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OPC Lecture Series:
March 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
OPC Lecture Series: Special Topics in Psychotherapy
A Compassionate Exploration of Shame
As psychotherapists we hold an awareness that shame is often an important force in the lives of our clients and the issues for which they seek our support. Despite shame being a universal emotion and perhaps the most painful of all the emotions, it can be overlooked and neglected within psychotherapy. Its’ illusive, distressing and contagious nature can challenge both the client and the clinician.
In this workshop we will take time to collectively bring light and air to shame in order to discuss and understand this emotion with depth and compassion.
A combination of neurobiology, developmental theory and relational psychotherapy approaches offers a working model for treating shame. Thus, we will also elaborate upon what it means to become shame-informed therapists who act responsibly and consciously in connection to shame in order to help our clients identify, work through and build resilience in relationship to their shame.