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Getting Creative with Parts

Expressive Techniques to Access Inner Critics and Strengthen Self-Compassion

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Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
4 Hours 10 Minutes
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Mar 21, 2024
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It’s important to honour all our clients’ inner parts in therapy. Accessing, understanding, and reframing even frightening and confusing Inner Critics as protective—and exploring why they show up as they do—is especially important to fully engage in healing work. But how can we—creatively, safely, and effectively—help clients access and interact with these parts and move toward wholeness. In this workshop, we’ll consider key concepts from Internal Family Systems and inner-child work, and explore expressive modalities that help clients access internal parts that hold judgment and shame, while also bringing the curiosity, creativity, and kindness that comes from Self- clients’ wisest, most compassionate part. You’ll explore: 

  • Creative techniques for accessing and reducing inner criticism 
  • Cognitive reframes and writing exercises to bring both life-enhancing and shaming parts into fuller awareness  
  • Somatic resourcing techniques, such as Focusing, figure-eight rock, and physical embodiment, to help deepen connections and communication with internal parts 
  • Creative strategies to soften critical parts and heighten internal safety, including safe place art and breath work 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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 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.

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  1. Utilise specific expressive modalities to enhance internal safety as well as inner communication to improve client outcomes. 
  2. Recommend creative techniques for improving client functioning, including reducing inner criticism, and increasing self-compassion. 
  3. Apply cognitive reframes that honour the protective nature of Inner critics while reducing the fear and judgment that causes clients to resist creative work in a clinical setting. 
  4. Articulate somatic resourcing techniques help clients deepen the connection and communication of internal parts. 
  5. Analyse the efficacy of creative strategies to soothe traumatised parts and heighten internal safety in clients. 


  • Articulating the potential risks and limitations of the work 
  • Exploring the concept of parts: From Buddhism to IFS 
  • Understanding clients’ Inner Critics 
  • Incorporating art into treatment  
  • IFS and the concept of Self 
  • How to use focusing and somatic awareness to access Self 
  • Using somatic resourcing and art to externalize Self 
  • Strengthening communication between parts 
  • Creating inner safety and comfort for parts 
  • Analyzing the efficacy of interventions 

Target Audience

  • Psychologist
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers



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Total Reviews: 4

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