Healing Trauma with Hypnosis- Level 1 Certification Program

Discover how to positively heal trauma with a strengths-based and scientifically informed approach to hypnotherapy

Early registration discount ends 01/14/17.


January 27-29, 2017

Trauma Informed
Hypnotherapy- Level 1


Nashville, Tennessee

Courtyard Marriott
2508 Elm Hill Pike



Courtney Armstrong, LPC & Paul Leslie, LPC


Registration Deadline

Register on or before 12/31/16 & save $100!


Discover how to positively heal trauma using Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy(TM)

Courtney Armstrong invites you to join her for this dynamic 3-day workshop that teaches you how to effectively heal trauma using a respectful, strengths-based hypnosis approach. With Courtney’s Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy methods you’ll learn how to evoke deep healing for your clients and reconsolidate traumatic memories painlessly and efficiently.

You may even get your own breakthrough in this high-powered workshop worth 25 CE’s that is filled with experiential activities and practice sessions that help you discover: 1) why hypnosis is one of the most gentle and effective evidence-based tools you can use for reconsolidating traumatic memories, 2) how to use hypnosis to quickly rewire the brain and activate inner healing states, and 3) how to easily adapt interventions to fit your client’s spiritual, cultural, and personal needs.

You’ll learn that hypnosis is not scary or complicated, but merely a way of communicating with the emotional brain where our emotional memories, attachment schemas, and automatic patterns are stored. You’ll see that when you speak to the emotional brain in a language it understands, it updates rather quickly and painlessly. Clients typically enjoy the hypnosis approach we’ll be teaching you, and often finish sessions feeling relieved and uplifted, rather than tired, retraumatized, or drained.

Stay at the Marriott Courtyard- Nashville Airport

We’ll be meeting at the Marriott Courtyard- Nashville Airport at 2508 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville, TN. Click here to book your room or call Marriott reservations at 1-800-321-2211.

Workshop Schedule

Three days of fun experiential learning and practice!

  • DAY 1
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Changing the Brain with Hypnosis

    We’ll explain what hypnosis is (and isn’t), the science behind it, ethical use, and how it can be used to calm anxiety, heal trauma, and rewire emotional patterns.

  • 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

    Easy Hypnotic Inductions

    You’ll learn how to calm, ground, and empower your clients with simple, but powerful inductions that quickly evoke positive, resourceful emotional states.

  • 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm

    Hypnotic Communication Skills

    Master the art of hypnotic conversation as you discover how to pace & lead clients, craft hypnotic suggestions, and use multisensory language to activate inner healing states.

  • 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

    Safely Deepening Trance

    Learn the 3 levels of trance and how to safely deepen trance without abreaction as you guide clients to enhanced states of inner wisdom, healing, and creativity.

  • DAY 2
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Trauma, Memory, and the Brain

    Understand the neurobiology of trauma, how traumatic memories are stored, and how to reconsolidate traumatic memories without retraumatizing clients.

  • 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

    Healing Traumatic Memories

    Learn a 5-step memory reconsolidation protocol that is painless, evidence-based, and leaves clients feeling empowered and uplifted rather than tired or drained.

  • 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm

    Embodied Beliefs

    Discover powerful protocols to help clients experience a deep sense of self-worth, inner peace, and compassion while alleviating feelings of shame, guilt, and resentment.

  • 3:30 pm  – 6:00 pm

    Practice & Coaching

    Practice your newly learned skills in small groups based on your skill level with supportive coaching from Courtney, Paul, and trained colleagues.

  • DAY 3
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Hypnotic Metaphors and Storytelling

    Courtney & Paul share hypnotic teaching tales and show you how to craft inductions, suggestions, and stories from the client’s metaphors to create change.

  • 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

    Rescripting Nightmares & Habit Patterns

    Learn techniques for rescripting nightmares, rewiring habitual patterns, and activating new healthy responses.

  • 1:15 pm – 3:30pm

    Practice & Coaching

    Practice the entire RECON process in small groups based on your skill level with supportive coaching from Courtney, Paul, and trained colleagues.

  • 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

    Integrating Mindfulness and Movement

    Discover the similarities between hypnosis and mindfulness and learn movement techniques that safely discharge emotions and reconnect clients to their bodies.




