Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy
Level One Course
Harness the power of clinical hypnosis to relieve anxiety, reduce pain, and transform traumatic memories.
An 8-week online + live course
May 7-June 25, 2024Notify me when registration opens!
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 to relieve chronic pain and help 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 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 that you can view at your own pace
- Eight weekly webinars with small group practice sessions so you gain confidence using the techniques
- Dozens of evidence-based techniques for relieving anxiety, reducing pain, and increasing positive emotional states
- A five-step protocol for safely reprocessing traumatic memories that uplifts and empowers clients
- A supportive community- we limit the class to 32 clinicians and create a positive, friendly atmosphere where you can relax and have fun!
What we cover in the course:
Weekly Agenda and Course Objectives.
Week 1 objectives: Discuss APA Division 30's definition of clinical hypnosis and summarize at least two theories about how hypnosis works to calm anxiety, relieve pain, and elicit positive emotional states.
Week 2 objectives: Explain five basic steps for eliciting hypnosis, identify three observable signs of trance, and demonstrate two methods for safely reorienting your clients from hypnosis.
Week 3 objectives: Discuss three methods for safely deepening hypnosis and assessing hypnotic responsiveness. Identify nine types of trance phenomena and how they can be used therapeutically.
Week 4 objectives: Create and apply at least one of each of the following types of hypnotic suggestions: direct, indirect, metaphorical, and post-hypnotic suggestions.
Week 5 objectives: Describe how hypnosis can be used as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of calm, safety, and confidence in clients.
Week 6 objectives: Discuss how hypnosis can alter pain perception and describe evidence-based hypnosis techniques to reduce pain and increase physical comfort.
Week 7 objectives: State two neuroscience discoveries regarding memory reconsolidation and their implications for treatment. Explain ethical standards for using hypnosis clinically in trauma treatment.
Week 8 objectives: Describe five steps of an evidence-based imaginal rescripting technique to help clients reduce distress related to trauma memories.
It's not just a course, it's a practice circle!
What makes our course unique is our weekly live webinar and practice sessions where you'll gain confidence as you practice inductions in small groups with 2-3 peers and supportive coaching from Courtney.
Check out our practice agenda
Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. US Eastern time
May 7: Practice two rapid rapport building skills and demonstrate how to introduce hypnosis to your clients
May 14: Apply a progressive muscle relaxation technique that can be used to help clients reduce anxiety and pain intensity.
May 21: Apply one conversational hypnosis and one eyes-open elicitation technique.
May 28: Utilize an imagery induction that help clients increase feelings of self-worth and self-compassion.
June 4: Create two hypnotic suggestions that can be used to calm anxiety and increase feelings of inner safety.
June 11: Apply one hypnosis technique for creating a corrective emotional experience.
June 18: Apply a 5-step imagery rescripting technique to reduce distress related to a a painful memory.
June 25: Apply two hypnotic techniques for relieving pain & befriending the body
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 2 to 3 peers with guidance from Courtney and our supportive coaches.
✓ Proven results: In pilot-testing this virtual course with 200 clinicians at the U. S. Veterans Administration since 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 the size of the class so you can feel safe, supported, and have fun while you learn!Notify me when the next course opens!
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.
As an Approved Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 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).
Courtney and her work have been featured with:
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
When are the weekly webinars and practice sessions, again? And, are they required?
Do I need prior training in hypnosis to attend this training? Or, what if I've already had hypnosis training?
Will I be able to use clinical hypnosis after this workshop?
Will I be certified in clinical hypnosis after I complete this course?
Can I count this course towards annual CE's for my mental health license?
Do you provide accommodations for people with disabilities?
How long do I have to complete the course?
What about refunds and cancellations?
What if I have a grievance?
CEs sponsored by CE-Classes.com
CE-Classes.com is the provider of CEs for this course. Certificates are awarded after completion of the course. Participants print their own certificate after registering at CE-Classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.
Licensed professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. See the section below for organizations who have approved CE-Classes.com to sponsor continuing education.
*CE Accreditation Statement
Participants must have paid the full tuition fee, demonstrate completion of all 8-home study modules including passing all the course post-tests, attended at least 7 out of 8 live webinars in their entirety, and complete the course evaluation, in order to receive a certificate. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.
This course is sponsored by CE-Classes.com, 304 Indian Trace, Suite 816, Weston, FL 33326.
Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop. Participants print their own certificate after registering at CE-Classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.
CE-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 25 CE hours.
Social Workers/Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
- This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
- This training does not offer AWSB ACE credit to social workers
- California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
- Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider #852, BAP- Expires 3/31/2025.
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- Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which CE-Classes.com is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. We recommend you contact your state's CE board directly to obtain a ruling.
Please Note: 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.
Courtney Armstrong receives a royalty from W. W. Norton for sales of her books, but none of her books are required for this course. There is no known commercial support for this program or conflicts of interest for this course.