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Digital Seminar

New Rules for Treating Trauma: 2-Day Master Class

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP
12 Hours 27 Minutes
Nov 08, 2018
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In this breakthrough recording, you'll discover the new rules for treating trauma. 

You’ll discover how memory reconsolidation is a recent neuroscience breakthrough that revealed a new way to heal trauma at its roots by process of recalling and updating a memory. 

During this workshop, I’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions and techniques you can master in each phase of trauma treatment. This is the trauma training that specifically gives you skills in the phenomena of memory reconsolidation. Let me show you why memory reconsolidation is necessary for transforming your trauma work with clients. I will give you a simple protocol to use to reconsolidate a traumatic memory in as little as one session! 

Full of thought provoking lecture, engaging case studies and guided instruction, you will learn the essential skills that your clinical practice is missing to help your clients move forward in living a meaningful life. Leave this master class armed with tools you can use in your very next session. 



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Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP, has over 20 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 the 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 Disclosure:

Financial: Courtney Armstrong is the Founder and President of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy. She is a National Board Certified Instructor and Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and she receives royalties as a published author. Ms. Armstrong receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Courtney Armstrong is a member of the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapy, the American Mental Health Counselor's Association, and the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor's Association.

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  1. Summarize how a client’s emotional trauma is processed in the brain as it relates to case conceptualization.
  2. Analyze why the use of clinical exposure techniques alone are not enough to relieve post-traumatic stress symptoms.
  3. Name the 4 primary attachment styles and the clinical implications that each attachment style brings in session.
  4. Identify 1 therapeutic goal for clients with avoidant attachment style.
  5. Identify 1 therapeutic goal for clients with anxious attachment style.
  6. Identify 1 therapeutic goal for clients with disorganized attachment style.
  7. Breakdown the three phases of trauma informed treatment put to practical use in session.
  8. Compile recent neuroscience discoveries regarding memory reconsolidation and its clinical implications for treating trauma.
  9. Characterize the five steps that several evidence-based trauma therapies have in common.
  10. Utilize two experiential techniques that can be used to resource, uplift, and empower clients to reduce feelings of shame and helplessness.
  11. Apply two interventions to help clients reconnect to a healthy sense of self, relationships, and the world.
  12. Discuss how to avoid abreaction and re-traumatization while reviewing traumatic memories in clients.


New Rules for Treating Trauma

Rule #1

Understand how Trauma Impacts the Brain

  • How traumatic memories are stored
  • How to engage the emotional brain

Rule #2

Consider Your Client’s Attachment Style

  • Securely attached clients
  • Avoidant/dismissive attachment styles
  • Anxious/preoccupied attachment styles
  • Disorganized/unresolved attachment styles

Rule #3

Attune, Lift, and Lead

  • Attune with right-brain to right-brain communication
  • Lift by acknowledging a strength your client possesses
  • Lead and motivate clients by focusing on
  • what’s desired

Rule #4

Teach Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Tools for orienting and grounding
  • Tools for calming and self-soothing
  • Tools for containment and safety

Rule #5

Part 1 - Reconsolidating Traumatic Memories

  • What is memory reconsolidation and why is it important?
  • 5-steps for reconsolidating traumatic memories
  • Explore embodied beliefs
  • Create and install new belief experiences

Rule #6

Part 2 - Reconsolidate Traumatic Memories

  • Observationally retell the story with a new ending
  • New narrative integration
  • Client demonstration video

Rule #7

Facilitate Post-Traumatic Growth

  • What is post-traumatic growth?
  • Restore resilience
  • Create new meaning
  • Healthy relationship skills

Applications for Special Populations

  • Sexual trauma survivors
  • Childhood abuse and neglect
  • Traumatic grief after sudden or violent deaths
  • Medical trauma, car accidents and disasters
  • Children and adolescents after trauma
  • Cultures and faith traditions
  • Simple self-care techniques to prevent vicarious trauma

Limitations of the Research & Potential Risks Memory Reconsolidation

  • Age of the memory
  • Repetitively reinforced memories
  • Inner conflicts about memory resolution
  • Dementia & other neurological disorders

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Professionals Who Work within the Mental Health Fields

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