For decades, the therapeutic work of PTSD was processing fear, helplessness and horror.  Recently the DSM has expanded the definition of PTSD to include guilt and shame. Evidence-based research indicates that unprocessed/unresolved guilt and shame are risk factors for developing and maintaining PTSD symptoms as well as compromising the healing process for clients with Complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma.

In this workshop we will define guilt and shame and outline their similarities and differences.  We will review the different subtypes of both emotions.  We will review how we organize our conversations with clients and how we help clients face the unspoken needs and dilemmas that drive the guilt and shame experience. 

This workshop is designed for Direct Service Workers

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the 7 Types of Guilt 
  • How to process conversations when the:
    • client feels guilty but is not guilty
    • client has a distorted view of their role in a negative experience
    • client is guilty
  • Understand the 7 Types of Shame
  • How to process the Passing Through Shame and Shame-Prone Identity
  • How to pinpoint the source of a shame-prone identity and the 4 corresponding adaptations
  • The connection between dissociation and shame
  • How to change shame-prone patterns