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Trauma, Dissociation, Self-Harm, and Suicidality;
Working with the Inner Critic to Decrease
Self-Harm and Suicidality

with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

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Online Workshop via Zoom
Bonus: receive 60-day access to the recording when you register!



$135 CAD + tax

$115 USD

Friday, June 7th, 2024

11:00 AM to 4:45 PM Eastern 8:00 AM - 1:45 PM Pacific CA/USA 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM Mountain CA/USA 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM London, UK 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM Madrid, Spain 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM Berlin, Germany 5:00 PM - 10:45 PM Copenhagen, Denmark 6:00 PM - 11:45 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online via Zoom

Video via Home Study 

(60 days access)


Introductory/ Intermediate


$135 CAD + tax

$115 USD


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

Workshop Description

Safety challenges are one of the most difficult issues to manage with highly traumatized clients. In this workshop we will explore the role of the client’s inner critic in activating self-harm, suicidal ideations, gestures, and attempts. The functions of the inner critic are important for the therapist to understand. We will discuss several ways to identify and work with the client’s inner critic to decrease self-destructive behaviors. Participants will learn ways to identify specific triggers of these behaviors through the use of timelines and narratives. 

Some of our clients are chronically suicidal. Specific approaches to these clients include not only safety planning but ways to continue a focus on other essential work in sessions. 

We will offer ways to work with dissociative parts that have central roles in self-harm and suicidality for those clients who have dissociative disorders. 

Finally, we will discuss our own inner critics as therapists and their activation when our clients are not safe, and how to resolve our countertransference need to avoid or rescue.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the role and functions of the inner critic in activation of self-harm and suicidality in traumatized clients.

  2. Utilize at least three (3) skills to support the client in resolving activation of the inner critic during episodes of self-harm and suicide.

  3. Assess at least two (2) risk factors for suicidality.

  4. Identify at least two (2) triggers for self-harm and suicidality and support clients in using adaptive coping strategies.

  5. Describe the specific steps and elements of safety planning.

  6. Use at least three (3) strategies to resolve countertransference that may impede adaptive support of the client.

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. *Exception applies, see CE section below


Workshop Schedule - Eastern Time (ET) 

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Introduction

  • The role of the inner critic in self-harm and suicidality

    • Managing shame, rage, hopelessness and helplessness

  • Understanding the functions of the inner critic

    • The functions of self-harm and suicidality

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00  pm - 1:15 pm

Q & A

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Working with the inner critic to decrease self-harm and suicidality.

  • Identifying triggers for self-harm and suicidality: Timelines and narratives

  • Essential elements of safety planning

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Q & A 

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • The role of dissociation in self-harm and suicidality: Working with parts

  • Working with the chronically suicidal client

  • Safety planning and strategies to work with chronic suicidal thoughts

  • Managing therapist's own inner critics when the client is not safe

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Final Q & A 

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About Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

Kathy Steele has been in private practice since 1985, and with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta, Georgia since 1988. She was Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a non- profit psychotherapy and training center until 2016. She 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 Disorder. 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.

Dec 15CE credit

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:
5 CE credits/contact hours awarded
*CE credits also available for the home study version!
See our FAQ section below for more information

New Approval: Association of Social Work Board (ASWB)  Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.

Envision Counselling and Consulting, Inc., #1895, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Envision Counselling and Consulting, Inc., maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/19/2024 – 01/19/2025. Social workers participating in this course receive 5 clinical continuing education credits.

American Psychological Association (APA)  

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.

National Board for Certified Counselors 

Envision Counselling and Consulting has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7241. Programs that do not qualify  for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Envision Counselling and Consulting is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)  

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)  

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

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) 

This workshop is eligible 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.





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. Attendees will need to sign in by typing their first and last name in the chat box at the start of the workshop and sign out by typing their first and last name in the chat box at the end of the workshop. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire workshop. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. An evaluation form will be made available to attendees at the end of the live workshop. The link to the evaluation form will be posted in the chat box. Certificates will be available following workshop completion. If participants cannot be present live for the entire workshop, they will have the option to watch the recording (home study) version of the presentation and 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 five (5) business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform. Sign in to your online account: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login directly through the platform. Copy and paste the link below into your web browser: 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 five (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?

Kathy Steele receives a speaking honorarium from Envision. There are no known conflicts of interests for this program. Envision does not receive any financial support for this presentation. Literature may be referred to during the presentation. Envision will not receive any book royalties and was not offered any financial incentives for the mention of those books. Please note that authors of these books will get a royalty from any sale made of their books as per their agreement with the publishing company. For more information on any potential conflict of interest or financial support, attendees may email Envision at

What are the course interaction and system requirements?

This live workshop is fully interactive. Attendees may ask questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions. System requirements: • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible

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