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Cultivating Post-Traumatic Growth: Hope from the Very First Sessions

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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
4 Hours 03 Minutes
Mar 10, 2022
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Have you ever been working with a traumatized client, compassionately bearing witness to their symptoms, but unable to shake the feeling that you’re overly focusing on their pain? You’re not alone. We all want clients who’ve survived trauma to chart a path forward. Fortunately, there are ways to help them heal and grow while still acknowledging what happened to them---even in the very first sessions. In this experiential recording, we’ll explore creative ways to help trauma survivors navigate the impact of traumatic events while guiding them to a place of newfound hope, resiliency, and healing. You’ll learn:

  • Why the meaning clients attach to trauma is so important
  • How to incorporate the body in trauma work, plant the seeds of hope in your earliest sessions, and identify and nurture tangible markers of post-traumatic growth
  • Creative strategies like internal and external resourcing, before-and-after imagery, two-handed writing, and future-self visualizations



This online program is worth 4.25 hours CPD.



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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 a speaking honorarium and product royalties from PESI, Inc. She receives royalties as a published author and is a consultant for Northwest Hospital. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Lisa Ferentz is a member of the American Psychotherapy Association; the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); The Leadership Council for Mental Health, Justice and the Media; the International Society for the Study of Dissociation; and the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work. She serves as a board member for Linkz Tutoring.

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  1. Analyze the concept of post-traumatic growth and how it relates to traumatic stress.
  2. Evaluate at least three examples of meaning making that exacerbate trauma and three examples of meaning making that mitigate the sequala of trauma.
  3. Practice at least three strategies designed to increase self-compassion.
  4. Catalogue and describe the five arenas of post-traumatic growth.
  5. Demonstrate at least four creative strategies to enhance the arenas of post-traumatic growth that are identified in the PTG Inventory.


  • What is post-traumatic growth as it relates to PTSD
  • Risk and limitations of working with PTG and areas of further research
  • The power of “meaning making”: core beliefs that mitigate trauma and core beliefs that exacerbate the impact of traumatic events
  • Processing clients’ artwork
  • Personality traits associated with post-traumatic growth
  • Shifting clients from “why?” to “what can I do about it?”
  • Planting the seeds of PTG in therapy
  • Processing a case through a strengths-based vs pathologizing lens
  • Exploring the client’s inner monologue: the power of self-talk
  • Self-compassion in PTG
  • Remembered resource two handed writing experiential
  • Addressing double standards
  • Using the Post-traumatic growth inventory
  • Re-discovering personal strengths- client story and video
  • Experiential: somatic resourcing
  • The Post-traumatic growth inventory
  • Belief in New Possibilities- client’s artwork
  • Art prompt: before and after collage
  • Client video demonstrations and artwork

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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