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042 | Deconstructing Negative Self Talk: Practical Tools to Escape a Toxic Mindset

Preconference Workshops


Charles Elliott, M.A., and Ashley Elliott, M.S.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Though it is normal to get in a negative space, marked by negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, people desire to reside in a positive space with hopeful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The presenters will use Switch Theory, a new modality based on Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, to teach clients how to escape negative spaces. Licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will increase their insight regarding a client’s personal positive and negative space thinking patterns, explore the function of dysfunctional thinking and behaviors, and deconstruct negative self-talk. Additionally, they will learn how to help clients engage in the automatic switch, make a manual reset, and move back to a positive space for thinking. These principles can be used to help clients with depression and anxiety symptoms, as well as build thriving relationships.

Learning Objectives

Identify and differentiate cognitive patterns that occur in a positive and negative space.
Outline the function in dysfunctional thoughts and behavior and how they affect clients emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Describe short-term and long-term benefits and consequences of positive and negative space thinking and behavior.
Describe how licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders can use these tools in session to help clients make a manual reset, escaping negative spaces.