Shame lurks in the shadows of almost every therapy hour.
It can push your clients to hide their innermost feelings, put them into a freeze state where they feel trapped and powerless, or cause them to lash out at you in-session as they mask their shame with anger and blame.
Yet for most of us, working with shame wasn’t part of our university or supervised training. How will you move your clients forward when they’ve spent a lifetime viewing themselves as wrong, unlovable, and unworthy of getting better?
This 2-day Certification Training will give you the skills and tools you need to end the tyrannical hold of shame and empower your clients to develop the acceptance of themselves, others and reality necessary for the effective treatment of shame-prone clients with trauma, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, and anger issues.
Watch and get the training you need to:
End shame avoidance that stalls therapy
Reduce judgmental thoughts and reactivity
Reclaim the body from shame
Overcome fears about failure, inadequacy and rejection that get clients stuck
Build shame resiliency with interventions based on empathy, forgiveness and compassion
Best of all, you can become a Certified Shame-Informed Treatment Specialist (CSTS) upon completion of this course at no additional cost to you -- letting clients, colleagues and employers know that you’ve taken the time and effort to provide treatment at the highest level.
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 12.5 hours CPD.
Patti Ashley, Ph.D., LPC, has integrated 40 years of experience in special education, child development, and psychology into her wholehearted work as a psychotherapist, author, international speaker, and authenticity architect coach. She brings unique insights into the identification and treatment of shame, trauma, grief and dysfunctional family patterns.
Dr. Ashley owns and operates Authenticity Architects in Boulder, Colorado. Her inimitable Authenticity Architecture model facilitates long-term changes in the brain and nervous system, helping clients break through unconscious barriers and rediscover a sense of self-love, belonging, and connection. As a licensed professional counselor since 2000, Dr. Ashley has counseled a myriad of individuals, couples, families and groups in metal health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice settings. She also has many years of experience developing continuing education courses for physicians, hospital wellness programs, universities and other organizations.
Patti holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in psychology from the Union Institute and University, a Master of Education Degree in early childhood from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in special education from James Madison University. She is the author of Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype (2014), Letters to Freedom, and Shame-Informed Therapy: Treatment Strategies to Overcome Core Shame and Reconstruct the Authentic Self (2020). For more information, please visit www.pattiashley.com.
Financial: Patti Ashley maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Patti Ashley has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
Access never expires for this product.
Discriminate between guilt and core shame and elaborate on the adaptive, social and clinical implications.
Evaluate the role of attachment in the formation of a shame-based identity.
Investigate the neurophysiology of shame as seen through the lens of Porges’ polyvagal theory.
Assess for verbal and non-verbal signs of shame in clients.
Employ interview questions for assessing shame in clients’ relationships and current patterns.
Investigate how clinicians can enhance attunement to create trust and openness with shame-prone clients.
Evaluate how therapists can use co-regulation to create a sense of safety and equal power in the therapeutic relationship.
Support how clinicians can increase vulnerability and self-awareness of their own shame to overcome barriers of relational presence.
Investigate how shame acts as a cover for anger and explain how compassion exercises can be employed to help clients let go of anger.
Evaluate the importance of managing shame in clients with substance use issues in efforts to prevent relapse.
Employ somatic interventions to help cultivate secure attachment in trauma clients.
Communicate how shame pushes clients into binge eating and clarify how self-acceptance interventions can be used to reduce emotional eating.
Shame, Attachment and Social-Emotional Development
The difference between guilt, shame and core shame
Shame and attachment
Ruptured interpersonal bridges
The evolution of social-emotional development
Why self-compassion is so hard to access
The Neurophysiology of Shame: Polyvagal Theory, Shame and the Shutdown Response
Shame and the Vagus Nerve
Neuroception, shame and felt safety
Core shame and implicit memory
Three common responses to shame
How addressing shame expedites treatment
Recognizing Shame: Assessment Tools
Why shame goes undetected by clinicians
Perfectionism, rage, blame and other defences against shame
Reading the body - non-verbal signs of shame
Interview questions for assessing shame in relationships and current patterns
Self-assessment: identify your own shame
How to Create a Safe and Empathetic Therapeutic Environment
Mirror neurons and relational presence
Attunement as the key to therapeutic change
Large Empathy and being vulnerable
Avoid stigmatizing language in therapy
Co-regulating safety and equal power in the therapeutic relationship
Re-Write the Story of Shame into “I Am Enough”:
Clinical Strategies to Cultivate Secure Attachment and Self-Compassion
Somatic approaches to cultivate secure attachment
Self-compassion and gratitude exercises
The four therapeutic “R”s: Recognize, Respect, Regulate and Re-Story
Four “C” shovels to calm nervous system and self-regulate shame response
Exercises to strengthen connections
Creative arts, music and poetry – increase neuroplasticity
Playfulness, humour and being in nature can rewire the brain
Mindfulness and meditations for non-judgmental awareness of shame
Narratives and visualizations to re-write clients stories to safety and being enough
Research, limitations and potential risks
Connect Shame-Informed Clinical Strategies to the Treatment of: Anger and Rage
Shame of fear: Shame as a cover for anger
Self-acceptance techniques for internal damage control
Compassion and forgiveness exercises to let go of anger
Strategies to survive without guilt
Exercises to rediscover self-worth
Stress and Anxiety
Mediate the paralysis of perfection with self-acceptance
Social anxiety as shame & self-doubt
Mindfulness-based, non-anxious self-consciousness
How shame pushes clients into binge eating
Choice Awareness Training for moderation & presence
Self-acceptance strategies for emotional eating
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Addressing the shame of relapse
Self-assertive trigger avoidance
Choice awareness techniques for habit modification
Build craving/impulse control skill power
Depression, Self-Harm & Suicidality
Recognize how internalized shame can deepen depression
Developing healthy coping strategies for uncomfortable feelings
Demystifying shame responses and returning them to their origin
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.