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Transforming Traumatic Memories with Hypnosis and Memory Reconsolidation

March 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am 1:15 pm

Can traumatic memories really be changed so they no longer haunt a person emotionally? Neuroscience research suggests they can by harnessing the mechanism of memory reconsolidation, the brain’s own process of updating an emotional memory with new meanings and associations. In this presentation, Courtney Armstrong will get you up to date on this exciting discovery, explain why clinical hypnosis is a natural tool for eliciting memory reconsolidation, then demonstrate a simple five-step protocol you can use that integrates clinical hypnosis with cognitive-behavioral techniques to safely resolve traumatic memories and foster client resilience.

After this training you’ll be better able to:

  1. Describe the difference between implicit and explicit memory.
  2. Summarize research regarding memory reconsolidation and its clinical implications for treatment.
  3. Discuss how and when to safely use age regression to resolve traumatic memories without retraumatizing your client.
  4. Demonstrate 2 metaphorical imagery, ego-strengthening, and age progression techniques that elicit client strengths and change implicit beliefs driving unwanted patterns.

This event is sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis as part of their annual conference.