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Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP
6 Hours 35 Minutes
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Sep 26, 2018
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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.
Financial: Courtney Armstrong is in private practice. She is an author for WW Norton and receives royalties. Ms. Armstrong receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Courtney Armstrong is a member of the Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy.
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- Summarize how a clients’ emotional trauma is processed in the brain as it relates to case conceptualization.
- Analyze why the use of clinical exposure techniques alone are not enough to relieve post-traumatic stress symptoms.
- Breakdown the three phases of trauma-informed treatment put to practical use in-session.
- Compile recent neuroscience discoveries regarding memory reconsolidation and its clinical implications for treating trauma.
- Characterize the five steps that several evidence-based trauma therapies have in common.
- Utilize two experiential techniques that can be used to resource, uplift, and empower clients to reduce feelings of shame and helplessness.
The Emotional Brain: A User-Friendly Guide
The 3-Phase Model of Trauma- Informed Treatment
- Simple ways to understand the brain
- A healthy emotional brain & how it develops
- 7 primary emotional systems
- How trauma and disrupted attachment alter the brain
- 3 neuroscience breakthroughs that change how we treat trauma
- Resilience, connection and post-traumatic growth
Interventions for Assessment, Safety and Stabilization
Reprocessing Traumatic Memories: A Less Painful Approach
- 5 simple questions to assess for PTSD
- Beyond words: build trust and safety with right brain to right brain communication
- Help clients understand trauma responses
- Calm fear with mindfulness and imagery techniques
- Deal with dissociation: practical tools for grounding and orienting
- Shift shame and nurture self-compassion
- Defuse anger with play and humor
- Empower with movement and metaphor
Facilitating Post-Traumatic Growth
- Revise not relive: why exposure can retraumatize
- Memory reconsolidation: a mechanism for healing trauma
- 5 simple steps for reconsolidating a traumatic memory
- Create the future-self template and the brain’s blueprint for healing
- Neutralize negative beliefs with resourceful emotional states
- Facilitate corrective emotional experiences with powerful imagery, metaphor, music and movement techniques
Applications for Special Populations
- The 3 qualities of post-traumatic growth
- Create a positive post-trauma identity
- Nurture a secure attachment system after trauma
- Find meaning and purpose after trauma
- Happiness and the power of intention
- Sexual trauma survivors
- Childhood abuse and neglect
- Traumatic grief after sudden or violent deaths
- Medical trauma, car accidents and disasters
- Military, police and first responders
- Children and adolescents after trauma
- Cultures and faith traditions
- Prevent burnout and vicarious trauma
- Social Workers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Case Managers
- Addiction Counselors
- Other Mental Health Professionals
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