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Enhancing Affect Regulation in Trauma Survivors: Creative Strategies that Give Your Clients Agency

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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
1 Hour 53 Minutes
Mar 17, 2023
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Although there’s a clear connection between insecure attachment in childhood and a client’s inability to navigate emotional states and self-soothe in healthy ways later in life, this relationship is often overlooked in trauma work. And when trauma survivors don’t feel a basic sense of safety, just getting started in therapy can be a monumental challenge.  In this session, you’ll discover creative strategies to help traumatized clients develop and enhance affect-regulation skills. You’ll learn techniques like soothing breath work, resourcing with body movement, guided imagery, simple flashback halting protocols, and how to activate mirror neurons. You’ll also discover:

  • How to identify and implement treatment strategies designed to enhance external and internal safety
  • Creative strategies that teach traumatized clients how to modulate emotional arousal and self-soothe
  • How to implement strategies that incorporate somatic resourcing for grounding



This online program is worth 2.0 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 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. Describe the four attachment styles and the parenting manifestations of disorganized attachment.
  2. Argue why repeated co-regulation experiences are necessary for a child and how they lead to auto-regulation skills.
  3. Construct treatment interventions that enhance internal and external safety in the therapy process.
  4. Utilize breathwork strategies to enhance self-soothing and feelings of safety.
  5. Demonstrate at least two strategies to teach clients healthy containment.
  6. Utilize two flashback halting protocols.


  • The four attachments styles and how they influence the ways parents respond when triggered by their child
  • How to use co-regulating experiences to teach a child auto-regulation skills
  • Trauma’s impact on internal and external sense of safety in the therapy process
  • Strategies for enhancing safety, self-soothing, and grounding and how to avoid potential risks and triggers
  • The four types of flashbacks and how to implement flashback halting protocols
  • How to teach healthy containment through art in therapy
  • Risks and limitations of the research

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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