The Somatics of Shame

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The Somatics of Shame


3 parts with Craig Penner, LMFT

The fabric of shame has constriction, humiliation and hiding "built-in". This causes us to avoid it in an unlimited number of creative ways. It is very difficult to connect with the depths of the dynamics that result. Cognitive approaches are limited. The nervous system responds to shame in ways that are not accessible through "verbal language". This webinar explores the nuances of how shame affects us developmentally, somatically, socially, and cognitively. It also presents a somatically-based, process-oriented approach to therapy.

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In this 93 minute webinar, Craig Penner, LMFT will discuss the dynamics of working with the exposure and somatics of shame in therapy.  This webinar has 3 parts. This content of this webinar ia appropriate for beginning and advanced level therapists.

• Effectively notice and hold “the shame” that get exposed during therapy sessions.

• Track the somatic responses that may manifest from shame: what to look for, what may signal that “shame” is  blocked or working through.

• Process disgrace and humiliation

• Why regrets may be very good “mulch,” and transitions to healthy self-confrontations

•  Find out how pacing and noticing sequences is important.

•  How “bilateral stimulation” and EMDR aid in unlocking embodied shame.

•  Learn how to look for incomplete expressions resulting from shame in the body.

•  The therapist’s role in pacing the work-  when is it “too much?”

•  The importance of the collaborative alliance when working with shame.

•  Track how clients go in and out of the “Window of Tolerance” when dealing with shame.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe 2 common somatic responses to shame

  2. Identify 2 ways that you may identify how a client is disconnecting

  3. LIst 3 ways that shame is a developmental inhibitor

  4. Explain how shame impacts a client’s ability to stay in the window of tolerance

  5. Describe 2 signs of poorly developed protest

  6. List 2 ways that “pacing” is particularly important when working with shame

2 CE Credit Hours (pending) will be given for this recorded webinar, including the 93 minute video and time to complete the post test.