Courtney Armstrong, LPC/MHSP and guest speaker, Dr. Paul Leslie, LPC

courtney-squareCourtney Armstrong, LPC, NBCCFH

COURTNEY ARMSTRONG is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck (2015) and Transforming Traumatic Grief (2011). In her 20 years of practice as a licensed professional counselor, certified hypnotherapist, and grief and trauma specialist, she has helped thousands of clients recover from trauma and experience deep personal transformation.

Courtney is the developer of Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy, a respectful, strengths-based approach that focuses on helping clients reclaim a positive identity, repair attachment wounds, and reconsolidate traumatic memories with empowering new endings. A Fellow of the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, she has studied hypnosis under masters such as Bill O’Hanlon, Steve Andreas, and Jon Connelly and has trained over 1,000 mental health professionals nationally and interntationally. Known for her engaging writing and teaching style, she contributes to publications like the Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and The Neuropsychotherapist, and is in process of writing a new book titled: The New Rules for Treating Trauma: Attachment and Neuroscience to Rewire the Brain to be published by W. W. Norton in 2018.

paul-squarePaul Leslie, LPC, NBCCH

Dr. Paul J. Leslie is the author of Potential Not Pathology: Helping Your Clients Transform Using Ericksonian Psychotherapy (2014), Low Country Shamanism (2014), and The Year of Living Magically (2016). Paul holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and is a psychology professor, workshop presenter and licensed psychotherapist residing in Aiken, South Carolina.

Paul has a delightful sense of humor and engaging presentation style and is passionate about helping others change their limiting life patterns and find the inner resources needed to live more satisfying and meaningful lives. In order to better understand the powerful and effective techniques hypnosis offers to help people transform their lives, Paul has learned from such varied practitioners as world renown hypnotherapists, Tibetan Buddhist monks, Chinese Qi Gong masters, and low country hoodoo doctors. Paul is also founder and host of the Potential Not Pathology podcast which interviews expert therapists from around the world and presents resource directed, strengths based strategies for healing that therapists can use right away.

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Seats will fill fast for this event, so reserve your spot today!

Early-Bird Registration


Register on or before 1/14/17

  • Sign up today! Seats are limited & fill quickly.
  • Earn 25 hours towards hypnosis certification.
  • 25 CE’s available for APA, ASWB, NBCC, & LMFT’s in most states.*
  • Save $100 if you register on or before 01/14/17.
  • Price goes up to $695 on 1/15/17.


What people are saying


Feedback from
Bill O’Hanlon

Developer of Solution-Oriented Hypnotherapy and author of Quick Steps for Resolving Trauma

“I have known Courtney for some time and find her to be skilled as a presenter/speaker, deeply knowledgeable about her subject area (resilience and traumatic stress among other areas), and in general one of the kindest and generous people you could meet. I hope you get a chance to train with her or read her work.”


Feedback from
Richard Hill

President of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies

“The value of therapeutic hypnosis in the treatment of PTSD is well documented, especially in the numerous papers of Milton Erickson and others. Paul J Leslie has impressed me over the years with his clear and sensitive understanding of the application of indirect, client resource focused methods for creating beneficial change.”


Feedback from
Robert Musikantow

Founder of the Evanston Center for Transformative Arts and faculty member at Adler School of Psychology

Paul is a rare therapist who combines technical psychotherapy expertise with an open heart and a willingness to be creative. He focuses on resources rather than pathology, as well as adjusting his therapy to meet the needs of his clients.  I highly recommend his work.

"Courtney makes complicated material usable, accessible and enjoyable!"

Karol Bailey, Ph. D, Seal Beach, CA

"I had a breakthrough... this training was what I needed."

Elke Kappner, CHT, Delray Beach, FL

"I gained more confidence, learned new techniques, and got lots of great support."

Constance Bauer, LCSW, JD, Chicago, IL

"I gained new skills and improved my comfort level in using hypnosis."

Julie Murphy, LPC/MHSP, Nashville, TN


Marriott Courtyard Nashville Airport

2508 Elm Hill Pike

Nashville, TN 37214
P: 615-883-9500
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*Continuing Education Information

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:  Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 25 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program. Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 25 clinical continuing education clock hours. Licensed Professional Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPC’s in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPC’s completing the program will receive 25 continuing education hours of credit. Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family Therapists will receive 25 clinical continuing education clock hours upon completing this program.