Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy
Harness the power of clinical hypnosis to quickly relieve anxiety, reduce pain and transform traumatic memories for your clients.
July 1-Aug 31, 2021
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Discover how hypnosis can calm the nervous system, increase positive emotional states, and empower clients so they can find inner peace.
Get evidence-based tools that reduce chronic pain and help your clients feel more safe, comfortable and secure in their bodies.
Transform traumatic memories with a 5-step memory reconsolidation protocol to clear trauma triggers and instill a positive sense of self.
Discover how to use clinical hypnosis to help your clients relieve anxiety, ease pain, reclaim a positive identity, and heal the negative effects of trauma in shorter periods of time.
Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy is a positive, uplifting approach that is grounded in neuroscience and addresses the mental, emotional and physical effects of trauma by updating memory networks and learned patterns at both conscious and subconscious levels.
In this unique training program developed by Courtney Armstrong and recognized by organizations like the Veterans Administration and the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, you’ll get:
- Over 35 instructional videos, audios, and transcripts that you can view at your pace
- Eight weekly webinars and small group practice sessions so you gain confidence using the techniques
- Dozens of evidence-based techniques for reducing anxiety, physical pain, and other trauma related symptoms
- A five-step protocol for safely reprocessing traumatic memories that uplifts and empowers clients
- A supportive community- we limit the class to 24 clinicians and create a positive, friendly atmosphere where you can relax and have fun while you learn!
What we cover in the course: Weekly Agenda and Course Objectives.
Week 1 objectives: Describe clinical hypnosis and summarize scientific theories about how it works & can be used to calm anxiety, relieve pain, and elicit positive emotional states.
Week 2 objectives: Explain five basic steps for eliciting effective inductions, identify observable signs of trance, and demonstrate methods for safely reorienting your clients from hypnosis.
Week 3 objectives: Discuss methods for safely deepening hypnosis and assessing hypnotic responsiveness. Identify 9 types of trance phenomena and how they can be used therapeutically.
Week 4 objectives: Create and apply four types of hypnotic suggestions: direct, indirect, metaphorical, and post-hypnotic. and identify when to use each.
Week 5 objectives: Demonstrate evidence-based hypnotic techniques to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of calm, safety, and confidence in your clients.
Week 6 objectives: Discuss how hypnosis can alter pain perception and demonstrate evidence-based techniques to reduce pain and increase physical comfort.
Week 7 objectives: Explain the emerging science of memory reconsolidation and demonstrate a 5-step protocol for safely reprocessing trauma memories & instilling a sense of resilience.
Week 8 objectives: Demonstrate and critique the three phases of a clinical hypnosis session. Explain ethical standards for using hypnosis clinically and how to document hypnosis interventions.
It's not just a course it's a classroom.
What makes our course unique is our weekly 90-minute practice sessions where you'll gain confidence as you practice inductions in small groups with 3-4 peers and supportive coaching from Courtney.
Check out our practice agenda objectives!
Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT
July 13: Practice rapid rapport building and demonstrate how to introduce hypnosis to your clients
July 20: Apply progressive muscle relaxation and counting inductions to relieve pain and anxiety
July 27: Utilize eyes-open inductions for clients who need more grounding or prefer not to close their eyes
August 3: Use imagery inductions and suggestions that help clients access hope and self-compassion
August 10: Utilize ideomotor based inductions that help clients release worry & self-doubt
August 17: Apply hypnotic techniques for reducing anxiety and panic symptoms
August 24: Apply hypnotic techniques for relieving pain & befriending the body
August 31: Apply techniques for resolving a negative memory and instilling a positive post-trauma identity
How it works: A message from Courtney
Why Our Course is Different
✅ Fits with your schedule: You'll get five 20-minute instructional videos delivered each week you can watch at your own pace. No need to give up weekends or full workdays to get training.
✅ Eight live 90-minute practice sessions: Each week you'll get to practice the techniques in small groups of 3 to 4 peers with guidance from Courtney and our supportive coaches.
✅ Proven results: In pilot-testing this virtual course with 100 clinicians at the U. S. Veterans Administration in 2020, 95% reported the course gave them useful new tools, doubled their confidence using clinical hypnosis, and yielded positive results with clients.
✅ Trauma-informed: We teach you how to safely adapt hypnosis for clients who've experienced trauma, so they don’t experience flashbacks or negative abreactions.
✅ Small and supportive: We limit this course to only 24 clinicians at a time so you can feel safe, supported, and have fun while you learn!COURSE FULL- Click here to be put on waiting list for next one!
Check out what our clients have to say...
“This was a really well-done course, far exceeded my expectations and is in a completely different league than most trainings I attend. I looked forward to this time each week and was instantly able to apply new techniques and ideas immediately after leaving class. I loved the ‘micro-skill’ and competency-based focus of our sessions--it really led to being able to instantly improve.”
“I am used to learning new skills via in- person multiday workshops so I wasn't really sure if this online format over multiple weeks would work and it really worked well! It was especially nice to be able to do this without having to travel, especially during this time of COVID. I am really looking forward to intermediate and deepening my knowledge and skills.”
“This was the highest quality training I have ever received in 12 years at the VA. It was up to date; beautifully managed and conducted and aligned with American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) teachings. It allowed enough time to practice all the skills to competence.”
“This was one of the best trainings ever! The small groups were so valuable and the ability to practice with our colleagues very important. Lastly it was so effective to have the coaches move from small group to small group, so helpful. I am grateful for the ability to attend this training.”
COURTNEY ARMSTRONG is the founder and President of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy, which is committed to teaching healthcare professionals clinical hypnosis interventions that are evidence-based, trauma informed, and empower clients to reclaim their own inner strength, wisdom, and resilience.
A Fellow of the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, Courtney has studied under clinical hypnosis masters such as Bill O'Hanlon, Michael Yapko, and Jon Connelly. Known for her warm and engaging teaching style, she has trained thousands of mental health professionals nationally and internationally and has developed successful training courses for organizations such as PESI and the Veterans Health Administration.
Courtney also enjoys writing and sharing creative ideas for healing trauma. You may have read one of her articles in the Psychotherapy Networker or checked out one of her books such as Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011), The Therapeutic “Aha!” (2015), and Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation, and Resilience (2019).
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Continuing Education Information
This course is co-sponsored by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) 1020 West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA, 02648. For satisfactory completion of this course, participants must have paid the tuition fee and have completed all the course lessons, passed the course post-tests with a score of at least 80% correct answers, and complete the course evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this programs and its content.
Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. NY Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars 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-4444. This program is approved for 25 contact hours.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs/LCPCs. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all the states that are covered for LMFT's. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Please Note: It is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state. Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
Disclosure: Courtney Armstrong receives a small royalty from W. W. Norton for the sale of her books, but otherwise declares there is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.