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Every meaningful transformative treatment involves the experience of shame. Shame is rarely spoken about, and it happens to be one of the most difficult affects to tolerate. It is crucial that the therapist understands their personal experience of shame and has the ability to sit with it. At the same time, it is important to recognize how shame manifests itself as our clients employ defenses to ward it off. Not only do we need to know what we are dealing with in order to be helpful, shame avoidance, or lack of its recognition, might be potentially harmful.

Even though shame is a universal human experience, we need to be careful to appreciate each individual's unique relationship with that affect. People’s relational and socio-cultural context has a tremendous impact on their experience of shame. It is either mitigating or reinforcing it. The therapist needs to be careful not to make assumptions around the subject of shame. We can be in danger of overlooking it or over identifying with it.
In order to manage the experience of shame, we will explore what it is and identify a client’s behavior that has it at its core. Discussions will include shame anxiety and shame transfer, character types organized around avoiding shame, as well as specific techniques to help clients with shame. We will also have an experiential part during which we will try to tame the beast and work towards shame resilience.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Discuss what shame is and what it is not, as well as what causes it and why it is difficult to tolerate;
• Identify client’s behaviors that have shame at its core (shame laced character);
• Learn about shame proper, shame anxiety, and shame transfer, shame’s dynamic relationship with other feelings (guilt/rage/hurt);
• Discuss defenses used to ward off shame;
• Discuss how social oppression plays a crucial role in shaming individuals and groups;
• Discuss how different psychotherapeutic approaches impact the client’s experience of shame;
• Learn about why a therapeutic relationship is a shame inducing one and what can be done to minimize the client’s shame (learn about specific techniques to help client’s with shame);
• Discuss the importance of the therapist’s ability to tolerate their own shame;
• Learn how culture can impact our experience of shame;
• Learn how to build shame resilience.

This training is appropriate for all levels of post-master's practitioners. Experiencing providing psychotherapy helpful but not required.


m ludwigMarta Ludwig LCSW is a private practice psychotherapist and a part time counselor at Bryn Mawr College Counseling Center. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty at The Gestalt Institute of Philadelphia. Marta is trained in both Gestalt and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

CEUS: 6 | $20
DATE: Saturday, May 18
HOURS: 9:00 am Registration
9:30 am – 12 noon
Lunch: Bring your own or walk to nearby restaurants
1:00 – 4:30 pm
REGISTRATION: $125  GTIP Associates; Students $100
LOCATION: Common Space | 25 Rittenhouse PL | Ardmore, PA 19003

Please note, there is limited enrollment.

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CEUs (6):
This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.
GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 6 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.