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

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 to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

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.

Event Reviews from Members

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

443CE hours and counting!

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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.

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.

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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    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, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
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