This workshop provides essential, introductory knowledge for mental health professionals to understand the mysterious emotion of shame. Shame is perhaps the most painful of all emotions. It can be at the root of depression, substance abuse, and both the inner critic and perfectionism. It can bind with other emotions, such as anger and fear, so it is often hard to detect. Also, revealing shame can be in itself shameful. For some, even saying the word “shame” can feel embarrassing or shameful. Shame is often invisible and thrives on secrecy. Any time there are differences between people, there can be shame. Shame can be healthy or toxic; understanding the difference can help people better regulate their nervous systems so they can be kinder to themselves and others.
Shame is the breaking of the interpersonal bridge and heals through the restoration of the interpersonal bridge. It is the clinician's job to find ways to restore that interpersonal bridge in therapy--to be able to help the client gently explore what may be. Shame is the secret conversation going on inside, and it is often under depression and anxiety. Due to the special nature of shame, it cannot be worked with in the same ways as other primary emotions--it requires unique strategies.
In this 2-hour introductory continuing education webinar, Sheila Rubin, LMFT will explain strategies for clinicians to stop getting stuck in their clients' shame freeze and stop following them down an endless shame vortex. Often when a client goes into a shame state, the therapist follows them in a shame countertransference. This is a key moment in the therapy work. Sheila will help therapists learn ways to sit with shame that may come up within themselves as a key to the transformation of their clients' shame. She will also review a map that can explain people's reactions to shame. Additionally, she will help therapists understand the hidden shame under depression that can lead to suicidality and review tools for working with shame to prevent suicide.
This introductory continuing education web conference is designed to help mental health professionals:
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Sheila Rubin, MA, MFT, RDT/BCT is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Berkeley, California. She is a leading authority on healing shame. She co-created the Healing Shame – Lyon/Rubin method and is the Co-Director of the Center for Healing Shame, a continuing education provider that offers Healing Shame workshops to therapists and other helping professionals. She has delivered talks, presentations, and workshops across the country and around the world for over 25 years.
Sheila is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer through North American Drama Therapy Association. She has studied Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy with Diana Fosha and Emotionally-Focused Therapy with Sue Johnson. She is a graduate of California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and past adjunct faculty for the CIIS Drama Therapy Program and JFK University’s Somatic Psychology Department. Sheila has developed therapy techniques integrating somatic and expressive processes to work with the all-pervasive shame and trauma that can underlie eating disorders, addictions, and toxic family dynamics.
Sheila’s expertise, teaching, and writing contributions have been featured in numerous publications, including seven books and the Sounds True audio program, "Healing Shame." She is also the creator of Embodied Life Story Workshops, a theater for shy people, and a form of Drama Therapy she established 20 years ago that weaves writing, Jungian dreamwork, imagination, and improvisation into embodied storytelling. She has directed over 25 self-revelatory performances for CIIS Drama Therapy students for their capstone projects as well as hundreds of Life Stories performances in her Embodied Life Story classes and at conferences.
Sheila offers therapy through her private practice in Berkeley and offers consultation to therapists over Zoom. To download her free guidebook, Resilience and Hidden Shame, please visit SheilaRubin.com.
For more information about Sheila and Bret Lyon’s Healing Same workshops for helping professionals, please visit HealingShame.com.