ODW Healing Attachment Wounds Webinar with Lisa Ferentz

ODW Healing Attachment Wounds Webinar with Lisa Ferentz



This is a 12 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available immediately after successful registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on May 12-13, 2022.

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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.

Learning Objectives

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


Time Frame Content (Topics)
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

CE Information

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.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

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

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced