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The Counsellor’s Toolbox when Working with Shame

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Shame is like a virus that infects the soul and yet remains largely hidden. As a social emotion shame regulates social behaviour and is often shrouded in secrecy and silence. It will explore when healthy shame can become chronic, or toxic and its crippling effect on individuals, in particular, those that carry the burden of intergenerational shame and are raised in shame-prone families, or who have histories of abandonment, prolonged or systematic emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exposure to domestic violence.

This training day will provide professionals working with shame an opportunity to develop and enhance their existing skills by adding new techniques to their therapeutic repertoire.  As toxic shame is primarily stored in the right brain,  practitioners need to be able to facilitate right brain engagement through a range of creative techniques and exercises to expand their toolbox. In adopting a workshop style approach, counsellors and practitioners will have an opportunity to actively engage with a range of tried and tested exercises to use with clients who experience shame.  The aim is to enable practitioners to explore more creative ways of working with shame to help clients break the silence and secrecy of shame and build shame resilience through authentic pride.  Through a series of experiential exercises including creating a tree of shame, developing a Circle of Shame, the use of masks to cover up shame, making shame genograms to identify the intergenerational transmission of shame, exploring the embodiment of shame, as well as sand play, how to work with nesting dolls, and how to use peg dolls for constellation work,  practitioners will be able  to uncover hidden shame and explore the range of shame defences. The focus will be on uncovering not only the client’s shame but also the practitioner’s shame in order to facilitate working with client’s who are drenched in shame. In emphasising that the best antidote to shame is to talk about it, practitioners will be able to help clients build shame resilience and restore authentic pride.

Location Cheshire
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 21 Mar 2020
Start time 9:30am
Venue Address Total Fitness Wilmslow, Wilmslow - Handforth Bypass, Handforth, SK9 3PE
Amount £102
Organiser Mindset
Speaker Christiane Sanderson
Contact No. 0161 439 7773
Keywords Counselling, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions North West


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