Healing Trauma with Hypnosis- Level 1 Certification Program

A Gentler Way to Help Clients Heal & Transform Traumatic Memories

Positively Heal Trauma with

Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy™

Discover how to effectively heal trauma with Trauma-Informed Hypnotherapy, a respectful, evidence-based approach. Rather than have clients relive painful experiences, Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy gives you tools to help clients restore resilience, activate inner healing states, and reprocess traumatic memories quickly and painlessly.

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 to heal trauma, 2) how to use hypnosis to rewire the brain and transform negative beliefs, and 3) how to adapt interventions to fit your client’s spiritual, cultural, and personal needs.

If you already have training in hypnosis, you’ll learn how to safely deepen trance with traumatized clients and effectively target your interventions to get better results. If you’re new to hypnosis, you’ll discover how you can use this powerful tool to not only heal trauma, but to also eliminate unwanted habits, soothe chronic pain, and relieve anxiety and depression.

Workshop Schedule

Three days of fun experiential learning and practice!

  • DAY 1
  • 8:30 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

    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 – 6:30 pm

    Safely Deepening Trance + Practice

    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
  • 8:30 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

    Heal 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  – 6:30 pm

    Practice & Coaching

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

  • DAY 3
  • 8:30 am – 10:15 am

    Hypnotic Metaphors and Storytelling

    Get ideas for fun hypnotic teaching tales as you learn how to craft inductions, suggestions, and stories from the client’s metaphors.

  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Rescript Nightmares & Habits

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

  • 1:30 pm – 4:00pm

    Practice & Coaching

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

  • 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

    Integrate Mindful Movement

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




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.

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Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy Level 1 Workshops for 2018

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

February 23-25, 2018

Wild Dunes Resort — Isle of Palms, SC

April 27-29, 2018

Marriott Downtown — Chattanooga TN

May 18-20, 2018

Doubletree by Hilton — Los Angeles, CA

June 1-3, 2018

Marriott Suites O’Hare – Chicago, IL

June 22-24, 2018

Marriott Courtyard — Philadelphia, PA

  • Sign up today! Seats are limited & fill quickly.
  • Register now to get the early bird tuition rate of $595.
  • Tuition price goes up 30 days before each training to $695.
  • Earn 25 hours towards hypnosis certification.
  • 25 CE’s available for APA, ASWB, NBCC, & LMFT’s in most states.*


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.”

"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


This event will fill quickly so claim your seat now!


Got a burning question? It may be answered already below!

  • Prior training in hypnosis is not required. We will be breaking people into small groups based on their level of experience. If you have had prior hypnosis training, we’ll be sharing new research and help you take your skills to the next level. If you’ve never had hypnosis training, you’ll be getting the basic skills in a supportive, collegial environment.

  • The National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH) requires at least 50 hours of live hypnosis training with supervised practice and coaching for certification from their board. This training awards 25 hours towards NBCCH’s certification requirements. Check the NBCCH site at www.natboard.com for more info on certification.

  • Check to see what your state requires. The Hypnotherapists’s Union’s website at www.hypnotherapistsunion.org/statelaws lists the states with hypnosis regulations, but you are still responsible for checking with your state to be sure you are practicing within the scope of your license.

  • Check the CE information at the bottom of this page to make sure your state is covered. Commowealth Educational Seminars has approved this workshop for CE’s and is recognized by the APA, NBCC, ABSW, and LMFT boards in most states to provide 25 CE’s for this workshop, but again, check the CE info at the bottom of this page to be sure.

  • In level 1, we’ll be skilling people in essential hypnotic induction skills and the process of memory reconsolidation so practitioners feel confident using hypnosis to help clients heal traumatic memories. In Level 2, we’ll be addressing ways of working with complex trauma and various attachment styles, advanced hypnosis techniques, and ways of helping clients manage dissociation and self-harm behaviors.

  • Yes. You’ll need specific knowledge and skills taught in a Level 1 Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy (TIH) before you’ll be ready for a Level 2 TIH course. Even if you’ve been trained in hypnosis by another organization, the TIH model is unique and is based on a specific philosophy, clinical protocol, and set of skills that are taught in Level 1. We’ve tried waiving the Level 1 requirement in the past, but even seasoned hypnotherapists reported they felt behind in Level 2 if they had not attended Level 1 first. So please join us for Level 1!

  • Call Courtney’s office at 423-876-3490 or e-mail us and we’ll connect you with others who are interested in sharing a room.

  • If you need to cancel your registration, contact Courtney’s office at 423-876-3490. Cancellations received 21 days or more prior to the course start date will be refunded tuition less a 10% processing fee. Cancellations received less than 21 days prior to course start date will be refunded tuition less a 20% processing fee.

  • The Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy strives to hold trainings in facilities that are accessible for people with physical disabilities. If you need special accommodations for the training due to a disability, please contact Courtney’s assistant, Susan at 423-876-3490.

*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. 

Grievance Policy

The Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy seeks to ensure a positive experience for all our students, equitable treatment of every person, and will make every attempt to resolve any grievances in a fair manner. If you have a complaint about our services, please submit a written grievance to ITIH, 1407 Jefferson Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact The Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy at 423-876-3490.