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Digital Seminar

Healing Pain and Trauma with Hypnosis: Protocols for Relieving Pain and Empowering Clients

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP
2 Hours
Mar 17, 2023
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Trauma doesn’t just leave behind emotional pain—it can also manifest in physical pain that drives addictions, stalls progress in therapy, and fuels feelings of hopelessness within both the client and clinician. Clinical hypnosis can be a highly effective tool for relieving pain in trauma survivors. Learn a trauma-informed approach to hypnosis that allows you to safely evoke hypnotic states; relieve pain with evidence-based protocols; and elicit a greater sense of hope, well-being, and empowerment in survivors. In this recorded session, demonstrations and experiential activities will show you how to:

  • Incorporate clinical hypnosis into Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Guide clients into hypnotic states, effectively frame suggestions, and activate innate healing responses
  • Utilize both direct and indirect suggestions for relieving anxiety and pain
  • Resolve subconscious beliefs that may be maintaining pain states
  • Demonstrate self-hypnosis techniques clients can use to evoke self-compassion, motivate themselves, and stop self-defeating behaviours



Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP, is the founder of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy and author of Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation, and Resilience. She has over 25 years’ experience and is a board-certified Fellow in clinical hypnotherapy who has trained thousands of mental health professionals nationally and internationally in creative, brain-based strategies for healing trauma. She is a bestselling author of the book, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief and contributes to publications such as Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and The Neuropsychotherapist. She has been featured as a trauma and grief expert on national television and radio programs and is the owner/director of Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy in the state of Tennessee.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Courtney Armstrong is the founder and president of Courtney Armstrong Consulting and Training Services and the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy. She is a consultant with the US Veterans Administration. Courtney Armstrong receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Courtney Armstrong serves on the Clinical Hypnosis Education and Training Committee of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. She is a member of the American Mental Health Counselor's Association, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, and the Chattanooga Area Psychotherapy Association.


  1. Justify two ways that clinical hypnosis can enhance cognitive-behavioural therapy for pain management.
  2. Employ five basic steps for eliciting effective hypnotic inductions.
  3. Demonstrate at least one hypnosis technique to reduce pain and increase physical comfort.
  4. Appraise three types of hypnotic suggestions that can be used to reduce pain and promote a positive post-trauma identity.
  5. Evaluate at least two considerations for ethical and professional conduct when using clinical hypnosis as an adjunct to treatment for trauma and pain management.



  • The scientific foundation of hypnosis for clinical psychotherapy
  • Showing how hypnosis can be used in psychotherapy to calm anxiety, relieve pain, and elicit positive emotional states
  • The five basic steps for eliciting effective hypnotic inductions and how to safely use hypnosis with trauma survivors
  • Three hypnotic techniques that can be used to reduce pain and increase physical comfort
  • Three types of hypnotic suggestions that can be used to reduce pain and promote a positive post-trauma identity
  • A review of imitations of the research and potential risks of hypnosis

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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