Seminar Detail

Trauma, Affect Dysregulation and Shame: Treating the Seeds of Self-Destructive Behaviors

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

If you believe that most self-harming clients have Borderline Personality Disorder – you’re wrong.

If you believe that the choice to cut versus burn, to starve versus binge, is arbitrary – you’re wrong.

Join Lisa Ferentz, expert trauma and self-harm clinician, and master the ability to decode and unpack the pain and the shame your client experiences and delve deeper into the source of their trauma and self-injuring behaviors.

Lisa will give you her proven approach that teaches your client new coping strategies that:
  1. Communicate their pain in healthier ways
  2. Short-circuit overwhelming thoughts and feelings
  3. Self-soothe

The usual approach is to have the client sign a “safety contract” – safety contracts do not work!

The usual therapy does not prevent the client from substituting the one self-soothing action (i.e. cutting) with another poor choice – like getting high.

Attend this transformational seminar and take away creative treatment strategies including drawing, writing exercises, and body-based techniques that give clients insight and help them let go of their self-destructive behaviors. You’ll also receive a new instrument to replace the safety contracts that so often fail you and your client.

  1. Explain the relationship between self-destructive behaviors, trauma, attachment, developmental stressors and affect dysregulation.
  2. Describe a chronic cycle of self-harm and the ways in which dissociation and anxiety influence the process.
  3. Describe and utilize CARESS, an alternative to standard safety contracts.
  4. Implement at least 3 creative strategies that help re-ground and re-establish a sense of safety in triggered trauma survivors.
  5. Identify the recurring themes in the artwork of traumatized clients and learn how to work with art in session.
  6. Describe the impact of counter-transference when working with self-destructive behaviors.


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:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Lisa Ferentz is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Lisa Ferentz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; and the American Psychotherapy Association.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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