Healing Grief with Hypnosis
Presenter: Courtney Armstrong, M. Ed., LPC
Overview: In this workshop, you'll discover why the face of grief and loss has changed since the Covid-19 pandemic, and acquire a host of contemporary strategies you can use to comfort grieving clients and help them move forward in positive, healthy ways after loss.
Through engaging discussion, video examples, and experiential activities, you'll learn scientific breakthroughs that have led to better treatments for grief and discover how hypnosis can be used to help clients resolve difficult emotions, navigate the journey of grief, and view loss as a pathway to greater compassion, deeper relationships, and more meaningful living.
- Describe the dual-process model of grief and its implications for treatment.
- Distinguish typical grieving patterns vs. symptoms of Prolonged Grief Disorder.
- Outline a simple 6-step process for guiding clients through the journey of grief.
- Demonstrate two hypnosis strategies that can be used to resolve difficult emotions such as guilt, resentment, and despair.
- Explain how hypnosis can be used to instill hope, facilitate healthy continuing bonds, and foster post traumatic growth
||Discuss scientific breakthroughs regarding the treatment of grief
||Techniques for managing difficult emotions and unresolved conflicts
|| Techniques for facilitating hope, healthy continuing bonds. and post-traumatic growth
Educational purpose/Professional Gaps Addressed
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the incidence of sudden, traumatic loss and complicated grief has risen. This workship will get clinicians up to date regarding best practices for treating grief, loss, and trama that is informed by evidence-based research in neuroscience, psychology, and clinical hypnosis.
The didactic portion of this workshop will improve clinicians’ knowledge in best practices and for treating patients struggling with grief and loss, and how to appropriately integrate evidence-based hypnosis techniques as an adjunct to treatment. Video demonstrations and hands-on activities will give clinicians opportunities to improve their competence and performance by applying and demonstrating what they are learning in small peer groups with guided coaching and feedback.
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- Fiore, J. (2021). A systematic review of the dual process model of coping with bereavement (1999–2016). OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, 84(2), 414–458.
- Rossi, K. L. (2021). Transforming grief into peace: The normal grieving mind—memory construction, deconstruction, and reconsolidation. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 64(2), 157-170.
- Shear, M.K., Skritskaya, N., Bloom, C. (2022). Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy (PGDT). In: Schnyder, U., Cloitre, M. (eds) Evidence Based Treatments for Trauma-Related Psychological Disorders. Springer: Cham, Switzerland.
Joseph Tramontana, Anna Sharkey & Savannah Hays (2022) Future projection therapy: Techniques and case examples, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 65(1), 60-71.
About the Presenter:
Courtney Armstrong is a licensed professional counselor with over 25 years' experience who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. She is author of the books, Rethinking Trauma Treatment, The Therapeutic "Aha" and Transforming Traumatic Grief and contributes to publications such as the Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and The Science of Psychotherapy. Courtney is an ASCH Approved Consultant and serves on the ASCH Education and Training Committee. She is also founder of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy through which she's trained clinicians worldwide and developed a nationally recognized clinical hypnosis training program for the US Veterans Administration.
Date: January 21, 2024, 10am-1:10pm EST
Cost: $45 for Non Members; Registration fee included in Membership fees for NESCH Members in good standing.
At least 30 days notice is required for full refund. There is a $30 cancellation fee for cancellations after December 22, 2023.
Continuing Education: We have applied for for 3 ASCH credits as well as 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists. Approvals will be posted upon receipt.
CME credits for medical doctors are not available.
Please note that attendance for the entire program is required to earn continuing education credit for this program. Partial credit is not available.
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