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Building a Healthy Sense of Self


In this Webinar:

Cultivating a healthy, compassionate, and authentic sense of self is key to improving every aspect of our lives. In this Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will help individuals and therapists learn to:

  • Challenge a destructive inner enemy that undermines, evaluates, comments, and coaches people on every aspect of their lives
  • Identify an inherited negative sense of identity that keeps people from recognizing their real self
  • Embrace self-compassion, as a powerful tool with benefits that differ from self-esteem and counter narcissism
  • Break free of self-limiting behaviors that prevent people from achieving their personal goals

A person’s sense of self is often divided. Most people have a side of themselves that is “on their own team.” It encourages and supports them. It helps them fight for what they want and believes in what they can achieve. However, there is also an opposite force inside each person that acts as their own worst enemy.  It insults, critiques, questions, and undermines. It keeps them from pursuing their goals and punishes them for their mistakes. This side of a person has been referred to as the “anti-self.” Learning to deal effectively with this internal enemy and the negative self-talk it generates is key to not only building a healthy sense of self, but becoming who we want to be and living the life we desire.

In this 90-minute Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will outline a powerful approach to overcoming one’s “critical inner voice” and building a healthy, authentic, and compassionate sense of self.  She will draw on concepts from Separation Theory and psychological differentiation in order to illustrate how a person’s past comes to shape their sense of identity and the language of their inner critic. She will introduce Voice Therapy as a cognitive/ behavioral / therapeutic approach to conquering this destructive internal enemy. She will bring in the latest research in self-compassion as a crucial tool for enhancing a person’s self-worth, while avoiding the conditional aspects of self-esteem and the destructive effects of narcissism. Finally, she will describe how differentiating from negative overlays from one’s past can help a person challenge their anti-self in order to live free of imagined limitations and create their own sense of who they really are as well as who they seek to be.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply techniques to identify and challenge destructive thinking and negative self-talk in clients
  2. Describe methods for helping people develop more self-reflection
  3. Explain the four steps in differentiation of self
  4. List the three elements of self-compassion
  5. Describe how self-compassion differs from self-esteem and counters narcissism
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Once payment is received, you will be emailed a full video recording of this webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional CEs (1.5) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here

Continuing Education Information

Optional CEs (1.5) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars. A link to purchase CE Credits will be included in the email containing all your webinar resourcesMore Info Here

About the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, Ph.D. Dr. Lisa Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003) and The Self Under Siege (Routledge, 2012). Follow Dr. Firestone on Twitter or Google.

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kathy McLaughlin

Are the offered courses available to healthcare providers only? I am a CNA II and several of the courses are helpful to me and the emotional support care I give in patients homes.
Sincerely, Kathy McLaughlin

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