Overcoming Self-Criticism and Self-Sabotage
Advanced Clinical Techniques

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6.5 Continuing Education Hours Available.
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Cambridge, MA, Mon, September 18, 2017
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Newton, MA, Tues, September 19, 2017
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Salem, MA, Wed, September 20, 2017
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Presented by Antioch University NE, the Institute for Applied Compassion, Mindful Living Initiative, & CE Learning Systems.

"A long time meditator and skilled clinician, Tim offers exceptionally clear, accessible and insightful guidance in how to facilitate deep transformation while addressing a spectrum of emotional suffering.”

Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"Desmond’s wonderful insights, vignettes, and wise teachings will be of great benefit to any  clinician who wishes to incorporate compassion practices into his or her work”

Richard J. Davidson, PhD, Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Tim Desmond takes clinicians on a compelling journey to the heart of both mindfulness and psychotherapy. Highly recommended for clinicians who wish to more deeply integrate mindfulness and psychotherapy.”

Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

$219.99 Standard Registration

Seminar Description:
How can we help clients who constantly criticize themselves or undermine their own efforts to get better? Is there a way to work with clients who seem ambivalent about making any change at all? This highly interactive and experiential seminar will give you the clinical tools to help these and other clients overcome self-criticism and self-sabotage. You’ll learn how self-compassion training affects the brain and a wide range of evidence-based interventions. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to design custom-tailored self-compassion practices for any client.

8am - 10am: Core Self-Compassion Practices
10am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 12:00pm Neuroscience of Self-Sabotage and Stubborn Self-Criticism
12pm - 1pm Lunch
1pm - 2:30pm Self-Compassion Practices for Trauma
2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
2:45pm - 4pm Complex Clinical Presentations and Techniques

Credit hours: 6.5


  1. Identify the most common causes of treatment-resistant self-criticism and how to overcome them.

  2. Explain how the concept of psychological “parts” can be combined with self-compassion.

  3. Apply specific self-compassion exercises for emotional regulation and deep transformation.

  4. Describe the neurobiology of compassion and how it impacts mental health.

  5. Implement a radically non-pathologizing and compassion-focused approach to treatment-resistant clients.

  6. Use self-compassion practices to invigorate your therapy practice and avoid burnout.

Tim Desmond, LMFT, a Buddhist scholar, therapist, author, and mindfulness trainer in Alstead, New Hampshire, was ordained into the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2005. His groundbreaking work in self-compassion and mindfulness has been featured widely in global media. He is also a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University, New England.

Continuing Education Credit Information:

ASWB - CE Learning Systems (Provider #1020) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. CE Learning Systems LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 02/23/2016 – 02/23/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive up to 6.5 continuing education clock hours.
APA – CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
NBCC - Antioch University New England has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4338. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. AUNE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 6.5 contact hours of continuing education from NBCC. Participants must attend the entire program to be eligible for continuing education.

CE Certificate Information
A continuing education certificate for the workshop will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 days after the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).
Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:
Complete evaluation forms for the event (Mandatory to receive credit for each session)
Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at 877 248-6789 or by email at


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