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Post Traumatic Growth: From Devastation to Hope

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
5 Hours 02 Minutes
Mar 23, 2017
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Although it’s important for therapists to help clients process the painful and often demoralizing effects of trauma, it’s also crucial to nurture their potential for new possibilities of healing through post-traumatic growth (PTG). In fact, learning respectful ways to plant seeds of hope and resilience can make all the difference when working with trauma survivors. In this workshop, you’ll explore:

  • The tangible markers of PTG, such as new ways of relating to others, the rediscovery of personal strengths, and a newfound appreciation for life in general
  • Specific strategies—including writing exercises, role-playing, art, and guided imagery—to help clients connect with the concept of PTG
  • How to use somatic resourcing and remembered resources to access clients’ inner wisdom
  • How to cultivate the possibility that insight and healing can occur even in the midst of painfully devastating experiences



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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 is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lisa Ferentz is a member of the National Association of Social Workers; and the American Psychotherapy Association.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive) Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Psychologists, Physicians, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals


  • History - typical clinical approaches to trauma emphasize ameliorating symptoms and dysfunction
    • Trauma also offers hope of transcendence and growth
    • Positive psychology, recognizing capability for growth and planting the seeds for post traumatic growth
  • Necessity and utility of expressive therapies
    • Awareness of anxiety and resistance related to expressive approaches
  • Trauma assessment should look for client resilience as well as dysfunction and vulnerabilities
    • Trauma survivors may not recognize their own existing strengths and coping mechanisms
    • Strengths begin with taking on the effort and risk involved in engaging in the therapy process
  • Use of metaphor in the therapeutic process and in expressive work
    • Finding beauty in struggle and pain
  • Recognizing that all clients will not experience post-traumatic growth
  • Validating growth without framing trauma as a positive experience
    • Importance of attaching functional meaning to traumatic experiences
  • Interpreting symptoms through assigned meaning
    • Attached meanings with negative impact
    • Subjective interpretation of events exacerbating or minimizing impact of trauma
    • Impact of traumatic experiences on self-image and interpersonal behavior
  • Effective use of art and expressive therapies
    • Facilitating projective expression
  • Identifying and validating strengths and survival techniques
    • Evaluating current utility of prior strategies
  • Appropriate timing of therapeutic steps
  • Identifying personality factors associated with vulnerability and growth
  • Planting the seeds of post-traumatic growth
  • Case example
    • Assessment questions, evaluation of strengths and symptoms
    • Common misdiagnoses
    • Function and self-acceptance of negative behaviors
    • Evaluating client self-talk
    • Modeling compassion and curiosity
  • Journaling exercise
    • Resources for positive self-talk and self-judgement    
  • Facilitating Resilience
    • Cognitive approaches
    • Utilizing positive self-statements
  • Utilizing assessment instruments sensitively
    • Post-traumatic Growth Inventory
    • Patient Health Questionnaire – 9
    • Sand Tray
  • Case example – Post-traumatic growth
  • Somatic Resourcing
    • Exercise - Accessing internal wisdom and compassion
  • Belief in new possibilities – tangible evidence of post-traumatic growth
    • Accepting reasonable risks
    • Attending to and creating new opportunities
    • Transcending trauma
  • Case example – Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Therapeutic Exercises – Moving from PTSD to post-traumatic growth
  • Relating to others
    • Restoring and creating social relationships
    • Healing disrupted perceptions of others, diminishing sense of threat
  • Therapeutic Exercise – Two handed writing
    • Identifying and integrating traumatized aspects of self
    • Facilitating containment, control and safety for vulnerable clients
    • Using parts language effectively – reducing competition and shame, managing nonverbal parts
  • Spiritual Changes
    • Addressing disruptions of faith stemming from abuse
    • Utilizing spiritual reconciliation as resource
    • Case example – restoring faith post trauma
  • Newfound appreciation for life as evidence of post-traumatic growth
    • Case example – finding meaning in the face of terminal illness
    • Achieving perspective and freedom
    • Gratitude and neurochemistry
    • Therapeutic exercise – facilitating gratitude
  • Forgiveness – correlation with post-traumatic growth
    • Useful but not necessary
    • Facilitation strategies


  1. Identify and utilize markers of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) to increase resiliency and guide treatment planning.
  2. Theorize how to cultivate growth, insight, and development in the midst of traumatic experiences.
  3. Utilize ‘somantic resourcing’ and ‘remember resources’.
  4. Formulate expressive and art-based techniques to encourage PTG, including writing exercises, role-playing, art, and guided imagery.
  5. Integrate philosophical and conceptual elements of PTG into traditional treatment modalities.
  6. Practice assessment of client strengths and personality factors to enhance PTG.



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 137


Elisa B

"Lisa is an excellent, engaging speaker, very informative workshop!"

Mary R

"wonderful course, loved the videos"

Selena S

"Great summary and timeless materials. They help me over and over again."

Michele H

"A most wonderful and validating workshop. I will certainly incorporate what I have learned (and continue doing what I do!). On a personal note, I listened to this workshop after hearing my father has terminal cancer. I am grateful for Lisa's presentation."

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