Shame and Dissociation in Complex Trauma Disorder: Emerging Insights from the Empirical Literature
This webinar will explore the emerging empirical literature on shame and dissociation in complex trauma disorders. Clinical and theoretical accounts have long noted the challenges in working with shame in individuals exposed to interpersonal violence, and more recent work espouses the importance of working with shame (e.g, Chefetz, 2015; Herman, 2011; Kluft, 2007). Empirical work is beginning to explore shame in complex trauma disorders and its link to both dissociation and relationship functioning (e.g., Dorahy et al., 2015). This webinar will explore that work after providing a basic, and necessarily limited, account of how shame is understood in the theoretical and empirical literatures. Interestingly, it will be noted that while shame is related to relationship outcomes like anxiety in intimate partnerships and fear of engaging in relationships, dissociation is also associated to relationship concerns. Several studies designed to progressively explore this issue will be discussed.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Discuss shame as outlined in the theoretical and empirical literatures
- Explain correlates of shame and dissociation in complex trauma disorders
- Outline emerging empirical findings on the association between shame, dissociation and intimate relationship functioning in those with complex trauma disorders
Presenter: Martin J Dorahy, PhD
Presenter Bio: Martin Dorahy, PhD, DClinPsych, is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a clinical, research and theoretical interest in complex trauma, dissociative disorders and self-conscious emotions (e.g., shame). He has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited four books in the area of psychotraumatology. He is a member of the the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists, New Zealand Psychological Society, and the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He maintains a clinical practice, focused primarily on the adult sequelae of childhood relational trauma. He enjoys skiing and mountain biking and would like to be much better at both!
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