It's a shame
This is a one-day experiential workshop and an opportunity to explore working with shame in counselling and psychotherapy. Shame is a word that evokes strong and powerful emotions in us all and for good reason, as it forms social cohesion. Shame has both positive and negative connotations. Whereas guilt provokes the feeling 'I did something bad', shame provokes the feeling 'I am bad', and when this negative thought becomes imprinted a person becomes shame-prone and believes they are a bad person regardless of the thing they have done.
For our clients, negative toxic shame can have a lasting effect on a person’s life and it can take a great deal of courage to talk about a shameful event. Being a skilled counsellor requires being able to sit with the client's shame without feeling shamed or re-shaming them.
The basis of this workshop is to explore shame in a safe and confidential space. There will be two group exercises and two grounding exercises during the day, as the emphasis throughout the day is about self-care and avoiding over-exposure or re-shaming.
As this is an experiential workshop you will be invited to explore being able to sit with the feeling of shame and how this could benefit your client work.
Who is it for?
Counsellors & psychotherapists (trainee or qualified) interested in how shame can affect our lives and being able to work with a shame prone client.
CPD certificates (six hours) will be issued.
The ticket price includes:
- 2 course hot and cold buffet consisting of mains and desserts
- Unlimited tea and coffee for the full day. This is served with Danish pastries on arrival, cookies mid-morning and cakes mid-afternoon. Fresh fruit, dried fruit and omega seeds are served with all breaks.
About the host
Jonathan Fifield (PGDip, MBACP), studied counselling at West of England University and has a private practice in Bristol and is the current Chairperson for CAPPP (counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice). I have experience mostly with alcohol and addiction clients and helping them to overcome shame.