Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy- Level 2

Healing Complex Trauma with Hypnosis 

Advanced techniques for healing multiple traumas, dissociation, self-harm behaviors, and attachment issues

Discover how to heal complex trauma with Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy(TM)

Join Courtney Armstrong for this 3-day experiential workshop, where you'll learn how to use Level 2 Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy techniques to heal the negative effects of complex trauma so your clients can experience more peaceful, satisfying lives.

Complex trauma is more challenging for clients to overcome because it involves repetitive experiences of neglect, abuse, or betrayal by caregivers, family, or friends. Repetitive traumatic experiences impact the brain's ability to regulate itself so that clients who've experienced complex trauma may find themselves struggling from erratic mood swings, relationship problems, substance abuse, self-harm behaviors, or dissociative episodes that they just can't "reason" their way out of. That's because these issues are not generated by the "reasoning" brain, but by the emotional brain where our emotional memories, attachment schemas, and habits are stored.

With Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy you'll learn gentle, but powerful techniques that reach the emotional brain so you can more effectively help clients calm their nervous systems, heal attachment patterns, stop self-harm behaviors, and reclaim a positive, empowered identity.

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 engender hope, healing, and self-confidence in a warm atmosphere with supportive coaching. 

Fall 2018 dates and locations to be announced soon!

Workshop Schedule

Three days of fun experiential learning and practice!

  • DAY 1
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Trauma, hypnosis, and the brain

    We'll review the neurobiology of trauma and research that supports why hypnosis can enhance treatment outcomes. Then we'll practice using hypnotic inductions.

  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Understanding Attachment Schemas

    You'll learn why disrupted attachment is at the root of many disruptive behaviors and how to recognize, asess, and connect with the 4 attachment styles.

  • 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

    Calming Anxious Attachment

    Discover tools to help clients who are preoccupied with fears of rejection, betrayal, and abandonment so they can feel more secure and set healthy boundaries with others.

  • 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    Unblocking Avoidant Attachment

    Learn how to use conversational hypnosis to draw out guarded clients and help intellectualizing clients be more open to intimacy and their emotions.

  • DAY 2
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Demystifiying Disorganized Attachment

    Learn how to cultivate safety and trust with clients impacted by profound abuse, as you manage tricky transference issues, and help clients reclaim dissociated aspects of themselves.

  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Dealing with Dissociation

    Gain confidence working with dissociative clients as you learn techniques that help clients ground themselves, use their dissociative skills more positively, and work with alternate personalities, if they arise.

  • 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

    Alleviate Anger and Resentment

    Discover hypnotic techniques to help your clients defuse anger and transform it into insight they can use to more effectively empower and express themselves. 

  • 3:30 pm  - 6:00 pm

    Deep Practice & Coaching

    Practice skills for working with dissociation, anger, and disorganized attachment in small groups with supportive coaching from Courtney and trained colleagues.

  • DAY 3
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Shatter Shame & Guilt

    Get powerful hypnotic tools that shatter shame, guilt, and self-loathing and engender self-compassion & self-confidence.

  • 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Replace Self-Harm Behaviors

    Discover techniques you can use to help clients replace self-harm behaviors with self-care, creative expression, and movement.

  • 1:15 pm - 3:30pm

    Deep Practice & Coaching

    Practice skills for working with shame, guilt, and self-harm in small groups with supportive coaching from Courtney and trained colleagues.

  • 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

    Healing the Healer

    Pamper yourself during this special segment as you discover how to use self-hypnosis to motivate, heal and care for yourself.

2018 dates to be announced soon!

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Courtney Armstrong, LPC/MHSP, NBCCFH

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    • Advance your skills in healing complex trauma.
    • Get scripts you can use to treat dissociation, attachment issues, and self-harm behaviors.
    • Earn 25 hours towards hypnosis certification.
    • 25 CE's available for APA, ASWB, NBCC, & LMFT's in most states.*

What people are saying

Testimonials from people who've attended our hypnotherapy workshops

  • "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


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

  • pDo I need prior training in hypnosis to attend this training? Yes, prior training in hypnosis is preferred. 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. 
  • Will I be elgible for certification in hypnosis after this workshop? Yes, if you've completed both the Level 1 and Level 2 Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy courses, you'll be eligible for certification. 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. Check the NBCCH site at for more info on certification.
  • Will I be able to use hypnosis with my clients after this workshop if I'm not certified yet? Check to see what your state requires. The Hypnotherapists's Union's website at 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.
  • Do the 25 hours count towards continuing education for my 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 your state is covered.
  • Do you provide accommodations for people with disabilities? 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.
  • How can I find a roommate if I want to share a hotel room with someone? 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.
  • Refunds and cancellations If you need to cancel your registration, e-mail us or contact Courtney's office at 423-876-3490. Cancellations received prior to 4/7/17 will be refunded tuition less a 10% processing fee. Cancellations received after 4/7/17 will be refunded tuition less a 20% processing fee.