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A GWSCSW Virtual Trauma Treatment Conference

  • Friday, February 18, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online ZOOM


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Session 2: Endless Trauma: Helping Clients Cope when the Past is Always Present
February 18, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 3 CEUs (ZOOM Workshop)

Presenter: Deany Laliotis, LICSW 

The impact of trauma is on the rise given the unending pandemic, social and political unrest, and economic uncertainty. How do we help our clients manage their present-day anxiety when it so quickly triggers their old hurt, abuse, loss, abandonment or fear? When are reasonable present-day feelings of sadness, overwhelm and exhaustion signals of a deeper traumatic issue? What interventions help clients separate present versus past, in order to better navigate a range of daily concerns? Using a mixture of lecture, discussion, and video case demonstration, Deany Laliotis, internationally-known EMDR teacher and trainer, shows us concepts and interventions that can be used by all clinicians who work with trauma. Deany offers ideas and techniques that support therapists and their clients to stay resourceful and centered in the face of the new normal: our everyday, stressful reality.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify one or more pandemic-related stress reactions that are maladaptive to the client.
  2. Apply the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model of EMDR therapy that informs how we understand and treat problems of daily living.
  3. Identify the past – present connection to help clients to observe instead of reacting to the current conditions.
  4. Develop one or more adaptive patterns of response to real life demands.

Deany Laliotis, LICSW,  is an international trainer, consultant, and psychotherapist who specializes in teaching EMDR therapy as a psychotherapy approach with a focus on developmental trauma and attachment. She is the founder and director of The Center for Excellence in EMDR Therapy that offers intensive training and certification programs.  As Director of Training for EMDR Institute for many years, she worked closely with Francine Shapiro as EMDR evolved into a more comprehensive therapy approach.  Deany was awarded the Francine Shapiro Award for Outstanding Service and Clinical Excellence by the EMDR International Association in 2015. 

How to Register:

Costs: Take one workshop or both. Special, discounted fee for both workshops:

GWSCSW Student/Retiree Member: $45 (one workshop) / only $75 (for both workshops)

GWSCSW Full/Affiliate Member: $75 (one workshop) / only $130 (for both workshops)

Non-Member: $120 (one workshop) / only $220 (for both workshops)

Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in is DC, Maryland, and Virginia to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Attendees outside the DC area need to check with their licensing board to see if they will accept the credit.  


A GWSCSW Virtual Trauma Treatment Conference    
Friday, February 11, 2022 & Friday, February 18, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST / 6 total CEUs

Treating Today’s Evolving Trauma:

Update your trauma treatment skills and strategies

to deal with today’s complex trauma symptoms.

Featuring international trauma experts:

Lisa Ferentz and Deany Laliotis

The majority of people in the U.S. say they are contending with complicated, additional, emotional turmoil. As your clients’ trauma experience evolves, do you need to enhance your existing trauma treatment strategies? If so, the GWSCSW Trauma Conference is designed for you.  

In this time of increasingly complex trauma, learn how to help your clients: 

  • Unpack past triggers that can interfere with the present.
  • Increase their capacity for secure attachment.
  • Utilize the best affect regulation approaches.
  • Apply strategies that are attuned to both obvious and subtle symptoms. 

Join us for this 2-part, 2-day virtual Trauma Conference with Deany Laliotis and Lisa Ferentz to help your clients heal and cope better with today’s ongoing uncertainty. 

Our presenters are internationally-known trauma experts and in-demand workshop trainers at conferences around the globe — and they are both GWSCSW members! Come and spend quality time with Lisa and Deany to stay current with the best trauma treatment approaches available now. You can attend one workshop or both and take advantage of our great CEU discount pricing. 

Session 1: Trauma Treatment During Isolated Times: Creative Strategies for Enhancing a Secure Attachment 
February 11, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM / 3 CEUs (ZOOM Workshop)

Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA 

Although therapists understand that treatment is most effective when it unfolds within the context of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, it is often quite challenging to build and sustain a meaningful alliance with traumatized, dysregulated clients, especially during these isolated times. Lisa Ferentz explores the four main attachment styles and how a lack of secure attachment can negatively impact both the therapeutic relationship and clients’ abilities to navigate their emotional states or self-soothe in healthy ways. We will process creative treatment strategies designed to promote safety, grounding, containment, self-soothing, and emotional stabilization. The dynamic presentation includes videotapes, clients’ artwork and case studies will be incorporated into the training.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the four common attachment styles and the traumatizing impact of disorganized attachment.
  2. Explain the connection between insecure attachment patterns and affect dysregulation in traumatized clients.
  3. Identify and implement treatment strategies designed to enhance external and internal safety.
  4. Implement creative strategies that teach traumatized clients how to modulate emotional arousal and help with containment and self-soothing.
  5. Describe and implement strategies designed to incorporate somatic resourcing for grounding and comfort.

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA, is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, de-pathologized treatment of trauma. 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. 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.
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