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Calming the Inner Critic: Working with Punitive Introjects, Ego States and Dissociative Parts in Trauma

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This workshop will offer a practical, integrative approach to understanding and working with a wide range of inner criticism, punishment, and harshness in the chronically traumatized individual. Everyone experiences an inner critic, based on negative messages from authority figures and from ourselves in reaction to feeling inadequate in some way. In complex trauma this natural phenomenon can become more intense, overwhelming, and sometimes more dissociated.
This practical, 1-day workshop which would be relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers will explore how these inner aspects develop, and understand their several functions of protection, avoidance, and attempts to cope with everyday life. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own inner critic and befriend it as a step towards helping clients learn to deal with their own. Our ability to reflect on our own tendencies toward self-criticism and punishment will support our capacity to work with these experiences in our clients. The roles of chronic shame and reenactments of trauma will be emphasized in maintaining inner critical parts. Participants will learn specific approaches for working with ego states and dissociative parts that have these punitive functions, employing compassion and curiosity.
We will explore a continuum of inner critics, ranging from natural introjects, ego states, to more separate dissociative parts, and from mild inner critics to more sadistic and destructive ones.
Through case-vignettes and examples, delegates will learn to:
  • Be able to identify their own inner critic and ways to calm self-criticism, particularly in their role as the therapist
  • Learn how the therapist’s inner critic can impact the therapy
  • Learn the key functions of inner critics
  • Identify the differences between hostile introjects, ego states and dissociative parts, and how treatment might differ among them
  • Identify the importance of compassionate self-reflection in working with inner critics
  • Learn specific approaches to calm the inner critic
  • Work with the rigid logic of inner critics
  • Identify the functions of sadism
  • Learn how sadistic parts differ from angry or critical parts, and how to work with them
Location Dublin
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 21 Oct 2019
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin, 127/128 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Amount £135
Organiser Nscience
Speaker Kathy Steele
CPD hours 5
Contact No. 020 7096 1722
Keywords Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy, Trauma
Regions Ireland