Challenging Your Critical Inner Voice: An Introduction to Voice Therapy

Presented by Lisa Firestone, PhD on 05-06-2011 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Learning to work effectively with the “critical inner voice" is central to all areas of life: personal development, healthy relationships, self-esteem, and career success. This Web Conference will provide participants with an introduction to Voice Therapy, a technique that can enhance the therapist's ability to achieve positive treatment outcomes for their clients. Participants will discover ways to help their clients identify the destructive thoughts or voices that cause debilitating feelings of guilt and shame and interfere with all areas of life. They will learn how Voice Therapy techniques can be used to challenge and overcome these destructive inner thoughts and to more effectively cope with anxiety, depression, personal relationships and work. Participants can begin to develop new strategies to help their patients reassess their goals, understand and tolerate the anxiety of change, and identify achievable steps for positive and meaningful change in their lives.

Voice Therapy is a cognitive/affective/behavioral methodology that accesses clients’ core maladaptive beliefs in the presence of emotional arousal. It is called Voice Therapy because clients learn to verbalize their destructive thoughts or critical inner voices in the second person (as though another person were talking to them). Shifting to this second-person format brings to the surface the emotional content of this destructive way of thinking. Releasing the feelings associated with the critical inner voice helps clients to separate their own rational point of view from internalized hostile attitudes and identify their sources in painful childhood experiences, loss and trauma. This also leads to collaboration between the person in treatment and the therapist as they formulate suggestions for behavioral change.

Drawing on findings from research in attachment and interpersonal neurobiology, Dr. Firestone will describe the basic concepts of Separation Theory, in particular, the concept of the Fantasy Bond, on which the Voice Therapy techniques are based. The theory integrates psychodynamic and existential systems of thought in explaining how psychological defenses formed very early in life are reinforced as children develop an understanding of personal mortality.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe an innovative cognitive/affective/behavioral methodology that accesses a client’s core beliefs and can facilitate maximum therapeutic change;
  2. Explain to clients the role critical inner voices play in destructive patterns in life;
  3. Utilize exercises to help clients identify and challenge self critical thoughts;
  4. Integrate Voice Therapy methods into their clinical practice.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to log in to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

"Lisa's presentation style was very clear and organized. She built on basic understandings like a pyramid to make our conceptual understanding very digestible. She answered questions with skill. This is as close to perfect as a presentation gets for me!" - Ann Pultz Kramer, MS

Meet the Presenter

Lisa Firestone, PhD

Lisa Firestone, PhD

For the past 20 years, Dr. Lisa Firestone has been a practicing clinical psychologist in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Firestone also works as the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles and is the the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003).

Dr. Firestone received her PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1991. Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in suicide and violence. In collaboration with her father, Dr. Robert Firestone, she developed the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST) and Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT).

An accomplished and much-requested lecturer, she represents the Glendon Association at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Additionally, in conjunction with Joyce Catlett, she conducts intensive Voice Therapy training seminars in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr Firestone is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. To learn more about Lisa Firestone, please visit www.drlisafirestone.com, www.psychalive.org, or www.glendon.org.

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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.