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Conference Announcement: Creative Strategies for Trauma Treatment

  • 27 Jan 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium 100 East Lancaster Avenue, Main Entrance- Lobby A

The PSCSW Education Committee is pleased to announce our upcoming conference featuring Courtney Armstrong, MEd, LPC, an internationally acclaimed speaker who specializes in grief and trauma recovery. Program and registration details below and at www.pscsw.org.


Courtney Armstrong, MEd, LPC

Creative Strategies for Trauma Treatment

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Registration 8:30-9am
Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium
100 East Lancaster Avenue, Main Entrance- Lobby A

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.




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



By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

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.

Registration Information


You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at www.pscsw.org.  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. 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 9:00AM until 1:00PM.

 Time will be strictly enforced.


Please register online at http://pscsw.org

 OR copy and complete registration form below, and return to the PSCSW office:

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work

112 Carol Lane, Richboro, PA 18954 




Creative Strategies for Trauma Treatment

Courtney Armstrong MEd, LPC

Name __________________               Degree(s) ______________

Address ___________________________________

Email   _____________________________________

City __________________  ST _____  Zip __________Phone ________________


Workshop Fees including parking and CE certificate (registration on or before January 20, 2018)

·       Members: $70

·       Transitional Members $40

·       Nonmembers: $85

·       Student Members: $20

·       Student Nonmembers: $30

Workshop Fees including parking and CE certificate (registration after January 20, 2018)

·       Members: $80

·       Transitional Members $50

·       Nonmembers: $95

·       Student Members: $25

·       Student Nonmembers: $35

 TOTAL FEES:       _______________   

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Student Volunteers:  PSCSW welcomes social work students to attend all programs.  If you would like to attend free of charge, please consider volunteering your assistance on the morning of the program.  Interested social work graduate student volunteers, please call or email Elizabeth Grecco elizcgre@hotmail.com609-313-9867


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