The Therapeutic 'Aha!': 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck

Presented by Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP on 11-06-2015 at 9 a.m. Pacific

It is a perennial challenge for therapists to be effective with clients, particularly when therapy gets stuck or stalled. Drawing on new insights from brain science, this presentation delivers 10 practical, creative strategies you can use with people who are "stuck" to clear internal conflicts, elicit motivation, and engage clients more fully in the change process.

More specifically, you’ll discover that the key to triggering “Aha!” moments is to spark a person's emotional brain, which learns through felt experiences, not rational discussion. Learn how you can craft such transformational, felt experiences in your sessions as Courtney Armstrong shares new spins on interventions that utilize attunement, metaphor, imagery, storytelling, humor, play, music, and movement.

Clinicians who attend this web conference will come away with 10 simple, powerful techniques that can be put to use immediately to:

  • Dissolve resistance for people who seem guarded or unmotivated.
  • Evoke intrinsic motivation and confidence for people who feel worthless, helpless, or hopeless.
  • Locate and resolve internal conflicts for people who feel ambivalent about change.
  • Stop people from getting hijacked by their emotions and clear the root of recurring patterns.
  • Relieve your own sense of frustration, boredom, or “stuckness,” and feel more energized in your sessions.

This intermediate, instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Classify areas of the prefrontal cortex and the emotional brain that are involved in integrating emotion and reason.
  2. Identify one key communication strategy that fosters attunement, strengthens the therapeutic alliance, and diffuses resistance.
  3. Use the emerging understanding of memory reconsolidation to design interventions with more transformational impact.
  4. Discover at least two ways to utilize imagery, music, playfulness, or movement to regulate emotions and elicit intrinsic motivation.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. Attendees may also access the web conference on a smartphone or tablet. 

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, 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. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

A great guide for asking questions that help clients explore meaning and past experiences. - Mary A. Belote, LCPC

I thought this presentation was fantastic! - Sherri Williams, MSED, LPC, NCC

​The workshop was a great source of information and an excellent use of my time! - Julie Kotler, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC

Meet the Presenter

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, MHSP is a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and trauma recovery. With a career spanning more than two decades, she has helped thousands of clients overcome trauma, grief, and anxiety, and experience deep personal transformation.

In 2007, Courtney became a Certified Master Practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy, a trauma treatment approach developed by Jon Connelly, PhD, LCSW. She is the owner of Tamarisk: A Center for Mind-Body Therapy, an integrative therapy practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee that incorporates hypnotherapy, acupuncture, mindfulness based stress reduction, biofeedback, and neurofeedback into psychotherapy treatment.

Courtney writes regularly for Psychotherapy Networker, and is the author of Transforming Traumatic Grief, available on Amazon. Her latest book, The Therapeutic “Aha!”: Ten Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck, is also available on Amazon. For more information on Courtney's workshops, training, and consultation services for therapists, please visit Courtney Armstrong Training and Consulting: Creative Strategies for Healing Trauma, Grief, and Anxiety, at courtneyarmstrong.net.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, 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. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.