205, 305 – Evoking Positive Emotional States

Uplifting Interventions to Heal the Heart and Rewire the Brain
Parts 1 & 2
Courtney Armstrong

Research from brain science and positive psychology shows that activating positive emotional states is the fastest route to instilling hope, stimulating creativity, spurring motivation, and empowering our clients. But how do you help clients access resourceful states when they’re feeling hopeless and helpless? In this workshop, you’ll discover how to gently lead discouraged clients into heartening experiences that enable them to reclaim inner states of peace, strength, joy, and vitality. Moreover, you’ll have opportunities to evoke your own uplifting states through experiential activities. You’ll discover how to:

  • Use imagery techniques to elicit desired emotions and engender positive feelings toward the self and the future
  • Frame ideas, questions, and other interventions in ways that foster hope and boost motivation
  • Craft music and movement interventions that lift depression, calm anxiety, and empower traumatized clients
  • Use playful interventions that optimize learning and reinforce new behaviors


Continued with workshop 305

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, trains professionals in creative therapy techniques and is the author of The Therapeutic “Aha!”: 10 Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck and Transforming Traumatic Grief.

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