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Online Workshops
Calming The Inner Critic:
Working with Punitive Introjects, Ego States, and Dissociative Parts
with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN


$150 CAD + tax

$135 USD


About me

11:00 AM to 5:15 PM Eastern 8:00 AM - 2:15 PM Pacific CA/USA 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM Mountain CA/USA 4:00 PM - 10:15 PM London, UK 5:00 PM - 11:15 PM Madrid, Spain 5:00 PM - 11:15 PM Berlin, Germany 5:00 PM - 11:15 PM Copenhagen, Denmark Beings at 6:00 PM Helsinki, Finland

Saturday, April 29th, 2023

Live Online via Zoom

Video via Home Study
(60 days access)


Introductory/ Intermediate 


$150 CAD + tax

$135 USD


Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, MFTs, LPCs, graduate-level Counselors, any other mental health professionals/providers.

Workshop Description

Everyone experiences an inner critic, based on negative messages from authority figures and from ourselves in reaction to unrealistic expectations of perfection and emotions such as fear, shame, contempt, or envy. In this workshop we will explore an integrative approach to understanding and working with a wide range of inner criticism, punishment, and harshness in our clients, but also in ourselves as therapists. In complex trauma this natural phenomenon can become more intense, overwhelming, and sometimes more dissociated. We will explore how these inner aspects develop, and understand their several functions of protection, avoidance, and attempts to gain or maintain validation and care from others. We will discuss how to understand and manage several different types of aggression toward others that are evoked by inner criticism. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their own inner critic with compassion as a step toward helping clients learn to deal with their own. Our ability to reflect on our own tendencies toward self-criticism and perfectionism will support our capacity to work with these experiences in our clients. 

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to: 

 1.  Describe at least two (2) functions of inner critics. 

 2. Analyze the developmental origins of inner critics. 

 3. Apply at least four (4) ways to reduce the intensity of inner criticism.

 4. Discuss at least one (1) strategy to increase reflective capacities.

 5. Identify at least two (2) ways to calm self-criticism, particularly in their role as therapist.

The Envision Difference

100 % online:  Develop your skills from the comfort of your home or office via Zoom.

Live Q&A:  Ask Questions during the Live Q & A with the presenter and participants

60 Days access:  Can't Attend Live?  Watch Later. 60 days of access to the workshop recording and materials and receive a certificate with CEs for home study learning.

Workshop Schedule - Eastern Time (ET) 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)

  • Functions of the inner critic

  • Perfectionism, avoidance of emotion, regulation of self-esteem

  • Mentalizing and reflecting and the inner critic

  • Continuum of inner critics: From introjects to ego states to dissociative parts

  • Aggression and the inner critic

  • The inner critic that is active in relationships

  • Internalizing and externalizing aggression

  • Traumatic contributions to the inner critic and aggression

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (ET)

  • The inner critic in transference and countertransference

  • Therapeutic tasks in working with the inner critic

  • The Drama triangle and the inner critic

  • Limit setting

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm (ET)

  •     Break

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm (ET)

  • Assessment of internal and external aggression

  • Fight aggression and criticism

  • Aggression in reaction to attachment wounding

  • Competitive aggression 

  • Predatory aggression

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm (ET)

  • Q & A

1:30 pm - 2:15pm (ET)

  •     Break 

2:15 pm -2:45 pm (ET)

  •  Therapeutic approaches to angry, critical parts

  •  Working with perpetrator imitating parts

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm (ET)

  • Working with shame to decrease activation of the inner critic

  • Working with your own inner critic

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)

  •     Break 

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm (ET)

  • Q & A

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)

  • Working with the inner critic

  • Therapeutic approaches

  • Working with you own inner critic as a therapist

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm (ET)

  • Q & A


About Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

Kathy Steele has been in private practice since 1985. Kathy is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also served two terms on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Kathy served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders, and on the Joint International Task Force that has developed treatment guidelines for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorders. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions from ISSTD. Kathy has (co)authored numerous book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, and three books with her colleagues.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits - *CE credits also available for the home study version!

American Psychological Association (APA)   Eligible for 5 CE credits

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers: 

Did you know that most Social Work Boards will accept APA CE credits?

Participants should always check with their state’s licensure board regarding the acceptance of APA CE credits. 

Marriage and Family Therapists: Eligible for 5 CE credits

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in all states except Ohio and New York are eligible to receive American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credits through Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc.

Participants should always check with their state’s licensure board regarding the acceptance of APA CE credits. 

National Board for Certified Counselors:  Eligible for 5 CE credits

               Envision Counselling and Consulting has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7241.
               Envision Counselling and Consulting is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Canadian Psychological Association (CPA):  Eligible for 5 CE credits

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program.  


Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)Pending for 5 CEC credits  

CCPA has reviewed and approved the content of this workshop for 5 CEC.

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC):  Pending  for 5 CE credits

This workshop is eligible for 5 CE credits.

Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT):   Pending  for 5 CE credits

Please ensure to check with your individual state boards/regulatory body to verify Continuing Education Credit Hours requirements and if the workshop you are planning to take qualifies. Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about a specific course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE credits



What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in at the start of the live interactive webinar and logged out at the end, and attended the entire webinar to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire webinar. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following webinar completion. If participants watch the recording (home study) version of the presentation, they will have access to Self-Study CE credits after completion of a short quiz.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CE credits is included with your workshop registration fee.​

If I cannot attend live, can I still get CE credits?

Yes. You can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

You will be emailed 5 business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform called Thinkific. Sign in to Thinkific: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login through the Thinkific platform directly by clicking on the link below: To login, use the email address you provided when you registered for the workshop. To create your password, click on "Forgot Password" and set up a password for your account. If you already have an account and password, use those credentials to login.

How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 60 days to review the recording. The recording will be made available approximately (5) business days after the live workshop.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the live workshop. There is no refund after this date. Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of workshops will be in the form of a workshop credit. These credits do not expire. Please email if cancellation is required.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

There is no known conflict of interest for this program. Envision has not received any financial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any financial support prior to or during this program. Envision will disclose any potential conflicts at the beginning of the workshop.

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