Healing Attachment Wounds and Affect Dysregulation with Lisa Ferentz

This is a 12 hour On Demand Webinar and was broadcasted live on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13, 2022. Registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

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Explore creative treatment strategies designed to help traumatized clients in this didactic and highly experiential training.

In this didactic and highly experiential training on healing attachment wounds, we will explore the pivotal role that secure vs. disorganized family-of-origin attachment patterns have on a client’s inabilities to self-soothe or regulate emotional states in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

We’ll examine how children navigate the challenges of attaching to abusive, neglectful, or emotionally unavailable caretakers. You will also learn about the emotional and neurological price children pay due to attachment.

We will then identify and experience a wide range of creative treatment strategies for healing attachment that are designed to help traumatized clients develop and enhance affect regulation skills. We’ll also delve into the power of integrating left and right brain hemispheres for deeper processing and healing.

These strategies for healing attachment wounds will help promote internal and external safety, greater attunement, grounding, containment, self-soothing, self-compassion, and emotional stabilization.

You will learn and practice a variety of techniques, including using mirror neurons, calming and activating breath work, somatic resourcing with movement, focusing, journaling and creative cognitive re-framing, using art therapeutically, and flashback-halting protocols.

We will also explore many of these strategies within the context of “parts work”, using mapping and effective strategies to calm the “Inner Critic”. This allows clients to access their wise, compassionate, and curious parts. Videos and many case examples will be processed, together with clients’ artwork and journal entries.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will have learned to —

  • Describe the impact that attachment has on affect regulation in young children
  • Explain how co-regulation leads to auto-regulation
  • Identify the four attachment patterns that create either secure or traumatic experiences in a client’s family of origin
  • Describe the impact of neglect on a child’s developing brain
  • Explain the connection between disorganized attachment patterns and affect dysregulation in adolescents and adults
  • Define the concepts of hypo-arousal and hyper-arousal and how they impact the window of tolerance
  • Explain the role that digital technology has in compromising secure attachment
  • Explain how prior trauma impacts trust, “joining, and attachment” in the therapeutic relationship
  • Differentiate between internal and external safety and describe a strategy designed to resource clients with a “safe place image”
  • Explain the emergence of an Inner Critic as a manifestation of “Shifting the locus of control” when one’s abuser is also their caretaker
  • Identify at least three protective functions of the “Inner Critic” and explain why it is often activated in response to expressive modalities
  • Explain the concept of “Self” and its 8 attributes as defined by the Internal Family Systems paradigm
  • Describe and implement two flashback halting protocols to help clients ground and stay present in and out of sessions

Lisa Ferentz, MSW, LCSW-C, DAPA, is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 36 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 fourteenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating over 1700 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 Traumatized Clients: A Clinician’s Guide,” now in its second edition, “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.” Lisa also hosted a weekly radio talk show, writes blogs and articles for websites on trauma, attachment, self-harm and self- care, teaches on many webinars, and is a contributor to Psychologytoday.com.

You can follow Lisa’s work on FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and her website, theferentzinstitute.com.

Time Frame Content (Topics)
DAY 1  
10:00-11:30 am Attachment and affect regulation; understanding a baby’s immature physiology- video: the importance of co-regulation-video
11:30-11:45 am Break
11:45-1:15 pm Exploring secure, ambivalent, anxious and disorganized attachment patterns-videos; Defining the manifestations of neglect and the impact on a child’s brain architecture manifestations of disorganized attachment;
1:15-2:00 pm LUNCH
2:00-3:30 pm Manifestations of hypo- and hyper-arousal when attachment is not secure; video- the Still Face Experiment; why the inability to “power down” from technology has compromised secure attachment
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-5:30 pm How traumatic transference impacts clients’ abilities to trust the therapeutic relationship, manifestations of the “attachment dance” in therapy; differentiating between internal and external safe; experiential- Safe Place Collage

 Day 2


10:00-11:30 am Experientials: using breathwork including 5 finger breathing, breathing and counting; stair step breathing, somatic connection breathing to activate the parasympathetic system; Experientials: somatic resourcing to help clients reconnect with their bodies as resources for grounding and empowerment; understanding the origin of the “Inner Critic”
11:30-11:45 am Break
11:45-1:15 pm Identifying the protective aspects of inner criticism; Experiential: Identifying and bringing compassion to the Inner Critic
1:15-2:00 pm LUNCH
2:00-3:30 pm Processing clients’ depictions of their Inner Critics; Describing the 8 C’s of Self as conceptualized by the Internal Family Systems Model; Experiential: conceptualizing Self through visualization and art; Addressing clients’ self-talk and increasing self-compassion through the “Fork in the Road” Experiential
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-5:30 pm Using art therapeutically- preparing clients for art-based strategies and learning how to process clients’ art without interpreting it; Incorporating specific art prompts to externalize emotions and identify the obstacles and supports in their lives; re-grounding clients and short-circuiting dissociation through flashback halting protocols

This training offers 12 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

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This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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