence of internal validation; the need for external validation
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm Understanding vicarious traumatization: risk factors and personal attributes that make us vulnerable
    • Defining self-care and why it's hard to do
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch-on your own
  • 1:00-2:00pm The warning signs of vicarious traumatization
    • How secondary trauma manifests in the workplace
    • Family-of-origin and career choices - writing experiential
  • 2:00-2:05pm Break
  • 2:05-3:00pm The helping professional and counter-transference
    • Processing empathic disequilibrium - video
    • Processing empathic enmeshment - video
  • 3:00-3:07pm Break
  • 3:07-4:30pm Processing empathic withdrawal - video
    • Processing empathic repression - video
    • Addressing vicarious traumatization
Learning Objectives
  1. Analyze at least five inherent stressors that exist for helping professionals working with traumatized clients.
  2. Differentiate between “internal” and “external” focus and explain the concept of dual awareness in therapy.
  3. Analyze the roots of co-dependence and the family of origin dynamics that make a person vulnerable to needing constant external validation.
  4. Theorize on the concept of vicarious traumatization and explain its relevance to the client-therapist relationship.
  5. Assess at least four risk factors that make helping professionals vulnerable to secondary traumatization and four warning signs that indicate burn-out.
  6. Theorize on the role of spirituality in trauma treatment and provide several examples of questions that can be used to assess for the viability of spirituality as a resource.
  7. Categorize the four possible “reactive modes” that therapists can manifest when they are triggered and overcome by counter-transference.
  8. Differentiate between empathic disequilibrium and empathic repression.
  9. Analyze four examples of how vicarious traumatization manifests in the workplace.

Class 9: Trauma and the Therapeutic Alliance: Processing Ethics, Reporting Issues and Termination
Monday, December 20

The first three hours of this workshop will focus on ethical issues that can arise in therapy when treating traumatized clients. We will discuss the professional obligations of mental health providers, along with the Code of Ethics from several Professional Boards. We will also address the process of reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect as well as reporting past abuse that adult clients disclose in therapy.

In the second half of the workshop, we will look at issues related to termination, including the reactions that both clients and therapists can have when therapy ends. We will process the five most common types of endings and why some traumatized clients are unable to terminate in a way that brings healthy closure to their work. We will also discuss how to respond when a client discontinues treatment without informing the therapist.

  • 8:45am ET — Login to Zoom
  • 9:00-10:00am Reviewing a few test questions
    • Ethical considerations for mental health providers
    • Dolgoff’s hierarchy of responsibilities
    • The 6 Legal obligations - case examples
  • 10:00-10:07am Break
  • 10:07-11:00pm New amendments in the Code of Ethics
    • Issues related to reporting abuse and neglect
    • Legal definitions of abuse and neglect
    • How to make reporting empowering not punitive
  • 11:00-11:08am Break
  • 11:08-12:00pm CPS Responses: Investigations and Alternative Responses
    • Clinical Issues of Ambiguity
    • Clinical Red Flags
    • Deviations in the standard of care: dual relationships; conflicts of interest; inappropriate boundaries; record-keeping
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch-on your own
  • 1:00-2:00pm Issues of Termination: the impact on the client and the impact on the therapist
    • The five most common endings: the role that therapists and clients play in the decision-making process
  • 2:00-2:08pm Break
  • 2:08-3:00pm Processing video clips depicting termination scenes
    • Addressing client discontinuation
    • How to respond to an unplanned termination
  • 3:00-3:07pm Break
  • 3:07-4:30pm A ritual for getting healthy closure and celebrating successes
    • Breakout rooms: processing termination
    • Celebrating your graduation!
Learning Objectives
  1. Investigate Dolgoff’s ethical principles and the hierarchy of professional responsibilities and obligations.
  2. Categorize at least five red flags that indicate compromised therapists’ ethics.
  3. Determine the specific duties of practice including: the duty to protect life, to report and warn, and the preservation of client confidentiality.
  4. Assess the legal issues of reporting abuse and neglect.
  5. Analyze the impact that reporting has on the therapeutic relationship and identify ways to reframe reporting as an act of client empowerment.
  6. Distinguish between five different termination modes and the roles that both clients and therapists play with each one.
  7. Identify at least three clinical reasons why clients engage in unplanned terminations.
  8. Catalogue the most appropriate process for planned terminations and identify at least four issues that emerge when therapy ends.
  9. Construct a closing ritual for a planned termination that allows the client and therapist to celebrate successes in treatment.

Live Q&A Call Schedule
  • Friday, September 17 | 11am – 12pm (EDT)
  • Wednesday, October 20 | 1pm – 2pm (EDT)
  • Wednesday, November 24 | 11am – 12pm (EST)
  • Tuesday, December 21 | 1pm – 2pm (EST)

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