Self-Criticism and Self-Sabotage: A Science-Driven Approach

Friday, October 4th, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont 
6 CE Contact Hours

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Tim Desmond, LMFT

What participants had to say in the fall of 2016 when Tim Desmond presented "Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: Brain-Based Techniques"

"This conference was so helpful to me in its clarity and in assimilating the concepts. Tim is so knowledgeable, articulate and compassionate!"

"I plan to continue with study and training in the area, because of this presentation."

"I really enjoyed this conference and felt the presenter was knowledgeable and very present."

"One of the most useful presentations I've ever attended!"

"Truly appreciated the presenter's engagement with the workshop attendees and the opportunity to practice mindfulness at each return to subject matter following breaks--very relaxing & productive day---thank you so much."

"The speaker was wonderful - you can tell he "practices what he teaches"!


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Course Description: 

Why do some clients insist on hating themselves? What can mental health practitioners do when clients sabotage therapy? Clients who persist in relentless self-criticism or who undermine their own efforts to improve often present therapists with some of the most difficult clinical challenges.  In this seminar, Mr. Desmond will help participants examine clinical and neuroscience research to gain  clearer understanding, empathy, and compassion for these issues. In addition, he will offer practices to attendees that teach clients to relate to self-criticism and self-sabotage in a non-pathologizing way and utilize self-compassion techniques to overcome them.

Learning Objectives - at the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

1.         Describe to others how computational neuroscience can explain self-criticism and self-sabotage.
2.         Apply this psychoeducational understanding in strategies that teach clients how to relate to self-criticism and self-sabotage in a non-pathologizing way.
3.         Design individually tailored practices in partnership with clients for understanding and overcoming self-sabotage.
4.         Establish a self-practice for improving cognitive empathy and compassion for difficult clients.
5.         Utilize self-compassion practices that are effective for intense or persistent self-criticism.

Tim Desmond, LMFT, is a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University, teaching psychotherapy rooted in self-compassion. Author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy and How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World, he led a team at Google that developed a practice for predicting counselor efficacy. Desmond is also a student of Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Any questions? Please call 802-258-4359.
Friday, October 4, 2019
The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee and Registration
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Neuroscience of Self-Criticism and Self-Sabotage
10:00 AM -10:15 AM
Break and Refreshments 
10:15 AM - 11:30  AM
           Clinical Principles 
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Demonstration Sessions (Role Plays)
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria and included with your registration)
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Dyad Exercises with Guidance
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Questions and Answers