Shame Toolbox

“The Counsellors Toolbox when Working with Shame: Exercises to Break the Silence of Shame and Build Shame Resilience” with Christiane Sanderson on Saturday 27th April

This training day will provide professionals working with shame an opportunity to develop and enhance their existing skills by adding new techniques to their therapeutic repertoire.

As toxic shame is primarily stored in the right brain, practitioners need to be able to facilitate right brain engagement through a range of creative techniques and exercises to expand their toolbox. In adopting a workshop style approach, counsellors and practitioners will have an opportunity to actively engage with a range of tried and tested exercises to use with clients who experience shame.

The aim is to enable practitioners to explore more creative ways of working with shame to help clients break the silence and secrecy of shame and build shame resilience through authentic pride. Through a series of experiential exercises including creating a web of shame, developing a Circle of Shame, the use of masks to cover up shame, making shame genograms to identify the intergenerational transmission of shame, the embodiment of shame and working with nesting dolls, practitioners will be able to uncover hidden shame and explore the range of shame defences.

The focus will be on uncovering not only client’s shame but also practitioner’s shame in order to facilitate working with clients who are drenched in shame. In emphasising that the best antidote to shame is to talk about it, practitioners will be able to help clients build shame resilience and restore authentic pride through developing a Tree of Growth.

Additional Information:
Other than a brief recap of some key points at the beginning of the workshop there will be no overlap in content with Chrissie’s previous workshop on ‘Shame in the Therapy Hour’. This is a ‘standalone’ experiential workshop. Attendance at Chrissie’s previous workshop on ‘Shame in the Therapy Hour’ is NOT required.

Christiane Sanderson (BSc, MSc) is an experienced counselling psychologist, lecturer and trainer in psychology and counselling, with a particular interest in child protection, interpersonal abuse and trauma. She is Lecturer in Psychology at Roehampton University and London University, Birkbeck College, and consultant and trainer to both statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as a practitioner with 25 years’ experience of working with survivors of CSA.

Christiane is author of many publications on safeguarding, child protection and abuse including Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition (2006), The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse (2004), Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse (2008), Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma (2010) all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse and Violence and The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook on Religious Sexual Abuse across all faiths, both published by One in Four. Her newest book, published in 2013, is Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse.

Christiane’s new book called Counselling Skills for Working with Shame was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in Summer 2015.


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