The very painful experience of shame is highly correlated with client under-utilization of mental health services and early termination of therapy. Subtle markers of shame may go unrecognized and therefore, unaddressed in the therapeutic relationship. Addressing shame is hard work and requires practitioner self-awareness, the ability to tolerate painful emotions as well as patience, intensity, and persistence. This course will provide a working definition of shame and introduce skills for assessing when shame is present and how it may be affecting the change process. Course participants will have opportunities to learn and practice specific interventions for work with shame including use of the therapeutic relationship to promote healing and change.
- Increase understanding of the origins and experience of shame
- Learn skills to assess when shame is present and how it may be manifested
- Describe how shame effects the change process
- Understand how shame impacts the therapeutic relationship
- Practice interventions that support containment and healing of shame
Please note: Each class will be held via Zoom. Participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience and there will be numerous opportunities for engagement (e.g. small group discussions, role plays, case studies). As such, learners should prepare for active participation. We ask that students keep their cameras on as much as they are able, while understanding that it may not be possible to keep cameras on throughout the entire class. Rest assured that we will take many breaks throughout each class to help assuage Zoom fatigue.
Counts as Treatment course for Trauma Certificate Program