Retiring the Inner Critic: Ending Negative Self-Talk and Recovering Inner Well-Being

3 days 4:00pm – 6:00pm 6 CPD hours

Course Brief

This three-part webinar series, presented by Linda Graham, MFT, a best-selling author, will provide practitioners with the very practical tools they need to empower clients (and themselves!) to reverse the impact of relentless self-accusations, corrosive inner shaming-blaming, and the endless reproaches from the inner critic that can seriously derail capacities to recover from stress and trauma.

""The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." Carl Rogers

This practical online webinar, which will be useful for practitioners across modalities, will provide us with the neuroscientific background that explains why clients get “stuck” in seemingly intractable negative shaming-blaming messages and beliefs, and comprehensive training in the practices of self-awareness and elf-acceptance, inner resourcing and inner dialogue that help clients heal from toxic shame, shift the role of the inner critic to inner advisor, and recover their trust in their capacities to manage their own lives skilfully and well.

Session One

Modern neurobiology and theories of attachment conditioning help normalize the development of the negative self-talk that clients come to experience as the archetypal inner critic. We learn the role of guilt and shame in the maintenance of the inner critic, and the positive protective role of the inner critic to protect us from failure, rejection, humiliation and disconnection from the people we depend on for physical survival and psychological well-being. Participants learn to foster the self-awareness and self-acceptance, using the ABC model of dealing with any difficult emotions or thoughts, that heals the toxic shame that fuels the inner critic.

Session Two

Participants learn to help clients identify the inner critic as only one part of the entire self, albeit an annoying and disruptive part, and to create the inner resources – wiser self, compassionate friend, inner protector – that can safely engage with the inner critic directly in transformative inner dialogues that rewire the neural circuitry sustaining the inner critic.

Session Three

Participants learn to use memory deconsolidation-reconsolidation to help clients rewire the repetitive negative messages of the inner critic, to shift the role of the inner critic to inner advisor, and to rewire the client’s perception of themselves as able to take responsibility for managing their inner security and well-being from now on.

At the end of the series, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and normalize development of negative self-messaging known as inner critic.

  2. Demonstrate three practices that foster client’s self-awareness and self-acceptance to heal toxic shame.

  3. Implement three different practices to safely engage the inner critic in visualization and virtual dialogue.

  4. Teach techniques of memory deconsolidation-reconsolidation to rewire client’s most common negative messages of inner critic.

  5. Implement three different practices to stabilize new relationship of self to inner critic.


Course Essentials:

  • LIVE ON ZOOM from California

  • Three weekly modules, on Wednesdays -16 March 2022

    • 23 March 2022
    • 30 March 2022
  • Duration of the module: 2 hours

  • Time: 16.00 PM - 18.00 PM UK time
  • CPD Hours: 2
  • Full course recording will be available to all participants.
  • Attendance: in person or watching as a recording.

Course Outline

Session One reviews the modern neurobiology and theories of attachment conditioning that help normalize the development of the negative self-talk that clients come to experience as the archetypal inner critic. We learn the role of guilt and shame in the maintenance of the inner critic, and the positive protective role of the inner critic to protect us from failure, rejection, humiliation and disconnection from the people we depend on for physical survival and psychological well-being. Participants learn to foster the self-awareness and self-acceptance, using the ABC model of dealing with any difficult emotions or thoughts, that heals the toxic shame that fuels the inner critic.

Session Two will teach participants to help clients identify the inner critic as only one part of the entire self, albeit an annoying and disruptive part, and to create the inner resources – wiser self, compassionate friend, inner protector – that can safely engage with the inner critic directly in transformative inner dialogues that rewire the neural circuitry sustaining the inner critic.

Session Three will teach participants to use memory deconsolidation-reconsolidation to help clients rewire the repetitive negative messages of the inner critic, to shift the role of the inner critic to inner advisor, and to rewire the client’s perception of themselves as able to take responsibility for managing their inner security and well-being from now on.

This course comes with 6 CPD Hours.

This course is suitable for all practitioners who come across issues of self-critisism themselves or with their clients.

This course counts as a follow up training for all SDS Students who have obtained SDS Accreditation in Trauma (BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments). You accreditation extends accordingly after this training.

It also stands as a stand-alone CPD training.

Course Tutor

Linda Graham
MFT

Linda Graham, MFT, psychotherapist, trauma therapist and author in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA