Deconstructing Shame-A Gestalt Approach - October 11-12, 2019

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Deconstructing Shame-A Gestalt Approach - October 11-12, 2019


Date: October 11-12, 2019
Time: Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm

Tuition: $234.60
Early Bird: $204.00 (before 8/30/2019) - use promo code: shame

Continuing Education (CE): 10 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Allison E. Bruce MEd, PCC
Elizabeth Welch, MA, CDP

Shame is a powerful experience that lives inside the mind and body of every individual.  Shame is often at the seat of anger, perfectionism, avoidance of intimacy and somatic suffering.  As we live and work in a culture driven by scarcity, fear and lack of connection; shame becomes further embedded in the individual and collective experience of human beings. 

 As practitioners, when our own shame stories are left unexplored and outside of our awareness as psychotherapists, we become less available in our ability to be in relational contact with our clients.  This phenomena results in greater risk for countertransference and burnout. Through the combination of didactic and experiential activities, we will explore our unexamined shame narratives and the potential for healing shame within a relational dynamic.  Participants can expect to develop a deeper understanding of the embodiment of shame, skills for resourcing, grounding, and empowerment of healing by authoring narratives grounded in connection.

 This workshop is designed for all levels of mental health professionals and will utilize Gestalt Theory and methodology to explore the topic of shame.   Practitioners working with trauma, addiction and family systems will find this workshop particularly useful.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Define the concept of shame as it is embedded in individual and collective experience;

  • Differentiate between shame and guilt;

  • Apply Gestalt principles (Cycle of Experience, Field Theory, and Contact Styles) to support clients in developing shame resilience and self-support;

  • Explore Gestalt relational approaches to addressing shame with clients;

  • Compare gender and cultural implications when addressing shame;

  • Discuss research from neuroscience related to the embodiment of shame;

  • Practice grounding skills (i.e. use of breath/presence) to support clients in processing shame;

  • Use embodiment practices as self-support to avoid countertransference related to shame;

  • Explain the impact of unexamined shame stories as a potential barrier developing the clinical relationship; and

  • Explore how shame serves us, as a regulator of boundaries and contact within the relational field.