Location: Martin’s Crosswinds
Address: 7400 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt MD 20776
Phone: (301) 474-8500
Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C
Presentations: Trauma and Attachment & Treating the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behaviors
6 CEU'S | APPROVED FOR LCPCs, LCMFTs, LCADCs, LCSW-Cs, and Psychologists
LCPCM Members: $125 (walk-in $145)
Non-Members: $165 (walk-in $185)
LGPC: $85 (walk-in $105)
Student: $65 (walk-in $85)
Printable Brochure: Spring Conference Brochure
Morning Presentations: Trauma & Attachment
In this workshop we will explore the four main attachment styles that can play out in the parent-child relationship. We’ll take a close look at the disorganized attachment dynamics that exist in dysfunctional and toxic families and the inherent challenges it creates for children when they are forced to stay connected to depressed, emotionally unavailable, inconsistent, anxious, or abusive caretakers. We will also process the connection between specific attachment patterns and a child’s subsequent ability or inability to regulate and navigate their emotional states. We will discuss the ways in which trauma impacts parenting, as well as, the emotional, cognitive, and psychological development of the child. Videotapes, clients’ artwork and case scenarios will give participants a greater understanding of the importance of secure attachment and the toll that trauma takes.
Afternoon Presentation: Treating the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behaviors
Many clients with histories of prior trauma, abuse or neglect, or overwhelming developmental stressors lack the ability to engage in appropriate affect regulation. As a result, they can turn to self-destructive behaviors including: acts of self-mutilation; a variety of addictions; and eating disorders to cope and self-soothe.
In this workshop we will explore a cycle of self-harm, processing the ways in which triggering events, negative cognitions and affect, dissociation, and anxiety fuel the chronic and cyclical nature of these behaviors. The “Cycle” will also provide us with a concrete template for a variety of creative and effective “intervention sites,” offering treatment strategies designed to reduce and eventually extinguish the behaviors. An emphasis will be placed on strategies that are designed to increase internal and external safety, promote grounding and containment, reduce flashbacks and help clients self-soothe in healthier ways. We will also address how to avoid the power struggles and increased self-harm that often accompanies ineffective “safety contracts”. A more effective, alternative contract, called CARESS, will be presented. Clinical case examples, videos, clients’ writings and artwork will be incorporated into the workshop.
About the Presenter
Lisa Ferentz is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, depathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for 32 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, and the UK.
Lisa is the Founder of The Ferentz Institute which has graduated over 800 clinicians from two Certificate Programs in Advanced Trauma Treatment. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide, now in its second edition, and Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope and Healing, and “Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist’s Couch.
8:15 AM Registration
9:00-12:00 PM Morning Presentation
12:00-1:00 PM Luncheon
1:00-4:00 PM Afternoon Presentation
4:00-4:30 PM Closing