Shame and Its Relationship to Dissociation: Research Findings and Implications for Therapy in Those with Complex Trauma Disorders
This workshop explores the relationship between shame and dissociation, and their clinical relevance for the psychotherapy dyad. Given the interpersonal nature of psychotherapy, the conditions are ripe for the evocation of shame, which is elicited by failing at a goal we wish to succeed in or feeling excluded from a connection we wish to make or maintain. Shame activation elicits dissociation, and both clinical observations and empirical research also indicate that dissociation has the propensity to activate shame. Studies exploring the bi-directional relationship between shame and dissociation will first be examined, along with work trying to explore the basis of this connection, and what interventions might be helpful for dissociative clients/patients experiencing shame in the therapeutic setting.
Potential to Distress: No
This session was originally presented as a webinar in September 2021.
Upon Completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe how shame impacts on the therapeutic relationship
- describe the relationship between shame and dissociation
- Identify types of interventions that dissociative clients/patients indicate are helpful for shame attenuation during therapy
Presenter: Martin Dorahy, PhD
Presenter Biography: 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!
- 1.50 APAThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- 1.50 ASWB ACEThe International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.
- 1.50 ISSTD Certificate ProgramThis program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
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