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(New) Online Training – Working with Trauma Related Shame and Self-Loathing

April 15 Login to Zoom.com 12:30pm ; Training 12:45pm-4:00pm (EDT) $79, 3 CEUs Presenter: Janina Fisher, Ph.D. Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

Therapists frequently confront the negative impact of shame on their clients’ ability to find relief and perspective. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. Attempts to increase their ability for self-assertion get undermined by beliefs that they do not deserve respect or care. Even progress in the treatment or greater success in life stimulate more shame and self-judgment rather than pride in their hard work. The client repeatedly takes two steps forward, then one step back.

This workshop will introduce participants to understanding shame from a neurobiological perspective—as a survival strategy driving somatic responses of “total submission,” disconnection, and numbing. Participants will learn to help clients relate to their shame with curiosity rather than self-hatred. When traditional psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural techniques are integrated with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions emphasizing posture, movement, and gesture, issues of shame can become an avenue to transformation rather than a source of stuckness in the treatment.

Please Note: This workshop is NOT eligible for the “Bring a Friend” discount.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the biological role of shame and self-loathing
  • Define the difference between healthy shame and “toxic shame”
  • Identify basic principles and techniques of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Describe two Sensorimotor interventions for shifting shame states somatically
  • Describe two ways of challenging shame-related cognitive schemas


There will be a 10-minute break half-way through the class.

12:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • The neurobiology of shame and its purpose
  • Shame as a survival strategy
  • Disrupting shame-related patterns
  • Shame and the body
  • Separating cognitive and physical aspects of shame
  • Using somatic interventions to regulate shame
  • Helping clients develop compassion for the ‘ashamed child part’
  • Treating shame as an issue of interpersonal neurobiology
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