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Digital Seminar

Getting Creative with Parts

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
5 Hours 13 Minutes
Mar 21, 2019
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It’s important to honour all of your client’s inner parts in therapy. But accessing them to fully engage in healing work isn’t always easy.

In this workshop recording, we’ll consider key concepts from Internal Family Systems and inner-child work, and explore expressive modalities that vividly bring out parts holding onto influential thoughts, feelings, memories, and somatic 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 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.


  1. Utilize 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, fragmentation, and polarization.
  3. Apply cognitive reframes and writing exercises to soften inner critics that cause clients to resist creative work in a clinical setting.
  4. Articulate which somatic resourcing techniques help clients deepen the connection and communication of internal parts.
  5. Analyze the efficacy of creative strategies to soothe traumatized parts and heighten internal safety in clients.
  6. Demonstrate the role of internal parts as supports or barriers in treatment of client struggles in order to increase the efficacy of treatment interventions and improve client level of functioning.


Value of Expressive Modalities
  • Difficulties of Expressing Traumatic Experiences
  • Various Mediums of Expressive Modalities
    • Art Therapy
    • Music Therapy
    • Sand Tray
  • Integration of Parts Work with Expressive Modalities
The Concept of Parts
  • Language of Parts
    • Ambivalence
    • Denial
    • Internal Conflict
  • Buddhist Notion of Parts
    • States of Mind
    • Living Room
Internal Family Systems
  • Role of Parts
  • Bad Parts
  • Finding Parts
  • Parts & Resistance
  • Types of Parts
    • Exiles
    • Firefighters
    • Managers
  • Role of the Inner Critic
    • Exercise: Working with the Inner Critic
Core Self
  • Understanding the Core Self
    • 8 C’s of Self
    • Exercise: Illustrate Core Self
Working with Parts
  • Polarization & Blending
  • Mapping Parts
    • Exercise: Two-Handed Writing
  • Somatic Awareness & Focusing
  • Reframing the Function of Parts
    • Honouring Parts' Protective Role
  • Working with Destructive Firefighters
  • Safe Places for Parts
  • Temporary Containment

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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