Understanding and Working with Dissociation in Traumatized Clients

General Information

Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023. 9 AM-12 PM Eastern Time.

Fee: $95 (Special early bird $50 fee until 1/6)

Venue: Online Webinar

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Understanding and Working with Dissociation in Traumatized Clients


In this workshop, we will first explore the connection between early childhood attachment patterns as defined by Mary Ainsworth and John Bowlby, the connection between insecure attachment and affect dysregulation, and the fight, flight and freeze responses. We will discuss how the ongoing need to dissociate feels both necessary and, ultimately, disempowering for trauma survivors. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the evolution of dissociation and the most common harbingers and cognitive, somatic, and behavioral manifestations that let clinicians know when their clients are in a hypo-aroused state. We will process strategies that give clients a greater sense of “choice” about their dissociation without leaving them feeling vulnerable or forced to give up a well-established coping response.

We will also address how to best administer a questionnaire that helps assess for dissociation as the assessment process itself, often reveals a client’s dissociative reactions.  Since it can be understandably challenging for therapists when traumatized clients go into a freeze response during session, participants will learn about a number of strategies designed to help clients re-ground when they disconnect or go into flashback. We will process several videos that illustrate key concepts as well as clients’ artwork.


Lisa is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for over 38 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 fifteenth year of providing continuing education to mental health professionals and graduating several thousand 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-destructive behaviors, and self-care, teaches on many webinars, and is a contributor to Psychologytoday.com.  You can follow Lisa’s work on her website, theferentzinstitute.com, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Understanding and Working with Dissociation in Traumatized Clients


  1. Explain why parents are in an ideal position to coach their children with ADHD regarding friendships
  2. Identify populations of children with ADHD for whom Parental Friendship Coaching is recommended or is not recommended
  3. Describe Parental Friendship Coaching to potential clients to assist in treatment planning and goal-setting
  4. Administer Parental Friendship Coaching to help parents support their children with ADHD and social problems
  5. Troubleshoot common challenges that can arise when administering Parental Friendship Coaching to tailor the program to families’ individual needs
  6. Track and evaluate the effectiveness of Parental Friendship Coaching with clients

Application Deadline

September 4, 2022 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $25) until August 6,  2022.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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CE Information

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


Mikami, A.Y. & Normand, S. (2015). The importance of social contextual factors in peer relationships of children with ADHD. Current Developmental Disorders Reports2, 30-37.


Mikami, A.Y., Normand, S., Hudec, K.L., Guiet, J., Na, J.J., Smit, S., Khalis, A., & Maisonneuve, M.-F. (2020). Treatment of friendship problems in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Initial results from a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88(10), 871-885. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000607

Smit, S., Mikami, A.Y., & Normand, S. (2022). Effects of the Parental Friendship Coaching intervention on parental emotion socialization of children with ADHD. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 50, 101-115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-021-00818-9

Mikami, A.Y. & Normand, S. (2022). Parents as friendship coaches for children with ADHD: A clinical guide. New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003221715

These references are authored by the presenters (and the grad students of the presenters), and they reflect the framework and content of the treatment manual, as well as the results of randomized clinical trials testing the efficacy of the Parental Friendship Coaching program. The presenters receive royalties from sales of the manual.

Understanding and Working with Dissociation in Traumatized Clients


January 17th 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Attachment and affect regulation:

The four attachment patterns- videos

The fight/flight/freeze responses

January 17th 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

The evolution of dissociation

Shame and the freeze response

Addressing the “double-edge” sword of dissociation: empowering/ re-victimizing

Processing the harbingers and manifestations of dissociation

Administering the Dissociative Experiences Scale

January 17th 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Creatively working with dissociation in and out of session-video

Introducing the concept of “choice”

Anchoring, aromatherapy, re-grounding, Erickson’s flashback halting protocol

Making sure clients are fully present at the end of a live or tele-health session

Understanding and Working with Dissociation in Traumatized Clients