The Developmental Impact and Long-term Effects of Shame

Presented by Jeff Peterson, LCPC, LPC, NCC on 04-07-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

The consequences of shame can be devastating and may lead to long-term risk-taking behaviors and suicidality. Chronic self-worth issues and relationship problems all reflect attachment challenges experienced by individuals responding to shame. In addition, the compounding effects of shame have the potential to lead to co-morbid disorders and maladaptive coping skills resulting in chronic physical and mental health problems. Clinicians have the unique privilege of helping individuals in therapy mitigate these harmful effects and reduce the negative impact of shame.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Jeff Peterson, LCPC, LPC, NCC returns to GoodTherapy.org to describe how shame is a set of unattainable expectations that develop from notions of “normalcy" and can prevent individuals from understanding there are many ways of being. He will demonstrate how assessment instruments--including the “Trauma Related Shame Inventory,” “The Trauma Appraisal Questionnaire,” and “Test of Self-Conscious Affect”--reveal the connection between external events and internal shame.

Jeff will explain the dynamics of shame within a variety of client populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ). Attendees will learn to identify those at greater risk and the importance of understanding how individuals attempt to reduce shame through both adaptive and maladaptive responses. Jeff will explore the Compass of Shame and multiple shame cycles that illustrate shame’s connection to trauma, judgment, guilt, and self-worth. By utilizing best practices such as the use of trauma-informed care and strength-based skill building, clinicians teach skills that can develop the intrapersonal acceptance needed to lessen the impact of shame.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize the types of losses associated with shame.
  2. Discuss assessment tools and evaluation techniques.
  3. Explain the Compass of Shame and cycles of shame.
  4. Apply an understanding of the connection between trauma and shame.
  5. Describe the connection between judgment, self-worth, and shame.
  6. List at least three best practices for addressing shame in therapy.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

For additional information about this event or our CE grievance procedures, please contact us here.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within clinical intake and screening, clinical assessment, and counseling services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Jeff Peterson, LCPC, LPC, NCC

Jeff Peterson, LCPC, LPC, NCC

Jeff Peterson is a licensed clinical professional counselor, a licensed professional counselor, and a nationally certified counselor in the States of Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Walden University and a PhD doctoral candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision. Jeff is adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at Avila University in Kansas City, and at Argosy University in Denver, Colorado.  

Jeff is a member of Golden Key and Chi Sigma Iota graduate honors societies and two-time graduate scholarship recipient with over 4,000 hours of mental health-based volunteer community service. He is also the co-founder and organizer of the Healthcare Guild, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities find affirming and culturally competent health care.

For more information about Jeff Peterson, please visit his website at www.kcpsychotherapy.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • ace
    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.