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Addiction and Shame/Body: Healing the Feeling of Unworthiness in Recovery

  • Gestalt Institute of Cleveland 1588 Hazel Drive Cleveland, OH 44106 (map)

Friday, 9:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, 9:30am-6:00pm

Our bodies are the secret home of feelings and shame and unworthiness. Within our body self we can carry messages of what is "wrong" with us in our tissue. Addicts use substances to manage these feelings of shame and yet the process of addiction paradoxically creates more shame. Eventually their own body becomes a reminder of what they want to avoid. This whole cycle increasingly separates them from contact with their own body and others. For addicts in recovery, the healing of shame begins with sensing their body in the context of a relational field.

Continuing Education (CE): 13 contact hours

Friday, 9:30am-6:00pm
Saturday, 9:30am-6:00pm

Tuition: $325.00
Early Bird: $295.00 (Before December 2, 2016)
Use promo code: Addiction12-2016

Michael C. Clemmens, PhD
Monique Rodriguez, MA, NCC, LPC

Learning Objectives
Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe a Gestalt model of addiction and recovery;
  • Discuss Gestalt notions of shame as an affective/somatic process;
  • Review how shame develops in addicts through direct experience, and others' responses to them;
  • Explore how/where addicts may carry and hold shame in their bodies;
  • Describe how shame can be healed for addicts through a relational process;
  • Identify three interventions in decreasing shame in addicts;
  • Practice using these interventions;
  • Experience sensing the body in the context of a relational field;
  • Identify ongoing supports to enable addicts to become shame resilient; and
  • Articulate techniques for managing one's own shame reactions that emerge from working with addicts.