Lisa Ferentz, MSW, LCSW-C, DAPA

Lisa Ferentz

Lisa Ferentz, MSW, LCSW-C, DAPA

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 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 thirteenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and having graduated over 1600 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 self-harm and self-care, teaches in many webinars and is a weekly contributor to


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  • Ferentz, Lisa (2016) “Transcending Trauma: Learning How to Guide Devastated Clients Towards Growth.” The Psychotherapy Networker Journal
  • Ferentz, Lisa, (2015) TREATING SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS IN TRAUMA SURVIVORS: A CLINICIAN’S GUIDE- second edition New York: Routledge/ Taylor, Francis and Bacon
  • Ferentz, Lisa, (2015) LETTING GO OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS: A WORKBOOK OF HOPE AND HEALING. New York: Routledge/Taylor, Francis and Bacon


Lisa Ferentz’s work is also cited in these following publications:

  • Hatmaker, Jen (2020) Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You. Thomas Nelson Publisher
  • Heller, Diane Poole.  (2019) The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships. Sounds True Publishing
  • Lewis, Brooke.  (2016) Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: What you Need to Know. INSIGHTS: The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors’ Magazine, Fall
  • Nader, Kathleen (2012) School Rampage Shootings and Other Youth Disturbances: Early Preventative Interventions. Routledge