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Hypnosis for Trauma and Chronic Pain: Protocols for Relieving Pain in Trauma Survivors

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Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP
4 Hours 06 Minutes
Mar 12, 2022
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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 hopeless 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. You may even experience your own transformative trance during recorded demonstrations and experiential activities as you discover how to:

  • Safely guide clients into hypnotic states, effectively frame suggestions, and activate innate healing responses
  • Develop both direct and indirect suggestions for relieving anxiety, pain, and depression
  • Resolve subconscious beliefs that may be maintaining pain states
  • Provide self-hypnosis techniques clients can use to evoke self-compassion, motivate themselves, and stop self-defeating behaviours



This online program is worth 4.25 hours CPD.



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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. Describe the key scientific theories used to explain the mechanisms of hypnosis to reduce anxiety and pain and to elicit positive emotional states.
  2. Evaluate the data on hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural for pain. Evaluate the data on hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural therapy for pain.
  3. Practice five basic steps for eliciting effective hypnotic inductions.
  4. Utilize three types of hypnotic suggestions to reduce pain.


  • The scientific theories about how hypnosis works and can be used to calm anxiety, relieve pain, and elicit positive emotional states and the APA approved definition of clinical hypnosis, risks and limitations
  • Clinical research findings regarding the use of hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioural treatment for pain, depression, and trauma
  • Five basic steps for eliciting effective hypnotic inductions and how to safely use hypnosis with trauma survivors
  • Special considerations with trauma survivors and how to adapt inductions and safely realert clients to avoid abreactions
  • Demonstrate three hypnotic techniques that can be used to reduce pain and increase physical comfort
  • Lorimer Moseley’s and Mark Jensen’s research on pain perception in the brain and how hypnosis can be used to alter pain perception
  • Three commonly used hypnosis 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

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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