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Shame and Its Relationship to Dissociation: Research Findings and Implications for Therapy in Those With Complex Trauma Disorders

About the Course:

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.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Shame and Its Relationship to Dissociation: Research Findings and Implications for Therapy in Those With Complex Trauma Disorders created by Martin Dorahy, PhD in 2021.

Publication Date:

Sep 2021

Course Material Author

Martin Dorahy, PhD

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!
A goal of Cynthia’s is to educate and expose the sex trafficking trade and its dissociative symptoms to other health professional in order to expand the resources of support, care and hope for all clients in need. Art-based interaction has become her means of finding a way to increase the mind/body connection of the client for increased self-awareness, processing and communication about needs to health professionals.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe how shame impacts on the therapeutic relationship

  2. Describe the relationship between shame and dissociation

  3. Identify two types of interventions that dissociative clients/patients indicate are helpful for shame attenuation during therapy

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Course Number 103086
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