Creative Strategies for Trauma Treatment – Courtney Armstrong, MEd, LPC

Presenter: Courtney Armstrong, MEd, LPC

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 9 am - 1 pm | 4 CEs
(Registration and light breakfast: 8:30 am - 9 am)
Location: Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium
Main Entrance- Lobby A,
100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Parking included, Garage B

Workshop Summary

In this training you will learn the art and science of healing trauma using creative strategies. These strategies will uplift and empower your clients while triggering memory reconsolidation, the brain’s own process for rewiring memory networks. Learn new ideas and innovative techniques using imagery, music, movement, play and humor. Discover why experiential strategies facilitate neuroplasticity more effectively than words, as well as how to adapt these interventions to a variety of clients, personalities and situations. Exposure to hands on trauma related activities may also facilitate the healing experience of therapists, leading to renewed energy and passion for this most important work.

Invited Presenter

Courtney Armstrong, MEd, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and internationally acclaimed speaker who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. In her 20 years of practice she has helped thousands of clients move beyond trauma, and she is passionate about teaching therapists evidence based and creative strategies which are grounded in neuroscience. Courtney’s professional expertise and warm engaging speaking style have made her a much sought-after media guest.  She has appeared on CBS Radio News, NPR affiliates, and networks in Europe, Asia and Australia. Courtney has contributed articles to the Psychotherapy Networker, The Neuropsychotherapist, and Counseling Today, and is the author of Transforming Traumatic Grief and The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck.


  1. Demonstrate how to regulate affect using imagery, movement, music or play strategies.
  2. Describe the emerging research on memory reconsolidation and its implications for trauma treatment.
  3. List the 5-steps of the memory reconsolidation process which occurs in all effective trauma therapies.
  4. Explain why experiential interventions can be more effective than traditional talk therapy methods in healing trauma.


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM       Registration and Refreshments
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM       How trauma impacts the brain, attachment and affect regulation
9:45 AM -10:45 AM      Learn and practice creative affect regulation strategies
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM   Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM   The memory reconsolidation breakthrough and implications for treatment
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM    Simple 5-step memory reconsolidation process w/ video demonstration
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM      How to use imagery, music, movement or play to change traumatic memories and instill a sense of well-being in clients

Registration Information

You may register for this conference by completing the online registration form below or click here to download the registration form. Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount.

All conference fees include a CE certificate and parking.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).
FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation. Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9:00 am  until 1:00 pm.
Time will be strictly enforced.

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  • January 27, 2018
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm