Women and Shame: Healing Ourselves to Wholeness - April 17-19, 2020 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)

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Women and Shame: Healing Ourselves to Wholeness - April 17-19, 2020 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)


Date: April 17-19, 2020
Time: Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm;
Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm (break between 12:30pm-2:00pm);
Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $252.00
Early Bird: $219.00 (before 9/13/2019) - use promo code: wholeness

Continuing Education (CE): 10.75 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Gail Feinstein, LCSW

Once upon a time there were places where women were admired, revered and honored; where they were viewed as powerful, valuable and wise. Since then, we’ve been born into a long history of devaluing, diminishing and disrespecting women, a culture that has bestowed upon us the collective identity of inadequacy and powerlessness that compels us to live in a field of shame. We’ve learned to construct our reality and build our sense of self from on-going messages and experiences that distort our femaleness, shape our femininity and our worthiness. This has led to a struggle with self-acceptance, depression, body loathing and visibility.

Let us explore the nature of shame, how it lives in our bodies and influences our experience and expression. Through group-generated experiments, slowing down, breathing, sensory awareness and touch, we shift from inhibiting to inhabiting our bodies, transforming our shame into empowerment. We will look at the connection of our shame trauma to anger, perfectionism and intimacy and how it flourishes through secrecy, silence, judgment and disconnection. We will examine the role of shame including gender expectations and how it affects the relationship with our self and community.

Healing shame is key to transformational change. Shame cannot grow when we’re deeply seen by the other, when we are ‘gotten’, understood, validated and offered the warmth of empathy. By awakening new insights, we create practices of belonging and connection for healing shame. When we come out of the secrecy of our shame stories, name it, talk about it, carefully choose whom we tell, we are deeply met and clear the field. We step out of the shame of womanhood and into our empowered beauty, joy and wisdom. Then we come to our work, our relationships, our world grounded in worthiness, belonging and wholeness.

Finally, having experienced the power of these principles and methods for transforming shame, we will consider ways we can apply them in our work with our clients.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Define the concept of shame and gender expectations;

  • Practice the art of slowing down to deepen our experience;

  • Explain how the impact of secrecy, silence and judgment contributes to the growth of shame;

  • Explore how shame expresses itself in our bodies;

  • Discuss the influence of empathy on the shame experience;

  • Use embodiment practices to shift how we relate to shame; and

  • Apply this approach to healing shame to our work with clients.